Giulio “Johnny Duke” Gallucci (1924 – 2006)
Giulio “Johnny Duke” Gallucci was one of three children born in Hartford, Connecticut to Luigi and Terisina Gallucci. Gallucci fought as a professional prizefighting boxer from 1942 until 1946. He fought at Madison Square Gardens twice and fought against such boxing legends as Joey Gambaro, Pat Doyle, Al “Bummy” Davis, Tony Riccio and William Beltram. When he retired from boxing in 1948, Gallucci’s record was 64 wins and 15 losses.
Although he left the ring, Gallucci continued to train amateur fighters for nearly four decades at the Charter Oak Gym and San Juan Center in Hartford. He worked with professionals such as Marlon Starling, Mike Oliver and Lawrence Clay-Bey.
Johnny Duke died on March 4, 2006 from cancer. He was 81 years old. He is recognized as a true Hartford legend and was inducted into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.
BoxRec. Julio Gallucci. Accessed at http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Julio_Gallucci on August 24, 2010.
Hartford Courant. “Obituary: Gallucci, Giulio ‘Johnny Duke.'” Accessed at http://articles.courant.com/2006-03-06/news/0603050753_1_church-street-bellevue-square-boys-club-helen on August 24, 2010.
Photo Credit: Boxing Gloves, Airman 1st Class Kerelin Molina