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Joey Giardello

Boxing

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Area boxer who fought in the middleweight division (1948-67)

Career record of 101-26-7 with 33 wins by KO in 135 bouts

Record of 5-3-1 against boxers inducted into boxing’s Hall of Fame

First title fight for the NBA Middleweight title against Gene Fullmer ended in a draw (4/20/60)

Upset Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous decision and named #1 challenger to the world middleweight title (6/24/63)

Won the WBC and WBA Middleweight title by defeating Dick Tiger by decision in 15 rounds (12/7/63)

Defended the title with a unanimous decision victory over Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (12/14/64)

Lost the title by unanimous decision in 15 rounds to Dick Tiger (19/21/65)

Numerous notable bouts in the middleweight division included

  • Unanimous decision loss to Billy Graham in 12 rounds (3/6/53)
  • Unanimous decision victory over Gil Turner in 10 rounds (4/7/53)
  • Unanimous decision loss to Johnny Saxton in 10 rounds (9/29/53)
  • Split decision victory over Holley Mims in 10 rounds (5/6/59)
  • Unanimous decision loss to Dick Tiger in 10 rounds (9/30/59)
  • Unanimous decision victory over Dick Tiger in 10 rounds 11/4/59)
  • Unanimous decision loss to Henry Hank in 10 rounds (7/10/61)
  • Majority decision victory over Henry Hank in 10 rounds (1/30/62)
  • Loss by unanimous decision to George Benton (8/6/62)

Took part in the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year

  • Giardello vs. Hank (1/30/62)

World Boxing Commission Middleweight Champion (12/7/63 – 10/21/65)

World Boxing Association Middleweight Champion (12/7/63 – 10/21/65)

Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame

Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (1993)

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