PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

DECEMBER 05, 1966

 
 

 

Former welterweight Bennie Briscoe made his middleweight debut in this bout for the Pennsylvania State Middleweight Title on this day in 1966.  George Benton, once the top contender for the 160-pound division, showed signs of his brilliant defensive technique early in the fight and used effective jabs and hard right hands to build an early lead.  But it was Briscoe's wrecking ball style that eventually won the day.  Bennie pushed forward working Benton's body, slowly wearing him down. 

In the 9th round, Briscoe pinned Benton in the corner and pounded away for almost three minutes.  The always tough and savvy Benton survived the onslaught but the end certainly seemed near.  In his corner just before the 10th and final round, George's manager Herman Diamond stopped the fight despite the beaten fighter's protest.  It was only one of two times Benton was stopped (the other time due to cuts) in his long career. 

For Briscoe it was the start of his great middleweight run.  The following year, his draw with future Middleweight Champ Carlos Monzon at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, would solidify him as a legitimate title threat. 

 
 
  OTHER FIGHT RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1922 - George Godfrey TKO5 Jack Thompson at the Pioneer A.C. in New York
  1929 - Dick Welsh W8 Al Martin at Baltimore, MD
  1930 - Harry Blitman KO2 Al Bryant at Jersey City, NJ
  1930 - Al Ettore W8 Eddie Haughton at Philadelphia
  1941 - Ellis Phillips W10 Johnny Marcelline at the Cambria A.C. in Northeast Philly (Kensington)
  1943 - Billy Arnold KO2 Paul WIlson at Philadelphia, PA
  1946 - Willie Weasel KO1 Johnny Forte at Philadelphia
  1949 - Jimmy Flood KO2 George Larover II at the Arena in West Philly
  1949 - Dan Bucceroni KO4 Harry Daniels at the Laurel Garden in Newark, NJ
  1957 - Len Matthews KO3 Bernie Bibbs at the Cambria A.C. in Northeast Philly (Kensington)
  1966 - Leotis Martin KO3 Amos Johnson at the Arena in West Philly
  1972 - Alfonso Hayman KO8 William Watson at the Arena in West Philly
  1972 - Perry Abney (Lil' Abner) KO4 Morris Jordan at the Arena in West Philly
  1978 - Mike Rossman TKO6 Aldo Traversaro at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1978 - Jeff Chandler KO9 Rafael Gandarilla at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1978 - Bruce Curry W10 Wade Hinnant at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1978 - Marvin Stinson D10 Randy Mack at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1978 - Curtis Parker KO5 Ray Smith at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1978 - Jerry Martin W8 Jerry Celestine at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1978 - Alfonso Evans D6 Bobby Alexander at the Spectrum in South Philly
  1981 - Tim Witherspoon KO7 Alfonso Ratliff at Atlantic City, NJ
 

 

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