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Old 02-24-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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Default KO King.. Elley Bennett

Following the theme of tragic men, with gold in their gloves, and a life missing the sparkle, Elley Bennett is another who fits the picture.

Aboriginal KO machine, Elley Bennett was born at Pialba, QLD April 3, 1924. Just a year before his hero, Ron Richards had his first tent fight. Elley grew up with dreams of emulating the career of Ron, and in many ways, both careers were the same. The final result in life, a definate draw.

As a child, he tried his hand at any work available for an Aboriginal boy. Typically, all involved manual labour, bullock driving and cane cutting being a standard bread winner.

After a fruitless earlt attempt in the punch-for-pay arena, Elley finally struck some success, and via Stan McBride, was enticed to Brisbane to train under the eye of Snowy Hill, formerly a Qld champ. With three quick KO's in '46 Snowy was certain Elley Bennett was a force to be reckoned with, a potential champion. Snowy also felt the effects of Elley's punching power, suffering a single body blow in training, which left the trainer with breathing difficulties for months.

In 1947 after a string of KO's, Elley battled Val Newman for the Qld Bantamweight title, a mere formailty for Bennett, and the beginning of what should appear the road to greatness.

In April, 1948, Elley toppled National Bantam Champ Mick Francis in 3 rounds. The same Mick Francis was a KO machine himself, defending his crown 4 times via the KO route, before relinquishing the title, and sailing to England. Sadly for Mick, upon return to our shores, he again was appointed champ, and sent to neverland via the iron fists of Elley.

For Bennett, the world was almost upon him, boxing well before dispensing Philipino Little Paras, sending Emile Famechon to bed early twice, as well as Emile's countryman, Jean Jouas. By the time Elley had his first Sydney appearence, he was already rated the worlds #7 Bantam. For this particular fight, Cecil Schoomaker had the misfortune of having a 3-1 betting favour for himself. Cecil was a schooled boxer, evasive and sharp. Looking the googs for the first half of the fight, Cecil become careless, Elley tagged him in the 6th round, and Cecil never heard the count.

Come 1950, Bennett again faced the biggest names in contention. Firstly, Ernesto Aquilar, the man who'd been the distance of 15 rounds with brilliant Carloz Ortiz a few years prior. This time, Bennett lost on points over 12 rounds. Former champ, Harold dade was another foe for Bennett, who would lose again via the points route.

Settling back, and facing Ray 'Mustard' Coleman, a tough guy with 100 fights to his name, for the national Feather crown, Elley had lost the fight in all eyes after 14 rounds. For Elley, a one punch KO artist, time was nigh..... a two punch combo send Coleman into dreamland, and the Feather crown was the reward.

At the time, a skinny southpaw was making noise throughout the country in the Bantam division. Never one to train religiously, having to boil down to make the weight, took its toll on Elley, and the 'skinny' southpaw took the points over 15 rounds... the following year, the same 'skinny' southpaw took the World Bantamweight title from Vic Toweel.. KO1. This or course, was our first recognised World Champ, Jimmy Carruthers.

Elley returned to meet Ray Coleman again, in defence of the feather title, again KO15 was the result, although, the police ordered the fight to cease...Next defence was the same result against gentleman 'Bluey' Wilkins, this time without police intervention. . Bluey had the misfortune of meeting Bennett 5 times in his career, including a 9th round KO victory over a drained Bennet, whilst Ray Coleman lasted the distance with Jimmy Carruthers.

In 1954, the battles against the weight had taken its toll, relinguishing his Australian Featherweight Title. For Elley Bennett, a career tally of 44 wins (40KO's) against 11 losses, his standing in the record books is limited. Suggestions of a World Title shot against Vic Toweel had circulated... the dissapointing colour-bar had aparently been raised, ensuring Toweel a painless defence against Carruthers, painless due to the fact Vic was rendered useless after the first punch.

For Bennett, the pains had just begun. Have made a small fortune, and hitting the bottle, he still followed his dream of buying a fishing trawler, the venture failed dramatically. Legend has it, he deliberately sunk the boat, quicker than a bottle, and continued the booze with terrible effect.

Nothing went well for Elley, his own son was sentence to life in prison, and Elley, having been locked up for drunkeness over 50 times, was to meet his death in Bundaberg, 1981. Trevor King, a former oponent mentioned his last meeting, "I'll never forget it, there was this pathetic little man, his mind all jumbled and dribbling at the mouth. When they let me in to see him, he put his arms around me and cried like a little baby"

The greats who knew Elley Bennett, always spoke of him with a great mixture of emotion, admiration and regret. Those who experienced his power, spoke of the same man who 'The Ring' magazine rated as the P4P hardest puncher of the era.

Elley Bennett is still considered by many, as the Hardest puncher in the history of the game... and those who suggest it, are those who felt his sting... even though Elley would be smiling at the same time.

For Elley Bennett, he managed to emulate the same as Ron Richards, sadly, the greatest comparison is post career.


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Good read flamengo.
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:14 PM   #3
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Like all great big bangers, Elleys's fights were eagerly awaited.
In today's world of Hype & honing he would have been a sensation of legendary proportions.
Great read .
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Only the other day ATIGEROFOLD was saying (on the Question Quiz thread) that Lionel Rose had told him once that Elly was the greatest, and his father (who also fought) had told him exactly the same thing.
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Like all great big bangers, Elleys's fights were eagerly awaited.
In today's world of Hype & honing he would have been a sensation of legendary proportions.
Great read .
Dont know enough about this era of boxing but his story and record look good.

Talk about ko'kings Edwin Valero has 24 ko's for 24 fights and his last 7 fights are aginst top 7 to 15 fighters.....most of the 24 ko come in the first round....look out for this guy....he fights again on the 4th of April on the same card as rocky
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Thanks Flamengo, good read
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Old 02-25-2009, 04:32 AM   #7
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Dont thank me guys, I get enough enjoyment writing the stuff..... with a cold bourban.

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Dont know enough about this era of boxing but his story and record look good.

Talk about ko'kings Edwin Valero has 24 ko's for 24 fights and his last 7 fights are aginst top 7 to 15 fighters.....most of the 24 ko come in the first round....look out for this guy....he fights again on the 4th of April on the same card as rocky
You're on the money there me boy.
I think he had 19 straight 1st round KO's.

Ruben Olivaries was one of my all time favorites, Edwin looks like joining him.

This kid had a bad accident & had a plate inserted in his head, & was banned from fighting on US soil.
He recently acquired his US license.
His next fight will be his 1st since the ban some 5 years ago.
He is a dynamo
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As much as I'm a fan of Valeros he's wide open and will get ko'd as soon as he faces a quality boxer.
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As much as I'm a fan of Valeros he's wide open and will get ko'd as soon as he faces a quality boxer.
Dunno about that mate. Lefty's in general always tend to fight "wide" & it's my opinion that is why they are hated. There's always bait hanging & the mindset of opponents is to grab it.
His chin has been tested a few time & he's been sat down.

I've never been one to "sweat on" big punchers being beaten, because they all eventually are, but Edwin has been in the deep end a few times now & has still prevailed.
It's a difficult row to hoe when you are getting hit with energy draining bone shakers round after round. It's hard to muster the strength to KO these blokes. & even the very gooduns have this problem.
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