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Frankie Genaro

  • Sport: Boxing
  • Decade Inducted: 80s

A fighter who took on the toughest men in boxing during an active, 14-year career as a champion-caliber flyweight.

Frankie Genaro fought professionally for 14 years, taking on 10 world champions during the career. He held, lost, then regained the title in a memorable stretch, between 1928-1931.

Finishing his career with a 99-22-8 record, Genaro was known as a quick-footed fighter who combined agility and aggression to become a world champion. Among the top-drawer fighters that he competed against: Bud Taylor, Ernie Jarvis, Yvon Trevidic, Pancho Villa, Midget Wolgast and a host of other notables.

In addition to his pro accomplishments, he was a gold medalist at the flyweight level during the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. His pro career was launched the same year, and he was eventually known as one of the toughest pound-for-pound athletes in the game.

Frankie Genaro died on December 27, 1966. He was elected to the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.