” Bad ” Benny Briscoe passed away this past week and I wanted to honor him in this edition of Throw Back Friday. He symbolized what a true Philly fighter was back in the 60′s and 70′s with the heart, power, skill, body punching, and toughness he displayed.
He was one of the most feared and respected middleweight contenders of his era during the 70′s. The ring has him in their 100 greatest punchers ever list ranked #34. He fought all the big names beating former light heavyweight champ Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, the legendary George Benton, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, and Vicente Rondon. He drew with Emile Griffith twice. His losses where to greats like Marvin Hagler, Vito Antuofermo, Rodrigo Valdez, Emile Griffith and Carlos Monzón.
Benny fought with the star of David on his trunks in tribute of his managers Jimmy Iselin and Arnold Weiss. They sure don’t make em like Benny anymore do they?
It’s widely acknowledged by those who know boxing that Benny was indeed one of the best never to win a world title. He unsuccessfully challenged for the title three times loosing to Carlos Monzón and twice to Rodrigo Valdez. He was stopped in a fight only once in 20 years!!
He will always be remembered for his incredible viciousness inside the ring. Harold Ledermen said that Bennie was the meanest fighter he ever saw in the ring but he was always a true gentlemen outside it. That’s how it should be.
Now watch Bennie in action and see for yourself why most fighters where scared stiff to face him.