Former bantam contender Paul Ferreri passes

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

The Australian boxing community is in mourning with the passing of former world bantamweight challenger Paul Ferreri (78-13-5, 26 KOs) at the age of 69 years in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday.

Ferreri turned professional in 1968 and captured the Commonwealth bantamweight crown in 1972 by defeating John Kellie over fifteen rounds.

In 1976 Ferreri lost a WBC bantamweight title challenge when Carlos Zarate (42-0-0) was crowned the winner by referee Richard Steele at 2.44 of round twelve at the Inglewood Forum in California.

Ferreri defeated world champions Rolando Navarette in 1976 and Venice Borkhorsor in 1978.

Other notable victories were Rocky Gattelari, Stix McCloud and John Feeney.

World champions Gilberto Roman and Arnold Taylor defeated Ferreri on points. Paul has suffered dementia in recent years.

Funeral details will be published as soon as possible.