Francesco Damiani

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Francesco Damiani (born October 4, 1958 in Bagnacavallo
Bagnacavallo
Bagnacavallo is a town and comune in the province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. .The Renaissance painter Bartolommeo Ramenghi bore the nickname of his native city.- Main sights:*Castellaccio * Giardino dei Semplici...

) is an Italian
Italy
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 former boxer
Boxing
Boxing, also called pugilism, is a combat sport in which two people fight each other using their fists. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds...

 who won the silver medal at the 1982 World Championships and at the 1984 Summer Olympics. As a professional, he was the first WBO heavyweight champion.

Amateur


He participated at 1980 Summer Olympics
Boxing at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Boxing at the 1980 Summer Olympics took place in the Indoor Stadium of the Olympiski Sports Complex in Moscow. The boxing schedule began on 20 July and ended on 2 August...

 in Moscow, where he lost to the eventual silver medalist Piotr Zaev
Piotr Zaev
Pyotr Ivanovich Zayev is a former boxer, who won the silver medal for the USSR in the Heavyweight division at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. In the final he was defeated by titleholder Teófilo Stevenson of Cuba...

 in the quarter-finals. The following year he won the European Amateur Championships in Tampere. At the 1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships
1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships
The Men's 1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships were held in Munich, West Germany from May 4 to 15. The third edition of this competition, held two years before the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, was organised by the world governing body for amateur boxing AIBA.- Medal winners...

 in Munich, he beat the legendary Teofilo Stevenson
Teófilo Stevenson
Teófilo Stevenson Lawrence or Teófilo Stevenson is a former Cuban amateur boxer. He is one of the only three boxers to win three Olympic gold medals, alongside Hungarian László Papp and fellow Cuban Félix Savón....

 but lost to Tyrell Biggs
Tyrell Biggs
Tyrell Biggs , is an American heavyweight boxer. He won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, CA in boxing at the Superheavyweight division, after gaining bronze the previous year at the 1983 Pan American Games....

 in the final. In 1983 in Varna he became European champion for the second time, beating Ulli Kaden
Ulli Kaden
Ulli Kaden is a former East German amateur boxer best known to win the European title 1987 and 1989 at super heavyweight.-Career:Kaden was 1980 to 1988 nine times champion of East Germany....

. At the 1984 Summer Olympics
Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics
Boxing at the 1984 Summer Olympics took place in the Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. The boxing schedule began on July 29 and ended on August 11. Twelve men's boxing events were contested.-Light Flyweight :...

 in Los Angeles he again lost to Biggs in the final, despite Biggs' home crowd booing at the judges decision who believed Damiani won the contest (since he threw more punches and was moving forward for most of the contest) which led to the leading BBC Boxing commentator Harry Carpenter
Harry Carpenter
Harry Leonard Carpenter OBE was a British BBC sports commentator broadcasting from the early 1950s until his retirement in 1994. His speciality was boxing...

, who was commentating for the BBC
BBC
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 sport Olympic coverage, to say that "..it the worst boxing decision in all my years of boxing commentating".

Olympic results


1980
  • Defeated Teodor Pîrjol (Romania) 4-1
  • Lost to Piotr Zaev
    Piotr Zaev
    Pyotr Ivanovich Zayev is a former boxer, who won the silver medal for the USSR in the Heavyweight division at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. In the final he was defeated by titleholder Teófilo Stevenson of Cuba...

     (Soviet Union) 0-5


1984
  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Willie Isangura (Tanzania) RSC 2
  • Defeated Robert Wells
    Robert Wells (boxer)
    Robert Wells is a former British boxer, who won the Super Heavyweight bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics....

     (Great Britain) RSC 3
  • Lost to Tyrell Biggs
    Tyrell Biggs
    Tyrell Biggs , is an American heavyweight boxer. He won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, CA in boxing at the Superheavyweight division, after gaining bronze the previous year at the 1983 Pan American Games....

     (United States) 1-4

Professional


Damiani began his pro career on a tear, with 27 consecutive victories over limited opposition. He defeated Tyrell Biggs in a rematch of their Olympic meeting, stopping him on a cut, and then won the newly created WBO Heavyweight title with a 3rd round KO victory over Johnny DuPlooy
Johnny DuPlooy
- Boxing career :The tall 6`3 South African boxer started his career in 1985 and beat 17 opponents. He then was stopped cold after losing to ex-champ Mike Weaver by 7th round KO...

 on May 6, 1989. Damiani hit a brick wall when he took on 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Ray Mercer
Ray Mercer
"Merciless" Ray Mercer is an American professional boxer, former Olympic Gold Medalist and WBO heavyweight title holder who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina...

 in 1991 in Atlantic City, NJ. Damiani was ahead on points but went down after a Mercer left uppercut broke his nose, and he was counted out by the referee in the 9th round.

Damiani would come back in 1992 to take a decision over former champion Greg Page
Greg Page (boxer)
Greg Page was a boxer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion from 1984 to 1985...

, but was KO'd in the following bout in 1993 by Oliver McCall
Oliver McCall
Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall is an American professional Heavyweight boxer best known for winning the WBC Heavyweight Championship in 1994 after scoring an upset knock out victory over Lennox Lewis, in Lewis' home town of London, England, followed by his infamous in-ring meltdown in the rematch...

, ending his career.

Professional boxing record



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|30–2
|align=left|  Oliver McCall
Oliver McCall
Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall is an American professional Heavyweight boxer best known for winning the WBC Heavyweight Championship in 1994 after scoring an upset knock out victory over Lennox Lewis, in Lewis' home town of London, England, followed by his infamous in-ring meltdown in the rematch...


|TKO
|8
|23/04/1993
|align=left|  The Pyramid
Pyramid Arena
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, Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee
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, Tennessee
Tennessee
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, United States
United States
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|Win
|30–1
|align=left|  Greg Page
Greg Page (boxer)
Greg Page was a boxer from Louisville, Kentucky. He was the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion from 1984 to 1985...


|UD
|10
|21/09/1992
|align=left|  Thomas & Mack Center
Thomas & Mack Center
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, Las Vegas
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, Nevada
Nevada
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, United States
United States
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|Win
|29–1
|align=left|  Michael Greer
|KO
|1
|22/04/1992
|align=left|  Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford
East Rutherford, New Jersey
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, New Jersey
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, United States
United States
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|align=left|
|-align=center
|Win
|28–1
|align=left|  Frankie Swindell
|PTS
|8
|07/03/1992
|align=left|  Fano
Fano
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, Marche
Marche
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, Italy
Italy
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|Loss
|27–1
|align=left|  Ray Mercer
Ray Mercer
"Merciless" Ray Mercer is an American professional boxer, former Olympic Gold Medalist and WBO heavyweight title holder who resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina...


|KO
|9
|11/01/1991
|align=left|  Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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, New Jersey
New Jersey
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, United States
United States
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|Win
|27–0
|align=left|  Everett Martin
Everett Martin
Everett Wayne Martin , also known as Bigfoot Martin is a former professional boxer. He is a journeyman heavyweight best known for his performances against more notable contenders.-Pro Boxing Career:...


|KO
|2
|20/10/1990
|align=left|  Palazzo Dello Sport
PalaLottomatica
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, Cesena
Cesena
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, Emilia Romagna
Emilia-Romagna
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, Italy
Italy
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|align=left|
|-align=center
|Win
|26–0
|align=left|  Tony Morrison
|KO
|3
|02/06/1990
|align=left|  Salice Terme, Cesena
Cesena
Cesena is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, south of Ravenna and west of Rimini, on the Savio River, co-chief of the Province of Forlì-Cesena. It is at the foot of the Apennines, and about 15 km from the Adriatic Sea.-History:Cesena was originally an Umbrian...

, Lombardia, Italy
Italy
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|align=left|
|-align=center
|Win
|25–0
|align=left|  Daniel Eduardo Neto
|TKO
|2
|16/12/1989
|align=left|  Palazzo Dello Sport
PalaLottomatica
PalaLottomatica, formerly known as Palazzo dello Sport or PalaEUR, is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena in Rome, Italy. It is located in the heart of the well known modern EUR complex. The arena hosted the 1960 Olympic basketball tournamentsThe stadium features 8 meetings points, a...

, Cesena
Cesena
Cesena is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, south of Ravenna and west of Rimini, on the Savio River, co-chief of the Province of Forlì-Cesena. It is at the foot of the Apennines, and about 15 km from the Adriatic Sea.-History:Cesena was originally an Umbrian...

, Emilia Romagna
Emilia-Romagna
Emilia–Romagna is an administrative region of Northern Italy comprising the two historic regions of Emilia and Romagna. The capital is Bologna; it has an area of and about 4.4 million inhabitants....

, Italy
Italy
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