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Nicky Gargano

Full name: Nicolo "Nicky" Gargano
Gender: Male
Born: November 1, 1934 in West Ham, Greater London, Great Britain
Died: March 28, 2016 in West Clandon, Surrey, Great Britain
Affiliations: Convent Gardens ABC, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Nicky Gargano’s boxing career lasted just seven years and entirely as an amateur, but in that time the southpaw welterweight won three ABA titles, an Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games) gold medal, a European amateur title and an Olympic bronze medal.

His first senior title was the London ABA welterweight title in 1953 as a 19-year-old, but the following year he won the first of three consecutive ABA welterweight titles. He served in the Army and was the Army champion in 1954 and 1955. Also in 1954, on the day that [Roger Bannister] beat [John Landy] in the “Greatest Mile Race of All Time” at the Commonwealth Games, Gargano won the welterweight gold medal after beating Australia’s Rodney Litzow. The following year he won the European amateur title in Berlin to become the first person to hold ABA, Commonwealth Games and European titles at the same time. He was also awarded the prize for the most stylish boxer at the Europeans. Britain’s best hope for a boxing gold medal for 1956 Olympic title, he was beaten in the semi-final on points by [Nicolae Linca] of Romania and ended up with a bronze medal. In January 1957 Gargano announced his retirement from boxing at age of 22 in order to spend more time in his job as a fruit salesman in Covent Garden, but he maintained contact with the sport as a coach at Eton Manor Boys’ Club, his first club, and the club that produced Olympic champion [Harry Mallin]. In his senior amateur career Nicky Gargano had 155 bouts and lost just five and two of the men who beat him went on to become established professionals – [Peter Waterman] and Tommy Molloy

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Men's Welterweight Great Britain GBR 3T Bronze

Men's Welterweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1956-11-30 Linca (ROU) , Gargano (GBR)
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1956-11-28 Gargano (GBR) , Gelaberti (ARG) decision
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #8 1 1956-11-24 Gargano (GBR) , Borisov (URS) decision
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