|Real name||Giuseppe Antonio Berardinelli|
|Rated at||Light heavyweight|
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March 28, 1922|
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
June 2, 2001 (aged 79)|
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Wins by KO||21|
Giuseppe Antonio Berardinelli (March 28, 1922 – June 2, 2001) was an American professional boxer. He was a Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. He took the ring-name Joey Maxim from the Maxim gun, the world's first self-acting machine gun, based on his ability to rapidly throw a large number of left jabs.
Maxim was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He learned to box at a very young age. Following a successful amateur career, during which he won the Golden Gloves, he turned professional in 1940. He boxed fairly regularly at exhibitions during the war years whilst serving as a military police officer at Miami Beach, Florida.
Maxim becomes world champion
It is somewhat surprising that Maxim had to wait so long for a world title shot, he was 28 and had already fought 87 times as a professional, considering his undoubted ability. His chance came on January 24, 1950, against British boxer Freddie Mills, who was making his first defense, at London's Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. Maxim, very much the underdog against the popular Englishman, won the fight by knockout in the 10th round. After the fight three of Mills's teeth were found embedded in Maxim's left glove, Mills never fought again.
June 25, 1952: Joey Maxim vs. Sugar Ray Robinson
The most famous fight of Maxim's career was on June 25, 1952, when he made his second defense of his light heavyweight crown, against Sugar Ray Robinson at Yankee Stadium. The fight had originally been scheduled for June 23, but was postponed due to torrential rain. By the time the fight took place New York was in the midst of a record heat wave.
During the fight Robinson built up a large points lead over the champion, although Maxim began to come on later in the fight. Robinson gradually succumbed to hyperthermia and Maxim's harder punches. He collapsed to the canvas at the end of the 13th round, but managed to stagger back to his corner. However, Robinson failed to answer the bell at the start of the 14th, even though he only had to remain on his feet to win the fight and Maxim won by a technical knockout. This was the only time that Robinson was stopped in his 201-fight career.
By this time the original referee, Ruby Goldstein, had himself been forced to retire from the fight after collapsing into the ropes complaining that he could no longer continue. This meant that a substitute referee, Ray Miller, had to be called out to finish the fight. Goldstein and Robinson were not the only people who had to be stretchered from the stadium: several dozen spectators also collapsed during the fight. Between them, the two fighters lost over 20 pounds in weight during the fight.
Despite winning, the Robinson fight took a heavy toll on Maxim. He lost his world title six months later to the veteran Archie Moore. Following this loss Maxim, formerly one of the division's most active fighters, fought only 14 fights in the remaining 6 years of his career. These fights included two rematches with "The Old Mongoose" Archie Moore, both of which Maxim lost. Maxim retired in 1958 after losing six consecutive fights.
Maxim retired with a record of 82 wins (21 by KO), 29 losses, and 4 draws; in his 115 fight career, he was knocked out only once. During his career he defeated such legendary figures as Jersey Joe Walcott, Jimmy Bivins, and Floyd Patterson.
Life after boxingstand-up comic, restaurateur, and taxi driver. He also served as a greeter at hotels and casinos located in Las Vegas.
He appeared in Herschell Gordon Lewis's 1963 nudie-cutie Goldilocks and the Three Bares as himself, playing a nightclub owner. The movie was billed as the "first nudist musical." He was prominently featured on the movie poster, with the blurb:
"It's me...Joey Maxim, the former world's light heavyweight champion! I'm one of the stars! My first screen appearance."
The role did not lead to any more motion picture work, though he did appear as an extra in the 1999 film Play It to the Bone.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994.
Maxim's wife Michelina, with whom he had two daughters, died in 1977.
In February 2001, Maxim suffered a stroke. He died in West Palm Beach, Florida on 2 June 2001. In addition to his daughters, he was survived by his mother, Henrietta Berardinelli, who was 97 years old (died at 101 in 2006), and six great-grandchildren.
- "Hall of Famer Joey Maxim dies aged 79". SecondsOut. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
- "Joey Maxim". Telegraph UK.
- "Hall of Famer Joey Maxim dies aged 79". SecondsOut.
Professional boxing record
|82 Wins (21 knockouts, 61 decisions), 29 Losses (1 knockout, 27 decisions, 1 DQ), 4 Draws |
|Loss||10-1||23x15px Ulli Ritter||PTS||10||17/05/1958||23x15px Eisstadion am Friedrichspark, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg|
|Loss||16-0||23x15px Giacomo Bozzano||PTS||10||27/04/1958||23x15px Milan, Lombardy|
|Loss||41-7-7||23x15px Heinz Neuhaus||PTS||10||12/04/1958||23x15px Killesbergpark, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg|
|Loss||71-9||23x15px Bobo Olson||SD||10||18/06/1957||23x15px Portland Auditorium, Portland, Oregon||56-54, 52.5-57.5, 54-56.|
|Loss||20-0||23x15px Eddie Machen||UD||10||03/05/1957||23x15px Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky|
|Loss||19-0||23x15px Eddie Machen||UD||10||25/01/1957||23x15px Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida||94-98, 93-97, 90-99.|
|Win||8-3||23x15px Edgardo Romero||PTS||10||29/09/1956||23x15px Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Loss||29-4-4||23x15px Willie Pastrano||UD||10||28/06/1955||23x15px New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana||4-5, 4-5, 3-6.|
|Loss||68-6||23x15px Bobo Olson||UD||10||13/04/1955||23x15px Cow Palace, Daly City, California||50.5-59.5, 50-60, 48-62.|
|Win||28-3||23x15px Paul Andrews||UD||10||24/11/1954||23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois||98-96, 99-93, 96-95.|
|Win||13-0||23x15px Floyd Patterson||UD||8||07/06/1954||23x15px Boxing From Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York||4-3, 7-1, 5-3.|
|Loss||142-19-8||23x15px Archie Moore||UD||15||27/01/1954||23x15px Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida||World Light Heavyweight Title. 145-137, 148-135, 148-134.|
|Loss||139-19-8||23x15px Archie Moore||UD||15||24/06/1953||23x15px Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah||World Light Heavyweight Title. 6-7, 7-8, 5-8.|
|Win||44-8-4||23x15px Danny Nardico||UD||10||04/03/1953||23x15px Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida||97-91, 95-94, 98-94.|
|Loss||132-19-8||23x15px Archie Moore||UD||15||17/12/1952||23x15px Arena, Saint Louis, Missouri||World Light Heavyweight Title. 74-76, 58-82, 63-87.|
|Win||131-2-2||23x15px Sugar Ray Robinson||TKO||14||25/06/1952||23x15px The House that Ruth Built, Bronx, New York||World Light Heavyweight Title. Robinson did not come out for the 14th round due to heat exhaustion.|
|Win||64-63-10||23x15px Ted Lowry||UD||10||06/03/1952||23x15px Saint Paul Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota|
|Loss||70-6-1||23x15px Ezzard Charles||UD||12||12/12/1951||23x15px Cow Palace, Daly City, California||64.5-67.5, 63.5-68.5, 62-70.|
|Win||60-5-1||23x15px Irish Bob Murphy||UD||15||22/08/1951||23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City||World Light Heavyweight Title. 10-3, 10-5, 10-5.|
|Loss||68-5-1||23x15px Ezzard Charles||UD||15||30/05/1951||23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois||World Heavyweight Title. 72-78, 65-85, 65-85.|
|Win||15-20-3||23x15px Hubert Hood||KO||3||27/01/1951||23x15px Indianapolis Naval Reserve Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana||Hood knocked out at 0:40 of the third round.|
|Win||28-7-1||23x15px Dave Whitlock||KO||4||11/12/1950||23x15px Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California||Whitlock knocked out at 2:37 of the fourth round.|
|Win||14-21-2||23x15px Big Boy Brown||UD||10||22/11/1950||23x15px Wharton Field House, Moline, Illinois|
|Win||52-36-8||23x15px Bill Petersen||PTS||10||10/10/1950||23x15px Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Win||16-10-1||23x15px Jackie Swanson||KO||3||25/09/1950||23x15px Radio Center Arena, Huntington, West Virginia||Swanson knocked out at 2:35 of the third round.|
|Win||51-35-8||23x15px Bill Petersen||KO||6||12/05/1950||23x15px Memphis, Tennessee||Petersen knocked out at 1:22 of the sixth round.|
|Win||3-4||23x15px Joe Dawson||KO||2||19/04/1950||23x15px Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska||Dawson knocked out at 1:18 of the second round.|
|Win||77-17-6||23x15px Freddie Mills||KO||10||24/01/1950||23x15px Empress Hall, Earl's Court, Kensington, London||World Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||50-31-8||23x15px Bill Petersen||PTS||10||09/12/1949||23x15px Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Win||67-6||23x15px Pat McCafferty||TKO||4||30/11/1949||23x15px Wichita, Kansas|
|Win||44-10-5||23x15px Joe Kahut||TKO||5||25/10/1949||23x15px Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||60-12-5||23x15px Gus Lesnevich||UD||15||23/05/1949||23x15px Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio||NBA American Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Loss||59-5-1||23x15px Ezzard Charles||MD||15||28/02/1949||23x15px Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Win||67-13-1||23x15px Jimmy Bivins||SD||10||07/12/1948||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||4-6, 5-4, 5-4.|
|Win||20-6-2||23x15px Bob Satterfield||UD||10||12/11/1948||23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss||40-7-4||23x15px Joe Kahut||SD||15||19/10/1948||23x15px Auditorium, Portland, Oregon||87-78, 80.5-84.5, 79-86.|
|Win||47-26-7||23x15px Bill Petersen||UD||10||28/09/1948||23x15px Auditorium, Portland, Oregon||Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||45-25-7||23x15px Bill Petersen||UD||10||29/06/1948||23x15px Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington||Jack Dempsey refereed the bout.|
|Win||39-6-4||23x15px Joe Kahut||UD||10||22/06/1948||23x15px Auditorium, Portland, Oregon|
|Draw||41-10-3||23x15px Pat Valentino||PTS||10||07/06/1948||23x15px San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California|
|Win||17-4-3||23x15px Roy "Fighting Hawk" Hawkins||PTS||10||27/05/1948||23x15px Tacoma Ice Palace, Tacoma, Washington|
|Win||16-12-4||23x15px Francisco de la Cruz||PTS||10||07/05/1948||23x15px El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||5-6-1||23x15px Whitey Berlier||PTS||10||27/04/1948||23x15px Houston, Texas|
|Draw||41-9-2||23x15px Pat Valentino||PTS||10||22/03/1948||23x15px San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California|
|Win||31-4-1||23x15px Tony Bosnich||UD||10||13/02/1948||23x15px San Francisco Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California|
|Win||42-8-1||23x15px Robert Lee Sikes, Jr.||PTS||10||02/02/1948||23x15px Barton Coliseum, Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Win||18-4-1||23x15px Olle Tandberg||SD||10||09/01/1948||23x15px Madison Square Garden, New York City||7-3, 7-3, 4-5.|
|Win||26-3-2||23x15px Billy "Chicken" Thompson||UD||10||08/12/1947||23x15px Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||15-1||23x15px Bob Foxworth||SD||10||12/11/1947||23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||25-19-1||23x15px John Thomas||PTS||10||17/09/1947||23x15px Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||19-16-2||23x15px Clarence Jones||KO||5||08/09/1947||23x15px Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, West Virginia||Jones knocked out at 2:47 of the fifth round.|
|Loss||43-11-2||23x15px Jersey Joe Walcott||SD||10||23/06/1947||23x15px Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California||52.5-55.5, 53-55, 55-53.|
|Win||21-31-7||23x15px Charley Roth||KO||4||12/05/1947||23x15px Louisville, Kentucky|
|Win||30-7-3||23x15px Marty Clark||TKO||7||28/01/1947||23x15px Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida|
|Loss||41-11-2||23x15px Jersey Joe Walcott||MD||10||06/01/1947||23x15px Philadelphia Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio||5-5, 4-6, 3-6.|
|Win||29-30-5||23x15px Jack Marshall||PTS||10||17/12/1946||23x15px Houston, Texas|
|Win||26-1||23x15px Dolph Quijano||PTS||10||12/12/1946||23x15px El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas|
|Win||53-16-4||23x15px "Irish" Jimmy Webb||TKO||6||03/12/1946||23x15px Houston, Texas|
|Draw||6-0||23x15px Jimmy Richie||PTS||10||12/11/1946||23x15px Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri|
|Win||4-37-1||23x15px Bearcat Jones||KO||5||16/10/1946||23x15px Rollercade, Toledo, Ohio|
|Win||19-12-2||23x15px Clarence Jones||PTS||10||10/10/1946||23x15px Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio|
|Win||41-9-2||23x15px Jersey Joe Walcott||PTS||10||28/08/1946||23x15px Public Service Ball Park, Camden, New Jersey||5-3.|
|Win||31-47-2||23x15px Henry Cooper||PTS||10||14/08/1946||23x15px Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||36-12||23x15px Phil Muscato||UD||10||02/08/1946||23x15px Red Wing Stadium, Rochester, New York|
|Win||36-10||23x15px Phil Muscato||SD||12||14/05/1946||23x15px Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York||5-7, 7-5, 6-6.|
|Draw||29-23-6||23x15px Charley Eagle||PTS||10||07/05/1946||23x15px Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York||5-5, 5-5, 5-5.|
|Loss||34-10||23x15px Phil Muscato||UD||10||09/04/1946||23x15px Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York||4-6, 4-6, 5-5.|
|Win||70-22-5||23x15px Buddy Walker||UD||10||01/04/1946||23x15px Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Win||50-13-3||23x15px Ralph DeJohn||TKO||1||27/03/1946||23x15px Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York||DeJohn broke his arm during the fight.|
|Loss||21-13-1||23x15px John Thomas||PTS||10||11/03/1946||23x15px St. Nicholas Arena, New York City|
|Win||7-2||23x15px Panther Williams||UD||10||04/03/1946||23x15px Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||5-15-2||23x15px Cleo Everett||UD||10||26/11/1945||23x15px Arena Gardens, Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||19-14-5||23x15px Clarence Brown||UD||10||16/04/1945||23x15px Arcadia Gardens, Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||6-0||23x15px Johnny Flanagan||PTS||8||02/02/1945||23x15px Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss||24-20-2||23x15px John Kowalczyk||SD||10||19/12/1944||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Loss||50-11-3||23x15px Lloyd Marshall||UD||10||27/07/1944||23x15px Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||22-6-5||23x15px Frank Androff||PTS||8||26/06/1944||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||25-6-2||23x15px Bob Garner||PTS||10||29/05/1944||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||60-14-5||23x15px Buddy Walker||UD||10||28/04/1944||23x15px Detroit, Michigan|
|Win||8-7-2||23x15px George Parks||PTS||10||31/01/1944||23x15px Turner's Arena, Washington, District of Columbia|
|Win||21-22-3||23x15px Claudio Villar||TKO||6||01/12/1943||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||68-15-5||23x15px Buddy Scott||PTS||10||29/10/1943||23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||46-17-4||23x15px Nate Bolden||PTS||10||09/08/1943||23x15px Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||4-1-1||23x15px Al Jordan||PTS||10||26/04/1943||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||20-13||23x15px Curtis Sheppard||UD||10||31/03/1943||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Loss||19-13||23x15px Curtis Sheppard||KO||1||10/03/1943||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio||Maxim knocked out at 0:51 of the first round.|
|Win||11-8-5||23x15px Clarence Brown||PTS||10||15/02/1943||23x15px Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||11-7-5||23x15px Clarence Brown||PTS||8||18/01/1943||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss||27-2-1||23x15px Ezzard Charles||UD||10||01/12/1942||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Loss||26-2-1||23x15px Ezzard Charles||UD||10||27/10/1942||23x15px Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Win||42-10-3||23x15px Larry Lane||PTS||10||13/10/1942||23x15px Akron Armory, Akron, Ohio|
|Win||--||23x15px Hubert Hood||UD||10||05/10/1942||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||6-0||23x15px Shelton Bell||PTS||10||22/09/1942||23x15px Hickey Park, Millvale, Pennsylvania|
|Win||24-12-5||23x15px Jack Marshall||KO||9||27/08/1942||23x15px Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss||16-7-1||23x15px Altus Allen||MD||10||10/08/1942||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois||47-53, 47-53, 50-50.|
|Win||18-11||23x15px Curtis Sheppard||PTS||10||27/07/1942||23x15px Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Win||19-3||23x15px Lou Brooks||SD||10||10/07/1942||23x15px Wilmington Park, Wilmington, Delaware|
|Loss||26-5||23x15px Jimmy Bivins||SD||10||23/06/1942||23x15px Lakefront Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||5-8-3||23x15px Charley Roth||KO||4||01/06/1942||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss||4-8-3||23x15px Charley Roth||DQ||2||11/05/1942||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois||Maxim disqualified for hitting Roth while he was down.|
|Win||6-10-1||23x15px Frank Greene||KO||2||20/04/1942||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois||Greene knocked out at 2:06 of the second round.|
|Win||16-2||23x15px Lou Brooks||SD||10||23/03/1942||23x15px Baltimore Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland|
|Win||49-14-1||23x15px Herbie Katz||KO||6||11/03/1942||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Loss||16-1||23x15px Booker Beckwith||UD||10||16/01/1942||23x15px Chicago Coliseum, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||76-19-1||23x15px Red Burman||PTS||10||01/12/1941||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||18-10-1||23x15px Oliver Shanks||KO||5||27/10/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois||Shanks knocked out at 2:49 of the fifth round.|
|Win||14-3-1||23x15px Bill Petersen||UD||10||06/10/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||29-10-3||23x15px Nate Bolden||UD||10||15/09/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||10-8-1||23x15px Lee Oma||PTS||8||11/08/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||5-4-2||23x15px Johnny Trotter||PTS||8||28/07/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||--||23x15px Tony Paoli||PTS||10||11/07/1941||23x15px Sportsman's Park, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||5-4||23x15px "Irish" Bobby Berry||PTS||6||29/04/1941||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Loss||17-5-2||23x15px Orlando Trotter||SD||8||17/02/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||3-0||23x15px Frank McBride||UD||8||27/01/1941||23x15px Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||3-1||23x15px "Irish" Bobby Berry||PTS||4||13/01/1941||23x15px Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|World Light Heavyweight Champion
24 January 1950 –17 December 1952
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