LOU FILIPPO FAMILY DONATES MEMORABILIA TO HALL
CANASTOTA, NY - AUGUST 22, 2011 - The family of California referee and judge Lou Filippo recently donated memorabilia from his career to the Hall of Fame. Following a ten-year pro boxing career (1947-57) that saw Filippo register a 23-9-3, 8 KOs record, he became a world-class referee, officiating bouts involving Hall of Famers Pipino Cuevas, Brian Mitchell, Terry Norris and Michael Carbajal among many others. Filippo was also a well-respected judge. Among his famous judging assignments were Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard (1987) and Shane Mosley vs. Oscar De La Hoya I (2000). All totaled, he refereed or judged 85 title bouts. The Los Angeles native gained additional fame by appearing in ROCKY I, II, III, IV and V as a referee and fight announcer. He also appeared as a referee in television programs such as Moonlighting, The A-Team, The Fall Guy and Fantasy Island.
Among the items Filippo’s daughters – Deborah Shepard & Patti Petruzzelli – sent to Canastota were the Lou Filippo ROCKY II Official Figure, WBC ring official jacket and shirt and State of California Athletic Commission shirt that their father wore throughout his career.
Filippo, who was widely respected for his integrity and honesty, died on November 2, 2009 at age 83.
The Hall of Fame thanks the Filippo family for donating their memorabilia to the Hall.
A not-for-profit organization, the International Boxing Hall of Fame opened to the public in 1989 in Canastota, New York and is located at Exit 34 of the New York State Thruway. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Museum offers unique and exciting exhibits of memorabilia, including fist castings, robes, boxing shoes, championship belts, statues, the Hall of Fame Wall and audio/visual stations highlighting classic boxing matches. Also, the world-famous Madison Square Garden boxing ring, where Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought in the “Fight of the Century” on March 8, 1971, is on permanent display.
Admission is $9.50 for adults, $9.00 for senior citizens (age 65 and over), $6.50 for youth (ages 7-15) and ages 6 and younger are free.
For more information please call the International Boxing Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095.