Doug Fischer

10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years


6. Joey Giardello

Record: 101-26-8, 33 knockouts

Years active: 1948-1967

Title reigns: 1963-’65; one defense

Hall of Fame induction: 1993

Style: Cagey, scrappy boxer

Strengths: Ring generalship, timing, excellent footwork, good technique, and a very good jab.

Why is he ranked? Persistent late-bloomer began pro career in boxing’s Golden Age (1940s and ‘50s) but didn’t come into his own — or receive an opportunity to fight for a title — until the early 1960s when, after outpointing an old Sugar Ray Robinson, he finally won the middleweight crown from formidable rival Dick Tiger at age 33.

Who did he fight? Fellow hall of famers Tiger (L 10, W 10, W15, L 15), Gene Fullmer (D 15), Robinson (W 10) and Billy Graham (W 10, W 10, L 12).

Also faced: Bobby Boyd (KO 5), Willie Vaughn (D 10), Rory Calhoun (W 10, W 10), Tiger Jones (W 10), L 10), Joey Giambra (L 10), Spider Webb (TKO’d 7), Holly Mims (W 10), Del Flanagan (KO 1), Terry Downes (L 10), Ralph Dupas (L 10), Henry Hank (L 10, W 10), George Benton (L 10) and Rubin “Hurricane“ Carter (W 15).

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