A native of Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Parisi began his professional career in 1989 and won the Vacant WBO Lightweight Title by defeating Javier Altamirano in 1992. He later defeated former champion Freddie Pendleton and in 1995 challenged Mexican legend Julio César Chávez for the WBC Light Welterweight Title, losing a unanimous decision. Parisi went on to capture the WBO Light Welterweight Title and defend it successfully six times. He lost the WBO light-welterweight belt to Carlos Gonzalez in May 1998, and failed in a challenge for the welterweight title against Daniel Santos in July 2000.
He last fought in September 2006, when he lost a majority decision against Frederic Klose in Milan for the European welterweight crown.
- "Former champ Parisi dies in crash". BBC. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Professional boxing record for Giovanni Parisi from BoxRec
- "Giovanni Parisi". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-04-06.
|WBO Lightweight Champion
25 September 1992 – 1994
Oscar De La Hoya
|WBO Light Welterweight Champion
9 Mar 1996 – 29 May 1998
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