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Joey Giardello Loses to Terry Downes This Day October 11, 1960


Joey Giardello Loses to Terry Downes This Day October 11, 1960


  • Joey Giardello 160¼ lbs
  • Terry Downes 160½ lbs
  • PTS in round 10
  • Empire Pool, Wembley, London, United Kingdom



British middleweight champion Terry Downes stormed into the world’s top ten last night with an overwhelming decision over ranking American Joey Giardello. He immediately challenged Paul Pender or Gene Fullmer to a world title fight. Downes mixed his natural brawling ability with a kind of boxing skill he has never displayed before to defeat Giardello from Philadelphia. It was one of the finest middleweight fights seen in Britain for years. The critics had said it would turn into a bloodbath because both fighters were inclined to cut easily. But it didn’t turn out that way. Downes was the only one who bled. That was in the 3rd round, from a cut over his left eyebrow. Downes started the fight pushing out a classic left jab in the good old English style – something he had never done so consistently and so well before.

Unofficial AP scorecard – 7-1-2 Downes

Giardello claimed to have broken his right hand in the 2nd or 3rd round and was never able to put any force behind it.

Attendance – 10,000


Post fight comment:

“I don’t care which one I take on.” -Terry Downes, when asked which of the co-champions (Pender or Fullmer) he would like to meet.

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