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Salvatore Burruni (11 April 1933 – 30 March 2004) was an Italian flyweight and bantamweight boxer who fought between 1957 and 1969 mostly in Europe.[1]

Salvatore Burruni
Salvatore Burruni.jpg
Height1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Nationality Italy
Born11 April 1933
Alghero, Italy
Died30 March 2004 (aged 70)
Alghero, Italy
Boxing record
Total fights109
Wins by KO32

Amateur careerEdit

Burruni was Italian flyweight champion in 1954 and 1956 and won the world military championships in 1955 and 1956 and Mediterranean Games in 1955.[2] At the 1956 Olympics he lost to Vladimir Stolnikov in the second round.[3]

Pro careerEdit

After campaigning for many years, and capturing the European flyweight title, Burruni was given a title shot by WBA, WBC and Lineal flyweight champion Pone Kingpetch of Thailand. On 23 April 1965, Burruni made the most of his opportunity and captured the crown on a unanimous 15-round decision.[1]

But, on November 1965, the WBA & WBC stripped him of his title for failing to meet the organization's Number One contender, Hiroyuki Ebihara of Japan.[4][5][6][7][8]

In spite of that, on 2 December 1965, Burruni successfully defended his lineal crown by knocking out Australian Rocky Gattellari.
But, on 14 June 1966, he lost the lineal title to Walter McGowan, of Scotland, whom he had defeated previously.[citation needed]

Unable to make the weight any longer, Burruni moved up to the bantamweight division. He captured the European bantamweight title by taking a 15-round decision from champion Mimoum Ben Ali in 1968. His attempt to secure a world bantamweight title shot ended when he was knocked out by Rubén Olivares.[1]

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Preceded by
Pone Kingpetch
WBA Flyweight Champion
23 Apr 1965 – 1 Nov 1965
Succeeded by
Horacio Accavallo
WBC Flyweight Champion
23 Apr 1965 – 18 Nov 1965
Lineal Flyweight Champion
23 Apr 1965 – 14 Jun 1966
Succeeded by
Walter McGowan
World Flyweight Champion
(recognized by EBU)

23 Apr 1965 – 14 Jun 1966
The Ring Flyweight Champion
23 Apr 1965 – 14 Jun 1966