Clemente Russo

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.

Clemente Russo
Clemente Russo Rio2016.jpg
Russo at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1982-07-27) 27 July 1982 (age 38)
Caserta, Italy[1]
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb)
SportAmateur boxing
Coached byGiulio Coletta
Michele Caldarella[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Russo works as a police officer. He is married to former international judo competitor Laura Maddaloni;[4] they have a daughter.[2]


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 2008 Olympics he won the silver medal, losing the final round and so the competition to Rakhim Chakkhiev. He defeated future WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder in the semi-finals.

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.

Outside of his athletic career, in 2011 Russo debuted as an actor in the drama film Tatanka.[5]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Russo again won the silver medal, losing the final to Oleksandr Usyk.[6]

World Amateur Championships resultsEdit


  • Defeated Stefan Balint (Romania) 15–10
  • Lost to Magomed Aripgadzhiev (Belarus) 4–14



Olympic resultsEdit

Russo at the 2016 Olympics

2008 (as a heavyweight)

2012 (as a heavyweight)

2016 (as a heavyweight)


  1. ^ a b Clemente Russo.
  2. ^ a b c Clemente Russo.
  3. ^ "Clemente Russo spiega laddio alla Polizia" (in Italian). 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  4. ^ Laura Maddaloni.
  5. ^ Alberto Del Giudice (6 May 2011). "Tatanka, da un racconto di Roberto Saviano". GQ. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  6. ^ 81 91kg heavyweight men.

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