Rocky Castellani

1985, State Inductee
About This Inductee
  • Luzerne, Pennsylvania native
  • A stylish boxer, won 34 of first 39 fights (9 knockouts)
  • Changing to slugging style, had successful winning streak 16 of 17 fights (4 knockouts)
  • Had shot at middleweight title in 1954 against “Bobo” Olson
  • 15-round fight went to Olson on judges’ decision
  • Next 3 years, fought 13 times, winning 7 (including split-decision loss to Sugar Ray Robinson)
  • Retired in 1957 with impressive record of 65-13-4 (16 knockouts)
  • Was also a referee and judge
  • Inducted into PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2007


Professional boxer, began in 1944 and continued through 1957. Had 82 fights, won 65, lost 13, and drew 4. In 1954, lost 15 round decision to Bobo Olson in championship middleweight fight. Fought other greats including Sugar Ray Robinson, Joey Giardello, Kid Gavilan, and Gene Fullmer. Rocky is presently an appointed New Jersey boxing judge. He is a tavern owner in Absecon, New Jersey. He is married 34 years and the father of four children.