After judging several thousand boxing matches over 24 years, Chuck Giampa has decided to give up his ringside seat.
Giampa submitted his resignation to the Nevada Athletic Commission late last week after working his 120th title fight: Joe Calzaghe vs. Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center on April 19.
Giampa, 65, said he plans to expand his insurance business to include athletes and also act as a consultant to fighters who are looking for a judge’s perspective on the sport.
“I think I can be of some value,” Giampa said. “Sometimes fighters don’t realize where they stand during a fight, and they’re not sure what the judges are looking for. I can provide some insight.
“I don’t know that there’s anyone in Nevada specializing in sports insurance issues. I’ve been an insurance broker since 1969, so I’m branching out my business.”
Giampa began judging fights in 1984. His last one turned out to be controversial as he had Calzaghe winning by a lopsided score, 116-111, which helped the Welshman earn a 12-round split decision for Hopkins’ Ring Magazine world light heavyweight title.
“It was a tough fight to score, but it was a good fight, and I thought it was a good way to go out,” he said.
Giampa said he didn’t retire because he upset Hopkins’ handlers at Golden Boy Promotions.
“I’d been thinking about it for the last year or so,” Giampa said.
Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer said the commission will miss Giampa.
“Chuck had a very long and distinguished career,” Kizer said. “He’ll go down as one of the best judges to work in Nevada.”
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