PHILLY BOXING HISTORY

  

 

Philly Boxing History

MAY 11, 1953

 
 

 

GIL TURNER SCORES TECHNICAL KO OVER LOMBARDO IN NY

On this day in 1953, Gil Turner won his bout against Johnny Lombardo at Eastern Parkway Arena in Brooklyn, NY with a seventh round stoppage.

After reeling off 31 straight victories to start his pro career, Turner struggled through a 4-3 stretch - albeit against the likes of Kid Gavilan and Joey Giardello - leading up to the Lombardo fight. His prior bout was a thrilling Philly war with Giardello that went the ten round limit and packed enough action to fill a dozen main events. But Turner was no stranger to exciting fights. His style was one of pure action. He threw punches in breathless flurries and in doing so, was responsible for some of the most memorable fights of the 1950's.  He was a popular TV attraction and fought all over the country but especially in New York and Philly.  His career spanned from 1950 to 1958 and ended with a 56-19-2 (35 KO) record. He is probably best remembered for his gutsy close call for the world welterweight title in a 1952 bout with Kid Gavilan. Turner fought on even terms with the Hall of Famer until his dreams were shattered in round 11. Gil fought on but never again stepped into a championship ring.

 

 

 
  OTHER RESULTS ON THIS DATE:
  1923 - Bobby Wolgast W8 Pancho Villa at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia
  1923 - Nate Goldman W8 Willie McCloskey at the Cambria in Philadelphia
  1931 - Harry Blitman W10 Young Joe Firpo at the Arena in Philadelphia
  1931 - Tony Morgano KO3 Young Johnny Brown at the Arena in Philadelphia
  1931 - Dick Welsh TKO6 Sammy Farber at the Arena in Philadelphia
  1932 - Steve Hamas W10 Tommy Loughran at Convention Hall in Philadelphia
  1942 - Gus Dorazio W10 Harry Bobo at the Arena in Philadelphia
  1942 - Johnny Hutchinson W8 Chief Crazy Horse at the Arena in Philadelphia
  1953 - Harold Johnson W10 Toxie Hall at Miami, FL
  1977 - Lous Esa W6 Roger Russell I at Madison Square Garden in New York
  1986 - Meldrick Taylor W10 Harold Brazier at Corpus Christi, TX
  1993 - Francisco Segura W12 Tony Green at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia
  2006 - Chazz Witherspoon W6 Agustin Corpus at First District Plaza in Philadelphia
  BIRTHDAYS:
  1915 - Tony Cisco
  DEATHS:
  1972 - Anthony Graziano
 

 

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