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|Nickname(s)||The Italian Trouble|
|Wins by KO||6|
Dario Socci (Salerno, April 13, 1988), The Italian Trouble, is an Italian professional boxer, fighting in the Welterweight class.
He is now in the stable of the promoter Miloš Veselý and under the professional aegis of various trainers: Alejandro Gonzalez (from the Escuela de Boxeo Canelo Alvarez), Aaron Davis (from the Morris Park Boxing Gym), Giorgio Maccaroni (from Fortitudo Boxing Club of Rome) ed Emilio Desiderio (from Pugilistica Salernitana). He is the second Italian boxer in the National Ranking, which is why he is also the official challenger of the Italian Champion Tobia Loriga, against whom he will fight in 2020 (he is 14th in the IBF Ranking and 196th in the WBO Ranking)..
He has four brothers, two of whom have practiced boxe as well; his sister Alessia Socci has been the Italian Champion for three times in three differen weight categories: flyweight, bantamweight, featherweights and she has also been part of the Italian Women's Junior National Team.
Amatour boxing career
Socci started boxing at the age of 17 in Salerno, his hometown, having his amateur debut in 2006. One year later he moved to Rome to train in one of the most important Italian boxing gyms: the Audace. His amatour career in Italy numbers 81 matches fought in different weight categories (from 69 to 75kg) and eight participations at the Italian Boxing Championships. Between his main opponents of these years, there was Vincenzo Mangiacapre, future bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2008 Socci decided to start facing the international world of boxing, moving first in Spain and in 2010 in the United States. Once in New York City he began his training in the famous Gleason's Gym, having the chance to be the sparring partner of excellent amateurs but also of professional boxers such as Yuri Foreman e Joan Guzman. During his American amateur period, Socci fought also against Quentin Fortune, who had a great amateur experience (150 macthes, including the one against Zab Judah and two finals at the Golden Gloves).
Professional boxing career
Socci ended his amateur career with 91 matches (47 wins, 10 draws, 34 defeats) and obtained a special visa to stay on American soil and be able to prepare to turn professional, joining the team of Hector Roca and Don Saxby. Then, in 2011, he is noticed by Albino Dragone, former manager and coach of Larry "No Fear" Barnes, Italian-American businessman and owner of Dragone Boxing Gym, with whom Socci signed a three-year contract. Meanwhile, he kept on experiencing the main gyms which animate the New York boxing life, confronting numerous athletes of the international scene of those years.
In August 2012 he had in Long Islang his first match as a professional boxer in the Super-Welterweight class, winning by unanimous decision. After the match, Socci arrived at the Morris Park Boxing Club in the Bronx, under the wing of Aaron "Superman" Davis, former WBA middleweight world champion, Lou "Honey Boy" Del Valle former WBA light heavyweight world champion, and Vincenzo Scardino. After a short time spent in Brazil, he ended his relationship with Dragone and made contact with manager Rainer Gottwald and promoter Mario Pokowietez (with whom Socci had played eight matches). He moved to Germany, at ISI Boxing Gym in Berlin, where he stayed for a year and a half. Three major championship wins date back to that period: the GBA German International Superwelterweight Title, the GBU European Welterweight Title and the GBU Intercontinental Middleweight Title.
In 2015 he spent a period of training in Japan, in Tokyo, with Master Sendai Tanaka of Teiken Boxing Gym (in 2018 he returned again to Japan, this time to Osaka, to continue his training at MUTO Boxing Gym). In January 2016, Socci changed again managers and promoters, signing with Olaf Pollex and Charlie Podehl's P1 Pollex Box-Promotion GmbH (who collaborated with promotion company Ses Boxing) and starting to train at the Pollex Boxing Team boxing gym with Team Pollex boxers, including Rico Muller and Jan Meiser. In the same summer, Socci began collaborating with the Evolve MMA Fighiting Team (with which he still collaborates) spending about two months of 2016 in Singapore as a sparring partner and technical boxing consultant, thus having the opportunity to confront with champions such as Rafael Dos Anjos, Leandro "Brodinho" Issa and Christian Lee, athlete of the UFC.
After closing the business relationship with Pollex and Podhel, from September 2016 until 2018 Socci settled in Mexico in Guadalajara in the Escuela de Boxeo Canelo Alvarez, with the former WBC featherweight world champion Alejandro "La Cobrita" Gonzalez as traainer. During this perios he fought many important matches, including the one for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship, held in South Africa against Tsiko Mulovhedzi, at the time the reigning World Welterweight Champion for the IBO.
In 2018 he returned to Europe, signing a contract with his current manager, alternating his trainings between Peacock Gym in London, Morris Park in New York, Fortitudo Boxing Club in Rome, the Escuela de Boxeo Canelo Alvarez of Guadalajara and the Pugilistica Salernitana in his hometown.
On 21 December 2019 at the event organized by Frank Warren at the Copper Boxe Arena in London, he suffered a technical knockout defeat at 01:55 of the last round - a controversial decision made by referee Steve Gray - against the British boxer Troy Williamson, a bout valid for the vacant IBF European Super Welter title.
He is currently the official challenger of Tobia Giuseppe Loriga for the Italian FPI Welterweight Title, which was due to be held on 20 March 2020 but which was postponed due to the pandemic from SARS-CoV-2.
- 2014 Champion GBA German International Super Welterweight Title
- 2015 Champion GBU European Welterweight Title
- 2015 Champion GBU Intercontinental Middleweight Title
- 2017 Challenger IBF Intercontinental Welterweight Title
- 2019 Challenger IBF European Super Welterweight Title
- 2020 Challenger FPI Italian National Welterweight Title
- Wins: 47
- Wins for KO: 0
- Defeats: 34
- Defeats for KO: 0
- Draws: 10
- No-Contest: 0
- Total matches: 91
- Wins: 12
- Wins K.O.: 6
- Defeats: 5
- Defeats K.O.: 1 (TKO)
- Draws: 2
- No-Contest: 1
- Total matches: 20
- Rounds: 125
- KOs: 35%
- In 2014 he was summoned to the Palazzo di Città, in Salerno, for an official meeting with the Governor of the Campania Vincenzo De Luca, the Mayor of Salerno Vincenzo Napoli and the Councilor of Sport Angelo Caramanno, for sporting merits.
- In 2019 he was awarded by CONI with the award of "International Sports Representative", presented to him by the Prefect of Salerno in his hometown
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