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Frank Cappuccino: Legendary boxing referee dead at 86

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Venerable referee Frank Cappuccino, one of boxing's revered legends, passed away on June 8, 2015 from Alzheimer's complications.

Cappuccino, a Philadelphia native, was a decent amateur boxer himself who amassed a professional record of 3-0 in the summer of 1949 before embarking on a Hall of Fame career as a referee in the late 1950's.

Along the way, Frank served as the third man in the ring in some of boxing's all time classics including championship fights that included Mike Tyson, fellow Philly great Bernard Hopkins, Lennox Lewis, Marvin Hagler and Kostya Tszyu among others.

Cappuccino may be remembered best as the referee for the 2002 epic 'Fight of the Year' clash between the late Arturo Gatti and all-time warrior 'Irish' Mickey Ward in a legendary bout won by the latter via majority decision.

Cappuccino retired in 2008 and, aside from being one of the Sweet Science's best and most memorable referees, was a screen actor in Rocky 5.

Mr. Frank Cappuccino was 86.


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