Famed Trainer George Benton Passes Away IBHOF Flag at Half Staff
CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of trainer George Benton. He passed away this morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Philadelphia. He was 78.
Hall of Fame Trainer George Benton
Born May 15, 1933 in Philadelphia, Benton was a top rated middleweight from 1949 to1970 who was known for his classic boxing skills. He posted a 61-13-1 (36 KOs) record and holds wins over Holly Mims, Lester Felton Joey Giardello and Jimmy Ellis. Following his pro career, he turned his attention to training and became known as “The Professor.” He orchestrated the strategy of Leon Spinks’ upset of Muhammad Ali and has imparted his boxing knowledge to such fighters as Evander Holyfield, Mike McCallum, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Rocky Lockridge, Michael Moorer and Johnny Bumphus. For 17 years, Benton worked together with Lou Duva and Main Events as the head trainer for many of their fighters. In 1989 and 1990 he was awarded “Trainer of the Year” honors by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
“George Benton was one of the most knowledgeable teachers in the sport of boxing,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning his passing.”
In 2001, Benton was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Name: George Benton
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5′ 9″ / 175cm
Boxing Record: 62-13-1; 37 KOs
He was born in 1933, one of eleven children. He grew up in Philadelphia and as a teenager discovered boxing. He turned pro at the age of 16 and by the 1950s and 60s he was a top rated middleweight contender.
George Benton was a smooth boxer with outstanding defensive skills. His famous philosophy on fighting was, "Win this fight, look good in the next one," which may explain why he neither was popular nor ever received a tile match. He posted wins over the likes of Joey Giardello and Jimmy Ellis and also fought Luis Rodriguez and Hurricane Carter. He retired in 1970.
However, Benton's association with boxing was hardly over and he turned his attention to training. He studied under Eddie Futch and was in Joe Frazier's corner for "The Thrilla in Manilla." He also orchestrated the strategy of Leon Spinks' upset of Muhammad Ali.
Known for his quiet demeanor, the "Professor" has imparted his boxing knowledge to such fighters as Evander Holyfield, Leon Spinks, Mike McCallum, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Rocky Lockridge and Johnny Bumphus.
For 17 years, Benton worked together with Lou Duva and Main Events as the head trainer for many of their fighters. In 1989, he was awarded with the John FX Condon Award for "Trainer of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
In 1989 and 1990, Benton was named "Trainer of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
In 2001, he was elected to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.
George Benton has a lifetime's worth of boxing wisdom that he imparts to the world's best fighters
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