Philly Boxing History

AUGUST 13, 1988




Andre "Thee" Prophet, a Philadelphia boxing prospect who seemed a sure bet to one day vie for a world championship, was killed in the early morning hours of Saturday August 13, 1988, at the age of 20.

Prophet and a female companion named Tres Kelly, 18, were both killed when the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a hit-and-run driver near the intersection of 22nd and York Streets in North Philadelphia. The accident occurred just after 5 AM, and both Prophet and Kelly were pronounced dead at the scene.

Prophet knocked out Melvin Ricks at the Blue Horizon just sixteen days prior to his death. The victory over Ricks capped his promising professional record at 12-0-1 with 10 KOs.

The young cruiserweight boxer was trained by Dwight Triplett and managed by Scott Kendall throughout his brief, two-year career. Prophet fought all but three of his pro fights at the Blue Horizon. Some, including Andre's manager, believed that Prophet would one day grow into the heavyweight division and eventually challenge Mike Tyson for the world heavyweight title.

With his premature death, Prophet joins the tragic list of Philly legends who were taken far too early. The list includes Prophet (age 20), Tyrone Everett (24), and James Shuler (26).

  1923 - Luis Firpo TKO2 Charley Weinert at Phillies Ball Park in North Philly
  1928 - Harry Blitman KO1 Len Brenner at Allentown, PA
  1945 - Allie Stolz W10 Wesley Mouzon at the Arena in Wes Philly
  1945 - Joey Angelo W10 George LaRover at Springfield, MA
  1951 - Joey Giardello W8 Otis Graham at Toppi Stadium in South Philly
  1953 - George Benton TKO6 Jimmy Franklin at Toppi Stadium in South Philly
  1963 - Len Matthews KO8 Manuel Alvarez at Convention Hall in West Philly
  1988 - Jimmy Young TKO10 Frank Lux at St. Joseph, MO
  1947 - George Godfrey
  1971 - Walter Padlo
  1988 - Andre Prophet