Tony Canzoneri

Tony Canzoneri ( born November 6, 1908 in Slidell, Louisiana, † December 9, 1959 in New York City, New York ) was an American boxer.


The Italian-American Canzoneri in 1925 with 16 years professional. Eighteen- year punched the Pressure Fighter already around the world bantamweight championship of the NBA ( forerunner of the World Boxing Association) against Bud Taylor draw and lost the rematch.

In 1927 he won the featherweight title of the NYSAC against a beaten lights from the make weight and therefore indisposed Johnny Dundee and defeated Taylor in a non-title fight. He defended against Benny Bass, lost the title against Andre Routis.

His first bid for lightweight crown failed 1929 Sammy Mandell, but in 1930 he beat Al Singer in the first round KO difficult.

In 1931, he defeated for the welterweight world title Jackie Berg had him in 1930 ausgepunktet ( Canzoneri won a third fight ) and defended the lightweight title against Kid Chocolate, the 1933 he inflicted the first knockout loss. This Canzoneri was the second fighter in the boxing history of the world champion in three weight classes.

Barney Ross was defeated in 1931, as in 1932 Johnny Jadick, twice each in title fights. But in 1933 he scored from Baby Arizmendi and 1935 could regain the vacant lightweight title against Lou Ambers. 1934 renamed the magazine The Ring Canzoneri as a fighter of the year.

In 1936, he suggested Jadick in a non-title fight, but was defeated Amber in the rematch for the title in 1936 and again in 1937, his last title fight. Even the larger Jimmy McLarnin he lost on points.

The time now gradually went downhill after the first and only knockout loss of his career against undefeated Al " Bummy " Davis, he listened with boxing on.

1990 was Canzoneri induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The Ring put him in the rankings of the best lightweight boxers of all time on the eighth.