Rick was born in Rome, Italy in 1967, and came to Australia at the age of 4 with his parents and sister.
Rick started boxing at the age of 10, however it wasn’t until he was 17 that he took the sport seriously. Since then Rick has competed in over 150 bouts with an 85% success rate.
His competitive nature and will to success saw him pursue an illustrious career in boxing, some of the highlights being;
- Captain Boxing Team of the 1992 Barcelona and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
- 1996 – Gold Medal in the Oceania Championships and Liverpool Multi Nations England Presidents Cup.
- 1995 – Won Australian Championships (Light Heavyweight 81kg Division)
- 1994 – selected as the male representative for the International Olympic Academy in Greece.
- Ranked top 10 in the world Amateur Boxing in 1992 and 1996
- 1990 – 1996 – Australian Light Heavyweights Boxing Champion
- Winner of 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals in international tournaments
Rick retired after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and grew to a happy 110kg.
The cut off age in boxing was lifted from 32 to 34 in Year 2000. Due to this factor, Rick was eligible to return to boxing in the Year 2000 and proceeded to lose 29kg in three months so he could box in the Light Heavyweights 81kg category. He won 3 out of the 4 elimination fights but unfortunately did not qualify for the 2000 Olympics.
Rick officially retired for the last time. He was a specialist commentator for SOCOG and sat ringside at the 2000 Olympics. Rick is also an official Ambassador for the Australia Day Council representing Olympians on the Australia Day Celebrations around Australia.
By trade, Rick is a fourth generation stonemason. However he has also worked in the media, commentating at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and made his acting debut in the acclaimed documentary “The Leaving of Liverpool.”
In his spare time Rick enjoys making sculptures in sandstone (Fourth Generation), horse riding, dining out and catching up with family and friends.