PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                              May 21, 2011


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The long-awaited statue of Joey Giardello made its debut at the official dedication ceremony in South Philadelphia Saturday. A crowd of about 400 came out to catch the first glimpse of the bronze and granite work by artist Carl LeVotch. They were not disappointed.

It was an emotional and exciting moment when the monument was revealed. Giardello's family - his widow Rosalie, children, grandchildren, brothers, cousins, nephews, nieces, friends and fans - were all on hand. The large crowd pressed in to get a closer look at the newest addition to the blossoming East Passyunk neighborhood that is now the statue's permanent home.

Joey Giardello becomes the first real boxer to be immortalized in this way in the City of Philadelphia. Across town, the Rocky statue stands at the base of the Art Museum. It remains to be seen whether the bronze Giardello will become such a tourist attraction.

The statue was created by LeVotch for the Joey Giardello Statue Project, a partnership between, the Veteran Boxers Association - Ring One and the Harrowgate Boxing Club. The group worked on the project for more than two years.

Be sure to swing by and see the bronze Giardello the next time you are in South Philly. The location is S.13th Street, Mifflin Street and Passyunk Avenue.

The photos below from Saturday's event were taken by photographer Chris Toney Sr. To see more, visit Toney's web site:

Rosalie Tilelli with the bronze of her husband.
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Artist Carl LeVotch (right) and former champ Charles Brewer
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John DiSanto - News & Notes - May 21, 2011