The WBC declared a day of mourning due to the sad passing of great Referee, Frank Cappuccino, at the age of eighty six.
Frank was born on February 7th, 1929 in California but he grew up along with his brother Vic and Family in Kensington, Philadelphia.
Frank was an amateur bóxer in the 1940’s, and became pro bóxer in 1949. In 1958, he became a Referee, and was sometimes a judge. In both jobs, excellence was his gold standard.
Frank refereed almost 100 title bouts, including: Tyson vs. Spinks, Gatti vs. Ward I, Tyson vs. Mathis Jr., Whitaker vs. Rodríguez, Bowe vs. Biggs, Tyson vs. Stewart, Spinks vs. Cooney, Spinks vs. Davis, Hopkins vs. Hakkar, Lewis vs. Briggs, and so many more.
We will always remember Frank as an iconic boxing character, who dearly loved our Sport and dedicated himself to it. But we will also forever remember Frank as a great man- a marvelous human being.
The entire WBC and its President Mauricio Sulaiman, pray to God and for Frank’s grieving but oh so justifiably proud Family.
Also, the WBA family joins the mourn for the death of Frank last Monday in the United States, and send its words of condolence to hie relatives and friends.
His first WBA title fight was in 1982, between Jeff Chandler and Johnny Carter.
At the time of his retirement he had a record of 450 fights, highlighting fights between Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks (1988), Lennon Lewis vs. Shannon Briggs (1998), Mike Ward vs. Arturo Gatti (2002), Bernard Hopkins vs. Carl Daniels (2002) among others.
It also had performed the role of third in the ring in the movie Rocky V.
Rest in Peace.