PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

MAY 10, 1965

 
 

 

BANKS DIES
FROM MARTIN'S HEAVY BLOWS

On this day in 1965, hard-luck heavyweight contender, Leotis Martin won his fight against Sonny Banks at the Philadelphia Arena in West Philly. It should have been the cause of celebration. However, Banks slipped into a coma after the bout and died from his injuries three days later.

The fight itself was a scrap, with Banks taking an early lead. But Martin fought back and landed many hard shots throughout rounds three to eight to pull ahead in the scoring. In the ninth round, it was a single shot - a big right hand - that dropped Banks. Referee Joe Sweeny counted him out at 2:58.

Banks was eventually taken to Presbyterian Hospital where he underwent surgery but never recovered. Banks died on May 13, 1965.

 

 

 
  OTHER RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1933 - Dick Welsh W6 Leroy Dougan At Norfolk, VA
  1938 - Tiger Jack Fox W10 Jersey Joe Walcott at Convention Hall in Camden, NJ
  1943 - Perk Daniels W10 Curtis 'Hatchetman' Sheppard at Laurel Garden in Newark, NJ
  1943 - Gus Dorazio W10 Joe Baski at the Arena in Philadelphia
  1944 - Billy Fox KO2 Andy Holland at Harrisburg, PA
  1948 - Clarence 'Honeychile' Johnson TKO8 Buster Tyler at Philadelphia
  1965 - Bennie Briscoe KO1 Doug McLeod at the Philadelphia Arena
  1973 - Roy 'Tiger' Williams TKO3 Edmundo Stewart at Philadelphia Arena
  1976 - Bobby 'Boogaloo' Watts KO2 Ernie Burns at the Philadelphia Arena
  1976 - Perry Abney (Lil Abner) KO3 Pablo Rodriguez at the Philadelphia Arena
  1996 - Tim Witherspoon KO5 Jorge Luis Gonzalez at Madison Square Garden in New York
 

 

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