Andrea Crepaldi, born in Varese on August 1st, 1985. Boxer Pro in Italy from 2000 till 2008 with 70 matches, absolute champion of Lombardia in 2007. Boxer Pro in USA from 2011.
My life here in New York is pretty busy; I follow my dream to become a boxing champion and it takes a lot of energy and dedication. Living by yourself in a big city like New York is not an easy task, especially for a “mammone” like me. (It is not a coincidence that my nickname in boxing is mama’s boy). I came here 6 years ago and my life has completely changed. I spend my day in the gym, I train hard in the morning, I have a rest after lunch and I run in the night. In my free time I love to read and watch boxing fights.
The reason why I am in New York today has a name, and the name is Paulie Malignaggi. Paulie Malignaggi is an Italian American boxer (3 time world champion in two different weight classes). I met Paulie 7 years ago in Italy, after he won his first world title (IBF Junior welterweight belt). He came to Italy for vacation and we ended up in the ring together for a sparring section. After the sparring session, he invited me to come to New York, he took care of my visa through his lawyer and I left the old country 7 months after that magical day.
My best memory in NYC was when I found out about my American relatives. My mom discovered a letter from her first cousin from New York that she received when she was 8 years old, in Catania, Sicily. She sent me the picture of her cousin and the address. The day after I took the ferry to Staten Island and I found them. When my parents came to New York to visit me I introduced them to each other and the emotion was not easy to describe, I felt like the bridge from my Italian and my American family.
With Alexo we selected an interesting playground in Chelsea, typical of NY and we choose to use an elegant black suit with my Boxer Gloves to create a visual and interesting mix, and to tell my story in a stylish way.
I am so proud and happy to be part of this project. Representing my country in the United States makes me feel good. We show the world that this generation of Italians is ready to follow their dreams whatever it takes, and we are not afraid to engage difficulties to pursue our goal. My motto is: better a defeat than a regret.
It is a big responsibility but I will try my best to represent my country in the boxing ring. I will put all my heart and passion and I am sure it is going to be a fun journey.