Philly Boxing History

OCTOBER 14, 1969




On this day in 1969, Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts improved his young pro record to 5-0 with a clear-cut points win over veteran Leroy "Hurricane" Roberts, who came into the fight with a 13-8 slate. Watts, still in his fist year as a professional, was a few years away from the sweet spot of his career, but this was a very good win for such a young fighter. The fight was the semi-windup bout on a Blue Horizon card headlined by Sammy Goss.

In the main event, Sammy Goss, also in his first year of ring work, used a brutal body attack to wear down and stop Ivelaw Eastman of Guyana in round seven. Goss raised his record to 9-1 with 5 KOs. This was the second fight between the two. Goss won the first match by decision three months before.

Also on the card that night, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart won his second straight pro bout by knockout with a first round KO of Sonny Gravely. Hart would extend his KO streak to 19 in row over the next two years. The fight card - the second show promotion by 22-year old upstart J Russell Peltz - attracted a crowd of 919 fans who paid a gate of $2,476.

  1934 - Harry Blitman W6 Joey Hatfield at Philadelphia
  1935 - Gus Dorazio KO2 Bobby Brown at Harrisburg, PA (Dorazio's 2nd pro bout)
  1937 - Johnny Marcelline W10 Joe Maffei at the Olympia A.C. in South Philly
  1948 - Percy Bassett KO5 Reuben Davis at Atlantic City, NJ
  1953 - Dan Bucceroni W10 Jimmy Slade at the St. Louis Arena
  1965 - Leotis Martin KO5 Curtis Bruce at Philadelphia
  1968 - Sonny Liston TKO3 Sonny Moore at Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix
  1969 - Sammy Goss TKO7 Ivelaw Eastman at the Blue Horizon in North Philly
  1969 - Eugene 'Cyclone' Hart KO1 Sonny Gravely at the Blue Horizon in North Philly
  1970 - Alfonso Hayman KO6 Johnny Rohland at the Catholic Youth Center in Scranton, PA
  1971 - Bennie Briscoe KO1 Charlie Austin at the Arena in West Philly
  1976 - Jeff Chandler TKO3 Larry Huffin at Fournier Hall in Wilmington, DE
  1987 - Tim Witherspoon W10 Mike Williams at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ