Both Briscoe and Harris had outstanding amateur careers boxing for the
23rd PAL in North Philly, starting in the early 60's. They started pro at welterweight with a host of other top notch Philly 147 lbers like Kitten Hayward, Percy Manning, Dick Turner, Johnny Knight etc.
Harris was the Quaker City's biggest box-office attraction with his flamboyant moves and machine gun combinations against Briscoe's steady, straight ahead brutal, body attack. Briscoe at the time was a sort of villain in town and wasn't the fan favorite that he would become under Russell Peltz' direction. Both guys put on additional poundage at the same time and would at anytime during the '60's have made a sensational
Philadelphia classic match-up. Why the match was never made is a puzzle. A few of us once cornered promoter Lou Lucchese and asked him to put them together and he just winked and said he would try but it never happened.
Briscoe was trained by Quinzell McCall and Gypsy was handled by Yank Durham and Willie Reddish.
Anybody want to give their opinion on the outcome of this one that never happened but definately should have.