Who was the deaf boxer that won a world championship mainly
because of a misunderstanding between the hearing opponent and
the referee in the corner between rounds?
Mario D’Agata, Italy, won the World Bantamweight
championship in 1955 over defending champion Robert Cohen of
Cohen was badly beaten and the corner people were
administering to his needs between the sixth and seventh rounds.
The referee stepped in and asked if Cohen wanted to continue. The
referee then declared the match over and D’Agata the winner.
Cohen protested that the referee misunderstood him and that he
wanted to continue fighting.
D’Agata held the title until 1957.