David Tiberi

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Dave  started with amateur bouts in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and twice won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves title. He boxed with a U.S. team that amassed a 62-10 record against
Ireland, England and Canada.  He was ranked in the top 10 in his weight division. His first professional fight earned “Fight of the Night” honors at Atlantic City’s Playboy Hotel and Casino.
Tiberi fought his second pro fight in Las Vegas on the under card of the Hagler-Mugabi bout. He became a popular attraction on ESPN and USA networks, and cracked the top 15 in the world rankings with
an impressive KO of veteran Troy Watson. a fifth round TKO of puncher Ed Hall made him Delaware’s first professional boxing champ in July 1991.  The victory drew offers from middleweight legend
Roberto Duran, Roy Jones, Vinnie Pazienza, Howard Davis and Mike McCollum. His last fight in February 1992, was a controversial loss to James “Lights Out” Toney. Judge Frank Burnette scored the bout
117-112 for Tiberi, but two unlicensed judges from Toney’s home state gave it to Toney 115-112 and 115-111. The decision caused Delaware’s U.S. Senator William V. Roth to launch an investigation into
the sport.

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