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The middleweight title was just out of his reach
Edwin Shrake
November 20, 1972
Philadelphia's tough little Bennie Briscoe captured Argentine hearts but could not catch Carlos Monzon
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November 20, 1972

The Middleweight Title Was Just Out Of His Reach

Philadelphia's tough little Bennie Briscoe captured Argentine hearts but could not catch Carlos Monzon

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Afterward Monzon got a telephone call from General Lanusse, president of Argentina, and was hugged by the governor of Santa Fe Province, which would not seem to hurt his chances in court. J. Russell Peltz stopped by to offer Monzon $150,000, plus South American television rights, to fight Briscoe in Philadelphia. "But that's crazy," said Amilcar Brusa, Monzon's manager. "Taxes in the United States, they cut your throat." He had also just been offered $100,000, tax-free, by Teddy Brenner to tight Rodrigo Valdes in Madison Square Garden, but Brusa is not eager to bring Monzon to the United States.

For the 29-year-old Briscoe, however, it's back to work at the city of Philadelphia, and back to looking for fights with people who would just as soon avoid him. "If we could get a shot at Monzon in the United States, I know I could beat him," Briscoe said. "But I don't think he'll want to risk it."

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