By Rick Scharmberg
Former IBC middleweight champion, Dave “TNT” Tiberi, will become the first professional boxer from Delaware to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 17, at Romano’s Caterers in Philadelphia. Former world champions Robert “Bam Bam” Hines and Calvin “Silky” Grove will be inducted with Tiberi, along with legendary cut man Eddie “The Clot” Aliano, Sidney “Sweat Pea” Adams, Henry “Toothpick” Brown, Garnet “Sugar” Hart, Charley Scott, trainer and cut man Jimmy Wilson. “I am honored and humbled,” said Tiberi. “I can remember growing up and going to the gyms in Philadelphia and training along side great fighters like Bennie Briscoe. It was my second home, and was very special.”
Tiberi has ties to several of his fellow inductees. Robert Hines was a sparring partner, Calvin Grove was in his training camp, and Eddie Aliano was his cut man. Although Tiberi lives in Delaware, he was considered part of the Philadelphia boxing fraternity. He was trained by Marty Feldman.
“In Philadelphia, they don’t care about your nationality or race. If you give them a good fight, you are one of them. Philadelphia is a working city and Pennsylvania is a working state. They knew when Dave came to town [to fight], I put in a good day’s work,” he said.
Tiberi, 42, retired after his controversial 1992 bout with then-middleweight champion, James Toney, where Toney was awarded a gift split decision that sparked outrage in the boxing world. Rather than accept big money for a rematch, Tiberi stood by his principles and retired. He then worked with Senators Bill Roth and John McCain on improvements to the sport, which ultimately resulted in the creation of what is known as the Ali Bill, which was signed into law by President Clinton.
Since then, Dave and his wife Angela have raised a family, which includes their three daughters, in Hockessin, Delaware, where Bernard Hopkins, Michael Spinks, and Butch Lewis are among their neighbors.
Dave is the founder and owner of TNT Video Productions, which is a state-of-the-art video production company. His tireless civic involvement on behalf of many charities has won him many accolades. Tiberi was also voted one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Americans by the Jaycees. He is also the founder of the Dave Tiberi Youth Center, and provides training to Delaware State Police recruits.
In addition, Tiberi has almost single handedly kept boxing alive in the state of Delaware by promoting several events a year throughout the state. Dave is also a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.