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ANTHONY FLETCHER RELEASED FROM PRISON

Former lightweight contender Anthony Fletcher was released from the State Correctional Institution - Phoenix, in Collegeville, PA (formerly called Graterford Prison), after 28 years of incarceration. Much of his time was spent on "death row".

In 1992, Fletcher was involved with the shooting death of Vaughn Christopher on a Southwest Philly street. The following year, Fletcher was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death. However, Fletcher always maintained that the shooting occurred in self defense during a physical struggle with Christopher. So for many years, from his death row cell, Anthony tried to... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CANCER CLAIMS EARTHQUAKE MOORE

Southwest Philly junior welterweight Paul "Earthquake" Moore passed away on January 15th after a four-year battle with colon cancer. His modest 2-8-1 professional boxing career gave way to a longtime job with the Philadelphia City Streets Department and a religious life as an Associate Minister at his beloved local church. He was also dedicated to community service in his SW neighborhood and is credited with numerous programs designed to help others. Moore was 62.

Born in 1959, Moore's boxing resume boasts the names of a number of fine boxers of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

A SLICKSTER
WITH SUBSTANCE:
PHILADELPHIA'S TYRONE CRAWLEY

Story & Interview by Greg Smith

[EDITOR'S NOTE: Back in 2004, during the early years of this website, Greg Smith did an extended interview and story on Tyrone Crawley for the now defunct website FightWorld.us. Smith also offered his story to PhillyBoxingHistory.com for publication. With Crawley's recent passing, at age 62, it is the perfect time to reissue he piece as a tribute to Crawley.]

Philadelphia is the ultimate blue-collar fight town... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

PRICE WINS REMATCH BY TKO

Sicklerville’s Dylan “The Real Dyl” Price (12-0, 9 KOs, 1 NC) rematched with Mexican Samuel Gutierrez (16-28-6) in the six-round bantamweight main event at the Elevations Event Center in Chester, PA Saturday night. In their previous 2019 contest, Price boxed his way to an eight-round unanimous decision. However, in this meeting the unbeaten bantam won the fight by third-round TKO.

Price jabbed effectively in the first round and landed flurries of shots to the body of Gutierrez. However, Gutierrez didn’t back down. Instead he walked forward, landing some solid shots of his own. Price... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

TYRONE CRAWLEY
PASSES AT 62

Slick southpaw Tyrone Crawley Sr. passed away on January 15 after an extended illness. A fine lightweight contender in the 1980s, the "Butterfly" was ranked as high as #3 by The Ring, and #1 by the World Boxing Association. In 1986 he made a gallant challenge for the WBA 135-pound championship. Outside the ring, Crawley had a distinguished career as a Philadelphia Police Officer. He also trained his son, Tyrone Jr. during his 10-bout career.

Crawley Sr. turned professional at the Martin Luther King Arena in West Philly, October 24, 1980, with a 6-round decision over Isidro Ruiz. Crawley kept winning bouts and ran his record to 7-0... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

PROMOTER
MIKE ACRI PASSES

We received a call from J Russell Peltz on Tuesday with the sad news that Erie, PA promoter Mike Acri had passed away in his sleep on Sunday, January 10th, after an extended illness. His death was not Covid-related. Acri was 63.

Acri promoted his first boxing show in 1982, and promoted or co-promoted approximately 162 shows in his career. Many of these were nationally televised on Pay-Per-View, HBO... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

PRICE STRIVES TO PUT HOMETOWN ON THE MAP

Despite being only twenty two years old, Dylan Price has had a ton of success in the fight game. As an amateur, he was a PAL national champion,  Junior Golden Gloves champion, USA youth champion, and in 2012 was voted as the most outstanding boxer at Junior Olympic Nationals. Floyd Mayweather Sr. took notice of Price's natural abilities and worked with him as a young fighter.

“It was a privilege to learn from Floyd Sr.," Price said. "He taught me a lot of things. I also got a chance to spend some time with Floyd Jr., who taught me a lot in and out of the ring”.   (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

CHARLES LOOKS TO STRIKE
FEAR IN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION

Philadelphia is a fighting town, and a city whose inhabitants must display toughness and grit to survive. Boxers who possess these traits are beloved in the City of Brotherly Love. Twenty year old Philly lightweight prospect Nafear “No Fear” Charles is currently undefeated at 5-0, with 5 TKO stoppage victories, all within the first two rounds. He is one of the lightweight division’s future stars. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nafear Charles had no choice but to be fearless. 

“My mother named me Nafear,” Charles said. “She named me that because she wanted me to have no fear. My entire... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

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