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Rafaele Giordano

"Young Corbett III"


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Young Corbett III
Real name Raffaele Capabianca Giordano
Nickname(s) "Young"
Rated at Welterweight
Nationality Flag of Italy Italian
Birth date May 27, 1905
Birth place Potenza, Campania, Italy
Death date 1993
Death place Auberry, California, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 151
Wins 123
Wins by KO 33
Losses 11
Draws 17

Young Corbett III (b. May 27, 1905 in Potenza, Campania, Italy, d. 1993 was the world welterweight boxing champion. He was born Raffaele Capabianca Giordano and began boxing in 1919 as Young Corbett III while still a 14-year-old "newsboy."[1]

A tough southpaw, Corbett fought many great fighters of his era. For example, he engaged in s four-fight series with future welterweight champion Young Jack Thompson, winning three and drawing once. He also scored wins over Jack Zivic, Sgt. Sammy Baker, and welterweight champion Jackie Fields and future middleweight king Ceferino Garcia.

On February 22, 1933, Corbett captured the welterweight championship of the world by decisioning Jackie Fields over 10 rounds. Three months later, he was dethroned by Hall of Famer Jimmy McLarnin via a one round knockout.

Corbett then moved up to the middleweight division. He scored wins over future light heavy champ Gus Lesnevich (TKO 5), as well as Hall of Famers Mickey Walker, Billy Conn and Fred Apostoli. On November 18, 1938, he challenged Apostoli for the middleweight crown, but was stopped in 8 rounds. Corbett boxed until 1940, when he retired with a 123-11-17 (33KOs) record. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2004.

He is the great-grandfather of Indianapolis Colts safety Matt Giordano.