Bennie Briscoe

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Bennie Briscoe
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Briscoe en 1972
Statistics
Real nameBennie Briscoe
Nickname(s)Bad
Black Robot
Weight(s)Super Middleweight
Middleweight
Super Welterweight
Welterweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
NationalityUnited States American
Born(1943-02-08)February 8, 1943
Augusta, Georgia, United States
DiedDecember 28, 2010(2010-12-28) (aged 67)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights96
Wins66
Wins by KO53
Losses24
Draws5

"Bad" Bennie Briscoe (February 8, 1943 – December 28, 2010) was an American professional boxer. A fan favorite for his punching power, he was known as the "quintessential Philadelphia boxer",[1] and one of the greatest fighters of his era who due to various reasons did not become a world champion.[2]

"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 WBC and WBA world titles on three different occasions. Notable former champions and contenders Brisoce fought included Marvin Hagler, Carlos Monzon, Rodrigo Valdéz, Luis Rodríguez, Vicente Rondon, Tony Mundine, Vito Antuofermo, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Emile Griffith, and Vinnie Curto.

Cus D'Amato regarded Briscoe much higher than most of his highly decorated opponents in many respects, particularly for his determination, intimidating posture, constant forward movement, aggressiveness, iron jaw, and ability to absorb punches no matter how solid he was hit, creating an impression of irresistible force to great many of his opponents.[3] Briscoe's relentless walk-forward style earned him a nickname "Black Robot" while fighting abroad (for that reason, French cartoonist Dero portrayed Briscoe as a robot with hammers instead of arms,)[4] forcing even such aggressive fighters as Hagler and Monzon to back-up consistently.[5]

Early life[edit]

Briscoe was born in Augusta, Georgia, to a poor family, one of fourteen children. Usually bold Briscoe said that the reason his hair is cut very short is that "When you're one of fourteen children they can't waste too much money on haircuts," and when he used to go to the barbershop, his father would say "Take it all off."[6] Motivated by his family's poverty, at the age of 16, he moved from Augusta, where he was a star athlete in football and track and field, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to live with an aunt and uncle and attended Simon Gratz High School. There, he eventually began training alongside Joe Frazier, hence is his familiar bobbing-and-weaving style.[7]

Briscoe supported his family, and his mother in particular, sending home a bit of each payday.[8]

Amateur career[edit]

Briscoe had a standout career as an amateur, compiling a record of 70–3.[9] He won the Middle Atlantic AAU title three times, the last in 1962 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia. Though he did not make it to win the United States National Boxing Championships in Pocatello, April 7, 1961, and in Cincinnati, March 31, 1962, losing to H.C. Massey and to Wade Smith respectively. He turned pro shortly thereafter, being coached by Quinzel McCall.

Professional career[edit]

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, when Briscoe managed to stagger Monzon very badly with a solid lead right at 1:50 of the 9th round, sending Monzon to the ropes with his eyes blinking wide, ropes saved Carlos from falling down to the canvas, followed immediately by a left hook to the chin, and Monzon clinched him tightly to buy a time, though Briscoe didn't make it to finish him for he was not fully recovered after being struck with hepatitis,[citation needed] and local referee constantly interrupted in course of the fight. Each time Briscoe tried to capitalize on the openings, created by Monzon's high handguard, to administer his devastating body shots, which landed perfectly to the body, and by no means below the belt of his opponent, local referee stepped in without hesitation and warned him about low blows. Thus far he restrained himself from throwing body shots, even when in perfect position to do so, constantly afraid of being disqualified. Nevertheless, both losses came essentially due to the fact that Briscoe and his coach did not came up with any decent gameplan or strategy, while Monzon's camp studied the films of Briscoe fights very carefully, adjusting Monzon's style to perfectly counter Briscoe's front-running style, mostly outjabbing and outboxing him from the safe distance, available by the reach advantage.[6]

By the end of 1972, having 56 professional fights under his belt, Briscoe has been floored only three times in his career, twice in the same fight in the 1st round, which he ended with a knockout victory in the 2nd round. Among his first-round victories was also a one-punch-knockout, a further proof of his outstanding punching power.[6]

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 in The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.[10] 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 M. Weiss.

Professional boxing record[edit]

66 Wins (53 knockouts, 13 decisions), 24 Losses (1 knockout, 23 decisions), 5 Draws, 1 No Contest [11]
Result Opp.
Record
Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 10-7-1 United States Jimmie Sykes UD 10 15/12/1982 United States 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 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14-2 United States Rick Noggle KO 6 23/12/1981 United States Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, United States
Loss 21-8 Puerto Rico Nick Ortiz SD 10 30/01/1981 United States 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 United States Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 22-3-2 United States Richie "The Bandit" Bennett PTS 10 25/08/1980 United States Martin Luther King Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 21-2-2 United States Richie "The Bandit" Bennett UD 10 24/01/1980 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 48-43, 47-42, 47-43.
Win 6-5 United States Joe Barrientes TKO 6 14/08/1979 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Draw 18-2 United States Vinnie Curto PTS 10 07/04/1975 United States Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 44-46, 46-46, 48-42.
Win 14-3 United States Lenny Harden KO 10 14/01/1975 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 19-9-1 Trinidad and Tobago Carlos Marks KO 5 03/05/1971 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-6 United States Ned Edwards KO 2 12/01/1971 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 23-14-3 United States Eddie "Red Top" Owens KO 6 23/09/1970 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 31-8-3 United States Joe "Buzz" Shaw MD 10 18/11/1969 United States Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 44-47, 45-46, 45-45.
Win 37-21-8 Panama Tito Marshall KO 1 30/09/1969 United States 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 United States 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 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Loss 30-5-5 Brazil Juarez De Lima SD 10 14/02/1969 United States 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 United States 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 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 36-17-6 United States Gene "Honey Bear" Bryant TKO 8 07/08/1968 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 39-12 United States Georgie "Deacon" Johnson TKO 4 09/10/1967 United States 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 United States 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 United States 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 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13-7-3 United States C.L. Lewis TKO 6 10/10/1966 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
NC 13-7-3 United States C.L. Lewis NC 4 25/07/1966 United States Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 21-2-1 United States Stanley "Kitten" Hayward SD 10 06/12/1965 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States 43-48, 47-46, 45-47.
Loss 32-10-3 Panama Tito Marshall UD 10 20/09/1965 United States Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 16-13-1 United States Doug McLeod KO 1 10/05/1965 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3-12 United States Jimmy "Rent is 2 Damn High" McMillan KO 1 19/04/1965 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 14-3 United States Percy Manning PTS 10 29/03/1965 United States Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 13-11-1 United States Dave "Sugar" Wyatt KO 7 22/02/1965 United States Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11-6-1 United States "Sir" Walter Daniels PTS 8 30/11/1964 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 14-2 United States Percy Manning TKO 8 15/06/1964 United States Philadelphia Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 33-26 United States Charley Scott KO 1 09/03/1964 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Pennsylvania Welterweight Title.
Win 10-6-1 United States Johnny Clyde PTS 6 20/01/1964 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10-3-1 United States Bobby "MI" Bell KO 1 02/12/1963 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 5-0-3 United States "King" Roosevelt Ware TKO 4 11/10/1963 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 3-0 United States Joe "Will" Clark PTS 4 22/07/1963 United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3-5 United States Cash White TKO 2 25/04/1963 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 16-8 United States Chuck McCreary PTS 6 25/03/1963 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-3 United States "Average" Joe Smith KO 6 28/02/1963 United States 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 United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 8-6-2 United States Charley Little KO 1 14/01/1963 United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 4-5-1 United States Dave "Sugar" Wyatt KO 3 13/12/1962 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1-0 United States Sam Samuels PTS 4 10/09/1962 United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Death[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bertucci, Frank (29 December 2010). "Legendary Philly fighter Bennie Briscoe dies at 67". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  2. ^ Punching from the Shadows: Memoir of a Minor League Professional Boxer, 2018, p. 38.
  3. ^ Cus D'amato and Mike Tyson commenting on the Hagler vs. Briscoe fight (1:18:20 – 1:24:20).
  4. ^ Briscoe Bout is Postponed, By Tom Cushman, Philadelphia Daily News, May 23, 1977, p. 59.
  5. ^ Marvin Hagler vs Bennie Briscoe.
  6. ^ a b c Carlos Monzon vs Bennie Briscoe II
  7. ^ http://thecomeback.com/queensberryrules/2014-articles/throwback-thursday-carlos-monzon-outpoints-bennie-briscoe-defends-title.html
  8. ^ The Boxer Who Won't Quit. The New York Times
  9. ^ The Ring Magazine, September 1963.
  10. ^ "Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers". Ring Magazine. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Bennie Briscoe : Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09.

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