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Ranking the 10 Worst World Champions in Boxing

Giovanni De Carolis
WBA Super Middleweight Champion

Giovanni De Carolis was boxing’s newest “world champion” until the IBF belt fell into Charles Martin’s lap last weekend.

The strapping Italian won the WBA joke of a championship in the second weekend of January. All he had to do was knock out the 20-year-old Vincent Feigenbutz in Germany. It was a rematch of the young pro’s disputed unanimous decision victory last October.

De Carolis, 31, has five other losses on his record and has only competed at the world-class level once, coming up short to current No. 1 super middleweight Arthur Abraham in 2013. “King Arthur” has a tendency to give away early rounds and that fight was no different.

But the Italian’s pot-shotting strategy did give the German fits throughout the fight.

Outside of that there is not really anything else to see about De Carolis’ fight history. Even Feigenbutz admitted to The Ring that he had never even seen him fight before. He’s on the wrong side of 30 and just half of his 24 wins have come by knockout.

It would be a gross mismatch if he were paired up against buzzsaw brawler Fedor Chudinov, the WBA’s other super middleweight champion.

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