The funeral for Mr. George Benton will take place on Monday at Christlike PG Faith Baptist Chrurch at 2901 N. 25th Street in North Philadelphia. A one-hour viewing will begin at 9 am, followed by an hour long memorial at 11 am. There is a strict "no pants rule" for women, as all women must wear a skirt or dress for admittance.
A legendary Philadelphia boxer and trainger, Mr. Benton died from pneumonia early Monday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was 78.
As a middleweight, Mr. Benton compiled a 62-13-1 record, with 37 knockouts, over a 21-year career that was highlighted by victories over future world champions Jimmy Ellis, Freddie Little, and Joey Giardello.
After his in-ring career, he went on to train some of the sport's top combatants, including Philadelphia's Bennie Briscoe and Joe Frazier as well as Evander Holyfield, Leon Spinks and Pernell Whitaker.