View Full Version : Tony Canzoneri

07-28-2009, 05:38 AM
Next on my list of Multi-Divisional Phenoms is the great Tony Canzoneri.


List found at: http://www.sweetboxing.com/showthread.php?t=614

Tony Canzoneri is a former Featherweight, two time Lightweight, and two time Junior Welterweight Champion of the world. And although he never won a Bantamweight or Welterweight title, he did find success there. Early in his career, he earned two shots at the Bantamweight Championship, coming up short twice against Bud Taylor (the first bout ended in a draw while the second ended in a unanimous decision). Going into the first Taylor bout, Canzoneri had already amassed a record of 34 wins, 1 loss, and 4 draws. He had defeated two top Bantamweight contenders in future Bantamweight Champion Bushy Graham and future Featherweight Champion Andre Routis. Later, near the end of his career, he beat former Welterweight Champion and hall of famer Jimmy McLarnin immediately after McLarnin lost his title for the second time in a trilogy with hall of famer Barney Ross.

Tony won the vacant NYSAC Featherweight Championship by defeating hall of famer Johnny Dundee in 1927, then unified with the NBA Championship by beating Benny Bass in 1928. He'd go on to lose his World Featherweight Championship to previously conquered Andre Routis later that year. In the following year Tony took his first crack at the Lightweight Championship, but narrowly came up short by losing a split decision to Sammy Mandell. There was no rematch. The year after that, he took his second crack at the Lightweight title and won, knocking out Al Singer in the first round. In his first reign as Lightweight Champion, he picked up the Junior Welterweight title along the way by beating Jack 'Kid' Berg. He then lost it to Johnny Jadick, regained it from Battling Shaw, then lost it yet again (this time in conjunction with his Lightweight title) to Barney Ross. He never regained the Junior Welterweight title again, but he did regain the Lightweight title in a vacant title bout with hall of famer Lou Ambers. In the following year, Ambers would take the title from Canzoneri in a rematch. There would eventually be a trilogy, which concluded Canzoneri's title shots for the rest of his career.

Tony started his hall of fame professional career at the young age of 16, and was over the hill before turning 30. He had 175 professional fights and was only knocked out once, in his very last fight no less. This was quite an impressive feat considering the man usually fought with his hands down. His final record stands at 141 wins, 24 losses, and 10 draws. But before losing to Lou Ambers, he had a record of 122-16-8. The only people to beat him twice were Johnny Jadick and the great Barney Ross. And aside from Barney Ross, Tony managed to beat anyone he ever faced if given 2 or 3 attempts, which remained applicable even after he was over the hill.

Cyber Boxing Zone had the following to say about Canzoneri:

Canzoneri was an aggressive fighter who could box or punch; He was clever, capable, game and took a good punch; When the going got tough, Tony got going; Fighting in an era of many great fighters, he was among the best...

Charley Rose ranked Canzoneri as the #6 All-Time Lightweight; Herb Goldman ranked him as the #6 All-Time Lightweight; Nat Fleischer ranked him as the #7 All-Time Lightweight; Canzoneri was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990

07-28-2009, 05:49 AM
His first fight with Lou Ambers:


*Tony is the guy that scores the knockdown

05-29-2011, 03:11 PM
Another ATG I recently discovered. Last night I saw his second fight with Jackie Kid Berg, that was a great ko. He fought for a world title at 18, fought from bantamweight to welterweight and won six titles, in 3 divisions. Would like to see a career thread on him here. It really is a shame not many know about these guys...