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I'VE GOT THE SCORING
AND HERE IT IS
A TRIBUTE TO ED DERIAN
BY J RUSSELL PELTZ

Tyrone Everett had just finished cleaning Alfredo Escalera’s clock for most of the 15 rounds they fought and ring announcer Ed Derian grabbed the microphone to read the scores.  It was Nov. 30, 1976, at The Spectrum in Philadelphia and Escalera’s WBC junior lightweight title belt was mere seconds from being transferred to Everett’s waist.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the scoring as follows:  Judge Lou Tress has scored it 145 Escalera, 143 Everett.”  Boos rained down from every corner of the building. 

I stood there at the ring, my hands on the canvas, and I... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

ED DERIAN PASSES
A TRIBUTE BY
BERNARD FERNANDEZ

Most fight fans didn’t know his real name, which is probably just as well because they probably wouldn’t have been able to spell or pronounce it in any case. So the man with the velvety-smooth tones who came into this world as Setrha Ejdaharian --- he was proud of his Armenian heritage, and never considered legally changing his name – chose to call himself Ed Derian for professional purposes.

For the better part of four decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away on Sept. 26 at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

BRISCOE AWARDS
TEE SHIRTS
NOW AVAILABLE

Get your official Briscoe Awards Tee shirt now! The shirts are black, 100% cotton, and feature a classic image of Bennie Briscoe on the front. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL & 3XL, while supplies last.  Order yours today. $20 each plus $5 shipping. Order now and get a FREE 2-sided Briscoe Awards event poster. We take credit card, PayPal, check, money order or cash. Click the following link for details. (INFO)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

MCHUNU ROUTS WILSON;
DARGAN
RISES FOR KO

Cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu won a 10-round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Garrett Wilson to retain his NABF 200-pound title Saturday afternoon at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT.  The fight was the main event of a nationally televised double header by NBC.

Mchunu proved too skilled and powerful for Wilson, who chased the South African for ten full rounds, but could not land well enough to change the course of the fight.  Mchunu used his tricky southpaw style and an impressive array of power shots to control the action and repeatedly hurt Wilson.    (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

DAWEJKO WINS
IN 1ST AGAIN

For the second fight in row, Joey Dawejko roared out of his corner to score a quick, first round knockout, offering further proof that the Philly heavyweight has turned a new leaf in his career and appears set to finally reach his potential as a professional fighter.  The abbreviated bout was the scheduled 8-round main event at Harrah's Chester. 

His victim on Friday night was a massive Californian named Yohan Banks, who came into the fight with a 51-pound weight advantage and a 5-inch edge in height.  Despite these physical advantages, the 288-pound, six-foot-three-inch Banks, only fared well during the pre-fight stare down photo op, when he... (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

WRIGHT WINS DEBUT
BUT SPARROW STEALS THE SHOW

The Tuesday Night Fights Pro-Am boxing series returned to the 2300 Arena on September 16th. In the main event, Donte Wright won his professional debut, but it was Philadelphia's Avery Sparrow (pictured) who stole the show in his second start with an impressive first round knockout of a much more experienced opponent. In all, three professional fights and five amateur bouts made up this second edition of the series.

Amateur standout Donte Wright, Philadelphia, escaped his professional debut with a close 4-round majority decision over New York's Lionel Charles... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

DYNAMITE DARGAN HOLDS MEDIA WORKOUT

Rising lightweight prospect Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, 16-0, 8 KOs, and his trainer Brother Naazim Richardson held an open media workout on Thursday at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in West Philadelphia.  Dargan is slated to face Angino Perez, 17-5, 15 KOs, September 20th, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT.  The 10-round bout is for the Junior NABF lightweight title and will be nationally televised on network television by NBC. 

Dargan was an outstanding amateur, before beginning his professional... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
 
 
   

WILSON READY TO RECLAIM
NABF TITLE ON TV

Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson, 13-7-1, 7 KOs, held an open workout Wednesday in advance of his nationally televised main event with South African Thabiso Mchunu, 16-1, 11 KOs, scheduled for September 20th, at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT.  The 10-round bout will be televised on NBC network TV, in a special Saturday afternoon boxing telecast. 

For Wilson, it will be his first fight in ten months, after an Achilles’ injury forced a cancellation of this same match up, when it was originally... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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