It was another successful event with people wall to wall as the 6th Annual Briscoe Awards were presented on Sunday by www.PhillyBoxingHistory.com editor John DiSanto at the Ring One VBA building in the Port Richmond section of Philly marking the top accomplishments in 2012 by Philly and area fighters.
Former Philadelphia legend “Bad” Bennie Briscoe was always known for being the perfect example of the “Philly fighter” and DiSanto has been handing out look a-like bronze statues of Briscoe since 2008. The Port Richmond section of North Philly is the site of this event every October for the previous year’s winners.
WBA Super and WBC light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia was the winner for “Fighter of the Year” for the second straight year. Garcia’s defeating Erik Morales for WBC title and a knockout defense along with stopping Amir Kahn for the WBA title more than earned Garcia the award. Garcia was not in attendance due to leaving for Lima, Peru, on the same day along with his father-trainer Angel and his brother Eric for the WBA Convention. Trainer Jose Figueroa of the DSG gym accepted the award for Garcia.
Steve “USS” Cunningham received the “Performance of the Year” medal for his rematch with Tomasz Adamek at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The “KO of the Year” winner for the second straight years was “The Ultimate Warrior” Garrett Wilson for his 12th and final round knockout of Andres Taylor.
The “Prospect of the Year” medal went to the former USBA heavyweight champion Bryant “By By” Jennings,now the unbeaten heavyweight contender. He went from a 10-0 boxer to No. 3 in the USBA rankings in winning and then vacating that title in quest of a world title bout. “Rookie of the Year” went to former National GG champion and now unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart. Hart’s acceptance was via film from Las Vegas with his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. Accepting his medal was his legendary knockout artist Philly’s Eugene “Cyclone” Hart.
Receiving Briscoe awards for “Fight of the Year” were Jennings and Maurice Byarm in a heavyweight thriller at the Aslyum Arena in South Philly for the PA heavyweight title. Both were unbeaten at the time in this very closely scored contest.
The “Amateur of the Year” medal was won by Rasheen Brown who trains at the Shuler Gym in West Philly owned and operated by Buster Custus who took the stage with Brown. The “Everett Brothers” award to amateur boxer Stephen Fulton, Jr., and presented by the late legendary Tyrone Everett’s brothers Mike and Eddie Everett, who both boxed as professionals.
A boxing art exhibit was held in the second floor with paintings of numerous Philadelphia boxers. In attendance were former WBA bantamweight champion “Joltin” Jeff Chandler and light middleweight title challenger Stanley ‘Kitten” Hayward who both had exhibits on display the past two years. Ring announcer Larry Tornambe served as announcer of the ceremonies. DiSanto’s wife Jennifer did her usual great job of making sure all the free food was available along with many other untold duties that made the event a success. Numerous sponsors helped support DiSanto and his efforts.