|PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - May 13, 2015
Kensington southpaw fighter of the 1940s, Vic Capcino passed away May 13, 2015 at age 89. Although far less famous than his brother Frank Cappucino, a prominent boxing referee, Capcino kept the family name throughout his long life and was a popular and very well-regarded man among the local boxing community.
As an amateur boxer fighting out of Ken-sington's Lambs Club, Capcino boxed his way through the amateur ranks and reached a peak in 1944 when he won both major annual amateur tournaments offered in the City of Philadelphia.
In February of 1944, Capcino won the Philadelphia Diamond Belt as an Open Division 118-pounder. Capcino defeated Tony Cocco to win the Diamond Belt (aka AAU Middle Atlantic) title.
Later that same year, Vic also won the Philadelphia Golden Gloves tournament at 126 pounds (Open Division) by defeating Chauncey Campbell of the Chester USO.
In 1946 Capcino turned professional as a lightweight and had his debut bout at North Philly's Metropolitan Opera House (The Met), winning a 4-round decision over fellow Philadelphian Tony Bonghi.
Two years later, Capcino, by then 17-2, fought the first of two six-round battles with Port Richmond's Joey Fagan, 28-7-2, at the Cambria, the legendary Kensington fight club. Capcino won fight number one by decision, but lost on points when then fought again one month later. It was a natural rivalry between two good fighters from adjoining neighborhoods.
Capcino also fought Brown Lee, Bobby Washington, and Tommy Martin en route to compiling an overall professional record of 22-6, with 8 KOs. He retired after losing by TKO to Jefferson Davis in March of 1950.
Capcino entered the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a fixture at local boxing shows through the years. Vic lived in New Jersey for most of his life.
Capcino's funeral service will be held Saturday, May 16, 9:30 AM, at St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 43 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville, NJ, 08109. He will be interred at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem, PA.