Francesco Damiani

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Francesco Damiani
Statistics
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Nationality Italian
Born (1958-10-04) 4 October 1958 (age 58)
Bagnacavallo,
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 30
Wins by KO 24
Losses 2

Francesco Damiani (born 4 October 1958) is an Italian former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 1993. He was the first WBO heavyweight champion, having held the title from 1989 to 1991, as well as the European heavyweight title from 1987 to 1989. As an amateur he won silver medals in the super-heavyweight division at the 1982 World Championships and 1984 Summer Olympics.

Amateur career[edit]

He participated at 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, where he lost to the eventual silver medalist Piotr Zaev in the quarter-finals. The following year he won the European Amateur Championships in Tampere. At the 1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Munich, he beat the legendary Teofilo Stevenson but lost to Tyrell Biggs in the final. In 1983 in Varna he became European champion for the second time, beating Ulli Kaden. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles he again lost to Biggs in the final, despite Biggs' home crowd booing at the judges decision who believed Damiani won the contest (since he threw more punches and was moving forward for most of the contest) which led to the leading BBC Boxing commentator Harry Carpenter, who was commentating for the BBC sport Olympic coverage, to say that "..it the worst boxing decision in all my years of boxing commentating". Francesco Damiani was the Italian boxing team coach for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London.[1]

Olympic results[edit]

1980:

  • Defeated Teodor Pîrjol (Romania) 4-1
  • Lost to Piotr Zaev (Soviet Union) 0-5

1984:

  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Willie Isangura (Tanzania) RSC 2
  • Defeated Robert Wells (Great Britain) RSC 3
  • Lost to Tyrell Biggs (United States) 1-4

Professional career[edit]

Damiani began his professional career on a tear, with 27 consecutive victories over limited opposition. He defeated Tyrell Biggs in a rematch of their Olympic meeting, stopping him on a cut, and then won the newly created WBO Heavyweight title with a 3rd-round KO victory over Johnny DuPlooy on 6 May 1989. Damiani hit a brick wall when he took on 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Mercer in 1991 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Damiani was ahead on points but went down after a Mercer left uppercut broke his nose, and he was counted out by the referee in the 9th round.

Damiani would come back in 1992 to take a decision over former champion Greg Page, but was KO'd in the following bout in 1993 by Oliver McCall, ending his career.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
32 fights 30 wins 2 losses
By knockout 24 2
By decision 6 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
32 Loss 30–2 United States Oliver McCall TKO 8 (10), 1:09 23 Apr 1993 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, US
31 Win 30–1 United States Greg Page UD 10 12 Sep 1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
30 Win 29–1 United States Michael Greer KO 1 (10), 3:00 22 Apr 1992 United States Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, US
29 Win 28–1 United States Frankie Swindell PTS 8 7 Mar 1992 Italy Fano, Italy
28 Loss 27–1 United States Ray Mercer KO 9 (12), 2:47 11 Jan 1991 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Lost WBO heavyweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States Everett Martin KO 2 20 Oct 1990 Italy Carisport, Cesena, Italy
26 Win 26–0 Canada Tony Morrison KO 3 (10) 2 Jun 1990 Italy Godiasco, Italy
25 Win 25–0 Argentina Daniel Eduardo Neto TKO 2 (12) 16 Dec 1989 Italy Carisport, Cesena, Italy Retained WBO heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 South Africa Johnny du Plooy KO 3 (12), 1:48 6 May 1989 Italy Stadio Nicola De Simone, Syracuse, Italy Won vacant WBO heavyweight title
23 Win 23–0 Germany Manfred Jassmann KO 3 (12) 17 Dec 1988 Italy Sassari, Italy Retained European heavyweight title
22 Win 22–0 United States Tyrell Biggs TKO 5 (10), 1:06 29 Oct 1988 Italy Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy
21 Win 21–0 Netherlands John Emmen TKO 3 (12) 22 Apr 1988 Italy Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy Retained European heavyweight title
20 Win 20–0 United States Dorcey Gaymon TKO 4 (10) 22 Jan 1988 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
19 Win 19–0 Sweden Anders Eklund KO 6 (12), 2:40 9 Oct 1987 Italy Aosta, Italy Won European heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 United States Eddie Richardson PTS 10 11 Jul 1987 Italy Corsico, Italy
17 Win 17–0 United States James Broad UD 10 11 Apr 1987 Italy PalaDozza, Bologna, Italy
16 Win 16–0 United States Eddie Gregg TKO 1 (12) 14 Feb 1987 Italy Lucca, Italy Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 United States Rodney Smith TKO 2 19 Dec 1986 Italy Ancona, Italy
14 Win 14–0 United States Kevin P Porter TKO 5 14 Nov 1986 Italy San Giuseppe Vesuviano, Italy
13 Win 13–0 United States Rocky Sekorski PTS 10 19 Sep 1986 Italy Lerici, Italy
12 Win 12–0 United States Donnie Long KO 2 4 Jul 1986 Italy Porlezza, Italy
11 Win 11–0 United States Danny Sutton TKO 7 30 May 1986 Italy Abano Terme, Italy
10 Win 10–0 United States Mike Perkins TKO 5 (8) 2 Apr 1986 United States Ice World, Totowa, New Jersey, US
9 Win 9–0 United States Tom Trimm KO 2 14 Feb 1986 Italy Milan, Italy
8 Win 8–0 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 6 31 Jan 1986 Italy Abbiategrasso, Italy
7 Win 7–0 Spain Felipe Rodriguez TKO 5 28 Sep 1985 Italy Sassari, Italy
6 Win 6–0 United States Rick Kellar TKO 1 (6), 1:26 13 Jul 1985 United States Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
5 Win 5–0 United States Walter Santemore PTS 6 29 Jun 1985 Italy Bellaria, Italy
4 Win 4–0 United States Larry Roberson TKO 1, 2:47 17 May 1985 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, US
3 Win 3–0 Luxembourg Dragomir Milo Popovic TKO 6 20 Apr 1985 Italy Ceriale, Italy
2 Win 2–0 Germany George Butzbach TKO 2 8 Mar 1985 Italy Modena, Italy
1 Win 1–0 Ivory Coast Allou Gobe TKO 3 5 Jan 1985 Italy PalaEvangelisti, Perugia, Italy Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBC International heavyweight champion
14 February 1987 – October 1987
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jimmy Thunder
Preceded by
Anders Eklund
European heavyweight champion
9 October 1987 – May 1989
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Derek Williams
World boxing titles
Inaugural champion WBO heavyweight champion
6 May 1989 – 11 January 1991
Succeeded by
Ray Mercer