Rocky Gattellari

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Rocky Gattellari
Statistics
Real name Rocco Gattellari
Nickname(s) The Rock
Weight(s) 51 kg (8 st 0 lb; 112 lb)
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Nationality Australian
Born (1941-09-06) 6 September 1941 (age 76)
Oppido Mamertina, Italy
Stance Orthodox stance
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 21
Wins by KO 12
Losses 3
Draws 1

Rocco "Rocky" Gattellari (born 6 September 1941) is an Australian former boxer, Olympian, political candidate and businessman.

Rocky was the 2010 Inductee for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Veterans category.

Olympic Games

Gattellari was selected in the Australian team for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. He defeated Abdelkader Belghiti from Morocco before losing to eventual gold medalist Gyula Török from Hungary.[1]

Professional career

Gattellari made his professional debut on 18 September 1961. On 26 February 1962 he won the Australian flyweight championship title, which he defended twice.[2]

On 2 December 1965 he contested the world flyweight title, losing to Salvatore Burruni in the 13th round.[3] On 11 December 1967 Gattellari fought Lionel Rose for the Australian bantamweight title, losing by a knockout in the 13th round. He retired in 1968.

Gattellari made a comeback in 1979, fighting Paul Ferreri for the Australian featherweight title. He lost by a TKO in the 3rd round.

Gattellari retired with a professional record of 21 wins (12 by knockout), three losses (all knockouts) and one draw.[2]

Retirement

Upon retirement Gattellari became a restaurateur, opening Berowra Waters Inn and then Rocky's at Edgecliff. He went on to become a finance broker.[4]

Gattellari contested the New South Wales state election, 1995 as a Liberal candidate for Cabramatta. He was defeated by Labor incumbent Reba Meagher.[5] Meagher sought an apprehended violence order against Gattellari when he used colourful language to describe his intention to defeat her.[6]

Autobiography

  • Gattellari, Rocky (1989). The Rocky Road. William Heinemann Australia. ISBN 0-85561-241-X. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 

References

  1. ^ "Olympic Games - Rome, Italy". amateur-boxing.strefa.pl. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "boxer: Rocky Gattellari". boxrec.com. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gattellari Stopped". The Age. 4 December 1965. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Bottrell, Leigh. "Rocky Gattelari's Olympic Dream". olympicsboxingbeijing.com. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cabramatta - 1995". parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Daniel (5 August 2006). "A new ball game". smh.com.au. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 

External links

  • "BOXING - GATTELLARI V LEE video newsreel film". britishpathe.com. 1963. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
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