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JOEY GIARDELLO - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE BENTON - HFSID 320478

JOEY GIARDELLO and GEORGE BENTON Black and white image of the boxers trading blows during their 1962 bout Photograph signed: "Joey Giardello" in silver ink and "George Benton" in black ink. B/w, 8x10. On June 8, 1962, George Benton defeated Joey Giardello by unanimous decision in the 10th round.

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JOEY GIARDELLO and GEORGE BENTON
Black and white image of the boxers trading blows during their 1962 bout
Photograph signed: "Joey Giardello" in silver ink and "George Benton" in black ink. B/w, 8x10. On June 8, 1962, George Benton defeated Joey Giardello by unanimous decision in the 10th round. JOEY GIARDELLO's Hall of Fame biography states: "the tough, gritty Giardello slowly but steadily fought his way up the ranks until he won the world middleweight title -- at the end of his 16th year as a pro. He received his first title fight against Gene Fullmer in April 1960. But after 15 rounds in Bozeman, Montana, the fight was declared a draw. He didn't get another opportunity until December 7, 1963, when he defeated Tiger over 15 rounds in Atlantic City. He had one successful defense, a unanimous decision over Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in 1964, then lost the title to Tiger via points in Oct. 1965. Giardello had four more fights before retiring in 1967. He was a top middleweight for 15 years and had an admirable 5-3-1 record against fellow Hall-of-Famers."
GEORGE BENTON
(1933-2011) became a pro fighter at 16 years old, boxing professionally from 1949 and 1970. He defeated future champions like Jimmy Ellis, Freddie Little and Joey Giardello; however, Benton himself never had a chance to go after the title. His only chance at the middleweight championship was purposely snubbed by Lou Duva, Giardello's manager, who used his deep connections to get Giardello in the title match against Dick Tiger instead of Benton. After being shot in a bar incident in 1970, Benton was forced to retire his gloves, but he continued working as a trainer. He's worked the corners for Joe Frazier and Leo Spinks in their bouts against Muhammad Ali. He was named "Trainer of the Year" in 1989 and 1990. While he never won a title fight, Benton was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001. Fine condition.

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