Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Joey Giardello
Sugar Ray Robinson 158 lbs lost to Joey Giardello 160 lbs by UD in round 10 of 10
- Date: 1963-06-24
- Location: Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Referee: Buck McTiernan 43-49
- Judge: Bob Polis 43-47
- Judge: Lou Tress 45-48
"Joey Giardello, weighing 160½ pounds to Robinson's 158½, started after Ray with a combination hooking attack to body and head in the first round and kept after slender Ray in every round to curtail his punching room. A left hook to the chin floored Robinson for a count of nine about midway in the fourth round. And Ray apparently was saved from going down again in the sixth round by the bell. ... A near capacity crowd, which paid an estimated $59,097, roared encouragement to Robinson—the former welterweight champion and record five-time middleweight ruler—in the seventh and eighth rounds when Ray rallied magnificently. But he ran out of gas again in the ninth and 10th. ... Despite the battering, Robinson had only a slight nick on his left brow at the finish." - United Press International
- Giardello, the third-ranked middleweight contender, was a 7-5 favorite.
- A near-capacity crowd of 8,598 paid an estimated $59,097 to see the fight.
- Robinson was dropped by a left hook for a count of nine in the fourth round. He almost went down again in the sixth.
- United Press International reported that the crowd "roared encouragement to Robinson...in the seventh and eighth rounds when Ray rallied magnificently. But he ran out of gas again in the ninth and tenth."
- Despite the beating, Robinson only had a slight nick on his left brow.
- Robinson's 32½ percent of the net gate was $14,5000, and Giardello's 30 percent was $13,5000.
- After the fight, Giardello said, "He was a great champion, but it's a shame his reflexes are gone now."