Bennie Briscoe

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Bennie Briscoe
Statistics
Real name Bennie Briscoe
Nickname(s) Bad
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality United States American
Born (1943-08-02)August 2, 1943
Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died December 28, 2010(2010-12-28) (aged 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 96
Wins 66
Wins by KO 53
Losses 24
Draws 5

"Bad" Bennie Briscoe (August 2, 1943 – December 28, 2010) was the quintessential Philadelphia boxer.[1]

"Bad" Bennie fought from 1962 to 1982, and retired with a career record of 66 wins (53 by KO) 24 losses and 5 draws. Briscoe was a top-rated Middleweight contender during the 1970s, unsuccessfully challenging for the World Title on three different occasions. His record reads like a "who's who" list of prominent fighters from his era.

Amateur career[edit]

Briscoe had a standout career as an amateur, compiling a record of 70–3 (Source: The Ring, Sept 1963). He won the Middle Atlantic AAU title three times, the last in 1962 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia.

Professional career[edit]

Bennie fought Middleweight champions Marvin Hagler, Vito Antuofermo, Rodrigo Valdez, Emile Griffith and Carlos Monzón. He also fought and defeated future light-heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Tom Bethea, Carlos Marks, Rafael Gutierrez, Charley Scott, Billy "Dynamite" Douglas, George Benton, Vicente Rondon, Jose Gonzales (twice), Art Hernandez, Tony Mundine, Stanley "Kitten" Hayward, Juarez DeLima, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart and Tony Chiaverini. Briscoe also dropped two decisions to former welterweight champion Luis Rodriguez.

Bennie was known for his toughness, strong punch and body punching. He fought future middleweight champion Monzon to a draw in Buenos Aires on May 6, 1967, but dropped a 15 round decision to the champion in a 1972 title match. Briscoe was outpointed by former welterweight and middleweight king Emile Griffith in their first match, but fought Griffith to a draw in a rematch. He was outpointed by future middleweight champions Marvin Hagler and Vito Antuofermo.

Bennie also fought Rodrigo Valdez three times. He was outpointed twice, but Valdez scored a rare KO over Briscoe in an elimination match to determine the WBC middleweight champion on May 25, 1974 - it was the only time in 96 fights that Briscoe was ever stopped. The WBC had decided to "strip" Monzon of its version of the middleweight crown, although the rest of the world continued to recognize Monzon as champion.

Briscoe was one of the most feared middleweights of his era. In 2003, he was named to the The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.[2] His final record was 66-24-5 with 53 knockouts and one No Contest.

Briscoe fought with the Star of David on his boxing trunks in tribute to his managers, first Jimmy Iselin, whose father Phil owned the New York Jets, and Arnold Weiss.[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

66 Wins (53 knockouts, 13 decisions), 24 Losses (1 knockout, 23 decisions), 5 Draws, 1 No Contest [3]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 10-7-1 United States Jimmie Sykes UD 10 15/12/1982 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 16-6-1 Canada Ralph Hollett SD 10 01/06/1982 Canada Halifax Forum, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Win 20-2 United States Norberto Sabater TKO 5 23/03/1982 New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14-2 United States Rick Noggle KO 6 23/12/1981 Ohio Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, United States
Loss 21-8 Puerto Rico Nick Ortiz SD 10 30/01/1981 New York Felt Forum, New York City, United States 3-6, 6-4, 2-8.
Loss 43-5-3 United States Vinnie Curto PTS 10 15/12/1980 Massachusetts Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 22-3-2 United States Richie "The Bandit" Bennett PTS 10 25/08/1980 Pennsylvania Martin Luther King Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 21-2-2 United States Richie "The Bandit" Bennett UD 10 24/01/1980 Pennsylvania Upper Darby Forum, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States 44-47, 43-47, 43-50.
Loss 42-13-5 Luxembourg Clement Tshinza PTS 10 20/10/1979 Belgium Country Hall du Sart Tilman, Liege, Belgium
Win 18-1 United States Teddy Mann UD 10 11/09/1979 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 48-43, 47-42, 47-43.
Win 6-5 United States Joe Barrientes TKO 6 14/08/1979 New Jersey Steel Pier Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 20-5 Puerto Rico Nick Ortiz PTS 10 23/05/1979 United States DC Armory, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Loss 30-15 United States David "Chevy" Love UD 10 05/02/1979 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 44-47, 46-47, 41-49.
Loss 40-2-1 United States Marvin Hagler UD 10 24/08/1978 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 43-48, 43-49, 44-47.
Win 12-3-2 United States Bob "The Hunter" Patterson KO 5 24/05/1978 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Patterson knocked out at 0:31 of the fifth round.
Win 21-3 United States Tony Chiaverini TKO 8 31/03/1978 Missouri Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:05 of the eighth round.
Loss 40-3-1 Italy Vito Antuofermo UD 10 04/02/1978 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States 7-3, 6-3, 7-2-1.
Loss 59-6-2 Colombia Rodrigo Valdez UD 15 05/11/1977 Italy Campione d'Italia, Italy WBA/WBC World Middleweight Title. 144-146, 143-148, 142-149.
Win 13-12-1 The Bahamas Sammy Barr TKO 8 26/07/1977 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 33-5-1 France Jean Mateo KO 10 31/03/1977 France Pavillon de Paris, Paris, France
Win 15-5-3 United States Karl Vinson UD 10 17/01/1977 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Draw 42-30-1 United States Willie "Sweetwater" Warren PTS 10 20/12/1976 France Salle Leyrit, Nice, France
Win 5-1-1 Mexico Emetrio Villanueva TKO 4 16/08/1976 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Draw 82-20-1 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith PTS 10 26/06/1976 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win 29-5-1 United States Eugene Hart KO 1 06/04/1976 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Hart knocked out at 1:49 of the first round.
Win 16-20-4 United States Jose Martin Flores KO 7 25/02/1976 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Flores knocked out at 2:45 of the seventh round.
Draw 28-5 United States Eugene Hart PTS 10 18/11/1975 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 46-44, 44-45, 45-45.
Win 13-1-1 United States Eddie Mustafa Muhammad SD 10 18/08/1975 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 46-44, 49-42, 46-44.
Win 31-10-4 United States Stanley "Kitten" Hayward UD 10 16/06/1975 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Draw 18-2 United States Vinnie Curto PTS 10 07/04/1975 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 44-46, 46-46, 48-42.
Win 14-3 United States Lenny Harden KO 10 14/01/1975 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Harden knocked out at 1:36 of the tenth round.
Loss 78-16-1 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith MD 10 09/10/1974 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 41-45, 43-48, 45-45.
Loss 50-4-2 Colombia Rodrigo Valdez TKO 7 25/05/1974 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco WBC World Middleweight Title.
Win 44-2-1 Australia Tony Mundine KO 5 25/02/1974 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Win 38-20-1 United States Willie "Sweetwater" Warren TKO 7 08/12/1973 New Jersey Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:52 of the seventh round.
Win 43-24-9 Argentina Ruben "El Zurdo" Arocha KO 3 22/10/1973 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Arocha knocked out at 1:24 of the third round.
Loss 47-4-2 Colombia Rodrigo Valdez PTS 12 01/09/1973 New Caledonia Noumea, New Caledonia NABF Middleweight Title.
Win 27-6-1 United States Billy "Dynamite" Douglas TKO 8 25/06/1973 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States NABF Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:42 of the eighth round.
Win 46-17-2 United States Art Hernandez TKO 3 26/03/1973 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States NABF Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:19 of the third round.
Win 30-20-9 Argentina Carlos Alberto Salinas KO 5 29/01/1973 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Salinas knocked out at 2:22 of the fifth round.
Loss 77-3-9 Argentina Carlos Monzon UD 15 11/11/1972 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles. 139-150, 139-149, 143-149.
Win 19-17-5 Puerto Rico Luis Vinales TKO 7 11/10/1972 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:41 of the seventh round.
Loss 18-17-5 Puerto Rico Luis Vinales SD 10 19/04/1972 Pennsylvania Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:41 of the seventh round.
Win 41-16-4 Mexico Jorge Rosales KO 1 21/03/1972 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Rosales knocked out at 2:28 of the first round.
Win 14-3 United States Al Quinney TKO 2 18/01/1972 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the second round.
Win 42-6-3 Mexico Rafael "El Presidente" Gutierrez KO 2 15/11/1971 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Gutierrez knocked out at 2:17 of the second round.
Win 38-39-7 United States Charley "Bad News" Austin TKO 1 14/10/1971 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:46 of the first round.
Win 38-11-5 Brazil Juarez De Lima TKO 2 10/08/1971 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 19-9-1 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks KO 5 03/05/1971 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Marks knocked out at 0:31 of the fifth round.
Win 11-8-1 United States Tom "The Bomb" Bethea TKO 6 22/03/1971 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-6 United States Ned Edwards KO 2 12/01/1971 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Edwards knocked out at 2:25 of the second round.
Win 28-13-1 United States Harold Richardson TKO 6 02/11/1970 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 23-14-3 United States Eddie "Red Top" Owens KO 6 23/09/1970 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Owens knocked out at 1:22 of the sixth round.
Win 33-8-3 United States Joe "Buzz" Shaw TKO 7 16/03/1970 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 31-8-3 United States Joe "Buzz" Shaw MD 10 18/11/1969 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 44-47, 45-46, 45-45.
Win 37-21-8 Panama Tito Marshall KO 1 30/09/1969 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Marshall knocked out at 0:52 of the first round.
Win 17-6-1 United States Percy Manning KO 4 19/05/1969 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Manning knocked out at 2:06 of the fourth round.
Win 35-14-2 Puerto Rico Jose "Monon" Gonzalez TKO 5 10/03/1969 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Loss 30-5-5 Brazil Juarez De Lima SD 10 14/02/1969 New York Felt Forum, New York City, United States 2-7, 2-8, 7-3.
Win 17-4-1 Venezuela Vicente Rondon TKO 8 26/01/1969 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 32-27-5 United States Charley "Bad News" Austin SD 10 18/11/1968 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 45-46, 48-42, 47-45.
Win 42-6-2 Cuba Pedro Miranda KO 7 02/11/1968 Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Loss 14-3-1 Venezuela Vicente Rondon UD 10 23/09/1968 Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
Win 34-12-2 Puerto Rico Jose "Monon" Gonzalez UD 10 20/08/1968 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 36-17-6 United States Gene "Honey Bear" Bryant TKO 8 07/08/1968 Nevada Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 30-7-1 France Yoland Leveque DQ 4 25/03/1968 France Palais des Sports, Paris, France
Loss 83-6 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodriguez UD 10 15/12/1967 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States 2-8, 2-7, 4-6.
Win 30-6-1 United States Jimmy Lester TKO 6 20/11/1967 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:53 of the sixth round.
Win 18-37-4 United States Ike White TKO 3 30/10/1967 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 39-12 United States Georgie "Deacon" Johnson TKO 4 09/10/1967 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the fourth round.
Win 11-8 United States Bobby "Sweet Boy" Warthen TKO 7 29/05/1967 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:46 of the seventh round.
Draw 40-3-6 Argentina Carlos Monzon PTS 10 06/05/1967 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 76-6 Cuba Luis Manuel Rodriguez UD 10 20/03/1967 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 42-48, 43-47, 45-47.
Win 54-11-1 United States George Benton RTD 9 05/12/1966 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13-7-3 United States C.L. Lewis TKO 6 10/10/1966 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
No Contest 13-7-3 United States C.L. Lewis NC 4 25/07/1966 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 21-2-1 United States Stanley "Kitten" Hayward SD 10 06/12/1965 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 43-48, 47-46, 45-47.
Loss 32-10-3 Panama Tito Marshall UD 10 20/09/1965 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 16-13-1 United States Doug McLeod KO 1 10/05/1965 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3-12 United States Jimmy "Rent is 2 Damn High" McMillan KO 1 19/04/1965 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 14-3 United States Percy Manning PTS 10 29/03/1965 Pennsylvania Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13-11-1 United States Dave "Sugar" Wyatt KO 7 22/02/1965 Pennsylvania Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11-6-1 United States "Sir" Walter Daniels PTS 8 30/11/1964 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14-2 United States Percy Manning TKO 8 15/06/1964 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 33-26 United States Charley Scott KO 1 09/03/1964 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Pennsylvania Welterweight Title.
Win 10-6-1 United States Johnny Clyde PTS 6 20/01/1964 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10-3-1 United States Bobby "MI" Bell KO 1 02/12/1963 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 5-0-3 United States "King" Roosevelt Ware TKO 4 11/10/1963 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3-0 United States Joe "Will" Clark PTS 4 22/07/1963 Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3-5 United States Cash White TKO 2 25/04/1963 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 16-8 United States Chuck McCreary PTS 6 25/03/1963 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-3 United States "Average" Joe Smith KO 6 28/02/1963 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Smith knocked out at 1:47 of the sixth round.
Win 1-0 United States Brad Silas KO 4 11/02/1963 Pennsylvania Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 8-6-2 United States Charley Little KO 1 14/01/1963 Pennsylvania Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 4-5-1 United States Dave "Sugar" Wyatt KO 3 13/12/1962 Pennsylvania The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-0 United States Sam Samuels PTS 4 10/09/1962 Pennsylvania Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Death[edit]

Bennie Briscoe died on December 28, 2010.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bertucci, Frank (29 December 2010). "Legendary Philly fighter Bennie Briscoe dies at 67". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers". Ring Magazine. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bennie Briscoe : Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 

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