The Mysterious Case of Middleweight Joey Archer
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Debuting in 1956, fighting out of New York and Texas, Joey Archer defeated every opponent he fought in his first 46 pro bouts, including losing and then winning one rematch. His big wins over Dick Tiger, Ruben ‘Hurricane’ Carter, and Sugar Ray Robinson propelled Joey Archer into three critical title bouts. He lost all three.
One month after defeating Ray Robinson, Archer traveled to Boston Garden and lost a 12 rounder to Don Fullmer for the World Boxing Association American Middleweight title in December 1965. In July 1966, Archer lost a 15 round majority decision to Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden for the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council World Middleweight titles. One judge had it seven rounds each, leaving one round missing.
In January 1967 at Madison Square Garden, Griffith again retained his titles against Archer by unanimous decision. One judge had it 8-7 for Griffith. Archer had debuted at age 18, and finished his career at age 28 at 45 wins and four losses, with eight knockouts. He later worked in the cattle industry, and moved from Bronx, New York, to Cape Coral, Florida. Archer quickly faded from American name recognition into boxing obscurity,
Archer, a top middleweight contender who earned his world title chances and had his moment in the sun, had retired. Despite being featured on the cover of Ring Magazine in January 1964 and November of 1968, Archer could not be coaxed to make a comeback attempt, leaving the boxing world as mysteriously as he came. He was later inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Long forgotten boxer Joey Archer is alive at 77 years old.