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Gene Fullmer Draws Joey Giardello Keeps Crown This Day April 20, 1960

Gene Fullmer Draws Joey Giardello Keeps Crown This Day April 20, 1960

  • Gene Fullmer 160 lbs
  • Joey Giardello 158ΒΌ lbs
  • PTS in round 15 of 15
  • Location: Montana St. College Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Montana, USA
  • Referee: Harry Kessler 142-144
  • Judge: Jay Evans 145-142
  • Judge: Billy McFarland 145-145

Notes;

Attendance – 12,000 – 12,500 (app.)

Gate – $110,000 (app.) plus $100,000 for radio and TV (the attendance and gate plus TV radio receipts broke the state record of the 1923 Dempsey-Gibbons fight)

Purses – Fullmer – $100,000, Giardello – $25,000 plus $5,000 for expenses

Unofficial scorecards:

UPI – 144-142 Fullmer

AP – 144-144 Draw

Post – fight comments:

“I bumped him with my head for spite. But he was butting me since the first round. He held my neck. He hit me all over. How did I get hit there (pointing to a raw scrape on the back of his hip)? Was I fighting him backwards?” -Joey Giardello

“Anybody who does a thing like that in a championship fight shouldn’t get a rematch.” -Gene Fullmer, commenting on the 4th round butt.

“Where’s that doctor? Is everybody a shoemaker around here?” -Tony Pollino, Giardello’s cornerman, adding to Giardello’s statement that Montana officials were ‘butchers, shoemakers and candlestick makers’, while awaiting the doctor to stitch Giardello’s right eye.

“It was a mean fight to work because they were so strong. It was hard to get between them.” -Referee Harry Kessler

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