Leonardo Zappavigna

Weightclass: Jr. Welterweight

  • 37wins

  • 4losses

  • 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

  • 2017

    Fight by Fight – 2017 – in his last fight on 12-13-17 in Brisbane, AUST, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Nestor Faccio 16-8-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Jeff Horn vs. Gary Corcoran main event, and Lenny quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown early in the 3rd and the referee stopped the fight at 0:34.

    On 9-22-17 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Fidel Monterrosa (38-13-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Oscar Valdez vs. Genesis Servania and Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart co-main events, and Lenny quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 3rd round – Monterrosa got up each time, but the referee stopped the fight at 2:48…

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  • 2016

    IBF JW WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR – on 12-10-16 in Los Angeles, CA, he lost by knockout (8th round) against Sergey Lipinets (10-0): the bout was one of the co-features with the Abner Mares vs. Jesus Cuellar main event – both gave tremendous efforts, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Lipinets was cut over his right eye in the 4th round; Lenny was cut over his right eye in the 5th, and Lipinets scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later; after seven rounds, the fight was scored 67-66 Lipinets, 66-66, 66-66; Lipinets scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 8th round, and Lenny was counted out at 1:23…

    In his last fight on 7-23-16 in Las Vegas, NV, hew won by TKO (6th round) against Ik Yang Lianhui (19-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol main event; Lenny outworked Lianhiu and built a lead on the scorecards; he staggered Lianhui with two right hands in the 6th round, then then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:43…

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  • 2014

    on 9-19-15 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (6th round) against Ramon Ayala (23-4-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at the Sportmen’s Lodge, and Lenny dominated the fight; he was cut over his left eye in the 1st round and over his right eye in the 4th, but pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore down Ayala; Lenny rocked him with a series of punches in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:40…

    1ST WBO ORIENTAL JW TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-12-14 in Melbourne, AUST, he won by TKO (7th round) against Misael Castillo (26-3): the scheduled 12-rounder was co-featured with the Anthony Mundine-Sergey Rabchenko main event, and Lenny dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and consistently landed the harder punches in the following rounds; he rocked Castillo with a series of punches in the 7th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:46; after six rounds, Lenny led by scores of 60-53, 60-53, 60-52…

    On 9-19-14 in Denham Court, AUST, he won by knockout (2nd round, 1:17) against Thong Por Chokchai (23-9-1)…

    WON VACANT WBO ORIENTAL JW TITLE – on 4-3-14 in Flemington, AUST, he won by TKO (10th round, 1:21) against Shuhei Tsuchiya (15-2): after nine rounds, Lenny led by scores of 88-82, 88-82, 88-83…

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