Giardello to Face Durando Tonight: Joey Mild Choice in Tv 10-Rounder, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-26


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Giardello to Face Durando Tonight Joey Mild Choice In TV 10-Rounder Victory in Garden Battle Would Moye Philadelphia!. Up in Middleweight Ranks By JACK CUDDY United Press Sports Writer NEW YORK, N .Y., June 25 UP.— Speedy Joey Giardello was favored today to stay at long range and win a repeat victory over slugger Ernie Durando in the last Friday night of the Madison Square Garden season tomorrow night. If 22-year-old Giardello of Philadelphia can turn the trick, he will advance among contenders seeking a shot at the winner of the world middleweight title -fight between Bobo Olson of Hawaii and Randy Turpin in late August. Durando, of Bayonne, N. J„ lost a decision to Giardello at Scranton, Pa., on April 30, ,1951. Since then, 27-year-old Durando, hardest righthand hitter in the 160-pound class, claims he learned much in five fights with Paddy Young, and has developed a good left to go with his booming right. Young won three, lost one and drew one. Their 10-round bout will be televised arid broadcast nationally. Each was expected to scale about 158 pounds. Recovered From Shoulder Injury Durando, one of the few men in any division who can knock out an opponent with one punch, has recovered from a shoulder injury that limited his activities to one losing fight with Young this year, on March 27. "Im not the amateur I was in 1951, when Giardello got rhe decision," he said today. "Ill catch up to him this time and stiffen him." Giardello has has four bouts tihs year. He outpointed Harold Green, Gil Turner and Hurley Sanders, and lost a decision to Billy Graham. "I did it before, and I can do it better this time," Joey said today. "Im much stronger and faster at 22 than I was at 20, when I fought him before. Hes used to fighting Paddy Young, but I dont stand still and get hit like Paddy. Ill jjab his head off at long range." Giardello is only xa fair puncher. He knocked out but 14 of his 57 professional opponents. Durando belted out 26 of 52. ____ —i ___ — ttwm ERNIE DURANDO — The hard-hitting New Jersey middleweight takes on Joey Giardello in tonights television scrap at the Madison Square Garden.

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