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Former champ Parisi dies in crash

Giovanni Parisi in action against Frederic Klose in his last fight
Parisi (left) lost his last fight in September 2006

Former Olympic and two-weight world champion Giovanni Parisi has died in a road accident in his native Italy.

The 41-year-old was travelling in a car which was in collision with a lorry in the Pavia region.

Parisi won a gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 at featherweight before joining the professional ranks.

He went on to hold World Boxing Organisation (WBO) titles at both lightweight and light-welterweight in an 18-year pro career.

Parsi lost a unanimous points decision when he challenged Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez for the WBC light-welterweight crown in 1995.

He lost the WBO light-welterweight belt to Carlos Gonzalez in May 1998, and failed in a challenge for the welterweight title against Daniel Santos in July 2000.

He last fought in September 2006, when he lost a majority decision against Frederic Klose in Milan for the European welterweight crown.

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