Tony Janiro was one of the greatest fighters that ever came out of Youngstown. Although he never won a championship, he fought many of the top fighters of his era. Throughout his nine year professional career which ran from 1943 to 1952, Janiro fought Rocky Graziano,.Kid Gavilan,Jake LaMotta,Beau Jack and top contender Rocky Castellani .  During the 1940’s he was consistently ranked among the top 10 middleweights in the world and compiled an outstanding record of 80-15- 2 (26 K O’s)

As an amateur in 1943 ,Janiro won the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions by deceived over Jackie Graves and the intercity Golden gloves Championship over George Cooper while fighting as a featherweight.   But later in the year the 16-year old Janerio would leave Youngstown to pursue a profession boxing career in New York. The young Janiro had become a protege of fellow Youngstown boxer Lenny “Boom Boom ” Mancini who was offering his advice and assistance. 

Janiro’s first professional fight was against Charlie Jeffries on December 8th 1943 at Scott Hill in Elizabeth ,NJ He would register a perfect 23-0 record over the next 10 months until he lost a six round decision to Al Guido at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York. He won the next 16 fights until losing to Johnny Greco on an eight-round decision on July 20, 1945 at Madison Square Garden. Janiro only fought twice in Youngstown. He won both fights at the old Youngstown Arena ,one on November 26,26th 1946 and the other on December 18,1947.

In a battle of Italian contenders Janiro met Castellani on July 13,1949 outdoors at Scranton ,Pa stadium and lost a hard-fought 10 round decision. The boxing world took notice when Janiro fought Rocky Graziano on March 31,1950 and would end up in split decision with Janiro holding his own with the renounced Graziano. He fought 18 times in Madison Square Garden.   The last win of his career came on June 7, 1951 as he took a 10 round decision over Charley fusari in Newark ,NJ.   Through the first 94 fights of Janiro’s career he was never knocked out. Janiro traveled to Paris, France on June 30,1952 and was knocked out in the fifth round . It was the final bout of Janiro’s professional nine-year career.

After retiring from the ring in 1952 Janiro tended bar at the Neutral Corner, a bar in New York near Stillman’s gym where many celebrities from the boxing world patronized. He returned to Youngstown and was employed by the Mahoning County Courthouse . He was inducted into the Youngstown Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984 . Speakers at his induction banquet held in Boardman were former boxing champions Carmen Basilio .Beau Jack, Jake LaMotta and Willie Pep.  

 Tony was one of Youngstown’s greatest goodwill ambassadors, Tony Janiro died on February 21, 1985 at the age of 57-years old.


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