PHILLY BOXING HISTORY - October 19, 2014


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by John DiSanto
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.


The best of the Philadelphia boxing scene was honored at the 7th annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 19th, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar in South Philly.  The awards were created by the web site, and are presented every year in the name of Philadelphia middleweight legend Bennie Briscoe. The awards given away, the Briscoe Statuette and the Briscoe Medal, are casted in Briscoe's likeness.

For the third consecutive year, junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia was named the "Philly Fighter of the Year" (2013, 2012 & 2011).  Garcia also won a Briscoe Medal for the "2013 Performance of the Year" for his 12-round victory over Lucas Matthysse.  Garcia did not attend the event.

Gathered with the award winners and their families at this free public event were stars of the current local boxing scene, numerous retired ring celebrities, other boxing people, and boxing fans. 

Before the awards were handed out, former cruiserweight champion Nate Miller entertained the crowd by playing guitar.

Junior middleweight Julian "J-Rock" Williams took home the Briscoe Medal as the "2013 Prospect of the Year".  Manny Folly was named the "2013 Rookie of the Year".  Stephen Fulton Jr. was the "2013 Amateur of the Year".  Julio De Jesus won the "KO of the Year" for his first round knockout of Ray Ellis.  Tevin Farmer was recognized as the "Breakout Fighter of 2013".  The 10-round Pennsylvania light heavyweight title bout between Anthony Caputo Smith and Dhafir Smith was named the "2013 Local Fight of the Year".  Also honored on Sunday was amateur boxer Dylan Price who won went home with the "Everett Brothers Award", given by former boxers Mike Everett and Eddie Everett in memory of their late brother Tyrone Everett.

In attendance at the event were boxing luminaries such as Jeff Chandler, Steve Cunningham, Bryant Jennings, Buster Drayton, Robert "Bam Bam" Hines, Nate Miller, Curtis Parker, Ivan Robinson, Sidney "Sweat Pea" Adams, Dick Turner, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde, Joey Dawejko, Thomas "Cornflake" Lamanna, Earl Hargrove, Johnny Carter, Russell Peltz, Brother Naazim Richardson, Buster Custus, Fred Jenkins, Joey Eye, Brittany Rogers, Steve Smoger, Vernoca Michael, Hank Kropinski, Herbie Brown, Dennis Heffernan, Carmen Bartolomeo, Charlie Cummings, Damon Feldman, Fred Druding, Norman Torpey Jr., Fred Jenkins Jr., Emmanuel Taylor, Marvin Mack, Lionel Byarm, Kevin Perry, Charles Sgrillo, John Gallagher, writers Jack Obermayer, Jeff Jowett, Ken Hissner, Gabriel Oppenheim, Rich Pagano, Marc Abrams, historian Chuck Hasson, and others.

Manny Folly, Julian Williams and Stephen Fulton, Jr.

Fight of the Year winner Anthony Caputo Smith

KO of the Year winner Julio De Jesus with his family

Dylan Price with the Everett Brothers - Eddie (left) and Mike (right)

Former cruiserweight champ Nate Miller

Former middleweight contender Curtis Parker

VBA President Charles Sgrillo and former contender Dick Turner

Former Philly fighter Dennis Heffernan

2013 Rookie of the Year Manny Folly

2013 KO of the Year winner Julio De Jesus

Middleweight prospect Thomas Lamanna accepted the
Briscoe Medal for teammate Tevin Farmer (Breakout Fighter of 2013)

2013 Prospect of the Year Julian Williams

Steve "USS" Cunningham with Manny Folly

Pete Lyde, Fred Druding, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde and Curtis Parker

Hall of Fame Promoter J Russell Peltz

Boxing writer Jack Obermayer with Herbie Brown

Former Philly fighter Marvin Mack

Middleweight Fred Jenkins Jr.

Former Philly fighter Kevin Perry

Promoter and cut man Joey Eye

Former champ Robert Hines with former contender Johnny Carter

Promoter Brittany Rogers

Les Wolff, Former Business Manager of Joe Frazier

Referee Steve Smoger with Jacqui Frazier-Lyde

Former junior middleweight KO artist Earl Hargrove

Mike Everett signs an autograph

Former champ Buster Drayton with Pete Lyde

Fred Jenkins Sr., Ken Hissner and Charles Sgrillo

Upstairs at the Briscoe Awards

Norman Torpey Jr. and Joey Dawejko

Bryant Jennings poses with fans

Charles Sgrillo with Ivan Robinson

A Briscoe Awards banner

The Briscoe Statuette

The Briscoe Medals ready to go

Briscoe Awards Poster - Version A

Briscoe Awards Poster - Version B

Briscoe Awards Poster - Version C




John DiSanto - South Philly - October 19, 2014
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.