Bennie Briscoe, one of the best middleweight boxers ever produced in Philadelphia, died this afternoon, according to longtime boxing promoter J Russell Peltz.

In an e-mail, Peltz said he was notified of the death by Briscoe's wife, Karen.

Briscoe was 67. He was a native of Augusta, Ga., who fought professionally in Philly.

Briscoe's career spanned from 1966 to '82. His record was 66-24-5, with 53 knockouts. He was knocked out only once.

In an e-mail, Peltz described Briscoe as "one of the best to never win a world title [when world titles meant something] and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia [the 1970s]."

The cause of death is not known.