A skilled slugger, a contender before his 20th birthday, and one of the great boxing champs of the 1920s and 1930s.
Tony Canzoneri was an accomplished pro fighter before his 20th birthday, as the Louisiana native turned pro as a 16-year-old, quickly taking on seasoned competitors. Canzoneri fought for two world titles in two divisions by age 20 and was already a two-time world champ by age 22.
By 23, Canzoneri was considered the best fighter, pound-for-pound, in the world. He rose to the top by fighting in big fights, and he compiled an amazing 259 rounds in title fights alone.
At the end of his career, Canzoneri was one of boxing’s three-division champs, capturing the crown in the featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight divisions. He fought 18 world champions and six Hall of Famers in his 15-year career.
Canzoneri died in 1959. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.