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Rocky Marciano Watches Joey Giardello Beat Billy Graham – Main Event with co-host Jack Carter 1952

 

Rocky Marciano Watches Joey Giardello Beat Billy Graham – Main Event with co-host Jack Carter 1952

 

  • December 19, 1952
  • Billy Graham 149 lbs
  • Joey Giardello 151¾ lbs
  • SD in round 10 of 10
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Ray Miller 4-5
  • Judge: Joe Agnello 4-6
  • Judge: Charley Shortell 7-3

 

Notes

Johnnie Addie was instructed to announce after the decision was rendered that the result was unofficial and subject to review. It was a half hour later after NYSAC Commissioner Robert Christenberry, C B Powell and Commission Secretary Dan Dowd huddled in a dressing room that they came back with the ‘official’ decision.

“Giardello won the ten-round bout on a split-decision but New York commissioners Robert Christenberry and C B Powell altered the scorecard of judge Joe Agnello at the ringside, making Graham the winner.” Giardello sued, and the New York State Supreme Court reversed the reversal the following February. The A-Z of World Boxing by Bert Blewett (1996) at p. 130. The original official scorecards were: Judge Agnello, 6-4 for Giardello; Referee Miller, 5-4-1 for Giardello; Judge Shortell 7-3 for Graham.

Unofficial AP scorecard: 6-4 Graham

Unofficial poll of 9 sportswriters had six voting for Graham, one scoring it for Giardello and two scoring it a draw.

Attendance: 3,228; Gate: $8,864

This bout was nationally televised.

The IBC announced immediately after this bout that they had Giardello and Rocky Castellani signed for the Garden on January 9th, which never came off.

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