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Unhealthy Bennie: Carlos Monzon Faces “Unhealthy” Bennie Briscoe – Hannibal Boxing

The next is an excerpt from Don Stradley’s guide, A Fistful of Homicide: The Fights and Crimes of Carlos Monzon.


Bennie Briscoe was such a badass that Monzon intentionally modified his type for his or her November 11, 1972, bout in Buenos Aires. To keep away from Briscoe’s brute power, Monzon turned a slash-and-move artist, slipping across the ring with shocking magnificence, raking Briscoe with counter photographs and mixtures. Briscoe lastly caught Monzon within the ninth, touchdown a brief proper that shocked the champion and made him maintain on. Aside from that, and an on the spot within the fourteenth when Briscoe landed one other good proper, the night time was Monzon’s. He placed on a stunning show of boxing and earned a unanimous fifteen-round resolution. “Monzon is a superb champion,” Briscoe mentioned. “He clearly received.” Certainly, Monzon had painted a masterpiece.

“To me it proved Monzon’s greatness as a result of he was in a position to neutralize Bennie,” mentioned Briscoe’s Philadelphia promoter, J Russell Peltz.

Greater than 4 many years later, the struggle remains to be memorable for Peltz. “It was the primary weigh-in I’d been to that become a mob scene. There have been two or three thousand individuals, and a police barricade. I couldn’t consider it. Then, for some purpose Monzon took his finger and made circles round Bennie’s nipples. He was simply playing around. Bennie would’ve punched a man for doing that, however I feel Bennie was intimidated by the scenario. And within the struggle, he was intimidated by the referee who saved warning him.

“I used to be in that nook when he damage Monzon, and the complete first row, Sabbatini and people individuals, regarded like they have been going to swallow their cigarettes. And Monzon, I may see him clearly from the place I sat; he regarded like he would possibly throw up. However who is aware of what would’ve occurred if Bennie knocked him out. Possibly we wouldn’t have gotten out of there.”

The struggle had been a type of Argentine taking place. Even Argentine president Basic Alejandro Lanusse bought concerned within the hype, inviting the fighters to have lunch with him on the presidential palace and posing with them for images.

But this was additionally the struggle that created some suspicion of Monzon in America, with tales of Argentine officers defending their champion, even confiscating a jar of reduce salve from Briscoe’s nook, and forcing Briscoe’s handlers to take a seat a full eight toes from the ring. Referee Victor Avendano was one other level of controversy. Not solely did the Argentine promoter make use of him, however he’d as soon as been noticed carrying Monzon’s bag. “Individuals mentioned the officers have been all working for Monzon, and the scoring was ridiculous. I don’t suppose they gave Bennie the ninth when he had Monzon damage,” mentioned Peltz. “However there was little question Monzon received.”

The disgrace of the accusations was that Monzon hadn’t wanted safety. He fought an attractive struggle. Even Briscoe remained an admirer. “He was an excellent fighter, tall and arduous to hit,” Briscoe mentioned. “There weren’t many guys who may field in addition to Monzon.” Monzon, not one to reward opponents, by no means missed an opportunity to go with Briscoe. “My God,” Monzon as soon as mentioned. “What a head of stone—and a giant coronary heart!”

As 1972 become 1973, Monzon offered himself to the world as a doting father and a proud household man. He’d additionally launched into a type of mad spending spree, decided to erase his previous as a poor boy sleeping on the ground of a shack. He owned a 1,750-acre ranch in San Javier, full with cattle, sheep, and horses, plus a group of high-priced firearms imported from Italy. He purchased homes for his dad and mom and his spouse’s dad and mom. He owned eight flats in Buenos Aires, and 4 in Santa Fe. He owned a Fiat 128, and a yellow and black Lutteral, a custom-made Argentine sports activities automotive with a klaxon horn (or, because it’s higher recognized, an “ahooga” horn). He was additionally constructing a brand new house in Santa Fe. He had closets crammed with costly fits, a whole lot of custom-made shirts and neckties, and allegedly a pair of sneakers for every single day of the yr.

To the skin world, Monzon had all of it.

Then his spouse shot him.