Joey Maxim ( born March 28, 1922 in Cleveland, † 2 June 2001 in West Palm Beach, Florida; actually Giuseppi Antonio Berardinelli ) was an American boxer in the light heavyweight division, but took too frequently against heavyweights.
Maxim won in 1940 in the middleweight ( -73 kg ), the U.S. Championships. In 1941 he started his pro career, but had already lost his third fight on points. In June 1942, he was defeated by Jimmy Bivins. A few months later he fought twice against the eventual heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles, both fights he lost on points, respectively.
Between 1946 and 1947 he boxed three times against Jersey Joe Walcott, where he won the first fight after ten laps, but lost the next two.
In 1951, he punched another twice against Ezzard Charles, but his heavyweight title successfully defended.
On 17 December 1952 he lost his title in a fight against Archie Moore in St. Louis about fifteen rounds on points. Also in the next two fights back he could not beat Moore.
Among other things, he punched in the course of his career in 1952 against the coming of the middleweight superstar Sugar Ray Robinson, against whom he defended his world championship title since Robinson gave in the lead before the final round invalidated. In 1954, he boxed against the undefeated but also standing still at the beginning of his career, Floyd Patterson, whom he defeated after eight rounds on points. However, he succeeded not in 1957, when another aspiring heavyweight boxer named Eddie Make it in two consecutive fights each over ten rounds on points defeated. Against Willie Pastrano he lost in 1959 over ten rounds on points.
His last fight he played in Mannheim on May 17, 1958 against Ulli Ritter and also lost the point of decision.
1994 was Maxim induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.