Joey Giardello real name is Carmine Tilelli. He lifted the name from a friend so he could go into the army at 16. #1 Joey autographed the two photos from a page in a sports illustrated magazine one photo is when he won the world middleweight championship and the other photo is as he was when he autographed for me. Joey Giardello. From his Hall of Fame Biography: "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 Dick Tiger over 15 rounds in Atlantic City. He had one successful defense, a unanimous decision over Rubin Hurricane Carter in 1964, and then lost the title to Dick 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-Farmers. Fine condition.