Ray Mancini

A lightweight banger with endless energy, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was a force in the lightweight ranks through the 1980s. “This was the greatest present our son could give us.” Lenny Mancini, after his son Ray’s capture of the WBA lightweight title in 1982

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was one of the most successful and popular fighters of the early 1980s, running out his record to a fantastic 29-1 in his first 30 fights, including a first-round TKO of Arturo Frias to capture the world’s lightweight title.

After that 1982 win, he went on to defend his title against the likes of Doo Koo Kim, Ernesto Espana, Orlando Romero and Bobby Chacon. Giving and taking in fights, Mancini was a crowd-pleaser with heavy hands; of his 29 career wins, 23 came by knockout.

Mancini fought steadily through 1985 before retiring for the first time; he came back twice, in 1989 and 1992. The second-generation boxer – father Lenny was a tough contender in his own day – retired with an overall record of 29-5.

Mancini was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.