Vito Antuofermo

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Vito Antuofermo
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Statistics
Real name Vito Antuofermo
Rated at Middleweight
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1953-02-09) February 9, 1953 (age 61)
Palo del Colle, Italy
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 59
Wins 50
Wins by KO 21
Losses 7
Draws 2
No contests 0

Vito Antuofermo (Italian pronunciation: [anˌtwɔˈfermo]; born February 9, 1953) is an Italian-American actor and retired professional boxer. He is a former World Middleweight Champion.

Background[edit]

Antuofermo was born in Italy, in the town of Palo del Colle, about 15 km inland from the city of Bari. His family moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. Antuofermo learned how to fight in the tough areas of New York City. By his teens, he had made up his mind that he wanted to be a professional boxer.

Amateur career[edit]

Antuofermo won the 1970 147 lb New York Golden Gloves Championship, defeating Thomas Chestnut in the finals. In 1971, Antuofermo was defeated by future Light Heavyweight Champion Eddie Gregory in the finals of the 147 lb Open division. Antuofermo trained at the Police Athletic Leagues Sweeney Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Professional career[edit]

One of the things for which Antuofermo was known was his propensity to bleed easily, especially around the eyebrows. In between rounds in his fights, as much attention (if not more) was given to Vito patching up cuts on his face as it was giving him advice and instructions.

In 1979, Antuofermo became World Middleweight Champion by beating defending champion Hugo Corro by a decision in 15 rounds at Monte Carlo. According to an article on Ring Magazine, Howard Cosell, who was working on that fight's live broadcast to the USA, was telling viewers that Corro was, in his opinion, way ahead on the judges' cards. When someone on the American television crew found out it was Antuofermo who was actually leading on the cards, Cosell then began to say he had Antuofermo ahead.

On the morning after winning the title, Antuofermo and his crew were driving to a small vacation in Italy, when he saw a car fly off a bridge under which they were passing. The car landed right in front of his, but luckily the accident did not injure any occupants in Antuofermo's car. He was so shocked that he kept driving and never found out what happened to the occupants of that car. He came back to his senses about 20 minutes later.

Antuofermo defended his title against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight resulting in a controversial 15-round draw. In his next defense, against Alan Minter, also in Las Vegas, he lost the title by a 15-round split decision. They had a rematch in London. Minter retained the crown by a TKO (on cuts) in eight rounds.

Antuofermo kept fighting and winning and, after Hagler won the title from Minter in 1980, Antuofermo was given another chance to regain the World Middleweight Championship. In front of an HBO Boxing audience and a full house at Hagler's native Boston's Boston Garden, Antuofermo this time lost by a TKO on cuts in the fourth round.

After several attempts at becoming a top middleweight again, Antuofermo retired from boxing in 1984.

Apart from Corro, other boxers he beat included world champions Eckhard Dagge, Denny Moyer and Emile Griffith.

Life After Boxing[edit]

After retirement, Antuofermo began to pursue an acting career. In 1990, he landed a small role in The Godfather Part III as the chief bodyguard of gangster Joey Zasa. He has landed several small speaking roles in movies and television shows since, included the critically acclaimed television show The Sopranos as a mobster. He has also done many theater plays.

Antuofermo's record reads 50 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws, with 21 wins by knockout. Vito Antuofermo's second oldest son Pasquale Antuofermo is currently fighting as an amateur. He now owns a successful landscaping company that operates in Long Island, New York.

Professional boxing record[edit]

50 Wins (21 knockouts), 7 Losses (5 knockouts), 2 Draws[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 50–7–2 Canada Matthew Hilton RTD 4 (10)
3:00
1985–10–20 Canada Montreal Forum,
Montreal, Quebec
Win 50–6–2 United States Larry McCall UD 10 1985–05–25 United States Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.
Win 49–6–2 United States Mark Allman TKO 3 (?)
1:24
1985–03–08 United States Ridgewood Grove,
New York City, New York
Win 48–6–2 United States Marcus Starks TKO 4 (10)
1:46
1984–12–14 United States Nassau Coliseum,
Uniondale, New York
Win 47–6–2 United States Ricard Beranek TD 5 (10) 1984–09–13 United States Resorts International,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 46–6–2 United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler RTD 4 (15) 1981–06–13 United States Boston Garden,
Boston, Massachusetts
For WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Win 46–5–2 United States Mauricio Aldana UD 10 1981–04–02 United States Conrad Hilton Hotel,
Chicago, Illinois
Loss 45–5–2 England Alan Minter TKO 8 (15) 1980–06–28 England Empire Pool,
London, Greater London
For WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Loss 45–4–2 England Alan Minter SD 15 1980–03–16 United States Caesars Palace,
Paradise, Nevada
Lost WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Draw 45–3–2 United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler PTS 15 1979–11–30 United States Caesars Palace,
Paradise, Nevada
Retained WBA and WBC
Middleweight titles.
Win 45–3–1 Argentina Hugo Corro SD 15 1979–06–30 Monaco Esplanade de Fontvieille, Fontvieille Won WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Win 44–3–1 United States Mike Hallacy UD 10 1978–11–11 United States Boston Garden,
Boston, Massachusetts
Win 43–3–1 United States Willie Classen UD 10 1978–08–25 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 42–3–1 United States Willie Warren UD 10 1978–06–22 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 41–3–1 United States Bennie Briscoe UD 10 1978–02–04 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 40–3–1 United States Mike Nixon TKO 4 (10)
2:58
1977–10–27 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 39–3–1 Costa Rica Ramon Beras KO 6 (10)
1:16
1977–08–30 Canada Montreal Forum,
Montreal, Quebec
Win 38–3–1 United States Eugene Hart KO 5 (10) 1977–03–11 United States Philadelphia Arena,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 37–3–1 United States Pablo Rodriguez KO 4 (10) 1976–12–02 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Loss 36–3–1 England Maurice Hope TKO 15
2:48
1976–10–01 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport,
Rome, Lazio
Lost EBU Light middleweight title.
Loss 36–2–1 Germany Frank Wissenbach PTS 8 1976–06–18 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Berlin
Win 36–1–1 France Jean-Claude Warusfel TKO 14 (15) 1976–03–26 Italy Palasport di San Siro,
Milan, Lombardy
Retained EBU Light middleweight title.
Win 35–1–1 Germany Eckhard Dagge PTS 15 1976–01–16 Germany Deutschlandhalle, Berlin Won EBU Light middleweight title.
Win 34–1–1 United States Bruce Cantrell PTS 10 1975–11–28 United States Long Island Arena,
Commack, New York
Win 33–1–1 Puerto Rico Ricky Ortiz TKO 6 (10) 1975–10–23 United States Broome County Arena,
Binghamton, New York
Win 32–1–1 United States Vinnie Curto UD 10 1975–08–08 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 31–1–1 Italy Antonio Castellini TKO 5 (10) 1975–06–27 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport,
Naples, Campania
Win 30–1–1 United States Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. TKO 6 (10) 1975–06–06 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport,
Naples, Campania
Win 29–1–1 United States Dave Huckaby UD 10 1975–03–20 United States Bristol Arena,
Bristol, Connecticut
Win 28–1–1 Argentina Ramón Mendez PTS 10 1975–01–24 Italy Milan, Lombardy
Win 27–1–1 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith UD 10 1974–11–22 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 26–1–1 United States Paul Osborne TKO 3 (10) 1974–10–18 United States Steelworkers Hall,
Baltimore, Maryland
Win 25–1–1 United States Denny Moyer UD 10 1974–09–09 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 24–1–1 United States Melvin Dennis PTS 10 1974–06–07 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport,
Rome, Lazio
Win 23–1–1 Canada Joey Durelle KO 1 (?) 1974–05–03 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport,
Rome, Lazio
Win 22–1–1 United States John L. Sullivan UD 10 1974–03–08 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 21–1–1 Mexico Chucho García UD 10 1974–01–14 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win 20–1–1 United States Buddy Boggs TKO 6 (10) 1973–12–05 United States Baltimore Civic Center,
Baltimore, Maryland
Win 19–1–1 Panama Tony Kid Durango UD 10 1973–10–08 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win 18–1–1 United States Danny McAloon UD 10 1973–08–25 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Loss 17–1–1 United States Harold Weston TKO 5 (10)
2:53
1973–07–09 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win 17–0–1 Panama Tony Kid Durango TKO 2 (10) 1973–06–18 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 16–0–1 United States Art Kettles SD 10 1973–04–30 United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win 15–0–1 Puerto Rico Luis Rivera PTS 8 1973–04–13 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win 14–0–1 United States Ray Villanueva TKO 4 (10) 1973–03–09 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 13–0–1 United States Skip Yeaton KO 2 (10) 1973–01–31 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win 12–0–1 United States Al Sewell KO 7 (?) 1972–12–15 United States New York City, New York
Win 11–0–1 Argentina Carlos Novotny KO 3 (?) 1972–11–22 United States New York City, New York
Win 10–0–1 Puerto Rico Oreste Lebron PTS 8 1972–10–10 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win 9–0–1 United States Charles Hayward PTS 6 1972–09–11 United States Gaelic Park,
New York City, New York
Win 8–0–1 United States Gabe Bowens PTS 4 1972–08–28 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 7–0–1 United States Jerry Caballero TKO 4 (?) 1972–07–21 United States Singer Bowl,
New York City, New York
Win 6–0–1 United States Don Sauls PTS 6 1972–06–30 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win 5–0–1 United States Lenny Carter KO 2 (?) 1972–05–26 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win 4–0–1 United States John Presley KO 1 (?) 1972–04–11 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win 3–0–1 Guyana Ivelaw Eastman PTS 4 1972–03–01 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Draw 2–0–1 United States Charles Hayward PTS 6 1972–02–17 United States Embassy Hall,
North Bergen, New Jersey
Win 2–0 United States Juan Rivera PTS 6 1972–01–17 United States Westchester County Center,
White Plains, New York
Win 1–0 Guyana Ivelaw Eastman PTS 4 1971–11–30 United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York

References[edit]

Regional titles
Preceded by
Eckhard Dagge
EBU Light Middleweight Champion
January 16, 1976 - October 1, 1976
Succeeded by
Maurice Hope
Achievements
Preceded by
Hugo Corro
WBC Middleweight Champion
June 30, 1979 - March 16, 1980
Succeeded by
Alan Minter
Preceded by
Hugo Corro
WBA Middleweight Champion
June 30, 1979 - March 16, 1980
Succeeded by
Alan Minter