Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1977 · Page 59
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Philadelphia Daily News from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · Page 59

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Monday, May 23, 1977
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French cartoonist Dero depicts Philadelphia middleweight Bernie Briscoe as he is known in France as "Le Robot Noir" (The Black Robot) because of his pounding style of attack. Ds Psftp)in)ed By TOM CUSHMAN An ailing Bennie Briscoe has forced postponement of tonight's boxing card at the Spectrum. Briscoe came up with stomach disorder early this morning and rather than jeopardize hs chances at a rematch for the middleweight championship, the bout with Willie Warren will be rescheduled. Pronioter J. Russell Peltz said the combatants will meet later today to arrange a new date, probably within the next few days. Meanwhile Briscoe, whose frequent journeys to the European continent in recent years have left him as something of an authority on life and good times in France, would not recommend December as the ideal month to visit that country. "Too cold," Bennie explained the other day, while recalling his trip to Nice last December and, in particular, the night he boxed 10 rounds with Willie Warren. "The building where the fight was held almost looks like something left over from World War II, like it had been gutted," Bennie added. "Cold air blew in right off the streets. The dressing room, the whole arena, was like an icebox It took me until the eighth or ninth round to get warmed-up." On the subject of French cuisine, Bennie suggests that you scratch the dining room at the hotel where his group was lodged. "It was a cheap place, the kind you get when the promoter makes the arrangements," he says. "They had kids doing the cooking and the food was so bad I stopped eating. I probably lost three r four pounds in the days before the fight.. I didn't feel strong like I usually do." BENNIE BRISCOE and his trainer, George Benton, believe that the above factors combined to produce Briscoe's lethargic performance over the early rounds of a bout that eventually ended in a draw. "Bennie had no consistency that evening," Benton says. "It would seem like he was starting to come on, then he'd drop off again. He finally got it going the last two rounds . . . killed Warren over the last two. The draw was tantamount to a purple heart, a reward for Willie staying in there." But the draw is in the books, and it is one that must be postdated by a win over the same opponent if Bennie Briscoe is to be granted a third shot at the world middleweight championship (in a bout penciled-in for next fall). If there was not the result of the Nice fight to sow doubt, the outcome would seem obvious. Warren, although 38-30-2 overall, has not won since June of 1974, is 0-7-1 since that time. There is the additional fact that Briscoe kayoed Willie in seven rounds at Atlantic City in the summer of 73. But there is also Nice, and the fact that Briscoe, at 34, is a fighter whose regression already seems overdue. There is also the point that Willie Warren, despite the availability of his chin, was a problem for Briscoe even in the Atlantic City match four years ago (a cut brought about the premature ending). "He's a good, tough fighter," Bennie says. If Bennie is successful with Warren, he has been promised a match with the winner of the July 9 battle between Vadez and Carlos Monzon, the WBC and WBA champions, respectively Won., May 23, 1977 Phila. Daily Newg 5- Pastorini's Boat Kills Girl, 13 LIBERTY, Tex. (UPD A speedboat piloted by Houston Oiler quarterback Dan Pastorini went out of control during a race on Lake Liberty yesterday and crashed into a crowd, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring four other persons. Pastorini was not injured. Liberty County Sheriff C. L. 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