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HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR HALL OF FAMER JOEY GIARDELLO
CANASTOTA, NY - SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of middleweight champion Joey Giardello. He passed away today in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He was 78.
Born Carmine Orlando Tilelli on July 16, 1930, he turned professional in 1948. With a dodging, dancing style, he defeated Joey Giambra, Gil Turner, Walter Cartier, Chico Vejar, Holley Mims, and Hall of Famers Billy Graham, Dick Tiger, and Sugar Ray Robinson on his persistent march to the middleweight title. He captured the championship on December 7, 1963 with a 15-round decision over Tiger. Following a pair of non-title victories over Rocky Rivero and a successful defense against Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Giardello lost the title to Tiger in a 1965 rematch. He retired in 1967 with a pro record of 101-25-8 (33 KOs).
“Joey Giardello was a fantastic boxer who fought all the top fighters of his day,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “'The Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning the loss of a great middleweight champion.”
In 1993, Giardello was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.