Middleweight pug says goodbye at 78

In a career that spanned 134 fights, Joey Giardello took on all comers -- and usually won. Don Stradley looks back on the career of the middleweight pug, who passed away on Sept. 4 at the age of 78.

Originally Published: September 6, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

If you wanted to study a who's who of boxing from the 1950s and '60s, you'd need only a glance at the record of Joey Giardello.

During a career that spanned 134 fights, Giardello, who passed on Sept. 4 at 78, faced the best fighters of his era. Names like Billy Graham, Gil Turner, Ralph Dupas, Del Flanagan, Henry Hank, Gene Fullmer, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Sugar Ray Robinson, Johnny Saxton and others fill out his ledger.

Giardello's hand was raised in victory ...

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