Sterling Silliphant was a private student of my father's. They were also close friends and collaborated on writing projects together. I love reading the experiences that others had with my father. These photos were taken at the Long Beach Internationals where my father was "discovered". I am still amazed at the force of his 1" punch which literally put it's recipient in his seat and pushed him back several feet.
A portion from a Sterling Silliphant interview is included with the picture. It reads:
"Bruce was able to punch from half an inch away and grind anybody through the wall
because he had such complete torque, such a dynamic turning axis and such an explosive
pin-pointing of energy. His whole body and half the bloody universe was behind every
punch. He could even place his hand against you and achieve the same result. I mean,
if he struck you in the face from a quarter-inch away, he could make it sound as if he'd
hit you with a baseball bat. And he could punch with either hand with equal power."