For eight years in a row, the featherweight world champion in boxing. In the background Sicily, a story of immigration and poverty. There is everything in life Guglielmo Papaliothe son of Syracuses who were looking for a second chance in America, and climbed to the top of the world by passing through an arena.
life from Willie Pep (His name is Boxer) who will now be featured in a film produced by Appian Way Production, owned by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Papalio was born in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1922 to a Sicilian family: his father was Salvatore of Rossolini, while his mother, Maria Marches of Melelli.
He started boxing among professionals in 1940, at the age of 18. Apparently he was a shoe polisher, one day engaged in a street fight and realizing that he wasn’t bad with his fists: there was born the adventure that in two years had led him to become the world featherweight champion: from November 20, 1942 to October 29, 1948, and from February 11, 1949 to September 8, 1950, so for almost 8 consecutive years with a three-and-a-half month hiatus due to the defeat to Sandy Sadler.
He remained undefeated in the first 25 battles. Throughout his career, he played 241 matches, won 221 by knockout, lost only 11 matches and drew one. The young Connecticut boy, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s, died at the age of 84 on November 23, 2006 in a hospital in his hometown.
James Madio will play the DiCaprio movie. Ron Livingston will coach Bob Caplanche. Keir Gilchrist will also be in the cast.
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