On This Day In Boxing History
Joey Giardello Was Born
Born: July 16th, 1930
Birth Name: Carmine Tilelli
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pro-Debut: October 10th, 1948
Height: 5′ 10″
Record: 98-26-8, 31Ko’s
Died: Age 78, September 4th, 2008
WBA Middleweight Champion
WBC Middleweight Champion
1963 Dec 7 – 1965 Oct 21
International Boxing Hall of Fame – Class of 1993
Became an insurance salesman after his boxing career ended. He later joined the Misco International Chemical Company as their New York-Philadelphia-New Jersey distributor. He also worked with the handicapped, particularly the St. John of God School for Special Children.
It has been said that Giardello changed his name from Tilelli in an attempt to join the US Army under the legal age, towards the end of World War II.
Giardello appeared in the 1975 film Moonrunners, on which the original Dukes of Hazzard television series was based.
Filed a federal lawsuit against Universal Pictures, Beacon Communications and Aloof Films, for unspecified damages, for its "thoroughly false depiction" of his bout with Rubin Carter in Norman Jewison's 1999 film The Hurricane. "In a key scene, the film shows a punch-drunk, blood-spattered Giardello being clearly beaten by Carter but winning a racially-tinged decision.... [Giardello had] suffered only a small cut in the middle rounds and won what a majority at ringside thought was a clear decision over a listless Carter...." Giardello settled out-of-court for an undisclosed sum and Jewison's agreement to make a statement on the DVD version of the film that Giardello "no doubt" was a great fighter.
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1928: Tommy Loughran W10 Pete Latzo
1930: Joey Giardello born
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