"The Great" Phil Alessi, SR.
Alessi Promotions & Management
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA
Phil, a Tampa icon, was the third-generation owner of Alessi Bakeries. In addition to the bakery, Phil was the owner of Alessi Promotions, a preeminent boxing promotions company. His reputation for honesty and integrity earned Phil the friendship of notable boxing figures such as Muhammad Ali, "Ferdie" Pacheco, and Angelo Dundee.
He was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010, after having received a "Special Award" the year before.
Involved in the fight game since 1967, Phil Alessi has promoted fights in places like New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle, London, Atlantic City, Nashville and Philadelphia, along with his hometown of Tampa. In all, Alessi Promotions has put on more than 300 fight cards, more than 150 national television broadcasts and more than two dozen championship bouts. Some of the fighters he’s promoted include John “The Beast” Mugabi, Marlon Starling, Bobby Czyz, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Edwin Rosario, Clint Jackson, and James Tillis.
A third-generation resident of Tampa and the operator of his family’s long-standing bakery, Alessi had a reputation for honesty and professionalism in the boxing world.
“Alessi Promotions can hold its collective head high," wrote Randy Gordon, former editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine.
“It is a finely-tuned team of professionals the likes of which I’ve yet to find an equal in this sport.” Ferdie Pacheco, the Fight Doctor, once said of Alessi, “He‘s one of the few promoters the networks can take at his word. They love to work with him.”