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Italian World Middleweight Champion who defended his title against Marvin Hagler in a controversial 15-round draw.
He says he learned how to fight in the tough areas of New York City as a youngster.
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.
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. All three judges' scorecards were very close, each showing a tight, one-point margin: 143-142, and 146-145 in Antuofermo's favor and 146-145 in Corro's favor.
On November 30, 1979 Antuofermo defended his title against Marvelous Marvin Hagler in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight resulting in a controversial 15-round draw. Judge Duane Ford scored the bout in Hagler's favor, 145-141. Judge Dalby Shirley scored it for Antuofermo, 144-142. Judge Hal Miller had it even at 143-143. The draw enabled Antuofermo to retain his title. In his next defense, against Alan Minter, also in Las Vegas, he lost the title by a 15-round split decision. The bout featured a wild disparity in scoring with a Venezuelan judge scoring the fight for Antuofermo while a British judge had Minter winning 13 of the 15 rounds. 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.
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.
Vito's family moved to the United States from Italy when he was 17 years old.
Currently, Vito Antuofermo is 69 years, 9 months and 23 days old. Vito Antuofermo will celebrate 70th birthday on a Thursday 9th of February 2023. Below we countdown to Vito Antuofermo upcoming birthday.
SJC Boxing & Ringside Report Wishes Retired Boxing Champion Vito Antuofermo a Happy 67th Birthday – Boxing News
RSR Press Release SJC Boxing and Ringside Report wishes retired boxing champion Vito Antuofermo a happy 67th birthday today.