Leonardo Zappavigna

Weightclass: Jr. Welterweight

  • 37wins

  • 3losses

  • 0draws

  • 27kos

AGE:
30
Birthplace:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height:
5’7”
reach:
67"
Managers:
Michael Altamura, Cameron Dunkin
Trainers:
-

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Leonardo "Lenny Z" Zappavigna

At the age of 30, Lenny is an 11-year pro. A contender at 140 pounds, he has an aggressive, all-action style and makes exciting fights.

In his last fight on December 13 in Brisbane, Australia, he won by third-round TKO against Nestor Faccio.

The scheduled eight-rounder was on the undercard of the Jeff Horn vs. Gary Corcoran main event. Lenny quickly overpowered him – he scored a knockdown in the second round, then scored another knockdown early in the third and the referee stopped the fight at 0:34.

In his last fight on September 22 in Tucson, Arizona, he won by third-round TKO against Fidel Monterrosa.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Lenny Zappavigna, of Australia, dominated Fidel Monterrosa, of Colombia, en route to a third-round knockout. Zappavigna was coming off an eighth-round knockout loss to Sergey Lipinets in a grueling junior welterweight world title elimination fight and moving up in weight.

He took it to Monterrosa, dropping him three times in the third round. He beat the count after the third knockdown, but [the] referee called it off at 2 minutes, 48 seconds.

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Lenny said, “I was born in Sydney, Australia. I’ve got an older brother and a younger sister. My dad used to be a sheet metal worker. He had a bit of a work accident, so he wasn’t able to continue working. My mom is a secretary at a doctor-surgery. I’m the only boxer in the family.

“I started boxing when I was about 11. I watched the Rocky movies and I tried it just to get fit, and I was just really good at it. From there I didn’t take a backward step. I had ‘round about 90 amateur fights, with 80 wins and 10 losses. I won the Australian title and a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games. I fought in the World Championships, I won the Norway Cup.

“I fight orthodox, but I write with my left hand. I use my right hand to throw a ball, but I use my left foot to kick a ball. I’m all mixed up.”…

fight history

  • 2006

    on 12-15-06 in Meadow, AUST, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Rolando Gerungco (14-21): scored 60-55, 60-55, 59-55…

    WON VACANT AUSTRALIAN L TITLE –on 11-24-06 in Sydney he won by TKO (3rd round, 2:46) against Shane Kelly (8-2)…

    On 9-22-06 in Sydney he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jumar Dulog (0-3-1): scored 40-37, 39-37, 39-38…

    On 7-21-06 in Edensor Park, AUST, he won by knockout (2nd round, 1:03) against Jackchai Buseusampam (2-4)…

    On 7-7-06 in Campbelltown, AUST, he won by knockout (2nd round, 1:21) against Ariel Omongos (1-2)…

    He debuted at the age of 18 on 6-16-06 in Brisbane and won by TKO (1st round, 1:17) against Jason Schubert (1-3)…

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  • 2007

    on 11-23-07 in Brisbane, AUST, he won by TKO (4th round) against Ariel Omongos (4-11): Lenny dominated the fight; he scored two knockdown in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03; after three rounds, Lenny led by scores of 30-27 on all three scorecards…

    2ND AUSTRALIAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 10-20-07 in Sydney he won by TKO (3rd round) against previously undefeated 5’11” tall lefthander Ryan Langham (9-0): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Vic Darchinyan-Federico Catubay main event; Langham scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round, but Lenny rallied and scored a knockdown with a right hand later in the round; Lenny was cut over his eye, but scored two more knockdowns with right hands in the 2nd; Lenny scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd round, Langham’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:30…

    On 8-10-07 in Bosley Park, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round) against lefthanded Jumar Dulog (4-8-1): Dulog scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a left hand, the second with a right hook, and Lenny was cut over his right eye; but Lenny rallied and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd – Dulog got up, but Lenny rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:54…

    On 7-13-07 in Terrigal, AUST, he won by knockout (1st round) against Junjun Geraldino (3-7): Lenny scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the fight was stopped on the three-knockdown rule at 1:47…

    On 6-27-07 in Gold Coast, AUST, he won by knockout (1st round, 1:26) against Steven Storic (0-1)…

    1ST AUSTRALIAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 5-4-07 in Bossley Park he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Roberto Oyan (18-28-4): scored 100-90, 100-90, 98-92…

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  • 2008

    on 12-5-08 in Sydney he won by TKO (6th round) against former two-time world title challenger Tommy Browne (26-5-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at the Cube, and Browne boxed well in the 1st and 2nd rounds; the following rounds were close, but Lenny rallied in the 5th and scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 6th – Browne’s corner threw in the towel to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:55; after five rounds, the fight was scored 49-46, 48-47 Zappavigna, 48-48…

    On 8-27-08 in Liverpool, AUST, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Jurland Ceniza (6-9-1): Lenny scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd round, and Ceniza was counted out at 0:56…

    On 7-25-08 in Sydney he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Leon Maratas (9-4): the bout headlined at Club Marconi, and Lenny dominated; he was cut over his left eye in the 3rd round, but scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 4th; scored 100-89, 100-89, 99-90…

    On 5-16-08 in Campsie, AUST, he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:32) against Dave Wiremu (14-16-3)…

    3RD AUSTRALIAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 3-7-08 in Sydney he won by knockout (2nd round, 0:50) against Ruben Santillanosa (8-15-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Club Marconi…

     

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