By Jeff Zimmerman
Long time Nevada boxing judge Chuck Giampa died on Tuesday at a hospice in Las Vegas. Giampa started his career in 1985 at Caesars Palace and judged his last fight in 2008, when Joe Calzaghe won a split decision against Bernard Hopkins at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Giampa judged 458 bouts in his illustrious career that included the biggest names in boxing, including: Floyd Mayweather Jr – Oscar de la Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera – Rocky Juarez, Jermain Taylor – Ronald “Winky” Wright, Pernell Whitaker – Oscar de la Hoya, Erik Morales – Manny Pacquiao, Cory Spinks – Zab Judah, Lennox Lewis – David Tua, Paulie Ayala – Johnny Tapia, Michael Moorer – George Foreman, Lennox Lewis – Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson – Evander Holyfield rematch just to name a handful of Giampa’s great fights.
Giampa was also an insurance salesman and one of his clients was Hall of Fame referee Richard Steele. Steele was a colleague of Giampa at the Nevada State Athletic Commission for many years where they worked many fights together and became great friends.
Steele visited Giampa one last time at the hospital this week before Giampa was taken to hospice.
“Chuck was always a great, kind and loving person. He always made sure I had my family covered with insurance and other matters for the last 30 years.”
“Chuck really cared about me and my family, that meant a lot,” Steele added.
Giampa was considered one of the top judges of his time and was respected by all according to Steele.
“As a judge, Chuck, had his way of coming up with the winner. And he did it his own way, not influenced by anyone.”
“Boxing not only lost one of the best judges of all time, but the world lost a wonderful person and I lost a great friend. God bless him and may he now rest in peace.”