PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

JANUARY 02, 1954

 
 

 

BASSETT SCORES 1ST ROUND KO IN PARIS

On this day in 1954, West Philly featherweight Percy Bassett scored the quickest victory of his 5-fight, 1953-1954 European ring campaign with a first round KO of Frenchman Jacques Herbillon at Paris. At the time, Bassett was still in pursuit of an elusive shot at the world title held by Sandy Saddler. Unfortunately that shot would never come. The year before, during his first trip to Paris, Percy won the 'interim' featherweight championship against Ray Famechon with an impressive 4th round KO, while Saddler served in the Army. But despite being the number one contender and the logical choice as a challenger, Bassett was denied a world title opportunity. Bassett compiled a career record of 64-12-1 (41 KO) before a detached retina prompted his early retirement at age 25.

 
 
  OTHER FIGHT RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1905 - Danny Dougherty W6 Tony Bender at the National A.C. in South Philly
  1922 - Lew Tendler W8 Barney Adair at the Olympia A.C. in South Philly
  1925 - Louis Kaplan TKO9 Danny Kramer at New York's Madison Square Garden
  1928 - Benny Bass W10 Pete Nebo at the Arena in West Philly
  1928 - Johnny Jadick W10 Bucky Boyle at the Arena in West Philly
  1928 - Lew Tendler TKO8 Jack McFarland at the Arena in West Philly
  BIRTHDAYS:
  1935 - Henry 'Toothpick' Brown
 

 

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