Duilio Loi

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Duilio Loi
Duilio Loi with daughter 1960s.jpg
Duilio Loi with daughter, 1960s
Statistics
Nationality Italian
Born (1929-04-29)29 April 1929
Trieste, Italy
Died 20 January 2008(2008-01-20) (aged 78)
Treviso, Italy
Boxing record
Wins 115
Wins by KO 26
Losses 3
Draws 8

Duilio Loi (19 April 1929 – 20 January 2008) was an Italian boxer who held the Italian and European lightweight and welterweight titles, as well as the world junior welterweight championship. Loi fought from 1948 to 1962, and retired with a record of 115 wins (26 KOs), 3 losses and 8 draws.

Loi is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time at his weight and one of the best fighters to come out of Italy.[1]

Biography[edit]

A marble gravestone on the wall of a crypt
Loi's grave at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, Italy, in 2015

Loi was born in Trieste in 1929, to a father from Sardinia and mother from Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Loi fought many outstanding fighters in his career, including three bouts with lightweight great Carlos Ortiz. Although all their fights were close, Loi won two out of three bouts, which were all for the World Light Welterweight Title.

The first bout, which was nationally televised in the USA, took place on the 16th June 1960 at Cow Palace in Daly City, California. In what would be one of only two US appearances, Loi was defeated after 15 rounds, with a controversial split-decision in Ortiz' favour. Less than three months later the two met again for a rematch, this time in Loi's native Italy. The bout took place at Milan's famous San Siro stadium, in front of a record crowd of 65,000. Loi came through strongly in the late rounds to become World Champion by majority decision.[2] The next year a third bout took place, again at the San Siro. Loi knocked down Ortiz in the sixth and earnt a victory by unanimous decision to defend his title.

Loi was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. His daughter accepted the award on his behalf, because Loi was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Loi died in January 2008 at the age of 78 in Treviso, Italy, and is buried at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hudson, David (2009). Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting, and Mixed Martial Arts. p. 187. ISBN 0313343845. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Roberts, James (2006). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book. p. 487. ISBN 1590131215. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
Achievements
Preceded by
Carlos Ortiz
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion
WBA Light Welterweight Champion

10 May 1961 – 14 September 1962
Succeeded by
Eddie Perkins
Preceded by
Eddie Perkins
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion
WBA Light Welterweight Champion

15 December 1962 – 1962
Retired
Succeeded by
Roberto Cruz