PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

MARCH 18, 1938

 
 
 

FORTE CLINGS TO DRAW AGAINST PASSAN AT THE PIT

Tommy Forte stopped a three-fight losing streak when he managed a 10-round draw against Billy Passan at Kensington's Cambria Athletic Club on this day in 1938.

The young South Philly prospect started his career with 19 straight victories before going just 2-4 in his next six bouts. After losing to Al Brown twice and Bobby Green once in his three previous outings, Tommy needed a win against Passan, and he came to the famous "Blood Pit" on this night for exactly that. 

Forte jumped out to a quick start against Passan, and after six rounds of fighting, Tommy was well ahead by a score of four rounds to one with one even. The betting favorite seemed destined for that coveted win. But for Passan the night was young. The packed house cheered him on as he staged an impressive rally over the next three sessions to bring the fight even. Billy's effective infighting and body attack were the keys. Forte tried to keep his foe off him, but Passan was just too determined.

In the tenth and final round with the verdict on the line, Passan pressed the attack while Forte boxed him from a distance. The round was close and all three officials scored the fight a draw. 

 
 
  OTHER RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1938 - Jimmy Tygh TKO4 Jackie Corcoran at the Cambria AC in Northeast Philly (Kensington)
  1938 - Billy Crawford TKO3 Danny Russell at the Cambria AC in Northeast Philly (Kensington)
  1938 - Eddie Spotts TKO2 Tommy "Brick" Lowrey at the Cambria AC in NE Philly (Kensington)
  1938 - Lou Puglese TKO1 Ralph Mazzone at the Cambria AC in Northeast Philly (Kensington)
  1983 - James Shuler KO4 Inocencio De La Rosa at the Atlantic City Convention Center
  1991 - Bernard Hopkins TKO3 Steve Langley at the Mirage in Las Vegas
  2016 - Jesse Hart W10 Dashon Johnson at the 2300 Arena in South Philly
 

 

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