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HELP US GET A GRAVESTONE FOR
MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD

Like many heroes of Philadelphia boxing, former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad currently lies in an unmarked grave.  He was perhaps the most exciting fighter ever to come out this great fight town, and the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com is on a mission to honor the boxing idol, who passed away on May 25, 2014.    

“There will never be another fighter like Saad Muhammad,” said John DiSanto, founder and editor of PhillyBoxingHistory.com.  “His fights were so amazing.  As far as excitement, he was on a completely different level than anyone else I’ve ever seen – in Philly or outside of Philly.”  (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

STAGE PLAY
"GYPSY JOE HARRIS:
SON OF PHILADELPHIA" COMES TO TOWN FOR ONE SHOWING ONLY

Philadelphia - Anthony Molock’s stage play “Gypsy Joe Harris,” follows the life of Joe Harris, a man who rose to the pinnacle of the boxing world and just as quickly fell to the depths of despair and hopelessness.  The biographical story follows the ups-and-downs of the legendary boxer’s career and personal life.  This one night debut takes place on Saturday April 11, at 8:00 p.m., at the Ethical Society Center of Philadelphia.  

In the world premiere of Gypsy Joe Harris, Gypsy Joe is a man...   (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

JENNINGS PREPARING FOR BIG TRANSITIONS
TO COME

With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, Bryant Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, is cloistered away at training camp getting ready for the biggest fight of his life.  For Jennings, training is second nature, and is without question one of the hardest workers in the game.  However as he recently told me, training too hard may have hurt him in his last start, the fight that earned him a shot at the WBC belt. 

Of course Jennings went in a different direction and finds himself... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

CUNNINGHAM JOBBED AGAIN

For the better part of twelve rounds, Steve Cunningham out-boxed Vyacheslav Glazkov Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He started fast, built a substantial points lead, and withstood Glazkov's desperate late rally to turn the fight around. Cunningham appeared to fade a bit at the end, but after the full twelve, there was no question that he had done plenty to win the fight, earn a mandatory shot heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, and bring home what he had called the biggest bout of his career.

However, things rarely play out as expected in the career of Steve Cunningham. When Michael Buffer read the official scores, it was like deja vu all over again for the hard-luck heavyweight from West Philly.   (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

BOXING IN PHILADELPHIA
   
A BOOK EXCERPT BY GABE OPPENHEIM

New boxing books are released all the time. I pick up most of them, but always wish they hit a little closer to the mark when it comes to all things Philly. Well, this one does exactly that. Author Gabe Oppenheim has written an excellent account of the rise and fall of Philadelphia boxing and the bond between the sport and the City itself. He captures the ups and downs of local greats like Jimmy Young & Meldrick Taylor and connects their stories to the current era by chronicling the climb of Mike Jones & Teon Kennedy, two modern boxers who fit the "Philly Fighter" mold perfectly. Get a taste of this great new book with this excerpt courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield.  (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

LAMANNA STEPS UP
TO NEXT LEVEL
AGAINST DOUGLAS

Millville, NJ middleweight, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 16-0, 7 KOs, fights the biggest bout of his burgeoning career Friday night when he takes on Antoine “Action” Douglas, 16-0-1, 10 KOs, in a nationally televised 10-round bout for the vacant WBA Fedelatin 160-pound title, at The Space at Westbury, in New York. Showtime will broadcast the bout live on their SHOBOX series. 

The fight is a significant step up for LaManna, a 4-year pro who in 2014 showed signs that he was ready for tougher competition.  Friday night he gets his chance to step into the spotlight and show fans outside the ...  (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

CUNNINGHAM READY FOR
HBO DEBUT AND BIGGEST
FIGHT OF HIS CAREER

Heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham, 28-6, 13 KOs, is a former two-time cruiserweight champion who has fought all over the globe.  He’s fought at Madison Square Garden and appeared on Saturday afternoon NBC network television in two very high-profile bouts.  Last year he became the USBA heavyweight champion in an instant classic against Amir Mansour, which was named the “2014 Philly Fight of the Year”.   

However this Saturday (March 14th), Cunningham travels to Montreal for perhaps the biggest fight of his career, a 12-round IBF heavyweight eliminator against unbeaten Vyacheslav Glazkov, 19-0-1, 12 KOs.  The fight also marks Cunningham’s debut on the cable powerhouse HBO.     (MORE)

   











 

 
                 
 
 
   

THE HUMBLE LION - HAROLD JOHNSON
 
By George H. Hanson, Jr., Esq.

John Harold Johnson was a lion—the King of the light-heavyweight jungle who sat majestically on his throne after his fists did all the roaring in the squared circle.  And like light-heavyweight champion Battling Siki, who back in 1922...  (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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