Who is Ed Binney?
Ed Binney was an African American boxer who was the colored middleweight champion of the wWorld in the Gay Nineties. Born Edward Phinney in Washington, D.C., the 5'9" middleweight fought out of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts during his career. He was known a clever fighter whose punch carried a sting.
He defeated Johnny Banks, the former Negro middleweight champion of the world, in Boston in a 16 round decision. They had been scheduled to box 13 rounds, but the fight was scored a draw after the 13th. Another three rounds were tacked onto the bout and Binney won the fight.
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