PHILLY BOXING HISTORY  -  November 06, 2014                                                                 


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Former South Philly middleweight boxer, Joe Bonadies passed away in the early morning hours of November 6th after a prolonged illness. He was 83.

After a brief amateur run that peaked with Joe winning the 1948 Open Class welterweight Diamond Belt, Bonadies fought professionally between 1948 and 1951, posting an overall pro record of 13-8-3, with 5 KOs. He fought a number of notable local opponents including Joe Aurillo, Honeychile Johnson, Harold Moore and Mitch Allen. 

Bonadies made his pro debut with a 4-round decision over Johnny Brown at the Cambria, and went on to perform at most of the legendary Philly arenas such as Municipal Stadium, the Arena, the Met, Toppi Stadium, and Convention Hall. 

His best starts came in 1950, when he knocked out Allen in the first round, and an 8-round draw against Ohio trial horse Rudy Zadell.

After his retirement from the ring, Bonadies was elected to the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame.

Bonadies is also remembered as being a close friend of Joey Giardello. When the future middleweight champ first came to Philadelphia in the late 1940s, he lived with Bondies and his family.  

Bonadies is survived by his wife Dorothy, son Joseph, daughter-in-law Judy, grandson Joey, sister Marie, brother Richard, as well as many extended family members. 

A viewing will be held Monday evening (Nov. 10) between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, and Tuesday morning 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, at Gangemi Funeral Home (Broad & Wolf). A funeral mass will be held at St. Monica Church (17th & Ritner) on Tuesday (Nov. 11) at 10:00 AM.




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