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BIG CHANGES USHER IN NEW CHAPTER FOR DANNY GARCIA

After dipping his toe into the post-140-pound pool in his past two catch-weight starts, former junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 30-0, 17 KOs, is set to fully embrace the welterweight division on August 1st at the Barclay’s Center.  In his fifth trip to Brooklyn, Garcia will face former two-time champ and hometown hero Paulie Malignaggi, 33-6, 7 KOs, in a 12-round, 147-pound bout to be nationally televised by ESPN as part of the Premiere Boxing Champions series. 

Rising to welterweight represents a big change for Garcia, but... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

GARCIA & CUNNINGHAM HOLD JOINT MEDIA WORKOUT

Danny Garcia and Steve Cunningham held adjoining media workouts Wednesday in advance of their separate nationally televised PBC fights, both scheduled for August. The double-exhibition was held at Garcia’s DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. 

Cunningham, 28-7, 13 KOs, a former two-time cruiserweight champion, faces former multi-champion Antonio Tarver, 31-6, 22 KOs, in a 12-round heavyweight fight on August 14th, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The fight... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

WEBSTER SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT

In the nationally televised co-main event, Glassboro middleweight Derrick Webster suffered his first loss as a pro Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Rising Russian Arif Magomedov won the battle of undefeated prospects with wide-margin unanimous 10-round decision.

It was a difficult night for the towering 160-pounder from NJ. Webster struggled to keep the hard-rushing Magomedov from steam-rolling him and only managed to fight in spurts while the Russian was aggressive and busy throughout the fight.   (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

SHABRANSKYY BATTLES BACK FOR TKO

Cruiserweight Vyacheslav Shabran-skyy battled back from the brink of disaster Tuesday night to stop Paul Parker in his main event against Paul Parker at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. The LA-based puncher pulled himself off the floor twice in round one and averted a big upset by somehow surviving the round. Parker pounded away but ran out of time in the opening round. After that Parker's window closed quickly and Shabranskyy took control of the fight. Parker tired badly and couldn't lay a glove on Shabranskyy beginning in round two.

In round three Shabranskyy's power punches started taking their toll, and it became obvious that the end was near.  (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

WILSON
CRUSHES
SMITH

Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson violently acquired the vacant PA state championship with a jolting third round right uppercut that dropped Anthony Caputo Smith in their main event bout at the Valley Forge Casino on Saturday night. Smith struggled to rise but failed to beat the count of referee Shawn Clark. The time of the KO was 1:41 of round three.

The match was a highly anticipated fight between two gentlemanly but rugged local warriors and was expected to generate some exciting ring action. As expected, the pair went right at each other... (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

DEPENDABLE WARRIORS SET TO CLASH

Saturday night two of Philly's most dependable warriors will face off in a 10-round bout for the vacant PA State cruiserweight championship. Kennett Square's Anthony Caputo Smith and South Philadelphian Garrett Wilson both have earned their reputations as serious crowd pleasers, and pairing them against each other only figures to give local fans exactly what they like in their ring action. There are no guarantees in boxing, but Wilson vs. Smith is about as close as you can get.  (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

REFEREE FRANK CAPPUCCINO PASSES

Prominent and popular boxing referee Frank Cappuccino passed away this morning, June 8th, at age 86.  Cappuccino was born Frank Capcino on February 7, 1929, and grew up in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.  Along with older brother Vic Capcino, who also recently passed away (May 13, 2015), the younger Capcino was an amateur boxer during the 1940s.  Frank turned professional in 1949 and fought just three times as a pro welterweight, winning all three by 4-round decision at South Philly’s Toppi Stadium.  

In 1958, Frank became a referee and for the next fifty... (MORE)

   











 

 
                 
 
 
   

LOCALS
NIGEL COLLINS
& STEVE SMOGER TO ENTER INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME SUNDAY

Congratulations go out to Nigel Collins and Steve Smoger, both of whom will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 14th. Both Collins and Smoger are from the Philadelphia area and have served our local boxing scene for decades, as well as having a worldwide impact on the sport of boxing.

Collins was born in England in 1946 and began writing about boxing for The Ring in 1973 as a Philadelphia and Atlantic City correspondent... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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