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Christopher "Battling" Battalino

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Battling Battalino
Real name Christopher Battaglia
Rated at Featherweight
Nationality United States
Birth date February 18, 1908
Birth place Hartford, Connecticut
Death date July 15, 1977
Death place Hartford, Connecticut
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 88
Wins 58
Wins by KO 23
Losses 26
Draws 3
No contests 1

Christopher Battaglia, an Italian-American better known as Battling Battalino, (February 18, 1908July 25, 1977) was the former world featherweight boxing champion. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Battalino engaged in 87 bouts during his career, of which he won 57 (23 knockouts), lost 26, drew 3, and he fought 1 No Contest.

Amateur boxer

A good amateur boxer, Battalino won the National AAU featherweight championship in 1927. He had fifty-nine amateur bouts, knocking out forty-six of his opponents.[1]

Professional boxer

Battalino became a professional boxer in June 1927. His first big win came on July 26, 1929, when he upset bantamweight champion "Panama" Al Brown on a 10-round decision. The fight made him a contender and garnered him a title match with featherweight champion Andre Routis. The 21-year old Battalino made the most of his opportunity and defeated Routis over 15 rounds to win the world title.

During the next two years he successfully defended his crown by defeating Ignacio Fernandez, Bud Taylor, Hall of Famer Kid Chocolate, Earl Mastro and Hall of Famers Fidel LaBarba and Freddie Miller.

In January 1932 Battalino once again fought Freddie Miller. The champion came in three pounds overweight and did not put up a good fight. After Battalino went down in the third round from an apparently harmless punch, the referee stopped the fight and declared Miller the winner. The National Boxing Association and the New York State Athletic Commission, however, overruled the referee and declared the bout a "no contest." They also declared that the title was vacant due to Battalino's inability to make the featherweight limit.[2] To end any confusion about his championship status, Battalino voluntarily vacated the belt in March and began to fight at the lightweight limit.[3] As a lightweight, he lost bouts with Hall of Famers Billy Petrolle and Barney Ross. His final bout was in 1940.

After boxing

When Battalino retired, he settled in Hartford, Connecticut, and worked as a construction laborer.[4] He died in Hartford on July 25, 1977.