Philly Boxing History
NOVEMBER 18, 1975
BRISCOE & HART BATTLE TO CLASSIC DRAW
On this day in 1975, Bennie Briscoe & Eugene
"Cyclone" Hart faced off at the Spectrum in a 10-round middleweight
posters for the fight read "You Asked For It!" and a large crowd
of 11,021 came to the South Philly venue to get it. And get it, they
did. In one of the best matches of the Spectrum's golden era, two of
the most popular attractions, both famous for thrilling wars and
heavy punching, went toe-to-toe for ten astounding rounds and
together created one of the city's most memorable fights.
Briscoe hurt Hart in rounds 3, 7, & 8. So groggy was Hart in the 8th, that his fog carried on well into the 9th. But Briscoe was tired by then and failed to put Hart away when he seemed to have the chance. In the last round, Cyclone staged a comeback and took the 10th with heavy artillery, as his older foe faded.
In the end, the fight was declared a draw. Some observers thought Bennie should have gotten the nod, albeit by the slightest of margins, while others felt Cyclone had sealed it with his last round rally. Somehow, the even scorecard seemed to fit best.
Although the match was clearly Philadelphia's best fight that year, Ring Magazine named this fight 1975's second best bout, with top honors going to the immortal "Thrilla in Manila", Ali-Frazier III.
Briscoe and Hart would fight a rematch five months later with a very different result. The second time around, Bennie jumped out and KO'd Cyclone in the first round.
|OTHER FIGHT RESULTS ON THIS DATE:|
|1929 - Dick Welsh KO2 Al Conlon at Atlantic City|
|1937 - Tony Galento KO3 Leroy Haynes at Convention Hall in West Philly|
|1937 - Gus Dorazio W10 Frank Donofrio at Convention Hall in West Philly|
|1946 - Billy Arnold KO2 Billy Furone III at Allentown, PA|
|1946 - Eddie Giosa W10 Jorge Morella at Valley Arena in Holyoke, MA|
|1947 - Dan Bucceroni KO1 Paris Lennon at Camden, NJ|
|1953 - Dan Bucceroni KO8 Freddy Beshore at Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles|
|1954 - Gil Turner KO8 Charley Scott at the Met in North Philly|
|1954 - Boland Abrams KO2 Henry 'Toothpick' Brown III at the Met in North Philly|
|1954 - Carmen Bartolomeo W8 Jake Josato II at the Met in North Philly|
|1958 - Sonny Liston TKO8 Ernie Cab at the Miami Beach Convention Hall|
|1968 - Chuck Leslie W10 Roger Russell at the Spectrum in South Philly|
|1969 - Leotis Martin W10 Roger Russell II at the Spectrum in South Philly|
|1970 - Joe Frazier KO2 Bob Foster at Cobo Arena in Detroit|
|1982 - Charlie 'Choo Choo' Brown W8 Gary Gibson at Ice World in Totowa, NJ|
|1997 - Bernard Hopkins W12 Andrew Council at the Show Place Arena in Marlboro, MD|
|1911 - Leroy Haynes|