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Prominent and popular boxing referee Frank Cappuccino passed away this morning, June 8th, at age 86.  Cappuccino was born Frank Capcino on February 7, 1929, and grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.  Along with older brother Vic Capcino, who also recently passed away (May 13, 2015), the younger Capcino was an amateur boxer during the 1940s.  Frank turned professional in 1949 and fought just three times as a pro welterweight, winning all three by 4-round decision at South Philly’s Toppi Stadium. 

In 1958, Frank became a referee and for the next fifty years, worked as both a referee and a boxing judge.  Along the way Capcino changed his name to the more colorful “Cappuccino”, and ring announcer and long-time friend Ed Derian helped to make that name famous with his exaggerated pronunciation of it in his announcements of Frank.     

However, it was Cappuccino’s long and active career that made him a respected member of the boxing fraternity.  Cappuccino refereed thousands of bouts including nearly 100 world title fights.  Some of his most memorable assignments were Tyson-Spinks, Gatti-Ward I, Tyson-Mathis Jr., Whitaker-Rodriguez, Bowe-Biggs, Tyson-Stewart, Spinks-Cooney, Spinks-Davis, Chandler-Carter, Saad Muhammad-Lopez I, Saad Muhammad-Grant, Rossman-Bennett, Briscoe-Marshall II, Hopkins-Hakkar, Hopkins-Daniels, Lewis-Briggs, Lewis-Mavoric, and many, many more. 

Frank Cappuccino with Johnny Carter & Jimmy Binns at the Blue Horizon

Cappuccino refereed his final bout in 2008 and continued to judge fights through 2010. In more recent years, Cappuccino remained on the local fight scene until declining health prevented him from attending events. 

Frank Cappuccino judging at the Blue Horizon in 2009

Frank Cappuccino with now-promoter Damon Feldman

Cappuccino was elected to both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame for his long and legendary career as a referee. 

Funeral services for Mr. Cappuccino are as follows: 

Friday, June 12, 7-9 PM
Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home
800 Newton-Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.)
Richboro, PA  18954

Saturday, June 13, 10 AM
St. Ignatius of Antioch Church
999 Reading Ave.
Yardley, PA  19067
There will also be a one-hour Viewing period immediately preceding the mass,
9-10 AM at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church

Frank Cappuccino with Curtis Parker at the Giardello Statue dedication in 2011




John DiSanto - Philadelphia - June 08, 2015