View Full Version : R.I.P. - George Benton


hhascup
09-19-2011, 11:25 AM
I just received this from John DiSanto:

All,
George Benton died this morning, September 19, 2011 at 3:40 AM, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Philly. He had been in the hospital the past few weeks battling pneumonia, although I am not certain of the official cause of death. No funeral arrangements have been made yet, but I will keep you posted once I hear.

Benton was a great fighter, trainer, and one of the true legends of Philadelphia boxing. He will be greatly missed.

Below is a link to my obituary of Benton, which was run on PhillyBoxngHistory.com this morning.

http://www.phillyboxinghistory.com/fight_stories/stories/2011/20110919_benton_passes_01.htm

Thank you,
John DiSanto
Philly Boxing History (.com)
609-377-6413
johndisanto@comcast.net

NChristo
09-19-2011, 11:30 AM
****, ****, ****.

Rest in peace, an amazing man and a legend.

Didn't know he was in hospital, my wishes go to his family.

The Smash
09-19-2011, 01:34 PM
Massive, massive shame.

IronDanHamza
09-19-2011, 01:39 PM
R.I.P To one of my all time favourite fighters.

crold1
09-19-2011, 01:41 PM
The most underrated trainer of the modern era, he developed Whitaker and Holyfield, my two favorite fighters growing up and was a bad apple in the ring.

MJ223
09-19-2011, 01:46 PM
R.I.P. Mr. Benton

joe strong
09-19-2011, 01:51 PM
R.I.P george...will never forget the look on his face when golota had his meltdown during the 2nd bowe fight

Harry Balls
09-19-2011, 01:52 PM
he had a great mind for boxing. True defensive genius.

This is sad to hear. Rest in peace.

SuperVillain
09-19-2011, 01:54 PM
wow. first became aware of him in the corners of pea and holyfield. found out that he was one of the best middleweights never to be champion later on.


quite the lil' floyd progenitor, too.

jabsRstiff
09-19-2011, 01:58 PM
One of the all time best representatives of the sport.

R.I.P. to my fellow Philadelphian, and to a true legend.

The Surgeon
09-19-2011, 02:11 PM
Damn shame...

R.I.P George

joseph5620
09-19-2011, 03:48 PM
The most underrated trainer of the modern era, he developed Whitaker and Holyfield, my two favorite fighters growing up and was a bad apple in the ring.



Yes. Whitaker always gave credit to Benton for shaping him into the fighter he became after Benton left his corner following a dispute with Duva(I believe it was the Duva's). I always loved listening to his instructions in the corner.

TBear
09-19-2011, 05:02 PM
He will be missed. RIP GEORGE BENTON!

tyger
09-20-2011, 02:39 AM
Great trainer too. Man made many contributions to the sport. My thoughts are for his family, friends and fans.

Forza
09-20-2011, 02:51 AM
R.i.p sir you will be missed

Obama
09-20-2011, 03:15 AM
One of history's most avoided fighters. And defensively one of the very best. If his offense was half as good he'd be an all time great hands down.