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Fighting the Good Fight
Dave Tiberi is inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame for efforts to reform his sport.
It’s been more than 17 years since boxer Dave Tiberi’s famous final bout, but the Delawarean is still being recognized for his contributions to the sport. In May Tiberi became the first pro boxer from Delaware inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. A two-time Pennsylvania Golden Gloves champion, Tiberi spent early parts of his career training and boxing there.
Though proud of his 22-2-3 professional record and International Boxing Council super middleweight title, Tiberi believes it’s his efforts to clean up the sport that got him into the hall. “The Hall of Fame really took a look at me outside the ring,” says Tiberi, a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.
Tiberi retired after losing a 1992 fight to James Toney that most spectators and experts thought Tiberi had won. Tiberi subsequently worked with the late U.S. Senator Bill Roth and others to pass the Muhammad Ali Bill that improved safety and fairness in professional boxing.
Tiberi, known for his work with underprivileged youth, turned down significant monetary offers for a rematch with Toney and concentrated on reform, which he continues to push for today.
“Every boxer hopes to leave some legacy for the sport,” Tiberi said during his induction speech. “While I enjoyed many memorable bouts, it’s not a record of wins, losses and draws that God dictated as the landmarks of my career.”
Tiberi, 42, has no regrets about leaving the ring while in his prime, especially when he hears the slurred speech of boxers who stuck around too long.
Tiberi, a practical joker, says he has one side effect from being punched repeatedly about the head. It acts up around the holidays when he goes to the mall.
“When I hear the Salvation Army bells ringing,” he says, “I start tapping my nose and shadow boxing.” —Drew Ostroski
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