Giulio “Johnny Duke” Gallucci

1924 – 2006

Giulio “Johnny Duke” Gallucci

Prizefighting Boxer

Giulio “Johnny Duke” Gallucci was a professional prizefighting boxer in the 1940s. He fought at Madison Square Garden twice, one of his greatest thrills as a boxer. He fought against such boxing legends as Joey Gambaro, Pat Doyle, Al “Bummy” Davis, Tony Riccio, and William Beltram. When he retired in 1948, his record was 64 wins and 15 losses.

After he left the ring, Gallucci trained amateur fighters for nearly four decades at the Bellevue Square Boys Club in Hartford. He taught youth how to box and to stay out of trouble. While running the gym, he also trained champions. He worked with professionals such as Marlon Starling, Mike Oliver, and Lawrence Clay-Bey.

Gallucci was a Commissioner of the Connecticut Boxing Commission. He was employed by the city of Hartford as an Ombudsman for 37 years.

A Hartford legend, Gallucci was inducted into the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.

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BoxRec. Julio Gallucci. Accessed at

Hartford Courant. “Obituary: Gallucci, Giulio ‘Johnny Duke,’” March 6, 2006

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