Giovanni Parisi

Giovanni Parisi (December 2, 1967 – March 25, 2009) was an Italian boxer, who won the gold medal in the Men's Featherweight (57 kg) category at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Giovanni Parisi
Real nameGiovanni Parisi
Height5 ft. 8 in. (173 cm.)
BornDecember 2, 1967
Vibo Valentia, Italy
DiedMarch 25, 2009(2009-03-25) (aged 41)
Voghera, Italy
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins by KO29
No contests0

1988 Olympic resultsEdit

Below is the record of Giovanni Parisi, an Italian featherweight boxer who competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics:

  • Round of 64: bye
  • Round of 32: defeated Lu Chih Hsiung (Taipei) by decision, 5-0
  • Round of 16: defeated Mikhail Kazaryan (Soviet Union) referee stopped contest in the second round
  • Quarterfinal: defeated Ya'acov Shmuel (Israel) by decision, 5-0
  • Semifinal: defeated Abdelhak Achik (Morocco) referee stopped contest in the first round
  • Final: defeated Daniel Dumitrescu (Romania) by first-round knockout (won gold medal)

Professional careerEdit

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.


On 25 March 2009, Parisi was driving a car at Voghera, near Pavia, when it crashed head-on with a truck. Parisi died at the scene; he was 41.[1]


  1. ^ "Former champ Parisi dies in crash". BBC. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26.

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Title last held by
Dingaan Thobela
WBO lightweight champion
September 25, 1992 - 1994
Title next held by
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by
Sammy Fuentes
WBO light welterweight champion
March 9, 1996 - May 29, 1998
Succeeded by
Carlos González
Junior welterweight status
Preceded by
Edwin Rosario
Latest born world champion to die
March 25 – July 11, 2009
Succeeded by
Arturo Gatti