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Joey Giardello boxer

Joey Giardello image
Status inactive
Age 78
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 70″/178cm
Debut 1948-10-10
Born 1930-07-16
Death 2008-09-04
Nationality USA
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
bouts
133
won
98
lost
26
draw
8
bouts
133
won
98
lost
26
draw
8
Status inactive
Age 78
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 70″/178cm
Debut 1948-10-10
Born 1930-07-16
Death 2008-09-04
Nationality USA
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Giardello was born in Brooklyn, but lived most of his life in the East Passyunk Crossing area of South Philadelphia, where, as a young man, he joined many other Italian-Americans in the city in taking up boxing. He turned professional in 1948, not long after his 18th birthday. It was said that Giardello changed his name from Tilelli in an attempt to join the US Army under the legal age using his cousin's name. He then served, underage, in an Airborne unit for the short remainder of World War II. He built up a neat resume whilst serving, though suffered an initial setback: "He had a scuffle at a gas station which cost him his $100,000 Prize Fight money and five months in jail" during his early career.As a pro, he quickly racked up an 18-0-1 record in his first 19 fights while facing less-than-stellar opposition. He fought just three men who had previously won a fight during that time. It caught up with Tilelli on January 16, 1950, when he was handed his first defeat by Joe DiMartino, a journeyman with a 6-10 record.

Giardello was born in Brooklyn, but lived most of his life in the East Passyunk Crossing area of South Philadelphia, where, as a young man, he joined many other Italian-Americans in the city in taking up boxing. He turned professional in 1948, not long after his 18th birthday. It was said that Giardello changed his name from Tilelli in an attempt to join the US Army under the legal age using his cousin's name. He then served, underage, in an Airborne unit for the short remainder of World War II. He built up a neat resume whilst serving, though suffered an initial setback: "He had a scuffle at a gas station which cost him his $100,000 Prize Fight money and five months in jail" during his early career.As a pro, he quickly racked up an 18-0-1 record in his first 19 fights while facing less-than-stellar opposition. He fought just three men who had previously won a fight during that time. It caught up with Tilelli on January 16, 1950, when he was handed his first defeat by Joe DiMartino, a journeyman with a 6-10 record.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Nov. 6, 1967 Jack Rodgers WWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Split-decision
May 22, 1967 Jack Rodgers WWWWWW Civic Arena, Pittsburgh LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 5, 1966 Nate Collins WWWWLW Winterland Arena, San Francisco LOSS
Technical knockout
Sept. 22, 1966 Cash White WLLLLL Municipal Stadium, Reading WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 21, 1965 Dick Tiger LWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York World Boxing Association World Middleweight

World Boxing Council World Middleweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 23, 1965 Gil Diaz WLWDLL Arena, Cherry Hill WIN
Points
Dec. 14, 1964 Rubin Carter WWLWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia World Boxing Association World Middleweight

World Boxing Council World Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 22, 1964 Juan Carlos Rivero LWWLLL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
April 17, 1964 Juan Carlos Rivero WLWWLL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 7, 1963 Dick Tiger WWWWDW Convention Hall, Atlantic City World Boxing Association World Middleweight

World Boxing Council World Middleweight

WIN
Points
June 24, 1963 Sugar Ray Robinson WWWWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
March 25, 1963 Ernest Burford LWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 25, 1963 Wilf Greaves LLLDWL Jacksonville WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 12, 1962 Johnny Morris WWLLWL Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
Split-decision
Aug. 6, 1962 George Benton LWWWWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 9, 1962 Jimmy Beecham WWWLDL Midway Stadium, Saint Paul WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 30, 1962 Henry Hank WWWWWD Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Majority decision
Dec. 12, 1961 Joe DeNucci WDWWWW Boston Garden, Boston DRAW
Points
Nov. 6, 1961 Jesse Smith WWWWLW International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 12, 1961 Jesse Smith WWWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
July 10, 1961 Henry Hank WDLWLW Convention Arena, Detroit LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 15, 1961 Wilf Greaves LWLLWL Alhambra A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
March 6, 1961 Ralph Dupas WWWWWW Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 1, 1960 Peter Mueller WWWLWW Messesporthalle, Cologne LOSS
Points
Oct. 11, 1960 Terry Downes LWWWWW Empire Pool, Wembley LOSS
Points
Sept. 27, 1960 Clarence Hinnant DLLLLL Shrine Auditorium, Billings WIN
Technical knockout
April 20, 1960 Gene Fullmer WWWWWW Montana St. College Fieldhouse, Bozeman National Boxing Association World Middleweight

DRAW
Points
Nov. 4, 1959 Dick Tiger LWDLWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 30, 1959 Dick Tiger WLWDLW Chicago Stadium, Chicago LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 11, 1959 Chico Vejar WWLWWW Midway Stadium, Saint Paul WIN
Split-decision
June 16, 1959 Del Flanagan WWWWWW Auditorium, Saint Paul WIN
KO
May 6, 1959 Holly Mims LDWWWL Capitol Arena, Washington WIN
Split-decision
Jan. 28, 1959 Ralph Jones WLLWWL Freedom Hall, Louisville LOSS
Split-decision
Nov. 19, 1958 Spider Webb WLWWWL Cow Palace, Daly City LOSS
Technical knockout
June 30, 1958 Joey Giambra WWDWLW Cow Palace, Daly City LOSS
Split-decision
June 11, 1958 Franz Szuzina WWWLLW Shoreham Terrace, Washington WIN
Majority decision
May 5, 1958 Rory Calhoun WWLWWW Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 12, 1958 Franz Szuzina LWWWWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 27, 1957 Ralph Jones WWDLLL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 5, 1957 Wilf Greaves LWLWWL Denver WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 27, 1957 Bobby Lane WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Technical knockout
July 17, 1957 Chico Vejar WWWLLW Freedom Hall, Louisville WIN
Unanimous decision
July 2, 1957 Joe Gray WWLWDW State Fairgrounds Coliseum, Detroit WIN
Corner retirement
May 17, 1957 Rory Calhoun WLWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Split-decision
March 27, 1957 Willie Vaughn WWLWWL Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City
ND
Feb. 6, 1957 Randy Sandy LWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 14, 1956 Charley Cotton DLWLLL Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 15, 1956 Charley Cotton WWDLWL Arena, Milwaukee WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 28, 1956 Bobby Boyd WWWWWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
KO
Aug. 28, 1956 Georgia Kid WWDLWL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
July 26, 1956 Franz Szuzina LLWDWD Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Unanimous decision
July 2, 1956 Tony Baldoni WWWWWL St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
May 28, 1956 Charley Cotton LLWLWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York LOSS
Split-decision
May 7, 1956 Charley Cotton WLLWLW St. Nicholas Arena, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 27, 1956 Joe Shaw LWLLLD Town Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
March 10, 1956 Hurley Sanders LWWWWW Armory, Paterson WIN
Points
Feb. 11, 1956 Tim Jones WLLLWL Arena, Trenton WIN
Technical knockout
March 1, 1955 Peter Mueller WLWWWL Arena, Milwaukee WIN
KO
Feb. 15, 1955 Andy Mayfield LWWWDL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 25, 1955 Al Andrews WLWWLW Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 24, 1954 Ralph Jones WLWWLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
July 7, 1954 Billy Kilgore WWLWLW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
June 11, 1954 Bobby Jones LDLLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
May 21, 1954 Pierre Langlois LWDLWL Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 19, 1954 Willie Troy WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 5, 1954 Walter Cartier DLLWLW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 8, 1954 Garth Panter LWLWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 23, 1953 Tuzo Portuguez DLLWWL Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 26, 1953 Walter Cartier LWDLLW Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 29, 1953 Johnny Saxton WDWWLW Arena, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
June 26, 1953 Ernie Durando DWLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
May 30, 1953 Hurley Sanders WLLWLW Laurel Garden, Newark WIN
Points
April 7, 1953 Gil Turner LLWWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
March 6, 1953 Billy Graham DLWLLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 2, 1953 Harold Green WWWWWL Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 19, 1952 Billy Graham WWDLWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 11, 1952 Joey Giambra WWWWWL Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo LOSS
Unanimous decision
Oct. 13, 1952 Joey Giambra WWWWWW Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 15, 1952 Georgie Small WDLWWL Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 4, 1952 Billy Graham WWWWWD Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Split-decision
June 23, 1952 Pierre Langlois WWWWLW Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
June 5, 1952 Roy Wouters LLWLLL Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Points
May 5, 1952 Joe Miceli LLWWDW Scranton DRAW
Points
March 28, 1952 Sammy Giuliani WLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York DRAW
Points
Jan. 9, 1952 Sal DiMartino WWDLDW Auditorium, Miami Beach DRAW
Points
Dec. 12, 1951 Bobby Dykes WWWWWW Auditorium, Miami Beach LOSS
Split-decision
Nov. 13, 1951 Rocky Castellani WWWWWW Catholic Youth Center, Scranton LOSS
Majority decision
Oct. 8, 1951 Tony Amato DWWWLW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
Sept. 14, 1951 Tommy Bazzano LLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Points
Aug. 27, 1951 Johnny Noel LLLWWL Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 13, 1951 Otis Graham LWLLLL Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
May 25, 1951 Gus Rubicini LWWWLW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Points
April 30, 1951 Ernie Durando WLLWLL Watres Armory, Scranton WIN
Unanimous decision
April 12, 1951 Roy Wouters WWWLWW Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
March 29, 1951 Primos Cutler WLLLWL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Points
March 15, 1951 Roy Wouters WWWWLW Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia LOSS
Majority decision
Feb. 24, 1951 Tony Wolfe LLLWWW Cambria A.C., Philadelphia WIN
KO
Feb. 22, 1951 Harold Sampson DWWLWW Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Split-decision
Jan. 27, 1951 Jan Henri WLLWWD Cambria A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 6, 1951 Freddie Lott WLLLLW Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
Points
Dec. 18, 1950 Leroy Coleman WWLWWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Nov. 27, 1950 George Roberts WLLLLL Convention Hall, Philadelphia DRAW
Points
Oct. 26, 1950 Harold Green WLLWWW Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn LOSS
Corner retirement
Oct. 16, 1950 Bruce Ubaldo LLLLWL South Main Street Armory, Wilkes-Barre WIN
Points
Sept. 26, 1950 Ted DiGiammo LLWWLD South Main Street Armory, Wilkes-Barre WIN
KO
Aug. 25, 1950 Don Berry Scranton Stadium, Scranton WIN
KO
May 17, 1950 Carey Mace LWWWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York LOSS
Technical knockout
May 4, 1950 Hurley Sanders WLLLWW Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
April 20, 1950 Tommy Varsos LLLLLL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
KO
March 27, 1950 Steve Sabatino LLLLLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
March 23, 1950 Armando Amanini LLLLLL Broadway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Points
Feb. 9, 1950 Johnny Bernardo WDDWWL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Majority decision
Jan. 26, 1950 Johnny Bernardo WWDDWW Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Points
Jan. 16, 1950 Joe DiMartino LLWLLW Arena, New Haven LOSS
Points
Jan. 5, 1950 Johnny Fry DDWWLD Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Points
Dec. 5, 1949 Jim Dockery WLLLWW Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Nov. 14, 1949 Mitch Allen WLLLWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
July 13, 1949 Leroy Fleming LLLLLL Griffith Stadium, Washington WIN
KO
June 20, 1949 Ray Haas LWWWWL Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
June 6, 1949 Henry Vonsavage WWWLW Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
May 2, 1949 Emerson Charles WWDWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
April 28, 1949 Joe Aurillo LWWWLL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Points
April 25, 1949 Ray Morris WLLWLL South Main Street Armory, Wilkes-Barre WIN
Points
April 7, 1949 Bill Montgomery Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
KO
March 29, 1949 Johnny Brown LLLLWL Little Palestra, Allentown WIN
Points
March 15, 1949 Don Ennis Reading WIN
KO
Feb. 24, 1949 Clyde Diggs LLLLLL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia DRAW
Points
Jan. 13, 1949 Jimmy Morton WW Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia LOSS
Points
Dec. 30, 1948 Willie Wigfall LLWLLL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 17, 1948 Bobby Thomas WW Kingston Armory, Kingston DRAW
Points
Dec. 16, 1948 Johnny Madison W Hamid's Pier, Atlantic City WIN
KO
Nov. 16, 1948 Jackie Cole L Arena, Trenton WIN
KO
Oct. 10, 1948 Jimmy Larkin Atlantic City WIN
KO