Few people are more synonymous with Philadelphia boxing than J Russell Peltz. Peltz, a promoter for over 50 years, helped define boxing in Philly.
He put on legendary shows at the iconic Blue Horizon and ushered in Philly's "Golden Era" at the Spectrum. Bennie Briscoe, Jeff Chandler, and Bernard Hopkins were just a few of the hundreds of boxers he put on cards through the years, and with an almost freakish recall of specifics, he remembers the highs and lows of the boxing game in his new book, 30 Dollars and a Cut Eye. Whether you love boxing or just love characters from Philly, this book is well worth a read.
And if you want to learn more, J Russell spoke with Reef and Johnny about the book and about his 5 decades in boxing. He's got incredible stories.