Just as an anecdote, Franco was a true boxing fan, to his wife’s horror who refrained from watching the matches on TV (preferring by far the figure skating on ice).
These ads from 1954 and 1962 reflect his passion.
The yellow-black boxing gloves in the photo (which I received as a gift from my grandpa when I was at primary school) were from the famous brand Leone.
[featured pic from Bellezza d’Italia]
[*] courtesy of Daniela Grignani