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DE ALBA KOS FOE
ENNIS RETURNS & UPSHER SURVIVES

The Reading junior lightweight Frank De Alba clocked Bernado Gomez Urbine with long, straight left in round six of their scheduled 10-round main event at the Stadium Holiday Inn Friday night, that put the Mexican down for the count. In other bouts, junior welterweight Steve Upsher (Chambers) appeared to be on the brink of a quick KO in his 8-rounder with Alejandro Rodriguez, but couldn't keep his determined foe on the canvas. After suffering four knockdowns in the first two rounds, Rodriguez got up and battered Upsher for much of the remaining fight. Steve looked tired and faded, and suddenly his right hand was no longer hurting Rodriguez. At times it seemed Upsher might not make it to the finish. However he did, and his early lead and sudden effectiveness in the final round allowed Upser to escape with the decision. Super middleweight Farah Ennis returned after nearly two years away from the ring to win a six-round split decision over tough Michael Gbenga of Ghana. Ennis was rusty, but won the bout nonetheless. Philly's Christopher Brooker stopped Santario Martin in the third round of a super middleweight slugfest. Six additional bouts filled out this Kings Boxing show. A full report, including photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr. will follow shortly.

   

 
                 
 

   

PA BOXING
HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FIFTEEN

The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame held their annual induction ceremony Sunday, May 17th at Romano's Catering in Philadelphia. Fifteen new members from the PA boxing scene were inducted in both the "Boxer" and "Non-Boxer" categories.

The boxers honored were Jerome Artis, Wee Willie Davies, John David Jackson, Tony Martin, Hank Quinn, Roger Russell, Steve Traitz, Jr., Anthony Witherspoon, and Tommy Yarosz. Non-Boxer Inductees...   (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

ENNIS & ROCK WIN NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES TITLES

Congratulations go out to Philadelphians Jaron Ennis and Darmani Rock. Both amateur boxers won National Golden Gloves titles at the annual tournament in Las Vegas Saturday night. Ennis won the 141 pound championship and Rock took the super heavyweight championship.

165-pounder Paul Kroll also made to the finals of the tournament and placed second, while Christian Carto, 112 pounds, made it to the semi-finals...      (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

VIC CAPCINO PASSES

Kensington southpaw fighter of the 1940s, Vic Capcino passed away May 13, 2015 at age 89. Although far less famous than his brother Frank Cappucino, a prominent boxing referee, Capcino kept the family name throughout his long life and was a popular and very well-regarded man among the local boxing community. 

As an amateur boxer fighting out of Kensington's Lambs Club, Capcino boxed his way through the amateur ranks and reached a peak in 1944 when he won both major annual amateur tournaments offered in the City of Philadelphia.    (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

SOUTH PHILLY FEATHERWEIGHT FRANKIE SODANO PASSES

Former featherweight boxer, Frankie Sodano died Monday, May 11, 2015, at age 84. Sodano had a solid professional career as a prize fighter, but the greatest glory of his boxing life came in the amateur ranks where he won multiple tournaments and represented the USA at the 1948 London Olympics.

Sodano was born on March 10, 1931 in South Philadelphia. He attended Furness Jr. High School and Southern High School were he was an outstanding gymnast as a teenager. Eventually he became an amateur boxer, training... (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

MANSOUR
TRIMS DAWEJKO

After almost two months of bad blood, pointed cross-talk and facial hair disputes, Amir Mansour defeated Joey Dawejko via 10-round unanimous decision Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly to win the PA State Heavyweight Title. Although the build-up was slightly more entertaining than the actual fight it produced, this was a good battle that played out in two acts before a sold out crowd of 1,300 and a national TV audience watching at home on ESPN2.    (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

MANSOUR
& DAWEJKO
TO MEET
IN PHILLY GRUDGE FIGHT

Heavyweights Amir Mansour, 21-1, 16 KOs, and Joey Dawejko, 14-3-2, 7 KOs, are scheduled to square off Friday night for the vacant Pennsylvania state championship in the hottest Philly matchup of the year.  The 10-rounder is expected to pack South Philly’s 2300 Arena and offer up serious thumps and drama for a national TV audience watching at home on ESPN2.

For local boxing fans, this is a match made in heaven, with scowling knockout artist “Hardcore” Mansour in one corner, and a smiling... (MORE)

   











 

 
                 
 
 
   


BRISCOE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
CUNNINGHAM-MANSOUR IS 2014 FIGHT OF THE YEAR

2014 was an excellent year for Philadelphia boxing and thus much for this fall's 8th Annual Briscoe Awards to celebrate. The winners for 2014 include a classic fight, a Herculean performance, a monster KO, a big upset and many other outstanding milestones that will be remembered for many years to come. So with no further ado, here are the winners of the 2014 Briscoe Awards.      (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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