Joey Gilbert

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Joey Gilbert
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Real name Joseph Salvatore Gilbert
Nickname(s) Diamond
Weight(s) Middleweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (183 cm)
Reach 74 in (189 cm)
Nationality United States
Born (1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 42)
Chicago, Illinois
Boxing record
Total fights 22
Wins 19
Wins by KO 15
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 1

Joseph Salvatore Gilbert (born June 5, 1976, Chicago) is a retired professional boxer, currently a criminal defense & personal injury lawyer, sports agent, and motivational speaker.


Gilbert was born in Chicago, Illinois, but was raised in Sparks, Nevada. Gilbert graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, double majoring in English Literature and Political Science, with an emphasis on foreign affairs and minored in Italian studies. Gilbert spent 6 months living, training and traveling in northern Europe during the summer and fall of 1998 through a study abroad program based in Torino, Italy.

Gilbert was a collegiate fighter at the University of Nevada, National Champion from 1998 through 2000 (named outstanding boxer all 3 years), a four-time Regional Champion, a four-time All American, and was the Nevada State Golden Gloves Super Middleweight Champion in 2000.

Gilbert earned his Juris Doctorate (JD-Law Degree) from Thomas Jefferson Law School in San Diego, California, and passed the Nevada bar exam in 2004. He has practiced law since that time in numerous areas; however, he focuses on criminal and civil trial practice and specific areas of sports and entertainment law. His law firm, Joey Gilbert & Associates, focuses on many aspects of criminal defense including personal injury, DUI defense, workers compensation, criminal law and immigration law.

Boxing career[edit]

Gilbert began boxing as an amateur at the University of Nevada, Reno. During his time at the University of Nevada, Gilbert was a three-time National Champion, a four-time Regional Champion, a four-time All American, and was the Nevada State Golden Gloves Super Middleweight Champion in 2000.[1] He finished his amateur career with a record of 27-1.[2]

In 2004, Gilbert was cast on NBC's reality TV show The Contender. He was placed on the West Coast Team and beat Jimmy Lange in the first round of this competition.[2] He then had his friend turned rival Jesse Brinkley place him in a fight against Peter Manfredo in the Quarter Finals, which he lost in a divided decision. The fight was stopped in the fifth round due to an accidental head-butt from his opponent.

After The Contender, Gilbert won a 6 round unanimous decision in the super middleweight division against James North on the undercard of the Jeff Lacy vs. Scott Pemberton card. Gilbert won the rematch with Jimmy Lange at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA for the vacant middleweight NABO title on February 18 and won the WBC-USNBC middleweight title shortly after.

On September 21, 2007, Gilbert scored a first round knockout over Charles Howe, however, the ruling was later changed to a no-decision.[3]

On February 14, 2009, Gilbert challenged former rival Jesse Brinkley for the WBC USNBC super middleweight title, but was defeated by unanimous decision.[4]

After suffering a 6th round technical knockout loss to former IBF light middleweight champion, Kassim Ouma, Gilbert retired from professional boxing in 2010 and now practices criminal defense and personal injury law in Reno, NV.[5]

Get Active Foundation[edit]

Gilbert has developed a foundation that focuses on a comprehensive strategic plan to help children and young adults develop good judgment, self-confidence, and motivation. This foundation is called Children's Leadership & Awareness Initiative. The Children's Leadership & Awareness Initiative was designed specifically to assist children and young adults in developing and implementing their own successful “Operating Systems.” Gilbert has worked with children of all ages and backgrounds. Through his extensive interaction with children, Gilbert recognized that most young people today have three significant problems: (1) a lack of good judgment, (2) a lack of self-confidence, and (3) a lack of motivation or will power. One does not need endless statistics or university studies (although there are many available) to know that there is an intimate connection between an individual's judgment, confidence, motivation, and his or her success in life. Providing children and young adults with a program to help develop these characteristics (“Operating System”) is a core purpose of The Joey Gilbert Foundation.

This Foundation has increasingly developed into the Get Active Foundation that includes all of the above aspects and focuses on the aspects of young people's lives including: community involvement, fitness, personal confidence, drug awareness and volunteering.


  1. ^ Gilbert, Warren S. (14 April 2014). Rifleman/Doctor: A Marine Corps Physician's Memoir. iUniverse. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4917-3066-9. 
  2. ^ a b Flaim, J. P. (8 December 2011). Chasing Rocky. AuthorHouse. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-1-4685-0767-6. 
  3. ^ "Reno boxer Gilbert suspended for steroids, meth test". USA Today. October 2, 2007. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Mark (February 16, 2009). "Isinbayeva vaults to indoors record at 16-4 3/4". New Haven Register – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Mike; Morley, Patrick (19 June 2014). Third Man in the Ring: 33 of Boxing's Best Referees and Their Stories. Potomac Books, Inc. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-61234-242-9. 

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