NJ Boxing HOF

JOEY GIARDELLO

THE TOUGH, gritty Giardello slowly but steadilty fought his way up the ranks until he won 
the world middleweight title -- at the end of his 16th year as a pro. But Giardello, whose 
real name was Carmine Tilelli, was a "Rocky" story. 

He turned pro in 1948 at age 18. He fought primarily in Philadelphia, and built his record, 
and reputation in the "City of Brotherly Love" and other East Coast towns. In 1951 he entered 
the world rankings with a 10-round decision win over contender Ernie Durando in Scranton, Pa. 
With the exception of one year, 1955, Giardello would fight and beat at least one ranked 
contender every year until 1966. 

In 1952-53 he waged a thrilling three-fight series with future Hall-of-Famer Billy Graham. 
Every fight was decided by the judges, with Giardello taking the first two. In the second 
fight, a spilt-decision win, two New York State athletic commissioners changed one judges 
scorecard and the verdict went to Graham. But Giardello sued and the decision was 
eventually reversed. 

Giardello remained a top middleweight but couldn't secure a title shot. In 1959, he spilt 
a pair of 10-round decisions with future champ and future Hall-of-Famer, Dick Tiger. 

He received his first title fight against Gene Fullmer in April 1960. But after 15 rounds 
in Bozeman, Montana, the fight was declared a draw. He didn't get another opportunity until 
December 7, 1963, when he defeated Tiger over 15 rounds in Atlantic City. 

He had one successful defense, a unanimous decision over Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in 1964, 
then lost the title to Tiger via points in Oct. 1965. 

Giardello had four more fights before retiring in 1967. He was a top middleweight for 15 years 
and had an admirable 5-3-1 record against fellow World Boxing Hall-of-Famers. 

Born: Carmen Orlando Telleli, July 16, 1930 Brooklyn, NY 
Pro Record: 100-25-7 (32 Kayos), 1 NC



1948
Oct 1	Johnny Noel		Trenton, NJ		KO 2
Oct 10	Jimmy Larkin		Atlantic City		KO 1
Nov 7	Bobby Clark		Wilkes-Barre, PA	W 4
Nov 20	Johnny Brown		Reading, PA		KO 4
Dec 16	Johnny Madison		Atlantic City		KO 1
Dec 30	Willie Wigfall		Philadelphia		KO 1

1949
Feb 24	Clyde Diggs		Philadelphia		D 6
Mar 15	Don Ennis		Reading, PA		KO 4
Apr 7	Bill Montgomery		Philadelphia		KO 1
Apr 25	Ray Morris		Wilkes-Barre, PA	W 4
Apr 28	Joe Aurillo		Philadelphia		W 6
May 2	Emerson Charles		Philadelphia		W 4
Jun 6	Henry Vonsavage		Philadelphia		KO 2
Jun 20	Ray Haas		Philadelphia		KO 3
Jul 13	Leroy Fleming		Washington DC		KO 1
Nov 14	Mitchell Allen		Philadelphia		W 6
Dec 5	Jim Dockery		Philadelphia		KO 2

1950
Jan 5	Johnny Fry		Philadelphia		W 6
Jan 16	Joe DiMartino		New Haven, CT		L 8
Jan 26	Johnny Bernardo		Philadelphia		W 8
Feb 9	Johnny Bernardo		Philadelphia		W 8
Mar 23	Armando Amanini		Brooklyn		W 8
Mar 27	Steve Sabatino		Philadelphia		KO 1
Mar 29	Johnny Brown		Allentown, PA		W 6
Apr 20	Tommy Varsos		Brooklyn		KO 1
May 4	Hurley Sanders		Brooklyn		W 8
May 17	Carey Mace		New York		KO by 8
Aug 25	Al Berry		Scranton, PA		KO 1
Sep 26	Ted DiGiammo		Wilkes-Barre, PA	KO 1
Oct 16	Bruce Ubaldo		Wilkes-Barre, PA	W 8
Oct 26	Harold Green		Brooklyn		KO by 6
Nov 27	Gene Roberts		Philadelphia		D 8
Dec 18	Leroy Coleman		Philadelphia		KO 5

1951
Jan 6	Freddie Lott		Brooklyn		W 8
Feb 10	Jan Henry		Philadelphia		W 8
Feb 22	Hal Sampson		Brooklyn		W 8
Feb 24	Tony Wolfe		Philadelphia		KO 3
Mar 15	Roy Wouters		Philadelphia		L 8
Mar 29	Primo Cutler		Philadelphia		W 8
Apr 12	Roy Wouters		Philadelphia		W 8
Apr 30	Ernie Durando		Scranton, PA		W 10
May 25	Gus Rubicini		New York		L 8
Aug 13	Otis Graham		Philadelphia		W 8
Aug 27	Johnny Noel		Philadelphia		W 8
Sep 14	Tommy Bazzano		New York		W 6
Oct 8	Tony Amato		New York		KO 7
Nov 13	Rocky Castellani	Scranton, PA		L 10
Dec 12	Bobby Dykes		Miami Beach		L 10

1952
Jan 9	Sal DiMartino		Miami Beach		D 10
Mar 28	Sammy Giuliani		New York		D 8
May 5	Joe Miceli		Scranton, PA		D 10
Jun 5	Roy Wouters		Philadelphia		W 6
Jun 23	Pierre Langlois		Brooklyn		W 10
Aug 4	Billy Graham		Brooklyn		W 10
Sep 15	Georgie Small		Brooklyn		W 10
Oct 13	Joey Giambra		Brooklyn		W 10
Nov 11	Joey Giambra		Buffalo			L 10
Dec 15	Billy Graham		New York		W 10

1953
Feb 2	Harold Green		Brooklyn		W 10
Mar 6	Billy Graham		New York		L 12
Apr 7	Gil Turner		Philadelphia		W 10
May 30	Hurley Sanders		Newark, NJ		W 10
Jun 26	Ernie Durando		New York		W 10
Sep 29	Johnny Saxton		Philadelphia		L 10
Oct 26	Walter Cartier		Brooklyn		W 10
Nov 23	Tuzo Portuguez		Brooklyn		W 10

1954
Jan 8	Garth Panter		New York		KO 5
Feb 5	Walter Cartier		New York		KO 1
Mar 19	Willie Troy		New York		KO 7
May 21	Pierre Langlois		New York		L 10
Jun 11	Bobby Jones		New York		W 10
Jul 7	Billy Kilgore		Philadelphia		W 10
Sep 24	Ralph "Tiger" Jones	Philadelphia		W 10

1955
Jan 25	Al Andrews		Norfolk, VA		W 10
Feb 15	Andy Mayfield		Miami Beach		KO 8
Mar 1	Peter Mueller		Milwaukee		KO 2

1956
Feb 11	Tim Jones		Trenton, NJ		KO 10
Mar 10	Hurley Sanders		Paterson, NJ		W 10
Mar 27	Joe Shaw		Philadelphia		W 10
May 7	Charlie Cotton		New York		L 10
May 28	Charlie Cotton		New York		L 10
Jul 2	Tony Baldoni		New York		KO 1
Jul 26	Franz Szuzina		Milwaukee		W 10
Aug 28	James "Kid" Bussey	Miami Beach		KO 9
Sep 28	Bobby Boyd		Cleveland		KO 5
Nov 15	Charlie Cotton		Milwaukee		W 10
Dec 14	Charlie Cotton		Cleveland		W 10

1957
Feb 6	Randy Sandy		Chicago			W 10
Mar 27	Willie Vaughn		Kansas City		NC 10
(Vaughn was the announced winer; the Missouri Commission
ordered a no decision because one judge used the wrong points system)
May 17	Rory Calhoun		Cleveland		W 10
Jul 2	Joe Gray		Detroit			KO 6
Jul 17	Chico Vejar		Louisville, KY		W 10
Sep 27	Bobby Lane		Cleveland		KO 7
Nov 5	Wilfred Greaves		Denver			W 10
Dec 27	Ralph "Tiger" Jones	Miami Beach		W 10

1958
Feb 12	Franz Szuzina		Philadelphia		W 10
May 5	Rory Calhoun		San Francisco		W 10
Jun 11	Franz Szuzina		Washington DC		W 10
Jun 30	Joey Giambra		San Francisco		L 10
Nov 19	Spider Webb		San Francisco		KO by 7

1959
Jan 28	Ralph "Tiger" Jones	Louisville, KY		L 10
May 6	Holly Mims		Washington DC		W 10
Jun 16	Del Flanagan		St. Paul, MN		KO 1
Aug 11	Chico Vejar		St. Paul, MN		W 10
Sep 30	Dick Tiger		Chicago			L 10
Nov 4	Dick Tiger		Cleveland		W 10

1960
Apr 20	Gene Fullmer		Bozeman, MT		D 15
	(For NBA Middleweight Title)
Sep 27	Clarence Hinnant	Billings, MT		KO 3
Oct 11	Terry Downes		London			L 10
Dec 1	Peter Mueller		Cologne, Germany	L 10

1961
Mar 6	Ralph Dupas		New Orleans		L 10
May 15	Wilfred Greaves		Philadelphia		KO 9
Jul 10	Henry Hank		Detroit			L 10
Sep 12	Jesse Smith		Philadelphia		W 10
Nov 6	Jesse Smith		Chicago			W 10
Dec 12	Joe DeNucci		Boston			D 10

1962
Jan 30	Henry Hank		Philadelphia		W 10
Jul 9	Jimmy Beecham		St. Paul, MN		W 10
Aug 6	George Benton		Philadelphia		L 10
Nov 12	Johnny Morris		Baltimore		W 10

1963
Feb 25	Wilfred Greaves		Jacksonville, FL	W 10
Mar 25	Ernie Burford		Philadelphia		W 10
Jun 24	Ray Robinson		Philadelphia		W 10
Dec 7	Dick Tiger		Atlantic City		W 15
	(Wins World Middleweight Title)

1964
Apr 17	Rocky Rivero		Cleveland		W 10
May 22	Rocky Rivero		Cleveland		W 10
Dec 14	Rubin Carter		Philadelphia		W 15
	(Retains World Middleweight Title)

1965
Apr 23	Gil Diaz		Cherry Hills, NY	W 10
Oct 21	Dick Tiger		New York		L 15
	(Loses World Middleweight Title)

1966
Sep 22	Cash White		Reading, PA		W 10
Dec 5	Nate Collins		San Francisco		KO by 8

1967
May 22	Jack Rodgers		Pittsburgh		L 10
Nov 6	Jack Rodgers		Philadelphia		W 10


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