As we continue our feature on Tri-City Boxing in St. Charles, we would like to introduce you to
Nick Gianfrancisco, 2017 Silver Gloves Champ and one of the hardest working kids you’ll ever meet. All that hard work is fueled, in part, by the trauma this young boxer has experienced already in his 11 years of life. His father, Tony Gianfrancisco, describes boxing as a great escape for him.
Less than a year ago, Nick’s mother Denise passed away from a drug overdose. He and his sister were in her custody at the time because Tony had not long before gone through double bi-pass surgery. It is Nick’s personal wish to share his story of loss and hardship with the sincere hope that he can somehow help others out there who may share a similar pain. He explains that his mom helps him get through tough days of training. He uses memories of the happy times with her to propel him forward.
Another of Nick’s inspirations comes from a surprise discovery is his ancestry. As a 9 year-old just becoming interested in boxing, Nick asked his grandfather if there was any boxing in the family lineage. Perhaps to his surprise, Nick discovered that his aunt - who was a trailblazing softball player in the 1940’s - was married to two-time World Middleweight boxing champion, Tony “The Man of Steel” Zale. The nickname comes from Zale’s place of birth, Gary, Indiana home of the largest steel mill in the western hemisphere. Nick feels the spirit of “The Man of Steel” when he boxes and says that gives him an edge in the ring. 🥊 #chicagogoldengloves #tricityboxing #boxing #youthboxing #chicago #chicagoboxing #silvergloveschamp #muhammadali #sonnyliston #tonyzale #themanofsteel