Clemente Russo (born 27 July 1982) is an Italian amateur boxer best known for winning Gold at the 2007 and 2013 World Amateur Boxing Championships at heavyweight (201 lbs limit). He currently boxes for the Italia Thunder team in the World Series of Boxing league. He also signed up for the AIBA professional league, the APB, which launched in autumn 2013.
Russo at the 2016 Olympics
|Born||27 July 1982|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||91 kg (201 lb)|
|Coached by||Giulio Coletta|
Russo qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by finishing in second place at the 1st AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At the Games Russo, who works as a policeman and who hails from Campania, fought at light heavyweight. He ran right into eventual winner Andre Ward from the USA and was eliminated early.
He moved up to the 201 lbs category and exited early at the World championships 2005 and the European championships 2006.
In 2007 he lost the European Championships final to Elias Pavlidis, at the World Championships he easily beat Englishman Daniel Price, 2005 medalist Alexander Povernov (PTS 17–5) and won the quarterfinals against Milorad Gajović (Montenegro) to qualify for Beijing. He beat Chinese Yushan Nijiati to reach the finals where he edged out Russian top favorite Rakhim Chakkhiev 7–6.
In the World Series of Boxing he boxes for Italia Thunder team. He received the "Winner WSB Heavyweight Individual World Champion 2011" and "Winner WSB Team World Champion 2012" awards.
World Amateur Championships resultsEdit
- Defeated Stefan Balint (Romania) 15–10
- Lost to Magomed Aripgadzhiev (Belarus) 4–14
- Lost to Jasur Matchanov (Uzbekistan) 13–16
2008 (as a heavyweight)
- Defeated Viktar Zuyev (Belarus) 7–1
- Defeated Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine) 7–4
- Defeated Deontay Wilder (United States) 7–1
- Lost to Rakhim Chakkhiev (Russia) 2–4
2012 (as a heavyweight)
- Defeated Tumba Silva (Angola)
- Defeated Jose Larduet (Cuba)
- Defeated Teymur Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 7–1
- Lost to Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine)
2016 (as a heavyweight)
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- 81 91kg heavyweight men. olympic.org
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