Monday, March 5, 2018

RIP Joey Giambra (1931-2018)

Joey Giambra, the boxer who was known as the "uncrowned champion" for beating most of the top middleweights of his day, died on March 2, 2018 at the age of 86 in Las Vegas, Nevada. William Joseph Giambra was born on July 30, 1931 in Buffalo, New York.

Over the course of his career, which ranged from April 1953 to May 1963, Giambra fought and defeated numerous tough middleweights including, Joey Giardello, Attilio "Rocky" Castellani, Florentino Fernandez, Bernard Docusen, Ralph "Tiger" Jones, Rory Calhoun, Gil Turner, Chico Vejar, Al Andrews, Danny Womber, Pat Lowry, Jimmy Welch, Johnny Sullivan, Jimmy Herring, Sal DiMartino, Italo Scortichini, and Charley Early.

On October 20, 1962, he fought Denny Moyer in a 15 round bout for the vacant World Boxing Association Super Welterweight Title. The fight went the distance with Giambra narrowly losing on the cards. He retired from boxing with an impressive record of 65-10-2. 31 of his victories came by way of knockout. Following his professional boxing career, Giambra served as a referee. He was the third man in the ring for the November 5, 1977 heavyweight bout between Jerry Quarry and Lorenzo Zanon.

RIP Champ.