Duilio Loi

BORN    April 19 1929; Trieste, Italy
DIED January 20 2008; Treviso, Italy
HEIGHT  5-4 1/2
WEIGHT  134-149 lbs

Loi was a very talented boxer who was very popular; He had a wonderful career and an unbelievable record; He was not a power hitter but he knew how to fight; In a career of 126 bouts, he lost only 3 contests; During his career, he won the Junior Welterweight Championship of the World, the Welterweight Championship of Europe, the Lightweight Championship of Europe and the Lightweight Championship of Italy

Herb Goldman ranked Loi as the #24 All-Time Lightweight; He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005

Anyone who remembers Duilio Loi goes directly to the Spit Bucket's boxing trivia hall of fame. Loi was an Italian Stallion who fought from 1948 to 1962. He retired with a record of 116-3 with 7 draws & 25 kayos. He was a top rated lightweight contender from '52 thru '60, and most champions avoided him like the plague. Loi was a tough, very slick, even though he brawled, southpaw that recalled a left handed LaMotta; with honed defensive skills.

After Loi had been fighting for 8 frustrating years, Carlos Oritz, the newly created junior welter champ, gave him a shot (in San Francisco of all places...& the Ol' Spit Bucket just so happened to be a live spectator), on May 10th 1960. Loi lost a close decision. At the time, the Ol' Spit Bucket was majorly into my man Carlos . . . but even in the throes of my craze on Carlos, I realized he escaped by a C-hair. The next two fights were in Italy & even the Ol' Spit Bucket was impressed by the fact that the usual EyeTalian European overachiever could make the great Carlos go down twice. Loi clearly won those two bouts over a Prime Time Carlos Ortiz . . . keep in mind that Ortiz went on to win the lightweight title from the equally under-rated "Old Bones" Joe Brown in '62, & from that point on totally dominated the lightweight division for the rest of the decade.

Among Loi's best known victims are former lightweight champ Wallace "Bud" Smith (ko9), Orlando Zuleta, Conny Rudhoff, Eddie Perkins (another forgotten champ, who if not great, was a very slick, strong all around fighter with no weakness'), & of course, Ortiz.

The three losses in his career were all by decision. The first was in 1952 to Jorgen Johansen the tough Dane who was the European Lightweight champion & a top ten contender. The other two were split decision losses to Ortiz & Perkins. All three of those losses were avenged in rematches.

Another interesting note, is that throughout his tenure as World Jr. Welter champion, Loi was also defending his European Welterweight championship against foes such as Fortunato Manca, a top ten welterweight contender! As Loi's career was winding down, he lost the Jr. Welter championship to Eddie Perkins on September 14 1962. Two months later, on December 15 he decisively won his title back & retired a champion.

All in all, a hell of a record & a hell of a fighter!

1996 Gordoom, The Cyber Boxing Zone

1948
Nov  1 Nino Frangioni             Genoa, Italy                      W  6
Feb 12 Georgescu                  Genoa, Italy                      W  6
Apr 12 Ruggero Grilli             Milan, Italy                      W  6
Apr 24 Giulio DiRocco             Genoa, Italy                      W  6
Oct  5 Bruno Bisterzo             Milan, Italy                      W  8
Nov 23 Jean Berthelier            Milan, Italy                      W  6
Nov 30 Oreste Baiocco             Cagliari, Italy                  KO  8
Dec 16 Young Robert               La-Chaux-de-Fonds, France         W 10

1950
Jan 31 Vittorio Costa             Cagliari, Italy                   W  8
Mar  4 Vittorio Costa             Bologna, Italy                    W  8
Mar 15 Pedro Martinez             Milan, Italy                     KO  2
Mar 22 Nicola Funari              Milan, Italy                      W  8
Apr 15 Jan Nicolaas               Milan, Italy                      W  8
May  8 Djillali Bouaziz           Gallarte, Italy                   W  8
May 17 Giuseppe DeJoanni          Milan, Italy                      W  8
Sep 13 Allan Tanner               Bologne, Italy                    D 10
Nov  8 Luigi Male                 Milan, Italy                      D 12
          -Lightweight Championship of Italy
Dec 14 Frank Hermal               Milan, Italy                      W 10

1951
Feb 21 Karl Machart               Milan, Italy                      W 10
Mar  6 Juan Castellanos           Monza, Italy                      W 10
Mar 14 Raoul Guillaume            Milan, Italy                     KO  5
Mar 31 Roland Guibert             Modene, Italy                     W  8
Apr 14 Leon Bourlet               Milan, Italy                      W  8
Jun  9 Morley Kamara              Cagliari, Italy                   W 10
Jul  6 Ray Lewis                  Genoa, Italy                      W 10
Jul 18 Gianni Uboldi              Milan, Italy                      W 12
          -Lightweight Championship of Italy
Sep  1 Leyton Lewis               Varese, Italy                    KO  2
Oct  9 Ray Lewis                  Cagliari, Italy                  KO  2
Oct 26 Svend Wad                  Geneva, Switzerland               W 10
Dec 12 Tommy Barnham              London, England                   W 10
Dec 26 Emile Orozco               Milan, Italy                     KO  6

1952
Jan 14 Karl Pinsdorf              Genoa, Italy                      W 10
Apr  2 Emilio Marconi             Cagliari, Italy                   W 12
          -Lightweight Championship of Italy
Apr 12 Charles Colpin             Genoa, Italy                     KO  6
Jun  4 Agustin Argote             Milan, Italy                      W 10
Aug 18 Jorgen Johansen            Copenhagen, Denmark               L 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe
Nov 12 Alois Brandt               Cagliari, Italy                   W 10
Nov 26 Serge Ceustermans          Milan, Italy                      W 10
Dec 17 Francis Bonnardel          Milan, Italy                      W 10

1953
Jan 28 Ernesto Formenti           Milan, Italy                     KO  9
          -Lightweight Championship of Italy
Feb 20 Giuseppe De Joanni         Genoa, Italy                      W 10
Apr  2 Allan Tanner               Milan, Italy                      W 10
May  8 Jean Labalette             Geneva, Switzerland               W 10
Jun 20 Ernesto Formenti           Milan, Italy                     KO 10
Jun 27 Franco Antonini            Foligno, Italy                    D 10
Jul 11 Mario Rossellini           La Spezia, Italy                 KO  2
Sep 13 Emilio Marconi             Grosseto, Italy                   D 12
          -Lightweight Championship of Italy
Oct 21 Valde Fusaro               Milan, Italy                      W 10
Nov  4 Sandy Manuel               Milan, Italy                      W 10
Nov 15 Joseph Janssens            Milan, Italy                      W 10

1954
Feb  6 Jorgen Johansen            Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe
Mar  3 Franco Antonini            Genoa, Italy                      W 10
Mar 18 Giuseppe De Joanni         Rome, Italy                       W 10
May 13 Bruno Visintin             Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe;
           Lightweight Championship of Italy
Jun 23 Mario Ciccarelli           Milan, Italy W 10
Jul 16 Jacques Herbillon          Milan, Italy W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe
Sep 10 Ivor Germain               Melbourne, Vic, Australia        KO  9
Oct  1 Mario Trigo                Melbourne, Vic, Australia         W 12
Nov  8 Agustin Argote             Sydney, NSW, Australia            W 12

1955
Jan 14 Glen Flanagan              Miami, Fl                         W 10
Feb 19 Ray Famechon               Milan, Italy                      W 10
Mar 30 Guy Gracia                 Milan, Italy                      W 10
Apr 30 Alby Tissong               Trieste, Italy                    W 10
May 22 Louis Carrara              Milan, Italy                      W 10
Jun  8 Morley Kamara              Florence, Italy                   W 10
Jul  2 Giancarlo Garbelli         Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe;
           Lightweight Championship of Italy
Jul 30 Frank Hermal               St. Vincent, Italy               KO  3
Sep 13 Boswell St. Louis          Milan, Italy                     KO  5
Oct 15 Joe Lucy                   Milan, Italy                      W 10
Oct 29 Werner Handtke             Milan, Italy                      W 10
Nov 26 Seraphin Ferrer            Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe
Dec 26 Gordon Goodman             Milan, Italy                     KO  6

1956
Jan 21 Orlando Zulueta            Milan, Italy                      W 10
Apr  7 Manolo Garcia              Milan, Italy                      W 10
Apr 21 Ben Buker                  Tunis, Tunisia                    W 10
May 21 Jose Hernandez             Milan, Italy                      D 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe
Jun 23 Fred Galiana               Milan, Italy                     KO  6
Jul 11 Piet Van Klaveren          Milan, Italy                     KO  6
Jul 21 Karl-Heinz Friedrich       Bologne, Italy                    W 10
Sep 15 Fernand Nollet             Milan, Italy                      W 10
Sep 23 Albert Mueller             Forli, Italy                     KO  3
Oct 13 Maurice Auzel              Milan, Italy                      W 10
Nov 10 Sauveur Chiocca            Milan, Italy                      W 10
Dec  3 Felix Chiocca              Paris, France                     W 10
Dec 26 Jose Hernandez             Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe

1957
Feb  2 Bobby Ros                  Milan, Italy                     WF  5
Apr  3 Karl-Heinz Bick            Milan, Italy                     KO 10
Apr 27 Houacine Khalfi            Milan, Italy                      W 10
May 29 Rudi Langer                Milan, Italy                      W 10
Jun  2 Chico Santos               Lecce, Italy                     KO  6
Jun  9 Ahcene Attar               Cagliari, Italy                   W 10
Jun 26 Piet Van Klaveren          Milan, Italy                      W 10
Jul 12 Ernst Zetzmann             Milan, Italy                      W 10
Jul 27 Jack Subero                Genoa, Italy                      W 10
Sep  7 Stefano Bellotti           Rome, Italy                       W 10
Sep 25 Idrissa Dione              Milan, Italy                      W 10
Oct 29 Marcel Dupre               Milan, Italy                      W 10
Dec 26 Felix Chiocca              Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe

1958
Feb  8 Manfred Neuke              Bale, Italy                       D 10
Mar  1 Wallace "Bud" Smith        Milan, Italy                     KO  9
Apr 27 Al Nevarez                 Milan, Italy                      W 10
Jul  7 Charley Douglas            Naples, Italy                     W 10
Sep  5 Mario Vecchiatto           Milan, Italy                      D 15
          -Lightweight Championship of Europe
Dec 13 Conny Rudhoff              Turin, Italy                      W 10

1959
Apr 19 Emilio Marconi             Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Welterweight Championship of Europe

1960
Feb 13 Bruno Visintin             Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Welterweight Championship of Europe
Mar 16 Tommy Molloy               Milan, Italy                     KO  5
Mar 31 Giacomo Nervi              Rome, Italy                       W 10
Jun 15 Carlos Ortiz               San Francisco, Ca                 L 15
          -Junior Welterweight Championship of the World
Sep  1 Carlos Ortiz               Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Junior Welterweight Championship of the World
Nov 25 Maurice Auzel              Rome, Italy                       W 15
          -Welterweight Championship of Europe

1961
May 10 Carlos Ortiz               Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Junior Welterweight Championship of the World
Aug  5 Christian Christensen      St. Vincent, Italy                W 15
          -Welterweight Championship of Europe
Oct 21 Eddie Perkins              Milan, Italy                      D 15
          -Junior Welterweight Championship of the World
Dec  6 Epiphane Akono             Rome, Italy                      KO  8
Dec 20 Gale Kerwin                Milan, Italy                     KO  7

1962
Feb  9 Don Ellis                  Rome, Italy                       W 10
Mar 27 Billy Collins              Milan, Italy                      W 10
Apr 13 Willie Stevenson           Rome, Italy                       W 10
Apr 29 Roger Harvey               Milan, Italy                     KO  8
May 26 Isaac Vaughn               Milan, Italy                     KO  5
Jul 15 Fortunato Manca            Cagliari, Italy                   W 15
          -Welterweight Championship of Europe
Sep 14 Eddie Perkins              Milan, Italy                      L 15
          -Junior Welterweight Championship of the World
Dec 15 Eddie Perkins              Milan, Italy                      W 15
          -Junior Welterweight Championship of the World

1963
Jan    -Loi announced his retirement from the ring


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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