PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

JANUARY 10, 1952

 
 

 

BENTON UPSETS MIMS

In his 17th fight as a pro, George Benton of North Philly won a unanimous 8-round decision over Holly Mims, on this day in 1952.

Mims, a veteran of 35 bouts - including battles with Johnny Bratton (W10, W10), Otis Graham (W10), & Sugar Ray Robinson (L10), entered the ring as the favorite. Benton had a prior win over Jetson Arnold but was virtually unknown at the time. However, in the end, it was the underdog who won the bout before 2,152 fans at The Met.

The two would fight a rematch in 1959, with Mims winning the 10-round decision.
Note: the photo shown is from their second bout.

 
 
  OTHER RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1927 - Harry Blitman KO4 Rocco Risco at Atlantic City

  1938 - Al Ettore W10 Gus Dorazio at the Arena in West Philly

  1947 - Harold Johnson KO2 Frank Lowry at Philadelphia
  1948 - Larry Carter KO2 Billy Arnold at Reno, NV (Arnold's next to last bout)
  1986 - Matthew Saad Muhammad KO6 Chris Wells at Hallendale, FL
  1987 - Vincent Pettway KO1 Jerome Artis at Richmond, VA (Artis' last bout)
  BIRTHDAYS:
  1966 - Bert Cooper
  DEATHS:
  2001- Young Joe Firpo
 

 

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