With a pleasant personality outside the ring and a fearless daredevil boxing style that drives boxing fans out of their seats, Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24KO) is one of the most exciting fighters in the heavyweight division.
The youngest of three boys, Vinny Maddalone was pitching minor league baseball for the Adirondack Lumberjacks of the independent Northern League when the idea to enter a ToughMan contest first crossed his mind.
“The ToughMan contest just caught my eye, so I entered. I had the whole team come down to watch me. On the Friday night I fought once, then on Saturday I fought four more times and I won. I got hooked. I was probably like 17 or 18 and there were older guys in the ToughMan, but I could take a pretty good punch and I was in better condition. It was pretty wild.”
Maddalone turned pro on April 23rd 1999 and won his first professional fight by 1st round TKO. This was just the beginning of many highlight real knockouts, and before he knew it Vinny was being recognized as one of the biggest and most devastating punchers in the Heavyweight division.
Maddalone ran his record to an impressive 21-1 15KO with his lone defeat coming to former world champion Alfred Cole. On July 23rd 2004 Maddalone met up with fellow banger Brian Minto (17-0 10KO) on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" fight of the year. The fight on paper looked to be an all out war and had the fans in attendance and at home watching on t.v. eagerly waiting in anticipation. From the opening bell the two fighters came out throwing bombs, trying to knock one-another out. The fight was a sea saw battle and going into the tenth Maddalone was winning on all three judges score cards. In the tenth Maddalone got caught with a picture perfect counter left hook and went down hard. Although Maddalone lost the fight he gained even more fans with his gusty, hard fought performance which was considered by many to be the fight of the year.
On March 17th, 2007 Maddalone took on future first ballot hall of famer, and former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.
Maddalone went right at Holyfield as Holyfield tried to box from the outside. Near the end of the first round Maddalone was cut bad on his forehead. The cut continued to bleed profusely as the rounds progressed. With blood pouring down his face, Maddalone’s corner called a halt to the contest.
On August 6th, 2008 Maddalone fought as the co-feature on the card at the B.B. King's Blue's Club in New York City. Maddalone was taking on veteran Joe Stofle on this night. Maddalone who had previously stated he was looking to put on a great showing for his New York fans didn’t disappoint. From the opening bell it was apparent that Maddalone was too much for his opponent as he landed punches at will to both the body and head. Maddalone dropped Stofle three times in the opening round en route to winning a first round TKO. Stofle was quoted after the fight as saying, “I am happy they stopped it. I knew Vinny could punch, but wow he hits hard. I felt like I got kicked by a mule.”
The colorful Maddalone was nothing but all smiles after the fight. “That’s exactly what I had hoped to do. I wanted to go in there, put the pressure on him and try to take him out, and that’s what I did. I am happy that the fans enjoyed my performance and I am just excited to be fighting again. I feel great, and am going to get right back in the gym and get to work again. I know my promoter Joe DeGuardia is working on some things for me and I am really looking forward to my next fight,” said Maddalone whose record improved to 30-4, 21KO's.
On October 29th, 2008 in the fight of the night, Maddalone (31-4, 22KO) stopped Terrell "Baby Bull" Nelson (8-7, 5KO) in the second round of their scheduled eight round heavyweight contest.
On November 15th 2008 in Dusseldorf Germany unbeaten heavyweight Denis Boytsov (23-0, 18 KOs) won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Maddalone (31-5, 22 KOs). Maddalone went right at Boytsov from the opening bell, giving the WBO #9, WBA #10 rated heavyweight in the world all he could handle in a crowd pleasing action packed brawl. Maddalone's warrior style had the fans in attendance chearing his name and chanting U.S.A. as the final round came to an end.
"On April 28th, 2009 Maddalone spoiled the comeback attempt of Benji 'Boom-Boom' Baker of Peducah, Kentucky by stopping Baker by fourth round TKO of a scheduled 8. Baker, 32, was attempting to return to the ring after an eight year hiatus but it was not to be.
Baker, now 18-7 with 9 kayos, held his own for the first four rounds and did best outboxing Maddalone at center ring, backpeddling while moving side to side and bruising the shorter Maddalone's face red with jabs. Maddalone, now 32-5 with 23 kayos, kept a furious pace, though, moving forward all night and stalking Baker. On those occasions when Maddalone trapped Baker against the ropes or in a corner, he made Baker pay by pounding on him like a piece of meat, especially at the end of each round when Baker tired. Maddalone dropped Baker at the end of rounds 1, 3 and 4 so the outcome was never in doubt. Whereas Baker arose unhurt at the end of rounds 1 and 3 unhurt, he arose at the end of round 4 holding his ribs. Baker was unable to continue at this point, and the ringside doctor stopped the bout in Baker's corner." (boxrec)
On December 17th, 2009, Maddalone took on former two-time cruiserweight champion, Jean Marc Mormeck. Turning in a classic Maddalone like effort, he took the fight straight to the former two-time cruiserweight champion. The fight, which took place at the Halle Carpentier in Mormeck's native Paris, France, had the packed house in attendance on the edge of their seats for the majority of the contest. In the end Maddalone came up a little bit short, losing a much closer then scored decision, but in the process gained a lot of fans with his performance.
On March 6th, 2010, Maddalone got back into the win column improving his record to 33-6, 24KO, with a vicious five round beat down of Dominique Alexander (19-8-1, 9KO).
Maddalone came out in the first, stalking Alexander. It was evident that Alexander was going to look to box and stay on the outside against the heavy-handed Maddalone. Maddalone had an answer for that though as he began unleashing thunderous right and lefts to the body of Alexander.
In the third round the body shots began to take their toll and Alexander’s movement slowed, allowing Maddalone to pin him against the ropes and bomb away. A big overhand right dropped Alexander just as the third round was coming to an end.
Maddalone continued where he left off in the 4th, dropping Alexander with a barrage of punches midway through the round and again at the end.
In the 5th a huge left hook to the body dropped Alexander for the fourth time, and the referee had seen enough, calling a halt to the contest at 1:09.
An aggressive power puncher, Maddalone has dedicated himself to reaching the top of his sport. His constantly improving skills have been evident as he has stepped up his competition. “I would say my desire and my heart are my greatest assets. I have an unstoppable will to keep coming and work hard. I’m learning the skills, but I think the thing I bring into boxing is heart which you can’t learn, you just have to be born with it.” Maddalone, already a fan favorite in his native NY, says he is eager for another chance at a big fight in front of a large audience.