Giovanni Parisi
Real nameGiovanni Parisi
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Born2 December 1967
Vibo Valentia, Italy
Died25 March 2009(2009-03-25) (aged 41)
Voghera, Italy
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins by KO29
No contests0
Medal record

Giovanni Parisi (2 December 1967 – 25 March 2009) was an Italian boxer, who won the gold medal in the Men's Featherweight (57 kg) category at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

1988 Olympic results

Below is the record of Giovanni Parisi, an Italian featherweight boxer who competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics:

Professional career

A native of Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Parisi began his professional career in 1989 and won the Vacant WBO Lightweight Title by defeating Javier Altamirano in 1992. He later defeated former champion Freddie Pendleton and in 1995 challenged Mexican legend Julio César Chávez for the WBC Light Welterweight Title, losing a unanimous decision. Parisi went on to capture the WBO Light Welterweight Title and defend it successfully six times. He lost the WBO light-welterweight belt to Carlos Gonzalez in May 1998, and failed in a challenge for the welterweight title against Daniel Santos in July 2000.

He last fought in September 2006, when he lost a majority decision against Frederic Klose in Milan for the European welterweight crown.


On 25 March 2009, Parisi was driving a car at Voghera, near Pavia, when it crashed head-on with a truck. Parisi died at the scene; he was 41.[1]


  1. ^ "Former champ Parisi dies in crash". BBC. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
Achievements VacantTitle last held byDingaan Thobela WBO lightweight champion 25 September 1992 - 23 January 1994Vacated VacantTitle next held byOscar De La Hoya Preceded bySammy Fuentes WBO junior welterweight champion 9 March 1996 - 29 May 1998 Succeeded byCarlos González Junior welterweight status Preceded byEdwin Rosario Latest born world champion to die 25 March – 11 July 2009 Succeeded byArturo Gatti