I was fourteen years old and played football on the left wing, but I always had a fight with everyone. You could do some boxing, I was told. I was curious and so I went into the gym with someone else, who then left. I instead stayed. Bruno Arcari
The future champion had to juggle between the ring and the fruit stand, where he worked to support his passion. He found his way and he wanted to go through it at any cost, like when he hides in the trunk of a FIAT Giardiniera of a group of older friends: he wanted to go to Milan and see his idol, Italian boxer Duilio Loi, fighting live.
Tenacity, discipline and respect for his opponents are the three fundamental pillars that have accompanied Arcari throughout his career, but they have not been his only features: with them, a deadly left fist. His Achilles' heel, on the other hand, has been the brow ridge: it took little to make it bleed and the opponents quickly noticed it.
These are the only two defeats of an impeccable career in the ring. For Bruno Arcari in fact, boxing was a passion and a job, and doing it at his best was his only duty.
From that moment on, Bruno Arcari would have not lost any other match, becoming a legend. He arrived at the European Championships in 1968 beating all his opponents, ready to subtract the title from the then reigning champion, the Austrian "Hans" Orsolics. Arcari defeated him in the 12th round by a technical knockout, forcing the referee to interrupt the match. He had no more opponents in Europe and was ready to face the world champion.
Then, the Italian champion reacted. The two boxers finish the match exhausted, behind them, 15 rounds have come and gone. The match turned into a score competition. On January 31, 1970, the boxer from Atina was finally proclaimed World Champion in the super-light category.
His entire career has been characterized by an evocative, but often misunderstood search for coherence: by a yearning need for simplicity, for humble, true things. This is how and why the greatest of our boxers [ ... ] has become also the least applauded. Orlando Giuliano, the history of boxing
Returning to the silence and privacy that have always distinguished him, Bruno Arcari now lives in Liguria with his family and is honorary president of Boxing Spezzina. He is still considered as the strongest boxer of all time in Italy, a living legend that still inspires thousands of athletes both in and out of Italy.
The noble art of boxing
Boxing in the 60s and 70s was a great world. On board the ring there were people from show business and cinema, from TV, popular faces who came to see us and made us, in turn, popular.
However, it wasn't just showmanship in the ring. Boxing was a sport made up of sacrifices, of strenuous side jobs made to scrape together the money needed to keep on competing, of training sessions that led to more fights every month, of prizes and glory gained through punches and elbows in the face.
Whoever won so much, as in the case Arcari, to keep winning he had to remain always humble, trying reach for the stars while remaining with the feet always on the ground, in a reality made of great triumphs midst a roaring crowd as well as of days spent in small and dusty gyms soaked with sweat and passion.
Not having loved him very much, people immediately forgot him; having had to endure him, many critics no longer sought him out. Bruno Arcari has stayed in his silences and habits, but he has been, in the modern history of our boxing, the only unbeatable boxer. Orlando Giuliano, the history of boxing.
The life and history of Arcari make us rediscover the boxing of the past, where sacrifice and passion were combined and made the noble art simpler, more beautiful and more legendary.