Born in Italy, Vito Antuofermo was raised in the town of Palo del Colle, near the city of Bari. He was already a teenager when his family moved to the United States, but by that time, Antuofermo had his mind made up that he wanted to be a professional boxer.
It didn’t take long for Antuofermo to get acclimated in the ring. He won the 1970 New York Golden Gloves Championship in the 147-pound division, defeating Thomas Chestnut in the finals. In 1971, Antuofermo made it to the finals again but only to be defeated by future Light Heavyweight Champion Eddie Gregory.
From there, Antuofermo turned pro and was unbeaten in his first 18 professional bouts. He fought mostly in New York early in his career before turning to the worldwide stage with matches in Italy, Germany, England and Monaco.
In 1979, Antuofermo became a world champion, scoring the WBC and WBA middleweight crowns from Hugo Corro in Monte Carlo. He successfully defended the titles against “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler in his next fight at Caesar’s Palace, working to a draw before dropping the belts to Alan Minter in 1980.
Antuofermo fought for the final time in 1985 and ended up with a 50-7-2 record. He later embarked on an acting career that landed him roles in many films and television shows. He also owns a successful landscaping company that operates out of Long Island, New York.