Philly’s Joey Giardello’s Statue Unveiled Saturday!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (May 21, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Joey Giardello
Saturday at 1pm a statue of Philly’s greatest middleweight Joey Giardello will be unveiled! The Veteran Boxer’s Association of Ring One behind John DiSanto connected with sculptor Carl LeVotch for the Giardello State Project, a non-profit partnership between, and the Harrowgate Boxing Club.

The location will be at E. Passyunk Avenue, S. 13th Street and Mifflin Street. It will be dedicated and unveiled by the Giardello family, friends and fans. The lovely widow of Joey, Rosalie Giardello has been moved by the thoughtfulness of so many. “We were married for 50 years until his passing. We moved to Cherry Hill, NJ, in 1951 but I’m still a South Philadelphian. It will be magnificent being in Philadelphia,” said Mrs. Giardello. They were blessed with four sons but she hinted it would have been nice to also have had a daughter.

Joey Vento of Geno’s Steaks was one of the most generous donors. The statue will be within walking distance of his famous eatery. “Order in English” is just one of his commercials of a proud American who has done so much that people don’t even know about! The statue was put in place on Wednesday and is well covered.

In addition to honoring the great Giardello who fought the best of the best winning the world middleweight championship in 1963 by defeating Dick Tiger and held the title for two years. His final record was 101-25-7 with 33 KO’s, entering the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. Giardello passed away on September 4, 2008.

The bronze sate will be the first such monument of a real-life boxer in Philadelphia, one of the world’s greatest fight towns. The dedication event is free to the public and will be a celebration of Giardello, the state and (South) Philly boxing history.

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