Two Dates and a Dash Podcast

Two Dates and a Dash Episode 9: Hall of Fame Boxing Promoter J Russell Peltz

Episode Summary

Dubbed “The Boy Wonder,” the 22-year old promoted his first bout on Sept. 30, 1969, featuring Bennie Briscoe in the main event at the Blue Horizon. Since then, Peltz has become one of boxing’s most consistent promoters and is synonymous with Philadelphia boxing and, in particular, the Blue Horizon, where he promoted bouts for 32 years. Peltz also served as Director of Boxing at the Philadelphia Spectrum from 1973 to 1980. The crowd of 16,019 for the WBC junior lightweight title fight at The Spectrum in l976 set the record for the largest crowd ever to watch boxing indoors in Pennsylvania history, while the 14,930 who saw Briscoe vs. Hagler in 1978 is the largest crowd indoors for a non-world championship contest. Peltz has promoted cards at many other Philadelphia venues, including the old 7,000-seat Arena at 46th & Market Street, the Arts Palace at Broad & Pine Streets, as well as the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, his current home. In addition to Philadelphia, Peltz has promoted boxing matches at nearly every casino in Atlantic City. Among the fighters who boxed on Peltz-promoted cards include Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, Willie “The Worm” Monroe, Stanley “Kitten” Hayward, Marvin Johnson, Alfredo Escalera, Mike Rossman, Billy "Dynamite" Douglas, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver as well as Hall-of-Famers Jeff Chandler, Bobby Chacon, Orlando Canizales, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, George Benton, Emile Griffith, Michael Spinks, Thomas Hearns, Aaron Pryor, Pernell Whitaker, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Peltz was honored with the James J. Walker Award for “Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing” by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1999. Noted for his ingenuity for making great matches, Peltz follows in the great tradition of Philadelphia boxing promoter Herman Taylor. In addition to promoting, Peltz is an avid boxing historian and archivist.

Episode Notes

Dubbed “The Boy Wonder,” the 22-year old promoted his first bout on Sept. 30, 1969, featuring Bennie Briscoe in the main event at the Blue Horizon. Since then, Peltz has become one of boxing’s most consistent promoters and is synonymous with Philadelphia boxing and, in particular, the Blue Horizon, where he promoted bouts for 32 years. Peltz also served as Director of Boxing at the Philadelphia Spectrum from 1973 to 1980.
The crowd of 16,019 for the WBC junior lightweight title fight at The Spectrum in l976 set the record for the largest crowd ever to watch boxing indoors in Pennsylvania history, while the 14,930 who saw Briscoe vs. Hagler in 1978 is the largest crowd indoors for a non-world championship contest.
Peltz has promoted cards at many other Philadelphia venues, including the old 7,000-seat Arena at 46th & Market Street, the Arts Palace at Broad & Pine Streets, as well as the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, his current home. In addition to Philadelphia, Peltz has promoted boxing matches at nearly every casino in Atlantic City.
Among the fighters who boxed on Peltz-promoted cards include Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, Willie “The Worm” Monroe, Stanley “Kitten” Hayward, Marvin Johnson, Alfredo Escalera, Mike Rossman, Billy "Dynamite" Douglas, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver as well as Hall-of-Famers Jeff Chandler, Bobby Chacon, Orlando Canizales, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, George Benton, Emile Griffith, Michael Spinks, Thomas Hearns, Aaron Pryor, Pernell Whitaker, Roberto Duran and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Peltz was honored with the James J. Walker Award for “Long and Meritorious Service to Boxing” by the Boxing Writers Association of America in 1999. Noted for his ingenuity for making great matches, Peltz follows in the great tradition of Philadelphia boxing promoter Herman Taylor.
In addition to promoting, Peltz is an avid boxing historian and archivist.