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Carmen Basilio Record

Total Fights79
Title Wins9
Title Defenses2
Title-Fight KOs4
KO Wins27
KO Losses2
Carmen Basilio Record & Stats
Carmen Basilio's Record
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      What is Carmen Basilio's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 12 years and four months, Carmen Basilio fought 79 times with 56 wins, 16 losses, and 7 draws.

      Basilio retired from professional boxing with a record of 56-16-7, which included nine world-title wins and two successful title defense fights at the welterweight weight division. He had a 34.2% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 27 of his total 79 fights being knockout wins, four of which were in title fights. Basilio lost twice via knockout, both of them in title fights.

      His last fight was a 15-round unanimous decision defeat to Paul Pender on April 22, 1961. Basilio was fighting for the middleweight NYSAC and The Ring titles.

      Some of Basilio's best fights and notable victories include wins over five Hall-of-Famers (Sugar Ray Robinson, Tony DeMarco, Billy Graham, Ike Williams, and Lew Jenkins), Johnny Saxton, Art Aragon, and Harold Jones.

      79Apr 22, 196134Paul PenderLoss *UD
      78Mar 11, 196133Don JordanWinUD
      77Jan 7, 196133Gaspar OrtegaWinUD
      76Jun 29, 196033Gene FullmerLoss *TKO12
      75Aug 28, 195932Gene FullmerLoss *TKO14
      74Apr 1, 195931Arley SeiferWinTKO3
      73Sep 5, 195831Art AragonWinTKO8
      72Mar 25, 195830Sugar Ray RobinsonLoss *SD
      71Sep 23, 195730Sugar Ray RobinsonWin *SD
      70May 16, 195730Harold JonesWinTKO4
      69Feb 22, 195729Johnny SaxtonWin *TKO2
      68Sep 12, 195629Johnny SaxtonWin *TKO9
      67Mar 14, 195628Johnny SaxtonLoss *UD
      66Nov 30, 195528Tony DeMarcoWin *TKO12
      65Sep 7, 195528Gil TurnerWinMD
      64Aug 10, 195528Italo ScortichiniWinUD
      63Jun 10, 195528Tony DeMarcoWin *TKO12
      62Jan 21, 195527Peter MüllerWinUD
      61Dec 16, 195427Ronnie HarperWinRTD3
      60Oct 15, 195427Allie GronikWinUD
      59Sep 10, 195427Carmine FioreWinUD
      58Aug 17, 195427Ronnie HarperWinTKO2
      57Jun 26, 195427Al AndrewsWinUD
      56May 15, 195427Italo ScortichiniWinUD
      55Apr 17, 195427Pierre LangloisWinUD
      54Jan 16, 195426Italo ScortichiniDrawPTS
      53Dec 19, 195326Pierre LangloisDrawPTS
      52Nov 28, 195326Johnny CunninghamWinKO4
      51Sep 18, 195326Kid GavilanLoss *SD
      50Jul 25, 195326Billy GrahamDrawPTS
      49Jun 6, 195326Billy GrahamWinUD
      48Apr 11, 195326Carmine FioreWinTKO9
      47Feb 28, 195325Vic CardellWinUD
      46Jan 12, 195325Ike WilliamsWinUD
      45Nov 18, 195225Chuck FosterWinTKO5
      44Oct 20, 195225Sammy GiulianiWinKO3
      43Sep 22, 195225Baby WilliamsWinUD
      42Aug 20, 195225Billy GrahamLossUD
      41Jul 16, 195225Chuck DaveyLossUD
      40May 29, 195225Chuck DaveyDrawPTS
      39Mar 31, 195224Jackie O'BrienWinMD
      38Feb 28, 195224Jimmy CousinsWinUD
      37Feb 4, 195224Emmett NorrisWinUD
      36Sep 26, 195124Ross VirgoLossUD
      35Sep 17, 195124Shamus McCrayWinPTS
      34Jun 18, 195124Johnny CesarioLossUD
      33May 29, 195124Lester FeltonLossUD
      32Apr 12, 195124Eddie GiosaWinUD
      31Mar 9, 195123Floro HitaWinPTS
      30Dec 15, 195023Vic CardellLossSD
      29Aug 28, 195023Eddie GiosaLossPTS
      28Jul 31, 195023Guillermo GimenezWinRTD8
      27Jun 21, 195023Guillermo GimenezWinRTD7
      26May 5, 195023Gaby FerlandWinKO1
      25Apr 12, 195023Gaby FerlandDrawPTS
      24Mar 27, 195022Mike KoballaLossUD
      23Mar 6, 195022Lew JenkinsWinMD
      22Feb 7, 195022Adrien MourguiartWinTKO7
      21Jan 24, 195022Cassell TateWinMD
      20Jan 10, 195022Sonny Jim HamptonWinUD
      19Sep 30, 194922Johnny ParkerWinRTD2
      18Sep 7, 194922Tony DiPelinoWinUD
      17Aug 17, 194922Johnny CunninghamWinPTS
      16Aug 2, 194922Johnny CunninghamLossSD
      15Jul 21, 194922Sammy DanielsWinUD
      14Jul 12, 194922Jesse BradshawWinTKO2
      13Jun 7, 194922Johnny CunninghamWinKO2
      12May 18, 194922Johnny ClemonsWinKO3
      11May 2, 194922Connie ThiesLossPTS
      10Apr 20, 194922Elliot ThroopWinKO1
      9Mar 18, 194921Jerry DrainWinTKO3
      8Feb 17, 194921Luke JordanWinPTS
      7Jan 25, 194921Ernie HallWinKO2
      6Jan 19, 194921Jimmy ParlinDrawPTS
      5Jan 5, 194921Johnny CunninghamDrawPTS
      4Dec 15, 194821Rolly JohnsWinSD
      3Dec 8, 194821Eddie ThomasWinKO2
      2Nov 29, 194821Bruce WaltersWinKO1
      1Nov 24, 194821Jimmy EvansWinKO3

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Carmen Basilio (The Upstate Onion Farmer) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Canastota, New York on April 2, 1927. He was a two-weight-class world champion. He died on November 7, 2012 at the age of 85 years. Basilio was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 12 years — from 1948 to 1961.

      Basilio made his professional boxing debut against Jimmy Evans at the age of 21 on November 24, 1948, defeating Evans via 3rd round KO. He went on to win 3 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 2 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 26 on September 18, 1953 after 50 professional fights, against Kid Gavilan for the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He lost to Gavilan via 15 round split decision.

      Basilio won three world titles at two weight classes. For all the details about Basilio's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Basilio had a total of 16 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was on April 22, 1961 against Paul Pender for Pender's middleweight NYSAC and The Ring titles. Basilio lost the fight via 15 round unanimous decision.


      Basilio had a total of 11 world-title fights, which includes winning nine world titles and two successful title defenses. He won five of these fights and lost six.

      Title Wins

      Carmen Basilio fought for world titles in seven fights and won three of these fights, two of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won three belts across two weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Sep 23, 1957Sugar Ray RobinsonMiddleweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD
      Sep 12, 1956Johnny SaxtonWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Jun 10, 1955Tony DeMarcoWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO

      Title Defenses

      Carmen Basilio had four world-title defense fights across two weight classes — welterweight (x3) and middleweight. He won two of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Feb 22, 1957Johnny SaxtonWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Nov 30, 1955Tony DeMarcoWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO

      Title Losses

      Carmen Basilio lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of six titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Mar 25, 1958Sugar Ray RobinsonMiddleweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD
      Mar 14, 1956Johnny SaxtonWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD


      Basilio fought a total of 79 times during his professional career, which includes 11 world-title fights at two weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and was known for his great performances in his fights. These six fights are the highlight of his career.

      • September 18, 1953: In his first world-title fight, Carmen Basilio loses to Kid Gavilan via 15 round split decision. He was fighting for the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles.

      • June 10, 1955: Basilio wins the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles from Tony DeMarco, by beating DeMarco via 12th round TKO.

      • November 30, 1955: Basilio successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Tony DeMarco, winning the fight via 12th round TKO.

      • September 12, 1956: Basilio wins the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles from Johnny Saxton, by beating Saxton via 9th round TKO.

      • February 22, 1957: Basilio successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Johnny Saxton, winning the fight via 2nd round TKO.

      • September 23, 1957: Basilio wins the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring middleweight titles from Sugar Ray Robinson, by beating Robinson via 15 round split decision.


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