Carmen Basilio

One of the toughest, most-decorated, and best-loved boxing champions of the 1950s.

A boxer unafraid to take on the toughest foes in his division, Carmen Basilio crafted a fine record during one of the toughest ages in boxing history.

With 56 wins and 27 KOs in his 79 pro bouts, Basilio was victorious over such notables as Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan, Tony DeMarco and Johnny Saxon. He made his mark on the post-WWII boxing scene with reigns as welterweight champion of the world twice during 1955-57 and middleweight champion from 1957-58.

His tough, gritty style won him two world titles, but it was the heart and desire he displayed in the ring that won him a place in the hearts of 1950s boxing fans, as well as the sporting press. The Boxing Writers Association of America named him “Fighter of the Year” in 1955 and 1957.

The Canastota, New York, native was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1969. He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.