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NINO BENVENUTI - BOXING SMART, DRESSING SMART, SO SMART!


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The great Nino Benvenuti was presented with  a special award at the World Boxing Council fifty fifth Convention Welcome Gala Dinner, in the magnificent Fairmont Flame Towers Hotel, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Olympic Champion in  1960, undefeated as an amateur with a record of 120-0, former double Champion,  in the super welterweight and the middleweight professional ranks with a record of 90 fights, 82 wins, 35 KO's, seven losses and one draw, Giovanni "Nino" Benvenuti fought the cream of the crop including: Denny Moyer, Don Fullmer, Dick Tiger, Carlos Monzon and Emile Griffith three times.

Nino has also been ax successful businessman, thespian with TV show of his own, restauranteur and politician. Slim, suave and handsome at seventy nine, his trademark beaming smile radiated as he accepted his silver glove award.

The WBC caught up with the sartorial Nino who as always is gracious and classy to ask the meaning of the award for him?

NB:  It's something when you are up in the ring. And this award is like continuing it, so very important.

WBC:  You fought the greats.  Which was the hardest fight you ever had?  

NB: All in their way were themselves great opponents and great champions, but it really depended on me. If I was mentally ready and prepared, I could fight everybody. But if I wasn't I could lose against everybody.  Emile Griffith was technically my toughest opponent.

WBC:  And what about Carlos  Monzon?

NB: Carlos was a very big, very strong fighter. At that moment my career was declining, so it wasn't the best moment for me.

WBC:  What was most exacting....being a super welterweight world champion, or a middleweight world champion?

NB:  When I won the Olympics Instill make the super lightweight category, then as a super welterweight, but in my mind,  middleweight was the best for me.

WBC:  You've been a boxer  and a politician.  Which was more painful?

NB:  It was the easiest moment for me to be a boxer, because I knew what to do. I enjoyed boxing because it was the style of my life, and I still  have it in my heart.

WBC:  And so elegant in presentation and attire.

NB:  This is entirely normal for me

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