Tony Canzoneri was one of only three fighters to hold two or more titles simultaneously. The great Henry Armstrong ( who held three and should have been four ) and Barney Ross being the others.
Tony won 5 world titles in 3 different divisions, featherweight, lightweight, and jr. welterweight.
Tony turned pro at the tender age of 16. He accomplished A LOT at a young age having fought for two titles in two different weight divisions by age 20 and he became a 2X champion by 22! Tony fought 18 world champions and six Hall of Famers during a 15-year career totaling 175 fights!
He was considered the P4P best fighter in the world when he was 23.
Tony beat Benny Bass for his first world title, the featherweight title on Feb. 10 1928 by unanimous decision.
On November 14, 1930 Tony KO’s Al Singer in the 1st round to become a two division champion. On April 24, 1931 Tony KO’s Jack ” Kid ” Berg in the 3rd round to become a three division champion at Jr. Welterweight.
Tony was a very clever and slick boxer while equally aggressive having power in both hands. He fought the best fighters while in his prime, at a time that was considered a great era, beating former world champions, Barney Ross ( they fought three times with Barney winning twice.) Jimmy McLarnin, Kid Chocolate, Frankie Klick,and Baby Arizmendi. He was KO’d only once in his career, which was his last fight against Al ” Bummy ” Davis via 3rd round.
Barney was also Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 1934.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Now watch and learn from Tony at his best.