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Remembering Joey DeJohn

He helped create the heyday of boxing in upstate New York and was idolized in his native Syracuse, even without ever winning a title. Don Stadley takes a look at the life of Joey DeJohn.

Originally Published: May 14, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

Joey DeJohn didn't like to talk about his past.

He told the Syracuse Herald in 1992, "The old days, I don't like to hear about them, really. I like to hear about the horse to pick at Finger Lakes, or what's biting at Otisco Lake. That's what I like."

His real name was Joseph Di Gianni, his nickname, "Golden Boy," and as the most popular of the fighting DeJohn brothers of Syracuse, Joey DeJohn helped create the heyday of upstate New York boxing.

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