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Vito Antuofermo (Italian pronunciation: [anˌtwɔˈfermo]; born February 9, 1953) is an Italian American actor and retired professional boxer. He is a former undisputed World Middleweight Champion.[1]

Vito Antuofermo
Vito Antuofermo.jpg
Antuofermo in 2006
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Real nameVito Antuofermo
Weight(s)Middleweight
NationalityItaly Italian
United States American
Born (1953-02-09) February 9, 1953 (age 66)
Palo del Colle, Italy
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights59
Wins50
Wins by KO21
Losses7
Draws2
No contests0

BackgroundEdit

Antuofermo was born in Italy, in the town of Palo del Colle, about 15 km inland from the city of Bari. His family moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. Antuofermo learned how to fight in the tough areas of New York City. By his teens, he had made up his mind that he wanted to be a professional boxer.

He has lived in Howard Beach, Queens.[2]

Amateur careerEdit

Antuofermo won the 1970 147 lb New York Golden Gloves Championship, defeating Thomas Chestnut in the finals. In 1971, Antuofermo was defeated by future Light Heavyweight Champion Eddie Gregory in the finals of the 147 lb Open division. Antuofermo trained at the Police Athletic Leagues Sweeney Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Professional careerEdit

One of the things for which Antuofermo was known was his propensity to bleed easily, especially around the eyebrows. In between rounds in his fights, as much attention (if not more) was given to Vito patching up cuts on his face as it was giving him advice and instructions.

In 1979, Antuofermo became World Middleweight Champion by beating defending champion Hugo Corro by a decision in 15 rounds at Monte Carlo. According to an article in The Ring, Howard Cosell, who was working on that fight's live broadcast to the USA, was telling viewers that Corro was, in his opinion, way ahead on the judges' cards. When someone on the American television crew found out it was Antuofermo who was actually leading on the cards, Cosell then began to say he had Antuofermo ahead.

On the morning after winning the title, Antuofermo and his crew were driving to a small vacation in Italy, when he saw a car fly off a bridge under which they were passing. The car landed right in front of his, but luckily the accident did not injure any occupants in Antuofermo's car. He was so shocked that he kept driving and never found out what happened to the occupants of that car. He came back to his senses about 20 minutes later.

Antuofermo defended his title against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight resulting in a controversial 15-round draw. In his next defense, against Alan Minter, also in Las Vegas, he lost the title by a 15-round split decision. They had a rematch in London on June 28, 1980. Minter retained the crown by a TKO (on cuts) in eight rounds.

Antuofermo kept fighting and winning and, after Hagler won the title from Minter in 1980, Antuofermo was given another chance to regain the World Middleweight Championship. In front of an HBO Boxing audience and a full house at Hagler's native Boston's Boston Garden, Antuofermo this time lost by a TKO on cuts in the fourth round.

After several attempts at becoming a top middleweight again, Antuofermo retired from boxing in 1985.

Apart from Corro, other boxers he beat included world champions Eckhard Dagge, Denny Moyer and Emile Griffith.

Life after boxingEdit

After retirement, Antuofermo began to pursue an acting career. In 1990, he landed a small role in The Godfather Part III as the chief bodyguard of gangster Joey Zasa. He has landed several small speaking roles in movies and television shows since, included the critically acclaimed television show The Sopranos as a mobster. He has also done many theater plays.

Antuofermo's record reads 50 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws, with 21 wins by knockout. Vito Antuofermo's second oldest son Pasquale Antuofermo is currently fighting as an amateur. He now owns a successful landscaping company that operates in Long Island, New York.

FilmographyEdit

  • 1990: Goodfellas - Prizefighter
  • 1990: The Godfather Part III - Anthony 'The Ant' Squigliaro
  • 1991: Loser - Homeless Man
  • 1993: New York Undercover - Jimmy
  • 1996: The Mouse - Trainer
  • 1998: Hell's Kitchen - Boyle's Thug
  • 1999: La bomba - Pippo Messina
  • 2000: The Boys Behind the Desk

Professional boxing recordEdit

50 Wins (21 knockouts), 7 Losses (5 knockouts), 2 Draws[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 50–7–2   Matthew Hilton RTD 4 (10)
3:00
1985-10-20   Montreal Forum,
Montreal, Quebec
Win 50–6–2   Larry McCall UD 10 1985-05-25   Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.
Win 49–6–2   Mark Allman TKO 3 (?)
1:24
1985-03-08   Ridgewood Grove,
New York City
Win 48–6–2   Marcus Starks TKO 4 (10)
1:46
1984-12-14   Nassau Coliseum,
Uniondale, New York
Win 47–6–2   Ricard Beranek TD 5 (10) 1984-09-13   Resorts International,
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 46–6–2   Marvelous Marvin Hagler RTD 4 (15) 1981-06-13   Boston Garden,
Boston
For WBA, WBC and Lineal Middleweight titles.
Win 46–5–2   Mauricio Aldana UD 10 1981-04-02   Conrad Hilton Hotel,
Chicago, Illinois
Loss 45–5–2   Alan Minter TKO 8 (15) 1980-06-28   Empire Pool,
London
For WBA, WBC and Lineal Middleweight titles.
Loss 45–4–2   Alan Minter SD 15 1980-03-16   Caesars Palace,
Paradise, Nevada
Lost WBA, WBC and Lineal Middleweight titles.
Draw 45–3–2   Marvelous Marvin Hagler SD 15 1979-11-30   Caesars Palace,
Paradise, Nevada
Retained WBA, WBC and Lineal Middleweight titles.
Win 45–3–1   Hugo Corro SD 15 1979-06-30   Esplanade de Fontvieille, Fontvieille Won WBA, WBC and Lineal Middleweight titles.
Win 44–3–1   Mike Hallacy UD 10 1978-11-11   Boston Garden,
Boston
Win 43–3–1   Willie Classen UD 10 1978-08-25   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 42–3–1   Willie Warren UD 10 1978-06-22   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 41–3–1   Bennie Briscoe UD 10 1978-02-04   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 40–3–1   Mike Nixon TKO 4 (10)
2:58
1977-10-27   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 39–3–1   Ramon Beras KO 6 (10)
1:16
1977-08-30   Montreal Forum,
Montreal, Quebec
Win 38–3–1   Eugene Hart KO 5 (10) 1977-03-11   Philadelphia Arena,
Philadelphia
Win 37–3–1   Pablo Rodriguez KO 4 (10) 1976-12-02   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Loss 36–3–1   Maurice Hope TKO 15
2:48
1976-10-01   Palazzetto dello Sport,
Rome, Lazio
Lost EBU Light middleweight title.
Loss 36–2–1   Frank Wissenbach PTS 8 1976-06-18   Deutschlandhalle, Berlin
Win 36–1–1   Jean-Claude Warusfel TKO 14 (15) 1976-03-26   Palasport di San Siro,
Milan, Lombardy
Retained EBU Light middleweight title.
Win 35–1–1   Eckhard Dagge PTS 15 1976-01-16   Deutschlandhalle, Berlin Won EBU Light middleweight title.
Win 34–1–1   Bruce Cantrell PTS 10 1975-11-28   Long Island Arena,
Commack, New York
Win 33–1–1   Ricky Ortiz TKO 6 (10) 1975-10-23   Broome County Arena,
Binghamton, New York
Win 32–1–1   Vinnie Curto UD 10 1975-08-08   Tropicana Hotel & Casino,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 31–1–1   Antonio Castellini TKO 5 (10) 1975-06-27   Palazzetto dello Sport,
Naples, Campania
Win 30–1–1   Reinaldo Oliveira Jr. TKO 6 (10) 1975-06-06   Palazzetto dello Sport,
Naples, Campania
Win 29–1–1   Dave Huckaby UD 10 1975-03-20   Bristol Arena,
Bristol, Connecticut
Win 28–1–1   Ramón Mendez PTS 10 1975-01-24   Milan, Lombardy
Win 27–1–1   Emile Griffith UD 10 1974-11-22   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 26–1–1   Paul Osborne TKO 3 (10) 1974-10-18   Steelworkers Hall,
Baltimore, Maryland
Win 25–1–1   Denny Moyer UD 10 1974-09-09   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 24–1–1   Melvin Dennis PTS 10 1974-06-07   Palazzetto dello Sport,
Rome, Lazio
Win 23–1–1   Joey Durelle KO 1 (?) 1974-05-03   Palazzetto dello Sport,
Rome, Lazio
Win 22–1–1   John L. Sullivan UD 10 1974-03-08   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 21–1–1   Chucho García UD 10 1974-01-14   Felt Forum,
New York City
Win 20–1–1   Buddy Boggs TKO 6 (10) 1973-12-05   Baltimore Civic Center,
Baltimore
Win 19–1–1   Tony Kid Durango UD 10 1973-10-08   Felt Forum,
New York City
Win 18–1–1   Danny McAloon UD 10 1973-08-25   Felt Forum,
New York City
Loss 17–1–1   Harold Weston TKO 5 (10)
2:53
1973-07-09   Felt Forum,
New York City
Win 17–0–1   Tony Kid Durango TKO 2 (10) 1973-06-18   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 16–0–1   Art Kettles SD 10 1973-04-30   Felt Forum,
New York City
Win 15–0–1   Luis Rivera PTS 8 1973-04-13   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Win 14–0–1   Ray Villanueva TKO 4 (10) 1973-03-09   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 13–0–1   Skip Yeaton KO 2 (10) 1973-01-31   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Win 12–0–1   Al Sewell KO 7 (?) 1972-12-15   New York City
Win 11–0–1   Carlos Novotny KO 3 (?) 1972-11-22   New York City
Win 10–0–1   Oreste Lebron PTS 8 1972-10-10   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Win 9–0–1   Charles Hayward PTS 6 1972-09-11   Gaelic Park,
New York City
Win 8–0–1   Gabe Bowens PTS 4 1972-08-28   Madison Square Garden,
New York City
Win 7–0–1   Jerry Caballero TKO 4 (?) 1972-07-21   Singer Bowl,
New York City
Win 6–0–1   Don Sauls PTS 6 1972-06-30   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Win 5–0–1   Lenny Carter KO 2 (?) 1972-05-26   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Win 4–0–1   John Presley KO 1 (?) 1972-04-11   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Win 3–0–1   Ivelaw Eastman PTS 4 1972-03-01   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City
Draw 2–0–1   Charles Hayward PTS 6 1972-02-17   Embassy Hall,
North Bergen, New Jersey
Win 2–0   Juan Rivera PTS 6 1972-01-17   Westchester County Center,
White Plains, New York
Win 1–0   Ivelaw Eastman PTS 4 1971-11-30   Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Lineal Middleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Katz, Michael. "ANTUOFERMO, A 'BORN FIGHTER,' RETURNS", The New York Times, September 13, 1984. Accessed February 8, 2019. "To be specific, he is an Italian-born fighter, who now lives in Howard Beach, Queens."
  3. ^ "Vito Antuofermo boxing record". BoxRec.com.
Regional titles
Preceded by
Eckhard Dagge
EBU Light Middleweight Champion
January 16, 1976 – October 1, 1976
Succeeded by
Maurice Hope
Achievements
Preceded by
Hugo Corro
WBC Middleweight Champion
June 30, 1979 – March 16, 1980
Succeeded by
Alan Minter
Preceded by
Hugo Corro
WBA Middleweight Champion
June 30, 1979 – March 16, 1980
Succeeded by
Alan Minter
Preceded by
Hugo Corro
Lineal Middleweight Champion
June 30, 1979 – March 16, 1980
Succeeded by
Alan Minter