The Ring Magazine-December 1963-66 pages. This vintage boxing magazine-which originally sold for fifty cents-features a color cover photo of Joey Giardello.Carmine Orlando Tilelli (July 16, 1930 - September 4, 2008) was an American boxer who was the middleweight champion of the world from 1963 to 1965, and was better known by his professional pseudonym of Joey Giardello.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.After that embarrassment, he began to face better opposition and by 1951, was beating some of the better middleweight boxers on the Philadelphia scene. He continued to do so for years afterward, but was blocked from receiving a shot at the world championship by the underworld figures who controlled the sport at that time.
Giardello's fight vs. Billy Graham was the next significant bout. The decision first was awarded to Graham, then later reversed to a decision in favor of Giardello, then reversed again, some time later, in favor of Graham. This fight is known in boxing lore as "The reversed reversal."It wasn't until 1960 that Tilelli, now known as Giardello, received any kind of championship opportunity. On April 20, he faced Gene Fullmer for the National Boxing Association version of the world middleweight title. He missed out on the title when he and Fullmer fought to a draw over 15 rounds.Giardello lost four of his next six fights, but then came back strong with an 8-1-1 record in his next 10, all of which were over some of the biggest names in the division at that time. One of his wins, a 10-round decision over Henry Hank on January 30, 1962, was chosen as Ring Magazine's fight of the year. Then, on June 24, 1963, Giardello upset boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson, and at the age of 33, was finally named as the No. 1 challenger for the world middleweight title.He didn't waste the opportunity. On December 7, Giardello faced Dick Tiger in Atlantic City for the title and won, taking the world championship by decision in 15 rounds and drawing with Tiger in two others.He reigned as world champion for nearly two years, winning four fights during that time. The most notable was a December 14, 1964 title defense against Rubin Carter, which many today wrongly believe he won on an unjust decision because of the fight's portrayal in the 1999 movie The Hurricane. Carter started the fight well landing a few solid rights to the head in the early rounds, but was not able to follow them up. By the 5th round, Giardello had taken control of the fight and was awarded a unanimous decision. Boxing experts present at the fight, believed he deserved the victory, 3 - 1 and an informal poll of sportswriters present, agreed that Giardello had won. Even Carter himself, never disputed the decision at the time.The magazine has been autographed on the front cover by Joey Giardello.....BOTH MAGAZINE AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.