Sandro Lopopolo

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Sandro Lopopolo
Sandro Lopopolo 2.jpg
Personal information
Born18 December 1939
Milan, Italy
Died26 April 2014 (aged 74)
Milan, Italy
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Sport
SportBoxing

Alessandro "Sandro" Lopopolo (18 December 1939 – 26 April 2014) was an Italian 1959 amateur featherweight and 1960 amateur lightweight boxing champion, and also world boxing champion in the light welterweight division afterwards, when he turned professional, between 1961 and 1973.[1]

Boxing career[edit]

Sandro Lopopolo was considered as a hometown favorite for the lightweight division Olympic boxing title at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome where he won the silver medal.[2] At the Olympics, after four easy wins in the early rounds, Lopopolo defeated the Argentine Abel Laudino by split decision in the semifinals. He lost the final to Kazimierz Paździor by a majority decision. Lopopolo turned professional in early 1961 and had a long and successful professional career. Fighting in the light-welterweight category most of his professional career, Lopopolo won the Italian light-welterweight titles in 1963 and 1965 and held the European and World light-welterweight title from April 1966 to April 1967.[2][3]

Lopopolo won the Lineal, WBA and WBC light welterweight titles from Carlos Morocho Hernández on 29 April 1966, after outpointing his opponent.[4] He lost the crown to Paul Takeshi Fuji on 30 April 1967 by technical knockout in the 2nd round. He retired with a record of 58 wins (20 KOs), 10 losses and 7 draws. Lopopolo liked to box from a distance and was part of “the golden era” of Italian boxing, with the likes of Duilio Loi, Nino Benvenuti, Sandro Mazzinghi, Bruno Arcari and Carmelo Bossi.[5][6][7]

Lopopolo died aged of 74 in his hometown, Milan, due to a complication from a respiratory infection.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandro Lopopolo. BoxRec.com (26 April 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-19.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sandro Lopopolo". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ Alessandro "Sandro" Lopopolo. cyberboxingzone.com (18 December 1939). Retrieved on 2015-05-19.
  4. ^ "Sandro Lopopolo - Lineal Junior Welterweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  5. ^ "Pugilato, è morto Sandro Lopopolo. Fu argento olimpico – Tgcom24" (in Italian). Tgcom24.mediaset.it. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b Former world champion Sandro Lopopolo passes away. wbcboxing.com (27 April 2014). Retrieved on 2015-05-19.
  7. ^ Robert Coster (28 April 2014) Sandro Lopopolo passes Archived 10 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine. fightnews.com.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Carlos Morocho Hernández
Lineal Light Welterweight Champion
29 April 1966 – 30 April 1967
Succeeded by
Takeshi Fuji
Preceded by
Carlos Morocho Hernández
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
29 April 1966 – 30 April 1967
Succeeded by
Takeshi Fuji
Preceded by
Carlos Morocho Hernández
WBC Light Welterweight Champion
29 April 1966 – 30 April 1967
Succeeded by
Takeshi Fuji