Dick Tiger vs. Joey Giardello (3rd meeting)

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1963-12-07 : Dick Tiger 159 lbs lost to Joey Giardello 158 lbs by PTS in round 15 of 15

  • Location: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • Referee: Paul Cavalier 5-8

From The Associated Press:

"Joey Giardello won the world middleweight boxing crown from Nigeria's Dick Tiger Saturday night in 15 rounds on a decision that was wildly cheered by a big crowd at Convention Hall. The 33-year-old Giardello, a pro for 16 years, was given 8 rounds by referee Paul Cavalier, the sole official, who voted 5 for Tiger and called 2 rounds even. Giardello, a rangy, boxer type, used the old pattern of jab, sharpshoot and move against an ever-pressing opponent. Tiger missed often and seemed to have trouble catching up with Joey who used the ring to his advantage. There were no knockdowns and neither fighter appeared to be in trouble at any time as Giardello took an early lead, quickly widened it and closed strong."

Post-fight Comment:

"I may consider a defense against Tiger but I would prefer to defend against European champion Laszlo Papp of Hungary." - Joey Giardello

Preceded by:
Tiger vs. Fullmer III
WBA Middleweight Title Fight
# 4
WBC Middleweight Title Fight
# 2
Succeeded by:
Giardello vs. Carter