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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)

   

 

 
                 
       

DE ALBA KOS FOE
ENNIS RETURNS & UPSHER SURVIVES

Reading junior lightweight Frank De Alba continued his winning ways Friday night at South Philly's Stadium Holiday Inn. The Puerto Rican born Pennsylvanian won his fourteenth straight bout and improved his record to 16-1-2, 6 KOs, with a sixth round KO of Mexico's Bernardo Gomez Uribe in the scheduled 10-round main event. The card also offered the long-awaited return of Farah Ennis and the latest start by Steve Upsher Chambers.

Frank Santos De Alba dominated the first five rounds with his southpaw style, landing well to the body and hard upstairs with power lefts... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

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)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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