Multi-Weight Class Regional Champion Paul Ferreri Passes Away

Paul Ferreri, a multi-time Australian and Commonwealth champion, passed away on July 14. He was 69 years old.

Commonwealth Boxing secretary Simon Block released a statement on Ferreri's passing.

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"I am very sorry to learn this morning of the death of our distinguished former double Commonwealth Champion, Paul Ferreri of Australia... May this fine champion rest in peace," Block said.

Ferreri was born in Sicily, Italy, but spent the majority of his life, and his boxing career, in Australian where he was one of the country's best boxers of the 20th century, capturing numerous titles and fighting all over the world.

Ferreri once challenged for the WBC bantamweight title against legendary bantamweight boxer Carlos Zarate in 1976 in Zarate's first title defense of that title. Ferreri would end up beating former world champions Venice Borkhorsor and Roland Navarette. He has also scored notable wins against the likes of Rocky Gattelari, Stix McCloud and John Feeney.

Throughout his career, he has held titles at bantamweight, super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight, including the inaugural Commonwealth super bantamweight championship in 1977, a reign that lasted 14 months.

Ferreri retired in 1986 after 96 fights, amassing a 78-13-5 record with 26 KO. No further details on his death has been revealed.

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