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  June 07:

KENNEDY WINS #13 IN ATLANTIC CITY

North Philly's Teon Kennedy ran his budding pro record to 13-0 (5 KO) with an 8-round unanimous decision over Reading's Lucian Gonzalez in the main event at Bally's on Saturday night (6/6). Kennedy went right at his foe beginning in round one and chose to trade shots all the way through the bout. The light-punching Gonzalez stayed with him, but was outclassed, especially in the last half of the fight. Kennedy probably won 6 of the 8 rounds. What looked to be a tough match going in, proved exactly that, as Patrick Majewski took the decision in his fight with Latif Mundy. Majewski floored Mundy early and punished him over the first several rounds. But Mundy roared back late in the fight to make it close. He bloodied Majewski and appeared to be closing the scoring gap before Majewski won the final round to close the show. The judges saw it comfortably for the winner of the entertaining scrap. John Poore proved that the end of his career is just around the corner. He looked rusty and lost in his six rounder against Jermell Barnes, but somehow came away with a points win. Garrett Wilson scored the only KO of the night - and it was a beauty - against Louis Robinson, who fell hard from a perfect right. Ardrick Butler rallied to take a 4-round win over Rashad Bogar; Osnel Charles beat Luquan Lewis in four; and Jose Guzman decisioned Eliud Torres in four.

 

 
     
  June 04:

PHILLY BOXING NEWS & NOTES

Although Mike Jones had to pull out of his first Atlantic City main event due to an injury, Peltz Boxing still has a big show scheduled for this Saturday (6/6) at Bally's Hotel Casino at the Jersey shore. Now Teon Kennedy's 8-rounder with Lucien Gonzalez is the feature bout. Teon (12-0) is coming off the toughest fight of his young career, and his fans are hoping he has an easier time with Gonzalez (9-5-1), who looked like a million bucks last October when he upset Paul Hyland at the Armory. Also on the card, Latif Mundy (8-0) may have his hands full with the strong Patrick Majewski (10-0) of Poland in their 8-rounder. Heavyweight John Poore (20-3) makes his first start in 11 months when he faces Jermell Barnes (18-20-2) over 6 rounds. Four 4-rounder fill out the rest of the show.... Former cruiserweight champ Steve Cunningham finally gets back in the ring on July 11 when he faces Wayne Braithwaite in Sunrise, FL. Although it's not the rematch with Adamek that patient Steve deserves, this one is an IBF eliminator. So hopefully he's on his way.... Eddie Chambers (34-1) returns to Germany on July 4th for a big 12-round WBO title eliminator against the 6" taller Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0). A win puts the victor in the ring with champ Wladimir Klitschko.

 

 
     
  May 18:



The PA Boxing Hall of Fame held their annual induction ceremony to welcome nine new members, including (above, left to right), Dave Tiberi, Sidney 'Sweet Pea' Adams, Robert 'Bam Bam' Hines, Clavin Grove, & Henry 'Toothpick' Brown. (MORE)

 
     
  May 11:

PHILLY'S 'MIGHTY' IVAN ROBINSON
By Ken Hissner

Philly’s “Mighty” Ivan Robinson is well known for his fights in the amateurs with the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and in the professional ranks with his two battles against Arturo “Thunder” Gatti.  Though both De La Hoya and Gatti went on to achieve much notoriety as pros, they could not have done it without Robinson.

At the start, Robinson’s father Jimmy served as his trainer along with Johnny Settles.  In 1989, Robinson lost to De La Hoya in the Golden Gloves finals.  “That decision I was okay with,” said Robinson. 

In 1990, Robinson was in the Goodwill Games, in Seattle, and defeated Kirkor Kirkorov of Bulgaria....  (MORE)
 

 

 
     
  May 02:

MTAGWA BRAWLS TO VICTORY

Rogers Mtagwa beat Ricardo Medina over ten exciting rounds last night in the main event at the Blue Horizon. The two fighters mauled, brawled and punched their way through the entire course of the fight, thrilling the crowd on a hot May evening. Mtagwa won the unanimous decision by wide scores of 97-93 and 98-92 twice, in a fight that felt a bit closer. For Mtagwa, it was another typically entertaining outing for the little punch machine who has never been in a bad fight. But as usual, the win did not come too easily for him, but he sure looked like he had fun doing it... (MORE)

 

 
     
  May 02:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME - TODAY!

It's that time of year again. The votes have been counted and the results are in. The PA Boxing Hall of Fame has designated a class of nine new inductees to be officially honored at their annual banquet dinner, this year scheduled for Sunday, May 17, 2009 at Romano's Catering in Philadelphia. For ticket info and to see the complete list of this year's honorees (including classic Philly welterweight rivals Charley Scott & Sugar Hart) click here - HOF LIST.

 

 
     
  April 30:

PHILLY BOXING NEWS & NOTES

Peltz Boxing returns to the Blue Horizon Friday night with an 8-bout card that features Rogers Mtagwa against Ricardo Medina at the top of the bill. Local fans know Mtagwa as a thrilling little punch machine with no aversion to taking leather himself. So his style usually makes for great fights. He often has to rally from behind to claim victory. But his opponent on Friday is a rock of a man with a cinderblock on his shoulders, not an easy guy to stop or knock off his feet. So Mtagwa better start a little earlier than usual. Medina will be dried out to a lighter-than-normal weight. So perhaps he'll be a little softer than usual. Also appearing on the card is Jamaal Davis, Victor Vasquez, Anthony Flores, Kaseem Wilson, Boom Boom Ferrante, Ardrick Butler & Luis Esquillin..... On Saturday night (5/2), while Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton go at it in Vegas, Simon "One Punch" Carr re-enters the ring on this side of the country. Carr (5-3-1) faces Andres Taylor (7-0-1) in an 8-round cruiserweight bout in Johnstown, PA. At stake will be something called the World Boxing Foundation All America's Title. Just imagine Carr's swagger if he returns to Philly with this belt around his waist. Anthony Thompson also fights on the card.... Next weekend is a busy one in South Philly with fights on both Friday (5/8) at the South Philly Arena and Saturday (5/9) at Southern High.

 

 
     
  April 25:

BIG NIGHT IN NEWARK FOR ROSADO & LUNDY

Philly prospects Gabriel Rosado and Hank Lundy scored the biggest wins of their young careers on Friday night (4/24) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Lundy opened the show with a stunning 5th round KO over tough Jason Citron, and looked like a million dollars in the process. Lundy's pre-fight prediction of a third round stoppage almost came true when he hurt his foe with about a minute left in the round. But Citron weathered Hammerin' Hank's withering storm until a frightful barrage dropped him for the count in the fifth. The time was 1:36. Lundy improved to 13-0-1 (7 KO). It was Cintron's first loss in 11 bouts. The jr. welterweight bout was scheduled for eight rounds.   (MORE)

 

 
     
  April 22:

FREDDY SAMMONS, LINWOOD LARRUPER, PASSES AT 91

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our friend, Freddy Sammons. Sammons was an amateur and professional boxer who was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in the Linwood section of Lower Chichester, PA. As an amateur lightweight, Sammons was the runner up in both the 1939 & 1940 Philadelphia Diamond Belt Tournament. After serving in WWII, Sammons turned professional as a welterweight in 1943 and posted a 19-8-2 pro record through 1948. In addition to his local appearances at the Olympia, Met, Arena, Convention Hall & Cambria, Sammons also made starts at the Boston Gardens and Madison Square Garden. After his retirement from the ring, he worked for Westinghouse Corporation. Sammons was a PA Boxing Hall of Famer, and an active member of the VBA. Freddy died Saturday, 4/18, four years after his wife Agatha. He was 91, and will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.

 

 
     
  April 05:

ROSADO RETURNS TO PHILLY WITH TKO

It was almost one year ago that prospect Gabriel Rosado last appeared in a Philadelphia ring. Since that bout at the New Alhambra last May, Rosado fought in New York and Maryland, and served as the prime sparring partner for both Bernard Hopkins (in Miami) and Shane Mosley (in Big Bear). It was in New York last June when Rosado posted his best career win when he dropped and decisioned a then-undefeated prospect named James Moore before a national TV audience on ESPN2. It was a win that came on the heels of a particularly active stretch for Gabe. But instead of immediately capitalizing on that high-profile victory, Rosado packed his bags and headed out for two back-to-back training camp gigs, helping both Hopkins and Mosley prepare for two of the best wins of their respective... (MORE)

 

 
     
  April 04:

NAKASH TAKES BRUNELLI;
ISRAEL TOPS ITALY

Israeli bomber Ran Nakash defeated a gutsy Dave Brunelli in Friday night's Blue Horizon main event promoted as "Israel vs. Italy" by matchmaker Don Elbaum. A smaller than usual crowd cheered wildly for their particular rooting interest, be it Israel, Italy, or as the majority of the crowd reminded everyone, the USA. Nakash steamrolled to his 18th straight victory in as many bouts, in this, his ninth appearance at the North Philly venue. The out-of-towner, who has made the Blue Horizon a second home, methodically broke down Brunelli over the course of the scheduled 8-rounder. Many thought this fight would be a quick one, but Nakash had to work for his TKO over the tough and determined local.... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 29:

YORGEY BLASTS HEARNS
IN BATTLE OF UNBEATEN PROSPECTS

Bridgeport, PA's Harry Joe Yorgey scored an impressive 9th round knockout over previously undefeated Ronald Hearns Saturday night in a nationally televised showdown of rising jr. middleweight prospects. Yorgey dropped Hearns in rounds four and five before putting him down for the count in the ninth (2:59). It was an exciting scrap all the way, but it was Yorgey who impressed, although he had to climb off the floor himself from a questionable knockdown in round four. Hearns was game but outclassed and just didn't seem to have much of a chin. Yorgey (22-0-1 / 10 KO) is not regarded as a hard puncher, but he looked like he had fists of steel in this one. Harry's stock should certainly rise in the wake of the victory, as everything went just right. On the undercard, Chazz Witherspoon continued to rebound with a 3rd round TKO over Travis Fulton to push his record to 25-1. Congratulations to Harry & Chazz.

 

 
     
  March 28:

EDDIE FAST ENOUGH TO GET
IMPORTANT WIN OVER PETER

"Fast" Eddie Chambers used a quick and steady left jab, his ring smarts, and just enough foot movement to stay ahead of former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, over the ten round distance Friday night to post a critical career win. With so much on the line in the fight, not to mention the threat of "The Nigerian Nightmare's" heavy punches, you could see that Chambers was feeling the pressure. Despite the increased fatigue the 265-pound Peter was showing - as early as round four, and regardless of the success Eddie had with an occasional crackling right hand, Chambers chose to play it safe and rely on his whipping lead left stick. You couldn't help but think that he could have done more and impressed better. Fast Eddie admitted as much on the ESPN2 telecast, after the fight. But his tactics awed one judge who gave Eddie everything but the kitchen sink on his 99-91 official card. Another judge had Chambers winning by two points (96-94), and the third saw the fight a draw (95-95). The true margin of victory for Chambers was probably somewhere in the middle of those wildly varied scores, but his win was not in doubt. Eddie perhaps now moves on to bigger, perhaps even 7-foot, things in the form of a challenge of Nikolay Valuev's WBA crown. Let's hope! Great job Eddie!

 

 
     
  March 24:

PHILLY BOXING NEWS & NOTES

This weekend will be a big one for two local boxers trying to make a name for themselves on the national fight scene. Luckily for us, both fights will be cable televised. First, Fast Eddie Chambers, the 33-1 fledging heavyweight contender who came to Philadelphia from his Pittsburgh hometown to develop his ring skills almost exclusively at the Blue Horizon, takes on "The Nigerian Nightmare" Sam Peter, 30-2, at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles Friday night. The 12-rounder airs on ESPN2 at 10 PM, and will probably position the winner for a title shot in the very near future. It seems everyone around here is picking Chambers to defeat the former WBC champ, based on Eddie's smarts, speed and Peter's putrid performance last time out. I am in full support of Chambers, but am sweating out the size difference between the two. Although they are about the same height, there is a definite disparity in weight and body type. While there is no mistaking that Peter is a heavyweight, Chambers looks more like a cruiserweight at best. Eddie, keep those jabs flying on Friday. Then on Saturday night, Showtime airs Harry Joe Yorgey's long awaited step up against Ronald Hearns, Tommy's kid. The two 21-0 jr. middleweight prospects clash in an Oklahoma 12-rounder that will be the stiffest test yet for both young fighters. Good luck to both Yorgey and Chambers!

 

 
     
  March 16:

PHILLY BOXING NEWS & NOTES

Congrats to Lajuan Simon who put up a strong challenge to IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham on Saturday (03/14/09) in Germany. Although he lost for the first time in his professional career, Simon certainly raised his stock as a contender by not only lasting the 12-round distance against the Armenian beast known as King Arthur, but by rocking the champ, and based on ringside reports, making a good showing in the fight. Now 21-1-2, with 1 No Contest and 12 KOs, Simon should be able to scratch up some decent fights. Abraham improved to 29-0 with 23 KOs, and will now begin angling for a unification bout with Kelly Pavlik.... Hamerin' Hank Lundy, a 12-0-1 junior welterweight prospect from Philadelphia is rumored to be heading into a match with 10-0 Jason Cintron, in a battle of talented local prospects. The fight may be staged on the undercard of the upcoming show in Newark (04/24/09) headlined by John Duddy and Kassim Ouma in separate bouts.... The Blue Horizon's next two shows are beginning to shape up. On April 3rd, Ran Nakash and Dave Brunelli headline a show being called "Israel vs. Italy".... Meanwhile, Rogers Mtagwa and Ricardo Medina will clash in the May 1st show at the legendary club.... Also now officially on the calendar is another Bionic Bull promotion at South Philadelphia High School on April 4th.

 

 
     
  March 16:

MAULING MAIN EVENT WON BY BELASCO

Ryan Belasco and Jesus Barbosa mauled each other for the full six rounds of their welterweight main event at the South Philly Arena Friday night (03/13/09). It was quite an intimate encounter for the two fighters - one from Delaware and one from Philly - with just about every moment of the bout fought at extremely close quarters. Belasco tried to use his height and rangier frame to his advantage. He showed his left jab and some outside punching, but his North Philly foe forced the infighting and did his best to turn the match into the brawl that it became. Barbosa was effective in doing this, and it seemed he had no choice. Belasco clearly had the edge from the perimeter, and probably would have had a much easier time of it had he not been brought into such a battle by the shorter and stockier Barbosa... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 12:

NEW ALHAMBRA GETS 'NEW' NAME,
SEES MORE BOXING ACTION FRIDAY

With the recent changing of the guard at the New Alhambra, the powers that be at the homey little fight club located at Swanson & Ritner, decided a name change was in order. So of all the names they could have chosen, they decided on "The Arena". Catchy for sure, but not so original. You see there once was another place called "The Arena", and that West Philly landmark played such a huge role in local boxing history that reusing its name is just crazy. Why not Blue Horizon II? So, from now on this web site will instead use the name "The South Philly Arena" for this venue, and in doing so, hopefully lead the charge to unofficially rename the place. In any case, many local fighters of note will appear on a nice fight card slated for the evening of Friday the 13th. First bell rings at 7:30 PM.

 

 
     
  March 11:

PHILLY'S HUGH 'BUTTONS' KEARNEY

West Philly southpaw Hugh 'Buttons' Kearney was a hot young prospect back in the 1980's. After his outstanding amateur career, Hugh went on to a memorable 18-2-1 professional run. He fought all 21 of his pro bouts in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and took the PA State welterweight title in 1986 by beating Reading's Steve Little over 12 rounds in a Blue Horizon main event. Kearny also beat Jimmy Muse, Sidney Outlaw, Milton Leaks, Ali Salaam, Darryl Anthony, Tomas Garcia, and David Taylor in his five years in the ring. He called it quits after losing to future champ Vincent Pettway in 1988, but remains one of the more popular attractions of his era. Boxing scribe Ken Hissner recently caught up with the former Philly welterweight prospect and posted the following story...  (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 07:

JONES GETS KO
IN SUCCESSFUL BLUE HORIZON DEBUT

Welterweight prospect Mike Jones made his debut at the Blue Horizon a successful one with a frenetic second round KO over Dario Esalas in the main event at the legendary fight club Friday night (03/06/09). Jones started fast and kept the action going for the length of the abbreviated bout. His opponent was overmatched but game, and did his best to stay in with the North Philly wrecking machine. But Jones kept moving forward and kept landing his heavy shots until he got what he had set out for.

As Jones' career blooms, there are many comparisons to welterweight legend Tommy Hearns of Detroit. With Jones' height (5'11"), weight, and punching power, I can see the parallels. But for me, I'd say he's more a skinny Sonny Liston than a Hitman Hearns.  Jones has a sullen, stalking, square-shouldered style. He keeps his hands... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 05:

JONES SET FOR BLUE HORIZON DEBUT

The Legendary Blue Horizon is a local fight venue that has seen so much ring history that fighting there has become a rite of passage for young boxers from Philly and everywhere else pugilists are grown. Friday night, Philly's hottest prospect, welterweight Mike Jones gets a chance to make his imprint on that history when he faces Columbian Dario Esalas in the 10-round main event. It will be the first start at the Blue for Jones, who gets the opportunity thanks to Peltz Boxing's promotional return to the hallowed North Philly club where it made it's own legendary start back in 1969. With his 16-0 (14 KO) record, a new world ranking, and his stepping stone NABA belt firmly strapped around his waist, this may be Jones' only appearance at the venue before stepping into the bigger horizon of the most competitive division of the world boxing scene. It is exciting to contemplate what this fighter-on-the-brink will do Friday. Anything could happen; perhaps another great knockout will be added to the venue's memorable list. But Jones will not be the only one fighting at the Blue for the first time. Local stars Teon Kennedy, Dennis Hasson, Victor Vasquez, Kaseem Wilson, and Luis Esquillin all make their Horizon debut on a promising seven-bout card scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM on Friday (03/06/09).

 

 
     
  February 28:

CHUCKY T LOSES COMEBACK BID
IN NEWARK

Former Blue Horizon staple of the mid-90s, Charles Tschorniawsky, a.k.a. Chucky T, lost his comeback fight Friday night (02/27) after a four year layoff. Chucky was an amateur standout and a popular pro attraction back in the day, but on this night he was in against a young undefeated up-and-comer from Pittsburgh named Jesse Lubash, and he literally came up short against his younger, heavier and much taller foe. After landing a few shots of his own, Chucky was trapped on the ropes and halted in round two. T's trainer Billy Briscoe signaled for the stoppage, and the referee complied at 1:22 of the round. Lubash left with a 10-0 (6 KO) record and the first major name on his resume.

For Chucky T, it was a long road back... (MORE)

 

 
     
  February 23:

PHILLY BOXING NEWS & NOTES

Eddie Chambers signed for a big bout against Sam Peter. The two will battle it out in L.A. March 27th... Steve Cunningham is still angling for a fight with Wayne Braithwaite, but thus far the TV networks won't give it a sniff... Meanwhile the man who took Steve's belt, Tomasz Adamek makes his 1st defense in the same Newark ring against undefeated Jonathon Banks on Friday (02/27). On the undercard that night, Philly's Chucky T fights for the 1st time in 4 years. His opponent is a tough young undefeated (9-0) Jesse Lubash. Chucky looks in good shape and is raring to go, but it's been a long time since he's been in there for real and an easier assignment this first time back would have been nice. Lajuan Simon will have his hands full against middleweight champ Arthur Abraham on March 14th, but this is his big chance to win a title... Some interesting local bouts are coming up. On March 6th, Peltz Boxing returns to the Blue Horizon with a big show featuring many of the stars from his stable - Mike Jones, Teon Kennedy, Dennis Hasson (vs. Garrett Wilson), Victor Vasquez, Kaseem Wilson (vs. Martinus Clay), & Jamaal Davis (vs. Clarence Taylor). On March 13th, Ryan Belasco takes on Jesus Barbosa at the New Alhambra which has been newly renamed "The Arena". On April 3rd, Ran Nakash takes on Dave Brunelli, & Tyric Robinson faces Julias Edmonds, at the Blue Horizon.

 

 
     
  February 15:

ROCHELLE NORRIS DIES;
FORMER ATLANTIC CITY BOXER WAS 59

Rochelle Norris, a heavyweight boxer of the 1970s died last Tuesday (February 10th), in Pleasantville, NJ, the town where he lived most of his life. Norris was born in Florida but relocated to the Jersey shore area while still in school. After a brief amateur career, Norris turned pro and accumulated a 14-6-1 (5 KO) record. His first fight came in March of 1973 at Atlantic City's Convention Hall. That night, he stopped his opponent, Henry Lawson, in three rounds. Three fights later, he defeated Don Branch in the first of his three Philadelphia / Spectrum appearances. After winning a total of six bouts in a row, Norris returned to the Spectrum and lost to Obie English by KO in four rounds. It was his first loss. He strung together five more wins, including a points verdict over tough , 11-0, Mike Koranicki, in 1974, before... (MORE)

 

 
     
  February 14:

"NEW" RAY ROBINSON LOOKS LIKE THE OLD ONE WITH WIN OVER JILES ON ESPN2

It was a very successful national TV debut for the "New" Ray Robinson Friday night (02/13) on ESPN2. He brought his 9-0 (3 KO) record into New York's Roseland Ballroom to face fellow undefeated prospect Darnell Jiles, 7-0-1 (3 KO). The draw on Jiles' record came almost one year ago in a four round bout with Philly's Henry Lundy. But Robinson one-upped, or maybe two-upped Lundy's performance with an impressive third round TKO. After badly hurting Jiles in the third, Robinson was awarded the victory at the end of the round, after it was decided that Jiles would not come out for the next round. Congrats to the now 10-0 "New" Ray Robinson, you only need another 190 fights to catch up with the original Robinson!

LAJUAN SIMON SET FOR TITLE GO

Philadelphia's LaJuan Simon is indeed scheduled to face IBF middleweight beast Arthur Abraham on March 14, in Germany. Simon, 21-0-2 (12 KO), will have his hands full with the 28-0 (23 KO) title holder, but a win will make him Philly's latest champion.

 

 
     
  February 07:

YUSAF MACK POUNDS WAY ONTO THE WORLD RADAR; GUERRERO TOPS ROSADO

Philly's Yusaf Mack beat hard-punching Chris Henry by 12-round split decision, to capture the NABF light-heavyweight title, in a nationally televised (ESPN2) bout Friday night, from Salisbury, MD. More importantly, going into the fight, Henry was ranked #10 by The Ring - and even higher by the world sanctioning bodies. Therefore it is likely that with the win, Mack battled his way into the national spotlight and should be on the radar for high profile matches in the future. The win raised Yusaf's record to 27-2-2 (16 KO). It was the first defeat for Henry, now 23-1 (18 KO). In the semi-final bout, North Philly's Gabe Rosado went toe-to-toe with undefeated hometown hero Fernando Guerrero for eight hard rounds (also on TV). Although Rosado had the better of the action early on, even scoring a knockdown in round three, the flashy and talented Guerrero (13-0) fought back to even the contest midway, and then finished strongly to earn the unanimous verdict. But Rosado (10-3) gave Guerrero his toughest test to date, despite having to do it above his usual weightclass. Gabe remains one of Philly's toughest and most exciting prospects. Congrats to Rosado & Mack for making Philly proud. And thank you to Gabe Rosado for wearing a Philly Boxing History tee-shirt into the ring!

 

 
     
  February 04:

PHILLY'S YUSAF MACK & GABE ROSADO
HIT THE ROAD FOR NATIONAL TV BOUTS

Two of Philadelphia's brightest young stars head out of town for a pair of important away games scheduled for Friday in Maryland. Both bouts will be broadcast live from Salisbury's Wicomico Civic Center on ESPN2 starting at 9:00 pm. Yusaf Mack 26-2-2, 16 KO, takes on Chris Henry, 23-1, 18 KO, in a light-heavyweight bout for Mack's NABA title & Henry's NABF crown. Mack is coming off an impressive stoppage of Omar Pittman, while Henry continues to rebound from his hairline decision loss to Adrian Diaconu in a bout for the Interim WBC belt. The co-feature matches Gabe Rosado, 10-2, 6 KO, with undefeated home-towner Fernando Guerrero, in an 8-round middleweight fight. Gabe had a good 2008, winning three bouts, including his upset of an undefeated James Moore on ESPN2 in June. But that was 7 months ago. In the interim, he was prime sparring partner for both Hopkins & Mosley for their recent shockers. No doubt, working with such top-shelf talent has helped Gabe's development, but he's drawn a tough test for Friday in southpaw Guerrero, a hot ticket seller and former national amateur champ, who boasts a shinny 12-0, 11 KO pro record. Friday's weight has been set for 159, a little heavy for Rosado, who will try to establish himself as an ESPN-spoiler of undefeated star prospects. Farah Ennis & Coy Evans also fight on the card.

 

 
     
  February 04:

ISRAEL'S SHMOUEL TO RECEIVE BRISCOE;
RETURNS TO RING AT BLUE HORIZON

They say it takes two to tango. And so, Elad Shmouel, 18-2, will receive his Briscoe Award this week for his participation in 2007's Philly Fight of the Year. The bout took place about one year ago, and it was the best Philly fight in years. Shmouel lost that thrilling battle to Lenny DeVictoria, but only by a whisker. DeVictoria received his Briscoe Award in the Blue Horizon ring this past December. However, Shmouel, who lives in Israel, was not available that night. He returns to Philly this week to fight for the first time since his memorable go with Lenny, and will be presented with the Briscoe at the press conference for his next bout. Elad will box a six-round co-feature Friday night at the Blue against Khristian Garaci. The main event Friday features Elad's stablemate, Ran Nakash, 16-0 / 12 KOs, a knockout specialist also from Israel, in an 8-rounder against Ryan Carroll. Nakash has made the Blue Horizon a second home, reeling off seven wins at the venue, the last four by KO. Also slated for the card are, Darren Fallen, Julias Edmonds, Derrick Bivins, Ronald Cruz, John Turner, & Anthony Abrams. This will be the first Blue Horizon show of the year in what figures to be a busy 2009 for the legendary venue. Doors open at 6:30. GoFightLive.TV will broadcast the card.

 

 
     
  February 01:

LOCAL BOXERS HEADING INTO BIG BOUTS?

It sounds like some very big bouts are in the works for several Philly fighters. Although there may still be wiggle room on these, here are the rumored bouts on the horizon:
Steve Cunningham in title eliminator - The ex-champ appears to be heading into a cruiserweight title eliminator against Guyana's Wayne Braithwaite in the near future. This is exactly what Cunningham needs. Forget about waiting for the Adamek rematch. It will come, but Steve's route back to the top is to stay active and stay in the radar. Inactive fighters get forgotten, and number one contenders (usually) have to be dealt with.
LaJuan Simon finally lands a big bout - Word is that Philly's best kept secret, LaJuan Simon, will get a crack at IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham on March 14th. If the fight actually happens, he'll have to travel to Germany.
Mack & Rosado on ESPN2 - Two of Philly's young prospects go on the road this week for a TV spot on ESPN2. Yusaf Mack (26-2-2 / 16 KO) faces Chris Henry (23-1 / 18 KO) in a 10-rounder. Both Mack's NABA 175-lb belt & Henry's NABF belts are on the line. Gabe Rosado (10-2 / 6 KO) has to move up to 160 lbs & go 10 rounds against undefeated (12-0 / 11 KO) prospect Fernando Guerrero. A 2nd surprise win for Gabby on ESPN could make him a hot property. But what's the deal with the weight?

 

 
     
  January 27:

BOXING AT SOUTH PHILLY HIGH ON SATURDAY

Bionic Bull Promotions throws the second boxing bash of the year on Saturday night at South Philly High School when light heavyweight & promoter Brian Cohen (9-1 with 8 KOs) continues his comeback against Indiana's Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs) in the 8-round main event. After losing his first bout in 1995, followed by two wins in 2004, Cohen resumed his 2-1 career last year, after four years of inactivity. In 2008, he went on a run of seven straight KOs, leading up to Saturday's bout. Also on the card, is young, undefeated 168-pound prospect Dennis Hasson going after win #6 against Michael Rayner (6-10) in a 6-rounder. Anthony Ferrante faces Robert Dunton over six; Mike Tiberi fights John Colvin in a four, and three more bouts round out the card. Doors open at 6:30 with tix available.

 

 
     
  January 22:

HEAVY TOLL PAID IN 2008

2008 proved to be a tough year when it came to the passing of old fighters. More died last year than I can remember ever passing in prior years, and not just in Philly. It seems that every month more sad news came in the form of an e-mail, or news flash, or telephone call. Fans truly paid a heavy toll. Let's hope that 2009 is less eventful with regard to this topic. In all, thirteen men related to Philly boxing in some way died during 2008. Let's review the names and honor them one more time. 

Joe Aurillo

Died: January 25th
Aurillo was middleweight of the 1940s & 1950s from Darby, PA who compiled a pro record of 26-11-3 with 6 KOs between 1947 and 1955. He also had a very active amateur career. He fought the likes of Joey Giardello... (MORE)

 

 
     
  January 17:

ENNIS BEATS TAYLOR; BELASCO KOS DEVICTORIA

The first fight card of 2009 was a lean, 5-bout show that contained a number of entertaining bouts for the 700 or so fans that showed up on a freezing Friday night at the New Alhambra. In the main event, Clarence "Sonny Bono" Taylor came to fight and was sporting an old-school robe that looked like a throwback to the good old days. He fought tough through a cut left eye that bled most of the way, but Derek Ennis controlled the active fight and took the unanimous 8-round decision. The second round was a great one, with both fighters firing their punches freely - especially to the body. Ennis edged that round, as he did most of them. The judges saw it 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74, all for "Pooh" Ennis, but it was a competitive and fun match. The win upped Ennis to a 17-2-1 (12 KO) record and kept his winning  (MORE)

 

 
     
  January 12:

PHILLY BOXING RETURNS FRIDAY AT THE NEW ALHAMBRA

Friday night sees the first pro fight card in Philadelphia for 2009. The card, promoted by Greg Robinson and Xtreme Productions, pits Derek Ennis and Clarence "Sonny Bono" Taylor in the 8-round jr. middleweight main event. Ennis is on a 4-fight winning streak, but on his last trip to the New Alhambra he suffered a disastrous upset at the hands of Alphonso Williams (TKO3). Taylor returns after one year off. The semi-windup features an interesting jr. welterweight scrap between Wilmington's Ryan Belasco (8-2-3) and Philly-thriller Lenny DeVictoria (11-12-1) in a 6-rounder. Tyric Robinson is also scheduled to appear but his opponent has yet to be named. Six 4-round bouts round out the card. The opening bell rings at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available.

 

 
     
  January 08:

2008 BRISCOE AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Now that 2008 has ended, it is time to compile the list of nominees for the year. We need your input in two categories - "2008 Philly Fighter of the Year" and "2008 Philly Fight of the Year". The "Fighter of the Year" can be any Philly-based boxer whether his / her accomplishments occurred in Philadelphia or outside the city. The "Fight of the Year" can be any bout, main event or preliminary, that occurred in Philadelphia. If you would like to suggest a nominee in either category, go to www.briscoeaward.com and click the "Nominate" button. Once the nominees are set and announced here, you can vote for the winners at the same Web site. There were a number of Philly boxers and events that grabbed attention last year, and this is your chance to be heard and to nominate your favorite.

 

 
     
  January 4:

JERRY 'THE BULL' MARTIN

Jerry Martin was a very good contender during boxing's last heyday, the 1980s. Martin came to Philly from Antigua and found his way to Joe Frazier's Gym. Without a single amateur fight, he turned pro in 1976 under the tutelage of Leon Tabbs, at the Philly Arena on the undercard of a Bennie Briscoe main event. Martin won by KO in the 1st round. He became famous for finally stopping James Scott's behind bars winning streak at Rahway, but he also earned three cracks at the title against the three best light-heavies of his day. As the world's biggest Saad Muhammad fan, I'll never forget the sense of relief I felt when the ref stopped Jerry's 2nd bid for the crown in the 11th. He was dangerous and doing pretty well against my man. Boxing scribe Ken Hissner recently interviewed "The Bull" and turned in this report.

 

 
     
  January 3:

BORN ON THIS DAY: PERCY BASSETT AND MONTY SHERRICK

Two fighters of Philly past were born on this day. First in 1930, featherweight great Percy Bassett was born. He was an exciting slugger who rose through the 126-pound ranks with a mission to face the great Sandy Saddler. Although he made it to the #1 spot in the rankings, and even won the interim featherweight championship while Saddler served in the Army, Bassett never received his crack at the world title. He was forced to retire at age 25 due to a detached retina, but still compiled a career record of 62-12-1 with 41 KOs. Bassett died in July of 1993. Former lightweight prospect Monty Sherrick was born on this day in 1966. Sherrick fought from 1984 to 1985 and quit the game with an undefeated 10-0 (2 KO) overall record. Today Monty turns 43.

 

 
     
  January 2:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HENRY "TOOTHPICK" BROWN

1950's lightweight star Henry 'Toothpick' Brown was born on this day in 1935. He began fighting as an amateur at the famous 23rd PAL under the watchful eye of Willie Reddish. Brown won the Philly Diamond Belt & Mid Atlantic AAU title in 1950 at 118 pounds. He fought in the national AAU championship tournament in Kansas City that year & placed 2nd. Brown followed that with the 1950 Philly Golden Gloves title. In 1951, he turned pro with Reddish as his trainer & George Katz as his manager. Between 1951 & 1956 he went 24-3-2 with 14 KOs, beat world ranked L.C. Morgan by 1st round KO, made 6 starts at Madison Square Garden and fought on national TV several times. He lost his last 4 fights by KO then called it quits in 1958. Brown is a nominee for induction to the PA HOF and is long overdue.

 

 
     
  December 26:

JOEY GIARDELLO STATUE

On Sunday, December 7, 2008, the 45th anniversary of Joey Giardello's 1963 world middleweight title victory, a group of 60 friends, fans & family of the ring hero braved the cold to gather in South Philly to remember Joey's historic win. Also on the agenda was the dedication of the Passyunk Avenue location that will become the future home of a life-sized statue of Giardello. In 2009, the statue will be erected on the triangle of East Passyunk Avenue, South 13th Street and Mifflin Street, a bustling locale with enough foot-traffic, auto-traffic and commerce to keep Joey in the neighborhood radar for many years to come. The site is situated about one block from the legendary Passyunk Gym and the original Alhambra arena, both of which were old Giardello haunts. World renowned artist Carl LeVotch will create the bronze figure.

 

 
     
  December 25:

BOXING ON CHRISTMAS DAY

Can you imagine heading to the New Alhambra today, Christmas Day, for a little boxing?  It sounds crazy. Russell Peltz would lose his shirt, right?  Although 1945 was the last time there was a Philly fight on December 25th, prior to that, Christmas boxing was common - and really a tradition.  Forget the snow and family gatherings, from 1900 to 1945, there was a boxing show Xmas day in 39 of those 45 years. That's a whopping 87% of the time. And in several of those years, there were as many as four different boxing shows on a given Christmas Day!  We're not just talking local talent either.  In 1933, Frankie Klick took the jr. lightweight title from Kid Chocolate at the Philly Arena. Today, I'll enjoy the holiday with my family, but I wouldn't mind sneaking out for a little boxing. I guess I'm about 60 years late.

 

 
     
  December 15:

2008 COMING TO A CLOSE

December saw several key Philly boxers close out 2008 with memorable bouts. On 12/5, hot prospect Mike Jones raised to 16-0 with a TKO of Luciano Perez in Reading. A spectacular left hook closed the show. On the same card, Rock Allen improved to 14-0 with a win over Humberto Tapia, & Kaseem Wilson won a comeback bout after 16 months off. At the Blue on 12/5, USBA champ LaJuan Simon kept busy TKOing Jose Spearman, while Steve Chambers looked sharp beating Ben Ankrah. Steve Cunningham lost his IBF belt in a terrific battle with Tomasz Adamek on 12/11. Demetrius Hopkins tried to bring a belt back from AC on 12/13 but instead registered his first loss. Eddie Chambers continued to rebuild by beating Cisse Salif, in 8 on 12/13 in CA. On the same show, Malik Scott remained undefeated (32-0) by beating Raphael Butler.

 

 
     
  December 12:

CUNNINGHAM DETHRONED

Poland's Tomasz Adamek won a 12-round split decision over Steve Cunningham Thursday night in Newark, to wrest the IBF cruiser crown from the West Philly native. The fight was a thriller with Adamek scoring 3 knockdowns. The first came at the end of round 2, thanks to a sneaky right. But Cunningham bounced up & bounced back, rallying and hurting Adamek in the 4th. But then Steve was suddenly dropped again  with another solid right. The visibly shaken champ was fortunate that this punch again came near the round's end. Both fighters continued to land shots in this close, "fight of the year" contender. But it was Adamek who blasted Cun-ningham in round 8 with another booming right. Down Cunningham went and with it went his hopes of winning the decision. Although it still felt close by the end, the fight was Adamek's all the way.

 

 
     
  December 10:

CUNNINGHAM DEFENDS TITLE THURSDAY

IBF world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham defends his belt Thursday night against Tomasz Adamek at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Also on the line Thursday night will be the vacant Ring cruiserweight championship belt. For Cunningham, ranked #1 by The Ring, it is a homecoming of sorts. Although Newark is about 90 minutes away from his West Philly hometown, it'll feel like the back yard compared to the far-away European locales to which he had to travel to try for, win and defend his crown over his last three bouts. In this his second defense, Cunningham, 21-1 with 11 KOs, takes on the former WBC light-heavyweight champion. Adamek, The Ring's #2 cruiser, comes in with a record of 35-1 with 24 KOs. The bout will also be telecast on the Versus cable network.

 

 
     
  December 08:

JOEY GIARDELLO STATUE

On Sunday, December 7, 2008, the 45th anniversary of Joey Giardello's 1963 world middleweight title victory, a group of 60 friends, fans & family of the ring hero braved the cold to gather in South Philly to remember Joey's historic win. Also on the agenda was the dedication of the Passyunk Avenue location that will become the future home of a life-sized statue of Giardello. In 2009, the statue will be erected on the triangle of East Passyunk Avenue, South 13th Street and Mifflin Street, a bustling locale with enough foot-traffic, auto-traffic and commerce to keep Joey in the neighborhood radar for many years to come. The site is situated about one block from the legendary Passyunk Gym and the original Alhambra arena, both of which were old Giardello haunts. World renowned artist Carl LeVotch will create the bronze figure.

 

 
     
  December 06:

JOEY GIARDELLO STATUE

Former middleweight champion Joey Giardello will be honored with a life-sized statue on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly next year. On Sunday, Dec. 7th, a ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 AM to officially announce the statue project at its future site – the triangle of East Passyunk Avenue, South 13th Street, & Mifflin Street.  Both the public and media are welcome to attend. The Dec.7th date also commemorates the 45th anniversary of Joey's winning of the middleweight championship in 1963.  At the event, Giardello will be remembered, the statue location will be dedicated, and refreshments will be served. The statue project is a non-profit effort being conducted by a partnership between the Veteran Boxers Association – Ring One, the Harrowgate Boxing Club, and Philly Boxing History.com. Please join us on Sunday for this special event!

 

 
     
  December 01:

UPCOMING FIGHTS FRIDAY

On Friday night, December 5th, two separate fight cards - one in town and one out of town - are slated to feature local ring talent. First at the Blue Horizon, there is a jam-packed show with Lenny DeVictoria, Steve Upsher Chambers, LuJuan Simon, Jules Blackwell, Ricardo Medina, Darren Fallen, Julias Edmonds, Michael Weaver, John Goldwire, John Pawlowski, & John Turner (in his pro debut). The card is headed by Ran Nakash of Israel against Michigan's Harvey Jolly. Also the Briscoe Award for 2007 Philly Fight of the Year will be presented during the card. On the same night Philly welterweight sensation Mike Jones closes out his impressive year against Luciano Perez in the main event in Reading, PA. Also on that card are Philadelphian's Rock Allen, & Latif Mundy, plus Jason Cintron of Reading.

 

 
     
  November 26:

CUNNINGHAM LOOKS READY TO GO FOR TITLE DEFENSE

IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham looked lean and mean (as usual) Tuesday evening during a workout at the Shuler Memorial Gym in West Philly. He was preparing for his upcoming title defense against Tomasz Adamek. With just two weeks to go until the scheduled December 11th Newark, NJ clash, Cunningham couldn't have looked more ready. The heavy bag took quite a beating and the punch-mitts were popping. But the most obvious sign that fight night was approaching was the champ's serious demeanor. Usually not more than a couple of minutes go by without Cunningham flashing his mega-watt smile. But at the gym, Steve was all business. The guy who usually seems just a little too nice to be a fighter, looked like a man to be reckoned with.

 

 
     
  November 15:

KO NIGHT AT NEW ALHAMBRA

The New Alhambra was the scene for showy KOs on Friday night when 5 of 8 scheduled bouts ended early. Raul Martinez halted Victor Proa in just 1:08 to win the abbreviated main event. Alexis Camacho dropped Edvan Barros in the 2nd & was awarded the TKO at :52 of the round. Anthony Flores stole the show with a wild brawl that ended in the 3rd when his perfect, straight right suddenly leveled Francisco Palacios. Returning Victor Vasquez looked good stopping Mario Galan in 2. Sharp-looking newbie Michael Perez won in the 1st after dropping Tommy Gacia twice. Teon Kennedy won a slow but thorough 6-round decision over Felipe Almanza. A few holes in Dennis Hasson's defense made his 6-rounder over Ariel Espinal a bit more interesting. Giant Faruq Saleem outworked Willie Perryman over 6.

 

 
     
  November 9:

TEON KENNEDY ON DECK AT NEW ALHAMBRA FRIDAY

On Friday night (November 14) the New Alhambra returns with another top-flight fight card. The main event features a 10-rounder for the vacant NABF super flyweight championship between two out-of-towners, Raul Martinez of San Antonio and Victor Proa of Mexico. In another clash of visitors, Alexis Camacho meets Edvan Barros over 10 rounds. But the lure of this card is in the local talent featured. While pursuing his 11th straight win, Teon Kennedy tries for another show-stopper when he faces Felipe Almanza in an 8-round bout. Also on the lineup is the return bout of jr. welterweight Victor Vasquez who was sidelined for six months when he suffered an eye injury during his last bout. Rising super middleweight  Dennis Hasson also fights a 6-rounder. First bell is 7:30 PM.

 

 
     
  October 21:

CUNNINGHAM RECEIVES THE BRISCOE AWARD

IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham was named the "2007 Philly Fighter of the Year" Wednesday and received the Briscoe Award at a press conference staged at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. The event was a pro-motional gathering to plug Cunningham's upcoming defense against Tomasz Adamek. Cunningham was presented his award by Eddie and Mike Everett, brothers of Philly legend Tyrone. Also in attendance at the event were promoters Don King, J Russell Peltz & Kathy Duva, former contender Curtis Parker, current stars Eddie Chambers, Simon "One Punch" Carr, Jamaal Davis, Steve Upsher Chambers, Tomasz Adamenk, boxing writer Bernard Fernandez, artist Carl Levotch, and many others. Congratulations to Steve Cunningham!

 

 
     
  October 20:

CUNNINGHAM TO RECEIVE BRISCOE AWARD WEDNESDAY

IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham will receive the Briscoe Award for "2007 Philly Fighter of the Year" on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 3:00 PM, in an event that is open to the public. The presentation of the award will be made at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, during a press conference to announce Cunningham's upcoming title defense against Tomasz Adamek. Cunningham won his world title and defended it once in 2007. He won the award based on voting by boxing fans, boxing media and he readers of this web site. This is the first Briscoe Award for "Fighter of the Year" and we are proud to present it to Steve. Please join us on Wednesday. The Briscoe for "Fight of the Year" will be awarded in December.

 

 
     
  October 18:

CINTRON POUNDS ROBINSON

Jason Cintron made his Philly debut a successful one by pounding out a one-sided unanimous decision over Tyric Robinson in the main event at the Blue Horizon Friday night. From as early as the first round, the outcome of the jr. welterweight bout never seemed in doubt. The only question was would Robinson survive the 8-round distance. Well he did survive and showed plenty of heart as the fight wore on. But that first round must have felt like an eternity for Tyric. Cintron landed sharp shots that stunned Robinson more than once. In the second round, a shocking uppercut hurt Robinson again and confirmed that it was going to be a long night for him.

Robinson fought hard and landed some shots of his own, but he just could not match the firepower... (MORE)

 

 
     
  October 13:

BLUE HORIZON CARD ON DECK FOR FRIDAY

Friday night the main event at the Blue Horizon features Tyric Robinson, 9-2-1 (3 KO), against Jason Cintron, 8-2, in an 8-round jr. welter bout. However the fight that should garner most of the attention is a 6-round cruiserweight clash between Tony "Boom Boom" Ferrante and Simon "One Punch" Carr. Each fighter has only a handful of fights - Ferrante is 3-0 (1 KO) & Carr is 4-2-1 (3 KO) - but it is an interesting match for the cult of Philly boxing. Carr is in need of a win. He's gone 0-2-1 in the past two years of near inactivity - and one could question the draw. But it's good to see him back in the ring after just three months. Ferrante has been fighting just over a year, and his last bout was a sudden and scary KO of Ray Ruiz at the Armory in April.

 

 
     
  October 6:

OUMA TKOS CLAY AT ARMORY

Former junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma snapped his three-fight losing streak at the Armory on Saturday night with a 6th round TKO over Martinus Clay. The fight capped a six-bout card billed as "Shamrocks and Dreams", where "Kassim the Dream" provided the dreams, and three upcoming Irish nationals supplied the shamrocks. The night was trimmed with an Irish band, bagpipers, smoke machines and lighting effects, which only enhanced the entertaining show inside the ring. Ouma's win began a little shaky for the former champ when his sluggish start was exploited by an upset-minded Clay who boxed carefully and landed a number of solid right hands during the first four rounds. But Ouma kept chugging. And although he failed to rev all the way back up to his former non-stop, always-pressing... MORE

 

 
     
  October 4:

OUMA FACES CLAY SATURDAY AT THE ARMORY

Former junior middleweight champion, Kassim "The Dream" Ouma headlines the six-bout card at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly Saturday night. Ouma takes on Martinus Clay in the scheduled 10-rounder in an attempt to halt the three-fight skid he's been on over the past two relatively inactive years. The high-output, non-stop style that earned him his world title appeared long gone in his most recent lackluster performances. In Clay, Ouma faces a sub-500 club fighter who he should be able to beat. But Martinus Clay is better than his 13-18-4 record indicates. Since taking on Billy Briscoe as his trainer, Clay has gone 1-0-2 in his last three fights. He appears renewed and in better shape than ever. But will that be enough to compete with Ouma? It has the makings of an interesting match.

 

 
     
  October 3:

EDDIE CHAMBERS RETURNS TO THE BLUE HORIZON

World-ranked heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers returns to the nest tonight when his 10-round main event against Livin Castillo highlights a six fight show at the Blue Horizon beginning at 7:30 PM. Chambers  cut his boxing teeth at the legendary venue with a string of 17 straight appearances which beefed up his record to 25-0 through 2006. In the past two years, Chambers tested the waters of boxing's big time and did pretty well for himself. He won four more bouts before losing for the first time versus Alexander Povetkin in a 12-round IBF eliminator. He bounced back in June with another win and returns tonight with a record of 31-1 with 17 KOs. The undercard features Philly's Darren Fallen in an 8-rounder against Carlos Pena, plus a 6-round women's bout and trio of 4-rounders.

 

 
     
  September 27:

MACK & ENNIS NEW PA STATE CHAMPS

Yusaf Mack scored an impressive 6th round TKO over Omar Pittman at the National Guard Armory Friday night to win the Pennsylvania state championship at 175 lbs. Mack used mobility and a sharp jab to dictate much of the entertaining match. His right hands found their mark and eventually wore down Pittman, but Omar was in the fight. He repeatedly exploded off the ropes in response to Mack's attacks, landing his own hard shots. In the semi-windup, Derek Ennis won a wide-margin 10-round decision over Troy Browning to capture the PA state jr. middle belt. In a rousing preliminary, Anthony Gatt and Jonathan Felton rumbled over four rock-em-sock-em rounds with Gatt taking the decision. Jack Blackburn look-alike Jules Blackwell scored a short but sweet TKO over Juvair Dennis.

 

 
     
  September 23:

MACK & PITTMAN CLASH FOR STATE TITLE FRIDAY

The National Guard Armory in NE Philadelphia will be the site for a big fight card featuring two 10-round PA state title fights. In the main event, Yusaf Mack, 25-2-2 (15 KOs), takes on Omar Pittman, 15-4-1 (8 KOs). With both the PA state title and the NABA championship on the line, both fighters are looking to grab the opportunity with a win. "I don't want to let my West Philly crowd down", said Mack at the pre-fight press conference Monday. "He is in my way", countered Pittman. Also on the card Friday is a 10-round bout for the PA state jr. middleweight crown between southpaw Troy Browning, 20-2-1 (8 KOs) and Derek Ennis, 15-2-1 (12 KOs). At least four other bouts support the featured contests with the first scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are still available.

 

 
     
  September 20:

KENNEDY GOES TO 10-0; HEMPHILL STOPS STEWART

Hot Philly prospect Teon Kennedy improved his pro record to 10-0 with a 6-round unanimous decision over Robert DaLuz, 11-14-2, on Friday night at the PAL Center in Hockessin, DE. Kennedy will continue his march toward a world ranking when he returns to the New Alhambra in November. In the main event at the PAL Center, Philly's Andre Hemphill beat Delaware's Richard Stewart by 3rd-round TKO. The win, his first in five fights, raised Hemphill's resume to 7-9-2. Stewart dropped to  14-7-2. Wildwood's Chuck Mussachio suffered his second career smudge when he was held to an 8-round draw against Willis Lockett, 10-6-5. Mussachio now stands at 12-0-2. He fought the other draw just two fights ago. Anthony Flores stopped Jason Rorie in 6 rounds.

 

 
     
  September 13:

CHAMBERS WINS BUT WILSON STEALS THE SHOW

Steve Upsher Chambers won his 8-round main event against Kevin Carmody on Friday night at the Blue Horizon, but he had to get off the floor to do it. Carmody dropped Chambers in round 1 but Steve dominated most of the action that followed. His unanimous win made him 18-1. Ran Nakash came all the way from Haifa, Israel just to blast Larry Robinson out in a mere 50 seconds of the 1st round. It was Ran's 11th KO in his 15-bout undefeated career. But the fight of the night was an 8-round war between Gee Culmer & Jameel Wilson. For the entire bout, this pair put on a gritty battle. Wilson seemed to do plenty to win the decision, but the judges voted for Culmer, now 15-1, and he took home the majority decision. The hard-luck Wilson left with a 13-15-3 record, but deserved better.

 

 
     
  September 11:

BLUE HORIZON CARD SET FOR FRIDAY

The Blue Horizon is back on Friday night with what looks like a solid 6-bout card featuring mostly local match ups, including three 8-rounders. In the main event, Steve Upsher Chambers, 17-1-1, takes on Kevin Carmody, 10-10-2, in an 8-round jr. welterweight bout. Super middleweights Gee Clumer,  14-1, and Jameel Wilson, 13-14-3, clash over 8 rounds. Ran Nakash, of Israel, returns to the Blue to take on Larry Robinson in a potentially explosive 8-round cruiser-weight match that should steal the show. Nakash is 14-0 with 10 KOs, while Robinson has 7 KOs in his 10-3 record. The card also marks the pro debut of two fighters, featherweight Derek Bivins & welterweight Darryl Jones, in separate four round fights. The show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are still available.

 

 
     
  September 6:

REFLECTIONS ON JOEY GIARDELLO, MY FAVORITE FIGHTER
By Chuck Hasson

My greatest boxing thrill was watching Joey Giardello beat Dick Tiger for the title, with my Dad, at Atlantic City's Convention Hall. Dad surprised me with two tickets to the fight as a present for my 17th birthday.  I had idolized Joey since watching him on the tube KO top contender Bobby Boyd (a recent winner over Fullmer and Eduardo Lausse) in 1956 when I was nine. I followed his career closely, used to hookey from school with my friends to watch him "train" at Passyunk Gym in South Philly. What a show he put on at the gym, good natured "ball busting " with his Paisans. His refusal to listen to his trainers, Joe Polino, then Adolph Ritacco. They were always looking for Joey to show up and would have to track him... (MORE)

 

 
     
  September 4:

...receiving a shot at the title in his 12th year as a pro and after 107 bouts. In that first crack, he fought to a controversial draw with NBA champ Gene Fullmer. After 16 more fights and 3 more patient years, Giardello finally received another championship opportunity.  At age 33, Joey took the world crown from Dick Tiger by 15-round decision at Atlantic City's Convention Hall in 1963. He defended his title the following year against Rubin Carter before losing it back to Tiger in 1965. He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. In a city known for great middleweights, Joey Giardello is prob-ably the best 160-pounder to ever come out of Philadelphia. Joey was a blue-collar hero who earned every one of his accomplishments. Giardello loved his wonderful family, his time as a boxer, and his Brooklyn Dodgers. He was loved by all who knew and idolized him, and he will be greatly missed by all of us.

 

 
     
  August 30:

JONES SCORES KO,
MUNDY DEFEATED

Mike Jones tried on his new, fan-selected nickname Friday night at the New Alhambra, but it was a familiar attribute, his punching power, that earned him his 15th straight professional win and 13th career knockout against Juliano Ramos of Brazil. "The Messiah", as Jones shall now be known in the ring, used an aggressive style to eventually chop down the tough Brazilian. The end came in the 6th, but was foreshadowed a couple of rounds prior. Jones landed his powerful shots throughout the scheduled 10-rounder (his 1st) and Ramos' ability to withstand them decreased as the rounds ticked by. Finally referee Steve Smoger stepped in. Latiff Mundy lost for the first time in 9 bouts, dropping an 8-round decision to Rudy Cisneros. Dennis Hasson showed some power in his 4th round KO win. (RESULTS)

 

 
     
  August 23:

JONES RETURNS FRIDAY

The excitement builds for the return of Philly's hottest and hardest-punching prospect, Machine Gun Mike Jones. Although the nickname may be short-lived (currently a contest is running to find him a new ring moniker), Jones figures to be on the radar of boxing fans for a long time to come. While his impressive string of KOs was interrupted by a pair of decision wins his last two times out, these most recent bouts went a long way in helping Jones to develop into a more complete fighter. But fans long for KOs like the 12 that began his budding pro career and lathered him in such a buzz. All of us Mike Jones fans will head to the New Alhambra Friday night to see his next step, but it's no secret that we're hoping for another KO. Jones faces Juliano Ramos, 15-1 (12).

 

 
     
  August 17:

NO KO FOR BRUNSON

Streaking Philly 1st-round KO "artist" Tyrone Brunson failed to gain his 20th straight quickie Friday night. The failure wasn't necessarily something that Brunson didn't do. Rather it was more something he did - fight an opponent with a winning record. For perhaps the first time in his 3-year career, Brunson had a live opponent before him, Antonio Soriano, and not a carefully selected chin. The bout ended in a 6-round draw.

THOMPSON CUT BY BUTT, LOSES BY TKO

Anthony Thompson lost in controversy Friday when his bout with Ishmail Arvin was stopped after 6, due to a cut that replays showed was caused by a butt. Thompson lead on the scorecards.

 

 
     
  August 15:

HALL OF FAME HONORS

Former light-heavyweight champion Tommy Loughran will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in a banquet ceremony scheduled for Thursday evening November 13th at the Hyatt Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. A press conference to announce this year's class was held Thursday at the Spectrum. Joining Loughran will be 12 other inductees from a variety of sports including, Harold Carmichael, Mickey Vernon, Maurice Cheeks, Ed Delahanty, Lionel Simmons, Dorothy Porter, Herb Magee, Fred Shero, Al Wistert, Leroy Burrell, writer Stan Hochman and the 1927 Philadelphia Athletics. Loughran becomes just the second boxer to be inducted into this hall. Joe Frazier was the first, five years ago. Ticket info can be found at www.phillyhall.org.

 

 
     
  August 14:

HOPKINS & PAVLIK TO CLASH

Bernard Hopkins and Kelly Pavlik went on the road last week to announce their high-profile Pay-Per-View fight sched-uled for October 18th in Atlantic City. The 12-rounder will be contested at a catch-weight of 170 pounds with no major title on the line. It will truly be a meeting of blue collar fighters, with both having lunch-box ring personas - though Bernard's is solid gold. At 44 years old, Hopkins has become a multi-million dollar trial horse for any young fighter wanting a big name on their record & a tough test. But Hopkins is a wily old vet who continues look pretty good against everyone he fights, still beating most of them. Hopkins seems to be in search of someone who can retire him. Recent conqueror Joe Calzaghe wasn't the one. Can Pavlik do it?  We'll see in October.

 

 
     
  August 7:

HOPKINS & PAVLIK TO CLASH

Bernard Hopkins and Kelly Pavlik went on the road this week to announce their high-profile Pay-Per-View fight which is scheduled for October 18th in Atlantic City. The 12-rounder will be contested at a catch-weight of 170 pounds with no major title on the line. The match is truly a meeting of blue collar fighters, with both having lunch-box ring personas - though Bernard's is solid gold. At 44 years old, Hopkins has become a multi-million dollar trial horse. Any young fighter wanting a big name on their record and a tough test, need look no further than old Bernard. But Hopkins is a wily old vet who continues look pretty good against everyone he fights. He seems to be in search of someone who can retire him. Recent conqueror Joe Calzaghe wasn't the one. Can Kelly Pavlik do it? Let's see.

 

 
     
  August 2:

ERIC HUNTER WINS IN OAKS

Eric "The Outlaw" Hunter won for the 5th straight time to push his record to 10-1 (5 KO) Friday night at the Cisco Arena in Oaks, PA. His 8-round decision over Robert DaLuz of Provi-dence (11-13-2, 9 KOs), was a shutout. Although Hunter managed to drop his foe three times, he was unable to go home early and settled for the points win. Wilmington's Ryan Belasco (8-2-3, 2 KO) also won by wide ballot, beating Justin Danforth over 6 rounds. Jesus Barbosa (4-0-1, 3 KO) won a 4-round decision over Keywayne Hill. Potts-town's Travis Thompson (3-2-1, 2 KO) and Corey McCants fought to a 4-round draw. Tracey Hunt topped Christina Leadbetter by decision in a women's 4-rounder. Frank Ronson KO'd Earl Doe in five. The Oaktree Brown & Maurice Wheeler match was scratched.

 

 
     
  July 31:

OAKS CARD SLATED FOR FRIDAY NIGHT

A nine-bout pro boxing show is scheduled for the Cisco Arena in Oaks, PA on Friday night, August 1st. The card is headlined by  9-1 (4 KO) West Philly featherweight Eric "The Outlaw" Hunter, who is coming off a TKO of Jules Blackwell. Hunter faces Robert DaLuz, 11-12-2 (9 KO), of Providence, RI. The main event is scheduled for 8 rounds or less. The card also features a 6-round heavyweight battle between Mark "Oak Tree" Brown, Salem, NJ, and southpaw Maurice Wheeler of Philadelphia. Other bouts include appearances by Ryan Belasco, Travis Thompson, Jesus Barbosa, and a pair of female super bantamweights in a 4-rounder. The show is promoted by Xtreme Productions and begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the door.

 

 
     
  July 26:

NEW BOXER ADDITIONS

We've added a ton of new content recently including photos & records for more than 90 PHILLY BOXERS. Now more than 400 local fighters are listed - from the 1800s to the present. Many of these listings feature photos that can't be found anywhere else on the Web.  

RING NICKNAMES

In our ever-expanding LISTS section, we've recently added a run-down of Philly boxing nicknames. You know who "The Executioner" is, but how about "The South Philly Sheik"? We have almost 200 names on the list.

BLUE HORIZON & ALHAMBRA

Checkout the ARENAS section for specific histories by fight venue.

 

 
     
  July 19:

TEON CONTINUES TO RISE 

Teon Kennedy scored another impres-sive win at his home field on Friday night when his 2nd round KO of previously undefeated Thomas Snow topped a 7-bout New Alhambra card and raised his record to 9-0 with 5 KOs. The 22-year old Kennedy's stock continues to rise. Chuck Mussachio dropped Richard Stewart en route to a hard-fought 8-round points win. Simon "One Punch" Carr did in fact show for his 6-rounder against Larry Robinson, but lost a majority decision in a battle of South Philadelphians. Newbie Dennis Hasson made it three in a row with a 4-round shutout over Roberto Irrizarry. Martinus Clay won by TKO when his bout with Shawn Purdy was stopped after the 3rd. And North Philly's Luis Esquilin and Anthony Flores each won their own 4-round decision over out-of-town foes.

 

 
     
  July 15:

ADOLF RITACCO DIES AT 93 

We just received the news that legendary trainer and cut man Adolf Ritacco died on June 22nd at age 93. The 5-foot-2-inch Ritacco was an amateur flyweight boxer who turned professional under the management of Frank Palumbo. But it was as a trainer and an especially crafty cut man that he became famous. Adolph trained heavyweight contender Dan Bucceroni, middleweight champion Joey Giardello, and welterweight contender Stanley "Kitten" Hayward along the way. As Matthew Saad Muhammad's cut man, Ritacco saved the light-heavyweight champ's title in 1979, in his very first defense (vs. John Conteh), when he kept Saad's cuts under control with some corner  wizardry and a mysterious blood-stemming concoction. South Philadelphian Ritacco was truly one of the sports greatest cut men.  (MORE)

 

 
     
  July 12:

GRANT LUMBERS BACK

Former heavyweight contender and title challenger Michael Grant won an 8-round unanimous decision over Dem-etrice King on Friday night (7/11) in the feature bout at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly to continue his sputtering ring comeback. It was Grant's first outing in 10 months. He won the fight easily against a durable foe, but lacked the sparkle that once had much of the boxing world thinking he might be the next big thing. But that was years ago. On Friday night, he was still big and still sculpted but no longer appeared to have a boxing future. This was no surprise, and it wasn't Grant's fault, but it was depressing to see this former star going through the motions against a sub-500 opponent before a sparse crowd of less than 200. The under-card of this under-achieving show wasn't... (MORE)

 

 
     
  July 10:

MICHAEL GRANT SET FOR ARMORY COMEBACK

Former heavyweight contender and title challenger Michael Grant makes his return to the ring on Friday night (7/11) at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. Grant, a resident of Blue Bell, PA, has scattered five consecutive victories since 2004, in his choppy comeback. His last outing (TKO 7 Kevin Monity) came ten months ago and raised his pro slate to 43-3 (33). On Friday, Grant faces Demetrice King, a 14-15 (12 KO) heavy from Flint, MI, in the card's 8-round main event. The show is presented by Southern Starr Promotions and also features an 8-rounder between Jameel Wilson and Ross Thompson, as well as other prelims. Grant's final pre-fight workout was Thursday at Team Integrity Boxing Gym in Pennsville, NJ. (PHOTOS)

 

 
     
  July 7:

PHILLY-AREA FIGHTERS LOSE RECENT HIGH-PROFILE BOUTS

On the heels of Chazz Witherspoon's emphatic loss to Chris Arreola last month, three other Philly boxers also came up short in key matches during the first week of July. Big John Poore was chopped down in the 1st round of a nationally televised fight with Brian Minto in Butler, PA. Poore was dropped three times and lost by TKO on July 2nd. Three days later, Zahir Raheem made the trip all the way to South Africa only to be TKO'd in 4 rounds by Ali Funeka. The shocking loss was the first time he'd been stopped since the 1996 Olympics. Also on July 5th but in Halle, Germany, Felix Sturm defeated Philly-born Randy Griffin by 12-round unanimous decision to defend his WBA middleweight title. The bout was a rematch of their controversial draw from last fall.

 

 
     
  July 4:

HART DEDICATION VIDEO

The ashes of Philly welterweight legend, Garnet "Sugar" Hart were laid to rest on May 31 in a memorial service at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd. Hart became the 3rd Philadelphia boxer to be honored in our Gravestone Program along with Tyrone Everett and Gypsy Joe Harris. Tacony lightweight Eddie Cool is scheduled to join the group later this year. A large gathering of family, friends and fans were on hand to remember Hart in a moving ceremony. Fellow legends Sidney "Sweet Pea" Adams, Henry "Toothpick" Brown and Vic Diamond, ring contemporaries of Hart, were also in attendance while reps from the Veteran Boxers Association tolled a final 10-count. Several of those in attendance recounted stories from Hart's colorful life and career. VIEW photos and video from the event.

 

 
     
  June 30:

SUGAR HART LAID TO REST AT GRAVESTONE DEDICATION

The ashes of Philly welterweight legend, Garnet "Sugar" Hart were laid to rest on Saturday, May 31 in a memorial service at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd. Hart became the third Philadelphia boxer to be honored by this Web site's gravestone program, joining Tyrone Everett and Gypsy Joe Harris. Tacony lightweight Eddie Cool is scheduled to join the group later this year. A large gathering of family, friends and fans were on hand to remember Hart in a moving ceremony. Fellow legends Sidney "Sweet Pea" Adams, Henry "Toothpick" Brown and Vic Diamond, ring contemporaries of Hart, were also in attendance, while reps from the Veteran Boxers Association tolled a final 10-count. Several of those in attendance recounted stories from Hart's colorful life and career.  PHOTOS 

 
     
  June 22:

FIRST LOSS FOR CHAZZ

Chazz Witherspoon lost his first big test as a heavyweight prospect Saturday night on HBO and with it went his undefeated pro record. Witherspoon was chopped down by a relentless attack from unbeaten Chris Arreola & although the ending was clouded in some controversy, the true outcome was clear. After being dropped twice in the third, Chazz was disqualified at the end of the round when his corner entered the ring prematurely, albeit after the bell had sounded. But Witherspoon had taken enough punishment & seemed adequately dazed to warrant a TKO stoppage. We'll never know, but it appeared he'd not have made it through the next round. By playing into Arreola's strengths & failing to capitalize upon his own, Chazz learned a lesson. It was a gutsy performance but not a smart one, as Chazz returns to the drawing board.

 

 
     
  June 18:

PHILLY BOXERS IN BIG BOUTS

Philadelphia's best heavyweight pros-pect, Chazz Witherspoon, takes a big step up on Saturday night (6/21) when he faces Chris Arreola in a 12-round battle of undefeated up-and-comers at the Fed-Ex Forum in Memphis. The fight will be televised live on HBO. Both fighters have perfect & strikingly similar records - Chazz is 23-0 (15 KO) and Arreola is 23-0 (21 KO). Both men represent the toughest-ever test for each, so it should be an interesting match. A win for Witherspoon would catapult him into the next level & make him a contender. Meanwhile on Friday night, Eddie Chambers fights for the first time after his first-ever loss when he takes on Raphael Butler for the vacant USBA heavyweight title in a 12-rounder in the Cayman Islands. Showtime televises this card, but it is not clear whether the Chambers bout will make air.

 

 
     
  June 10:

HARRY LEWIS INDUCTED TO INTERNATIONAL HOF

Former welterweight champion Harry Lewis was inducted posthumously into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in their annual ceremony at Canastota, NY, Sunday, June 8, 2008. Lewis was born Henry Besterman in New York City, but moved to Philadelphia at an early age. He lived here for the remainder of his life. Harry's career began in 1904 and he quickly impressed the boxing world. He laid claim to the 147-pound world title in 1908. Lewis defended his championship four times before relinquishing the crown in 1911. He retired two years later after nearly losing his life in a knockout loss to Joe Borrell. Lewis compiled an overall career record of 101-34-19-1 with 47 KOs and 19 No Decisions. He died February 22, 1956 at age 69. With his induction, Lewis became the 19th Philly personality to enter the Hall of Fame.

 

 
     
  June 5:

ROSADO SHINES ON ESPN2

Local jr. middleweight "King" Gabriel Rosado made his ESPN2 debut on Wednesday night with an upset victory over previously undefeated James Moore of Ireland. Rosado took the fight on short notice & was up against a foe with more amateur & pro experience. Moore started well, winning the first 3 rounds by applying pressure & exploiting Rosado's defensive gaps. But Gabby turned the tables in round 4 when he hurt Moore with a good right hand. Rosado followed up in the fifth by beating Moore to the canvas with some hard rights and one sneaky left uppercut/hook. Moore showed respect for Rosado after that and the King worked his way to an 8-round unanimous surprise decision. The win raised Rosado's record to 10-2 (6 KO), while Moore dropped to 15-1 (10 KO). Congrats to Gabby and his team for this impressive win, his career-best.

 

 
     
  June 2:

LOCAL BOXERS IN ACTION ON TV AND AT BLUE HORIZON

On Wednesday night (6/4) ESPN2 will broadcast a live boxing show from Brooklyn, NY that features some of Philly's young talent. In the main event, Yusaf Mack (24-2-2 / 15 KO) takes on Daniel Judah (22-2-3 / 10 KO) in a 12-round light-heavyweight bout. Also on the televised card, "King" Gabriel Rosado (9-2 / 6 KO) faces undefeated James Moore (15-0 / 10 KO) in a step up in competition. Then on Friday night (6/6), boxing returns to the Blue Horizon for the venue's last show of the summer. In the main event, Adam Harris fights Harvey Jolley after Jack Blackburn look-alike Jules Blackwell boxes Tyrell Samuel and Steve Upsher Chambers battles Jaime Morales in the main preliminary bouts. Also scheduled to appear Friday are Ran Nakash, Orlando Lewis & Steve O'Meara.

 

 
     
  May 17:

SUGAR HART GRAVESTONE DEDICATION - MAY 31

On Saturday May 31 at 10:00 AM, a memorial service will be held for Garnet "Sugar" Hart and his mother Iretta at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd (59 W. Rockhill Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004). Garnet Hart was a celebrated amateur boxer who won the national AAU championship in 1954 and was the number one welterweight contender as a professional. Hart died October 15, 2003. This service is open to the public. Family, friends, and fans are welcome to attend. This gravestone is the third one to be placed by phillyboxinghistory.com. The first was for Tyrone Everett followed by Gypsy Joe Harris. The Web site places a stone every year and holds a public dedication. Next in line is the famed lightweight contender Eddie Cool. For more info about the program click here.

 

 
     
  May 10:

MIKE JONES CAN'T PUNCH!

Just kidding.  Although Machine Gun Mike Jones failed to KO a second straight opponent last night, the Philly prospect looked strong, sharp and well-schooled in his lopsided 8-round unanimous decision win over Gilbert Venegas at the New Alhambra. The victory marked Mike's 14th straight win (12 by KO). The large pro-Jones crowd called for the KO and erupted every time their man landed his shots - which was often. Mike nailed his willing foe with thunderous blows throughout the eight rounds, but he would have had a better chance for a knockout if he'd been matched against a brick wall. Although Jones nearly got Venegas in the final round, clearly the Chicago welterweight, 10-6-3 (7 KO), wasn't going anywhere. He pressed forward, took his lumps and even smacked Jones with an occasional right hand. Of course Jones can still punch, and his failure to...  (MORE)

 

 
     
  May 5:

JONES BACK IN ACTION FRIDAY AT NEW ALHAMBRA

Hot Philly prospect Machine Gun Mike Jones will attempt to begin a new KO streak on Friday night in the main event at the New Alhambra in South Philly. Jones takes on Gilbert Venegas in the eight-round welterweight bout. In his last bout back in March, Jones was extended to the full limit for the first time in his pro career when he decisioned Jermaine Sanders over eight rounds to run his record to 13-0 with 12 KOs. Friday's fight is Jones' second main event at the venue. Also on the card Friday Gabe Rosado and Mustapha Johnson will fight a 6-round rematch. Rosado won their first bout by 4-round split decision. Larry Robinson & William Bailey and Victor Vasquez & Ryan Belasco meet in the two other 6-rounders. Dennis Hasson highlights the four 4-rounders. The eight-fight card begins at 7:30 PM on Friday night.

 

 
     
  April 21:

R.I.P. DAN BUCCERONI

Sadly, heavyweight contender of the 1950's, Dan Bucceroni died late last week at age 80. He was born December 3, 1927 in South Philadelphia. As a light-heavyweight amateur, Bucceroni won the Diamond Belt in 1945 and the national golden gloves championship in 1947. He turned pro later that same year and ran off 12 straight wins and won 30 of his first 32 bouts. By 1953, Bucceroni was ranked as the number three heavyweight contender for Rocky Marciano's crown. However, Dan never earned a shot at the title. Over the course of his career, he split two fights with Roland LaStarza, and beat Rocky Jones three times. He ended his career in 1954 after three consecutive losses with a record of 46-6 with 30 KOs. In retirement, Dan managed a few boxers including Kitten Hayward. He also developed and sold a popular how-to-box lesson book. He entered the PA Hall of Fame in 1979.

 

 
     
  April 18:

ICING ON THE CAKE?

This weekend, light-heavyweight champ and Philadelphia son Bernard Hopkins takes on undefeated Welshman Joe Calzaghe in a hotly anticipated show-down and super-fight of sorts. The big bout will play out at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and before a national television audience on HBO.

For the 44-0 (32 KO) Calzaghe, the stakes are clear. After more than ten years as a super-middleweight belt-holder, 21 title defenses, a patchwork unification job in the 168-pound division, and a handful of truly impressive recent wins, Calzaghe needs a big fight on the world stage to rise to the elite level. Bernard Hopkins represents that final hurdle to legitimate boxing stardom for Calzaghe. A victory on Saturday night against the 43-year old Executioner will validate the steady rise in stock Joe has experienced since he... (MORE)

 

 
     
  April 5:

FRAZIER GYM TO CLOSE

Last week the sad news came that the famous Philly boxing landmark known as Joe Frazier's Gym was being shut down. The full story was nicely chronicled by Bernard Fernandez in the Philadelphia Daily News on Thursday (04/03/08). However, the first word about the whole matter came to me earlier in the week when a gym-rat friend of mine called to tell me that the fighters from Frazier's Gym were looking for a new boxing home, immediately launching the rumor that Smokin' Joe's place was about to close. Fernandez's story confirmed things.

In the official press release from the gym, there seems to be some ray of hope about the gym reopening after some renovations are done or once new financial investors are found. For a second, these scenarios feel like there's a chance of reversing... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 29:

JONES EXTENDED TO LIMIT

Undefeated prospect Mike Jones was forced to the limit for the first time in his career Friday night. Jones won an 8-round unanimous decision over Germaine Sanders in a bout nationally televised by ESPN2. The victory raised Machine Gun Mike's record to 13-0, but snapped his KO streak at 12 straight. The more experienced Sanders (27-6, 17 KOs) fought well, truly testing the still-developing Jones. Sanders landed sharp shots throughout the fight, snapping Jones' head back a number of times. The always-cool Jones took the punches well but showed some defensive holes that need filling. Still, in a seemingly close fight, Jones finished strongly to take the decision by three comfortable scores of 78-74 (6 rounds to 2). The fight provided Mike with some valuable seasoning which will help him down the road. Also on the televised... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 23:

LOCAL BOXERS IN SPOTLIGHT

A number of Philly-based boxers will be tested this week in high-profile bouts. Mike Jones, the city's most exciting prospect, will make his national TV debut on ESPN2 Friday night from NY. His opponent, Germaine Sanders, 27-5 (17 KOs), should prove to be a real challenge to Mike's 12-fight knockout streak. Although Sanders has lost his last two, he has only been stopped once in his career, and that was by cuts back in 2002. So Mike may be hard-pressed to grab KO # 13, but I wouldn't be surprised is he gets it. Jones looks like the real thing. Further, he is a fighter who really believes that the boxing world is his for the taking. That confidence combined with his emerging ring skills makes Jones the man from Philly to watch. This big op with everyone watching could be a real launching pad for the next phase of...      (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 22:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its induction class for 2008. This year the truly a star-studded list of honorees is as follows: Percy Bassett (deceased), Charles Brewer, Larry Holmes, Jack McKinney (boxing writer, deceased), Curtis Parker, Meldrick Taylor, and Tim Witherspoon. Also Carl LeVotch, the sculptor of the Briscoe statue & many other fine works, will be honored as the VBA 2008 Person of the Year. All living inductees will be invited & are expected to attend, as are family members of the deceased honorees. The ceremony banquet will be held at Romano's Caterers on May 18, 2008 at 4:00pm. Tickets cost $50 and are now on sale. To purchase your tickets either call John Gallagher of the VBA at (215) 465-1778, or print the order form here to purchase by mail.

 

 
     
  March 18:

R.I.P. JIMMY TOPPI, JR.

We are sad to report that legendary Philly boxing promoter and fight venue mogul Jimmy Toppi, Jr. passed away on March 13th. A 16 year old Toppi was installed as the "promoter of record" for his father, boxing impresario & manager Jimmy Sr., to circumvent conflict of interest rules that prohibited managers from promoting their own fighters. But instead of becoming the Carl King of his day, Jimmy Jr. showed a knack for match-making & publicity that allowed him to take on more & more of the family business. Together they built Toppi Stadium & purchased numerous other venues. Jimmy Jr. eventually bought an old moose lodge and turned it into the Blue Horizon. At the time of his passing, this famous "kid" was 85. Services were held on St. Patrick's day (3/17) at St. Richard's Catholic Church at S.18th & Pollock Streets in S. Philly.

 

 
     
  March 14:

R.I.P. JIMMY TOPPI, JR.

We are sorry to report that legendary Philly boxing promoter and fight venue mogul Jimmy Toppi, Jr. passed away on Wednesday evening, March 12th. A 16 year old Toppi was originally installed as the "promoter of record" for his father, boxing impresario & manager Jimmy Sr., to circumvent conflict of interest rules that prohibited managers from also promoting their fighters. But instead of becoming the Carl King of his day, Jimmy Jr. showed a knack for match-making, marketing & publicity that allowed him to take on more & more of the family business. Together they built Toppi Stadium & purchased numerous other venues. Jimmy Jr. eventually bought an old moose lodge and turned it into the Blue Horizon. At the time of his passing, this kid was well into his 80's. Services are scheduled for 11:30 AM, Monday, 3/17 at St. Richard's (S. 18th & Pollack Streets in S. Philly (19145).

 

 
     
  March 12:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its induction class for 2008. This year the truly a star-studded list of honorees is as follows: Percy Bassett (deceased), Charles Brewer, Larry Holmes, Jack McKinney (boxing writer, deceased), Curtis Parker, Meldrick Taylor, and Tim Witherspoon. Also Carl LeVotch, the sculptor of the Briscoe statue & many other fine works, will be honored as the VBA 2008 Person of the Year. All living inductees will be invited & are expected to attend, as are family members of the deceased honorees. The ceremony banquet will be held at Romano's Caterers on May 18, 2008 at 4:00pm. Tickets cost $50 and are now on sale. To purchase your tickets either call John Gallagher of the VBA at (215) 465-1778, or print the order form here to purchase by mail.

 

 
     
  March 8:

MTAGWA RUMBLES IN SOUTH PHILLY

Rogers Mtagwa and Aldo Valtierra wowed the large New Alhambra crowd in their main event rematch Friday night. The little Tanzanian-South-Philadelphian sure likes a fight, and his penchant for punches showed yet again in his 10-round slugfest. When Rogers would land his sharp shots and appear to have things under control, his tough Mexican foe would battle back with his own hard punches. But instead of using his superior speed and movement to avoid punishment, good old Rogers would just let the enemy attack land right on the button. His style makes for great fights but also makes a win like this much closer & harder than it needs to be. But hey, I'm not complaining. Mtagwa won the decision. Teon Kennedy won his 1st 8-rounder and Dennis Hasson debuted with a 4-round win.   (Full Results)

 

 
     
  March 5:

BOOGALOO WATTS INTERVIEW BY KEN HISSNER

In the mid 1970’s the names that rang out in Philly were some of the middleweight division's top contenders like “Bad” Bennie, “Willie the Worm”, “Cyclone”, “Kitten”, “Dynamite” and “Boogaloo”.   Many times in recent years I would see the still slender, now top trainer with the big cowboy hat at the amateur and pro shows.  I approached him one day to do a story on his former super middleweight world champion, Charles “Hatchet” Brewer.  He was always obliging at the Shuler gym, in Philly.  I found it more difficult later on to get him to talk about his own career but we finally did it over a two hour period.  Even though he left some stones unturned he gave me enough to bring back “that old time feeling.” 

Ken Hissner:  If I didn’t ask how you got that nickname... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 3:

MTAGWA RETURNS TO THE NEW ALHAMBRA

Friday night, Rogers Mtagwa returns to his South Philly home field for a rematch with Aldo Valtierra, the third announced opponent for Mtagwa for this date. Valtierra replaces David Martinez, who replaced Roger Gonzalez. The bout, originally slated as a 12-round NABF featherweight title fight, will play out as a 10-round over-the-weight match, due to the late switch. In their first fight last summer, the crowd-pleasing Mtagwa took a close 12-rounder, which was apparently changed to a no decision afterward. Also on the card Friday, super-prospect Teon Kennedy looks for his 8th straight win in the main supporting bout. The match is Teon's first scheduled 8-rounder. Amateur star Dennis Hasson makes his pro debut in a 4-rounder, Victor Vasquez faces Rami Ibrahim, plus three more bouts round out the card.

 

 
     
  March 3:

MTAGWA RETURNS TO THE NEW ALHAMBRA

On Friday night, NABF featherweight champ Rogers Mtagwa returns to his South Philly home field to defend his title for the first time against David Martinez in the 12-round main event at the New Alhambra. The crowd-pleasing Mtagwa, 24-12-2 (17 KOs), won his crown two fights ago with a decision over Aldo Valtierra at the same arena. Martinez brings a record of 18-3-1 (3 KOs) into the bout and looks to play spoiler. In his biggest test to date, Martinez dropped a decision to Clarence Bones Adams last year. Also on the card Friday, super-prospect Teon Kennedy looks for his 8th straight win in the main supporting bout. The match is Teon's first scheduled 8-rounder. Amateur star Dennis Hasson makes his pro debut in a 4-rounder, Victor Vasquez faces Rami Ibrahim, plus three more bouts round out the card.

 

 
     
  March 1:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame has announced its induction class for 2008. This year the truly a star-studded list of honorees is as follows: Percy Bassett (deceased), Charles Brewer, Larry Holmes, Jack McKinney (boxing writer, deceased), Curtis Parker, Meldrick Taylor, and Tim Witherspoon. Also Carl LeVotch, the sculptor of the Briscoe statue & many other fine works, will be honored as the VBA 2008 Person of the Year. All living inductees will be invited & are expected to attend, as are family members of the deceased honorees. The ceremony banquet will be held at Romano's Caterers on May 18, 2008 at 4:00pm. Tickets cost $50 and are now on sale. To purchase your tickets either call John Gallagher of the VBA at (215) 465-1778, or print the order form here to purchase by mail.

 

 
     
  February 28:

ROCKY JONES DIES AT 86
An obituary by Chuck Hasson

Fred "Rocky" Jones, former light heavyweight contender who scored a shocking upset of Roland LaStarza in 1952, died on Saturday, February 23rd at 86. Those of us who were lucky enough to have known him remember Rocky as a wonderful guy and a real gentleman. He was born in Akron, OH and spent much of his youth in an orphanage in that city and always had nothing but kind words for those who cared for him. Although only a 175 lber, he met some of the best heavyweights of the 1950's and always gave a fine account of himself. Rocky boxed LaStarza (2x), Tommy Harrison, Dan Bucceroni (3x), Danny Nardico, Curt Kennedy, Jimmy Rousse, Art Swiden, Jimmy Slade, Charlie Powell, Chubby Wright, Ted Calaman, Freddie Beshore, Bill Gilliam and Doc Bee.  (more)

 

 
     
  February 26:

MARCH BOXING ACTION

Two local fight cards are slated for next month. First on March 1st, Power Productions will stage a 5-fight show at the Cisco Arena in Oaks, PA. Featherweight Jules Blackwell (a Jack Blackburn look alike) will put his 7-0 record on the line against Lucian Gonzalez (4-4) in the 6-round main event. Also scheduled to appear are heavyweights Grant Cujoe and Octavius Smith in the 6-round co-feature. On March 7th, Peltz Boxing is back with their first Philly show of 2008. The site is South Philly's New Alhambra. In the scheduled main event, Rogers Mtagwa faces Roger Gonzalez in a 12-round featherweight fight for the NABF title. Defending champ Mtagwa is coming off a non-title loss in his last bout, and will be looking to turn his career around. Also scheduled is 7-0 super-prospect Teon Kennedy in his first 8-rounder.

 

 
     
  February 17:

LOCAL BOUTS IN MARCH

Two local fight cards are slated for next month. First on March 1st, Power Productions will stage a 6-fight show at the Cisco Arena in Oaks, PA. Featherweight Jules Blackwell (a Jack Blackburn look alike) will put his 7-0 record on the line against Lucian Gonzalez (4-4) in the 6-round main event. Also scheduled to appear is the exciting Lenny DeVictoria in another 6-rounder. Lenny will try to make it three wins in a row when he takes on Damon Antoine. On March 7th, Peltz Boxing is back with their first Philly show of 2008. The site is South Philly's New Alhambra. In the main event, Rogers Mtagwa faces Roger Gonzalez in a 12-round featherweight fight for the NABF title. Defending champ Mtagwa is coming off a non-title loss in his last bout. Also scheduled is 7-0 super-prospect Teon Kennedy in his first 8-rounder.

 

 
     
  February 9:

DEVICTORIA BRAWLS TO VICTORY AT BLUE

Lenny DeVictoria took an exciting 8-round decision against Derrick "The Dragon" Moon on Friday night at the Blue Horizon. For DeVictoria, it was his second consecutive win and it brought his deceiving ring record up to 11-10. More importantly, the victory was another thrilling brawl that electrified the local fight club. After his once-in-a-lifetime classic against Elad Shmouel in December, Lenny was in the impossible position of trying to deliver a similar thriller. Although a full notch below that fight in terms of pulse-pounding combat, this latest win was still an all-action punch-out that had the crowd on their feet. DeVictoria took the unanimous verdict and secured his new role as Philly's most exciting fighter. In the semi-windup, Gee Culmer won a 6-round decision over John Michael Terry.

 

 
     
  February 5:

DEVICTORIA RETURNS TO BLUE HORIZON FRIDAY

Lenny DeVictoria the tough Philly jr. welterweight, with a deceiving 10-10 pro slate, returns to the site of his last and greatest career win on Friday night. In December, Lenny came off the floor to win an intense and thrilling battle at the Blue Horizon over Elad Shmouel with a heart-pounding 6th round TKO. On February 8th, DeVictoria returns to the Blue in the 8-round main event against Derrick Moon. The 25-year old Fort Worth, Texas fighter has a 12-15-1 (2 KOs) record and matches up well with Lenny in a dream of a club fight. DeVictoria will be looking to pick up where he left off in December, but chances are he'll never top that incredible night. Also on the card Friday are Gee Culmer vs. Joe Christy in an 8-rounder, Ran Nakash vs. Ray Ruiz in a 6-rounder, plus five preliminary bouts. The fights begin at 7:30 PM.

 

 
     
  January 28:

R.I.P. JOE AURILLO

Darby middleweight of the 1940s & 1950s, Joe Aurillo, passed away on Friday, January 25. He was 85. Aurillo had about forty professional fights and an even more active amateur career. He fought the likes of Joey Giardello, Marvin Edelman, Johnny Bernardo, Joe Bonadies, Harold Moore, and many others. He was a member of the Veteran Boxers Association - Ring One and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame in 1974. Joe was famous for being a nice guy - perhaps too nice. Sonny Wiggins, his manager, claimed Aurillo's lack of killer instinct in the ring was caused by Joe's good nature and his penchant for NOT hurting or embarrassing opponents that he was dominating. I met Joe a few times about a year ago. He was a tall, quiet and sweet old guy. I'm glad I got the chance to meet him and mourn his passing.

 

 
     
  January 27:

CHAMBERS BLOWS IT IN BERLIN, LOSES DECISION

On Saturday in Berlin, Germany, Eddie Chambers started his 12-round final elimination contest against Alexander Povetkin in such impressive fashion, that it seemed certain he would win the bout and set himself up for a shot at Wladimir Klitschko's title. Chambers was quick and sharp and dominant for the first four rounds. He nailed the Russian contender with hard, clean shots and marked up his left eye. As that eye began to close, it appeared Fast Eddie  would coast to his 31st - and most important - victory. But something happened on the way to the big time. Once the bell for round five rang, Chambers became passive and started letting rounds go to Povetkin. Despite stern urging from his corner, Chambers failed to pick up the pace and never won another round. The official cards were unanimous for Povetkin.

 

 
     
  January 18:

CHAMBERS HAS BIG CHANCE

Next Saturday (1/26) far away in a Berlin, Germany boxing ring, local undefeated heavyweight prospect Eddie Chambers will have the opportunity to upgrade his status of "prospect" to full-fledged "contender" when he steps in against Alexander Povetkin in a 12-round IBF title elimination bout. The winner of the fight will become the #1 mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko.  Chambers has done well in each of his four tests since leaving his Philly nest of the Blue Horizon, beating increasingly stronger competition and looking good doing so. In Povetkin, he figures to find his toughest opponent to date. The Russian heavyweight is 14-0 with 11 KOs and boasts a 2004 Olympic Gold Medal. It should be a difficult task for Chambers but the stakes have never been so worth it. The bout will be televised by HBO.

 

 
     
  January 12:

PITTMAN COMES UP SHORT

North Philly's Omar Pittman was on national TV Friday night when he faced undefeated prospect Jean Pascal in Hollywood, FL on ESPN2. Pittman, 15-3, was a major underdog against the 20-0 Pascal. For the first 6 rounds, there wasn't much doubt about the outcome. Pascal landed often & scored a knock-down in the 2nd. But Pittman hung in there & made it a fight in round 7. A sharp left hook hurt Pascal with one minute to go in the round, but Jean survived on wobbly legs. In the 8th, Pittman hurt his foe again but could not put him away. Pittman managed to win his third straight round in the 9th, but could not get the KO. Although he was closing the big scoring gap set by Pascal, Pittman just didn't have the tools to completely take over. Pascal took the 10th, escaping Pittman's scare. The decision was unanimous for Pascal.

 

 
     
  January 1:

PHILLY BOXING HISTORY'S NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

In 2008, this web site has a number of resolutions that it will be focused on keeping. First, 2008 will be the year that we place gravestones for both Garnet "Sugar" Hart (in the Spring) and Eddie Cool (in the Fall). Second, we will begin to add video to the web site, starting later this month. The video clips posted will include classic fight footage & interviews, as well as original video content created by us. Third, Philly Boxing History will stage the first annual Briscoe Awards event in October. The show will honor a great fighter from the past, an exceptional fight from the past, as well as a 2007/2008 fighter of the year & fight of the year. Finally, and most importantly, we promise to add at least one piece of content to this site every day to help remember those who participated in Philly boxing history.

 

 
     
  December 30:

CUNNINGHAM DEFENDS TITLE ABROAD WITH TKO

On Saturday night in Bielefeld, Germany, IBF cruiserweight champion and son of Philadelphia, Steve Cunningham made the first defense of his title by stopping Marco Huck at 1:56 of the 12th and final round. Huck jumped out to an early lead and pressed the champ throughout the bout, but Cunningham found his groove and wore down his opponent as the fight progressed. Huck, the mandatory challenger, which usually constitutes a joke,  made a good showing and proved to be a tough opponent. He was particularly effective when he was able to pin Cunningham on the ropes, which was often, according to the news reports. Congratulations to USS Cunningham. This was his third consecutive fight on foreign soil. Hopefully he can now come home to defend his belt in the US and on TV. Cunningham raised hi record to 21-1 with 11 KOs. Well done Steve!

 

 
     
  December 27:

USS CUNNINGHAM FACES FIRST TITLE DEFENSE

On Saturday night in Bielefeld, Germany, IBF cruiserweight champion and son of Philadelphia, Steve Cunningham will make the first defense of his title against German challenger Marco Huck. Huck has a record of 19-0 with 14 KOs and will enter the ring as the IBF's #1 mandatory challenger. He is also the betting favorite. For Cunningham, 20-1 (10 KO), this is the third straight time he's  had to go abroad for a title bout. Last January, he traveled to Poland and lost a disputed decision to home-towner Krzysztof Wlodarczyz in a fight for the vacant IBF title. In May, Cunningham returned to Poland and took the rematch as well as the IBF belt from Wlodarczyz. Now he defends against Huck in hostile waters once again. The bout is not televised which further fuels concerns of potential poor treatment. Good luck Steve. As usual, you're going to need it.

 

 
     
  December 26:

SUGAR HART NAMED AS NEXT GRAVESTONE RECIPIENT

We are happy to announce that legendary Philly welterweight, Garnet "Sugar" Hart will be the third boxer to receive a monument in our Gravestone Program. Hart won a national championship as an amateur and went 29-7-2 (22 KO) as a pro. He participated in many memorable battles, most notably his war with Charley Scott in 1959. That fight was so savage that neither boxer was ever the same afterward. Hart thrilled fans in Philly, New York Chicago, Atlantic City, Miami and on TV. Garnet passed away in 2003 at age 67. In addition to placing a gravestone, we will also inter his ashes at Merion Memorial Park. After Hart, we will move on to the next name on our long list of recipients, Eddie Cool. For more information on how you can help us with this project, please click here.

 

 
     
  December 24:

HARRY LEWIS ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME

Recently the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced the names of those to be enshrined in June 2008. On the list this year, was Philadelphia's welterweight champ Harry Lewis. Lewis was born Henry Bersterman in New York on September 16, 1886. He moved to Philadelphia as a boy and lived here for the rest of his life. Lewis turned professional in 1903 and won recognition as welterweight champ in 1908. He held it until 1911 when he relinquished the crown because he could no longer make the weight limit. Lewis compiled a ring record of 101-34-19-1 with 47 KOs & 19 No Decisions. He fought memorable bouts with Jack Blackburn, Joe Gans, Dixie Kid, Georges Carpentier, Frank Mantell, Honey Mellody, Joe Borrell, & almost 200 others.

 

 
     
  December 20:

SUGAR HART NAMED AS NEXT GRAVESTONE RECIPIENT

We are happy to announce that legendary Philly welterweight, Garnet "Sugar" Hart will be the third boxer to receive a monument in our Gravestone Program. Hart won a national championship as an amateur and went 29-7-2 (22 KO) as a pro. He participated in many memorable battles, most notably his war with Charley Scott in 1959. That fight was so savage that neither boxer was ever the same afterward. Hart thrilled fans in Philly, New York Chicago, Atlantic City, Miami and on TV. Garnet passed away in 2003 at age 67. In addition to placing a gravestone, we will also inter his ashes at Merion Memorial Park. After Hart, we will move on to the next name on our long list of recipients, Eddie Cool. For more information on how you can help us with this project, please click here.

 

 
     
  December 14:

HARRY LEWIS ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME

This week the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced the names of those to be enshrined in June 2008. On the list this year, was Philadelphia's Harry Lewis. Lewis was born Henry Bersterman in New York on September 16, 1886. He moved to Philadelphia as a boy and lived here for the rest of his life. Lewis turned professional in 1903 and won recognition as welterweight champ in 1908. He held it until 1911 when he relinquished the crown because he could no longer make the weight limit. Lewis compiled a ring record of 101-34-19-1 with 47 KOs & 19 No Decisions. He fought memorable bouts with Jack Blackburn, Joe Gans, Dixie Kid, Georges Carpentier, Frank Mantell, Honey Mellody, Joe Borrell, & almost 200 others.

 

 
     
  December 8:

DIVICTORIA STUNS SHMOUEL

On Friday night, Philly club fighter Lenny DiVictoria scored an electrifying 6th round TKO of rising Blue Horizon star Elad Shmouel. "The Kosher Bulldog", came into the ring as an 18-1 budding prospect who assumed DiVictoria would merely serve as a rugged but safe test. But the Tel Aviv fighter got a big surprise. It was a brawl from the opening bell with both guys landing many shots as the tide turned back & forth. After 4, it appeared DiVictoria was tiring, but he managed to miraculously tap a reserve of energy in 5 & 6 to claim the best win of his career. Lenny hurt Elad in the 5th & dropped him twice in the 6th to earn the stoppage. The crowd was behind him all the way and went wild at the thrilling conclusion. DiVictoria, now 10-10, will remember this night for the rest of his life and so will all of us who watched him.

 

 
     
  November 17:

SUGAR HART NAMED AS NEXT GRAVESTONE RECIPIENT

We are happy to announce that legendary Philly welterweight, Garnet "Sugar" Hart will be the third boxer to receive a monument in our Gravestone Program. Hart won a national champion-ship as an an amateur and went 29-7-2 (22 KO) as a pro. He participated in many memorable battles, most notably his war with Charley Scott in 1959. That fight was so savage that neither boxer was ever the same afterward. Hart thrilled fans in Philly, New York Chicago, Atlantic City, Miami and on TV. Garnet passed away in 2003 at age 67. In addition to placing a gravestone, we will also inter his ashes at Merion Memorial Park. After Hart, we will move on to the next name on our long list of recipients, Eddie Cool. For more information on how you can help us with this project, please click here.

 

 
     
  November 10:

JONES RAGES TO 12th KO

The tee-shirts for sale outside of the New Alhambra Friday night had a drawing of Mike Jones on the front with the phrase "The Real Deal". Although the nickname was borrowed from Holyfield, it couldn't have been more fitting for Jones after he impressively dispatched Israel "Pito" Cardona by 3rd round TKO in the evening's main event. The win raised Mike to 12-0 & extended his consecutive knockout streak to 12. After 2 careful rounds, Jones exploded with a collection of shots that stunned Cardona against the ropes. Then for a moment, Pito appeared to escape. He shook off the sudden attack & came off the ropes like a solid old veteran. As a single bead of sweat emerged on the forehead of promoter Russell Peltz, Jones' killer instinct surfaced & he ended the night with another vicious outburst moments later. It was a fine win for the young fighter. It seems Mike Jones has arrived.

 

 
     
  November 8:

JONES GOES FOR KO #12

"Machine Gun" Mike Jones will try to stretch his consecutive knockout streak to 12 in a row Friday at the New Alhambra. Although Jones has taken a few baby steps up the competition ladder thus far, his opponent Friday night looks, at least on paper, like a big leap. Israel "Pito" Cardona will be the measuring stick, and should prove to be Jones' toughest test in his still young career. If Cardona doesn't figure to beat Jones, he very well may put Mike's KO streak in question. Cardona, 36-7 with 28 KOs, has only been stopped once before and the 8-round distance on Friday is old hat for him. So an interesting match it is. Also on the card is Big John Poore and Dan Whetzel in a 6-round battle of heavyweights. Six additional fights are scheduled with the opener starting at 7:30 PM. This will be the next-to-last Philly fight of 2007.

 

 
     
  November 3:

CHAMBERS PASSES TEST; OUMA SHOCKED

Fast Eddie Chambers won a 12-round split decision over Calvin Brock at Tacoma's Emerald Queen Casino. It was the stiffest test of Eddie's career and he showed that he has come a long way from knocking off stiffs at the Blue Horizon. Since leaving the nest, Cham-bers has steadily upped the level of his competition and has passed each test nicely. The win raised his record to an impressive 30-0 and earned him a fight with Alexander Povetkin. The winner of that one allegedly gets a crack at W. Klitchko's world crown. Well done Eddie, and continued good luck.
OUMA LOSES - Kassim Ouma was upset by Saul Roman, 28-4, in Cabizon, CA Friday. The disappointing loss was by split decision and dropped Kassim's record to 25-4-1. Perhaps Ouma, always wanting for prominent, willing opponents, may get some offers now.

 

 
     
  October 27:

SUGAR HART NAMED AS NEXT GRAVESTONE RECIPIENT

We are happy to announce that legendary Philly welterweight, Garnet "Sugar" Hart will be the third boxer to receive a monument in our Gravestone Program. Hart won a national champion-ship as an an amateur and went 29-7-2 (22 KO) as a pro. He participated in many memorable battles, most notably his war with Charley Scott in 1959. That fight was so savage that neither boxer was ever the same afterward. Hart thrilled fans in Philly, New York Chicago, Atlantic City, Miami and on TV. Garnet passed away in 2003 at age 67. In addition to placing a gravestone, we will also inter his ashes at Merion Memorial Park. After Hart, we will move on to the next name on our long list of recipients, Eddie Cool. For more information on how you can help us with this project, please click here.

 

 
     
  October 20:

BROWN TOPS BRUNELLI, STEWART & WILSON DRAW

On Friday night, the legendary Spectrum celebrated its 40th anniversary with a fight card by Power Productions. After a ragged set of preliminaries, the two co-features proved to be entertaining bat-tles. Though neither bout was quite up to the measure for such hallowed boxing ground as the Spectrum ring, both fights were earnest, blue collar brawls that were fun to watch and provided a respectful nod to all that had come before at Broad & Pattison. Mark 'Oak Tree' Brown won a  unanimous 6-round decision over Dave Brunelli in a battle of local heavyweights that could easily play out as a series. It was Brown's forward motion and extra energy that made the difference. In the main event, Jameel Wilson came to fight against Richard Stewart. And fight they did! The tug-of-war was declared an 8-round draw.

 

 
     
  October 19:

SPECTRUM BOXING SHOW FRIDAY NIGHT

On October 19th, the Spectrum will host it's 101st boxing show. This card is promoted by Greg Robinson's Power Productions. In the feature bout, Richard Stewart & Jameel Wilson will face off in an 8-round light-heavyweight fight. The main event all but fell apart a couple of weeks ago when Stewart's original opponent, Chucky Cavallo, suffered a shocking KO loss in a Delaware tune-up fight. Cavallo's replacement, Jameel Wilson, doesn't figure to put up much of a fight. His record is 13-11-2 (8 KO) and he's lost his last seven straight bouts. The co-feature pits heavyweights Mark 'Oak Tree' Brown, 9-1,  and Dave Brunelli, 8-2 in a six-round brawl that figures to steal the show. Both guys can punch and both guys get hit regularly. This is the real main event and should be good a one. The full card begins at 7PM.

 

 
     
  October 16:

SPECTRUM BOXING SHOW FRIDAY NIGHT

On October 19th, the Spectrum will host it's 101st boxing show. This card is promoted by Greg Robinson's Power Productions. In the feature bout, Richard Stewart & Jameel Wilson will vie for the PA state light-heavyweight champion-ship, in a 10-rounder. The main event all but fell apart a couple of weeks ago when Stewart's opponent, Chucky Cavallo suffered a shocking KO loss in a Delaware tune-up fight. Cavallo's replacement, Jameel Wilson, doesn't figure to put up much of a fight. His record is 13-11-2 (8 KO) and he's lost his last seven straight bouts. The semi-wind-up pits heavyweights Mark 'Oak Tree' Brown, 9-1,  and Dave Brunelli, 8-2 in an eight-round bout that figures to steal the show. Both guys can punch and both guys get hit regularly. This is the real main event and should be good a one.

 

 
     
  October 13:

YORGEY TAKES DECISION IN BLUE HORIZON REMATCH

Harry Joe Yorgey won his 10-rounder over Martinus Clay at the Blue Horizon on Friday. For Harry, this rematch of their draw about one year ago, was easier but not easy, as Harry managed a comfortable points win to raise his record to 20-0-1 (9 KO). In the semi-windup, Furuq Saleem won a sloppy but entertaining decision over Sedrick Fields in six. Tommy Rainone, NY, beat Jaime Morales over six rounds. Henry Lundy looked good again with a first round TKO of Starr Johnson. Female knockout, Olivia Fonseca was upset by Kimberly Harris. Jules Blackwell won over Arthur Parker. Louis Castro got the evening started with a 52 second TKO of Elais Castillo, & Aaron Torres won the walkout bout by decision. The start of the show was delayed for 90 minutes due to a late ambulance.  (RESULTS)

 

 
     
  October 11:

BLUE HORIZON FIGHTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT

The Legendary Blue Horizon is the site of Philly's next pro boxing card. A giant nine-bout lineup is slated to begin at 7:30 PM on Friday evening (10/12) at the historic fight club. The main event features undefeated Harry Joe Yorgey and Martinus Clay in a ten-round jr. middleweight fight. For Yorgey, 19-0-1 (9 KO),  this is probably his last stop before moving up to bigger things. Other bouts include Elad Shmouel in an eight rounder, former national amateur champ Aaron Torres versus Manuel Guzman in a six-round welterweight match. Also female knock-out Olivia Finesca fights Ivy Rivera in a four-round welterweight bout. Jules Blackwell, Henry Lundy, Bryheim Douglas, Tommy Rainone & Luis Castro round out the card in separate four-rounders. Tickets are available. The doors open at 6:30 PM.

 

 
     
  October 6:

MIKE JONES GETS 11th KO

Mike Jones wasted no time in gaining his 11th consecutive KO win Friday at the New Alhambra. The home-court victory came in the first round at the expense of Richard Lee Hall of NC. The seasoned Hall (10-20-2 / 6 KOs) could not handle Machine Gun Mike's first body shot of the night and went down with a grimace. The time was 1:58. With the win, Jones will springboard into his first headlining gig on November 9 at the same arena. He will face the experienced but creaky Israel Cardona. It should be a good test. Friday's KO also moved him up one spot on the all-time list of  Philly KO streaks. A shopworn Mike Stewart lost by decision to Robert Frankel in the main event. It seems Stewart should call it a day. Teon Kennedy, Latif Mundy & Victor Vasquez looked sharp with quick KOs while John Poore & Omar Pittman won rollicking decisions.  RESULTS

 

 
     
  October 2:

JONES GOES FOR KO #11

On Friday night, Machine Gun Mike Jones takes his perfect 10-0 record & 10-bout KO streak into the New Alhambra ring against Richard Hall of NC. Hall, 10-19-2 with 6 KOs, is no stranger to Philly fans, having been KO'd by Jose Medina, Anthony Thompson, Derek Ennis & recently drew with Luis Santiago. The fact that Hall has been KO'd a total of 8 times, suggests that Jones is poised to push his streak to 11 straight. Tracking Jones' progress is the main event, even though the poster says Mike Stewart has the evening's top spot.

 

 
     
  September 28:

IRISH AMATEUR TEAM WINS 7 OF 10 AT NEW ALHAMBRA

On Thursday night, September 27th, the visiting Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland won seven of ten fights over the Harrowgate Boxing Club of Philadelphia in their annual amateur boxing meet. Only Harrow-gates's Ryan Carson (119lbs.), Carey Richards (175 lbs.) and Joey Dawejko (201 lbs.) managed 3-round decision victories. The evening ended with a resounding KO by towering Super Heavyweight Luke Furey of Ireland.

 

 
     
  September 23:

IRISH AMATEUR BOXING SHOW AT NEW ALHAMBRA

On Thursday, September 27, Phila-delphia's Harrowgate Boxing Club will take on the visiting Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland in an evening of amateur boxing at the New Alhambra in South Philly, staring at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To buy tickets in advance, please call John Gallagher at 215-465-1778, Harrowgate Boxing Club at 215-744-5503, or The Veteran Boxers Association / Ring One club house at 215-634-1203. (view poster)

 

 
     
  September 19:

MAX ALEXANDER LOSES SCRAPPY CONTENDER BID

Camden's Max Alexander lost a decision to Sam Soliman, knocking him out of "The Contender" TV tourney. He made a real impression on the show, with his charisma & promise shining through. But his ring performance ultimately disappointed. Although a bout against such a seasoned pro seemed to be the worst case scenario for Max, he fought well & appeared to have a win within grasp. But his lack of confidence & unwillingness to exchange down the stretch, cost him. Hopefully the lesson was well learned.

 

 
     
  September 17:

BOXING CELEB EVENT AT VBA

On Wednesday evening, September 19th, Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde will host a Celebrity Boxing fundraising event at the Veteran Boxers Association Club House in Port Richmond (2733 E. Clearfield Street, Phila., 19124). Admission is a $50 donation with the proceeds going to Frazier-Lyde's 2007 campaign fund. In addition to Jacqui, former heavyweight champ Larry Holmes is scheduled to appear, as well as other celebrities TBA. The event is scheduled for 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. For ticket information, call Pete Lyde at 1-267-303-3203.

 

 
     
  September 13:

GRAVESTONE FUND NAMES GARNET "SUGAR" HART AS NEXT TO BE HONORED

We are happy to announce that legendary Philly welterweight, Garnet "Sugar" Hart will be the third boxer to receive a monument in our Gravestone Program. Hart won a national champion-ship as an an amateur and went 29-7-2 (22 KO) as a pro. He participated in many memorable battles, most notably his war with Charley Scott in 1959. Garnet passed away in 2003 at age 67. For more information on how you can help us with this project, click here.

 

 
     
  September 8:

ABELL BULLIES WARNER

Friday night at the Blue Horizon "Minnesota Ice" Joey Abell simply overpowered a creaky Levon Warner scoring two knockdowns and the stoppage in just 2:52. Warner never had a chance to even loosen up before being swarmed by Abell, whose mighty swings offered a welcomed breeze at the steamy Blue. It was a very nice win for Joey, now 16-1 with 16 KOs. The rest of the card was an entertaining mix of fights on a very hot night before a small crowd. Cruiserweight champ Steve Cunningham was honored as Philly's latest titlist.

 

 
     
  September 5:

ABELL & WARNER SQUARE OFF AT THE BLUE

On Friday night, 9/7, Joey Abell will face Levon Warner at the Blue Horizon on North Broad Street. Abell is a 26 year old, 6'5" puncher from MN who has fought seven times before at the Blue. His record is 15-1 with 15 KOs. His lone loss is by KO as well. Levon Warner is a 37 year old Philadelphian with a 6-4-2 (1 KO) who holds wins over Dave Brunelli and Terrence Lewis. The fight is scheduled for 8 rounds. Seven other bouts are scheduled. Doors open at 6:30, with the first bell at 7:30.

 

 
     
  September 1:

JONES & KENNEDY WIN IN NIAGARA FALLS

Mike "Machine Gun" Jones ran his perfect record and KO streak to 10 straight, on Friday night in Niagara Falls at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Jones scored a TKO in round five over Martinus Clay. Mike was extended past round three for the first time in his young career. Teon Kennedy won a six-round majority decision over Francisco Palacios to up his record to 5-0 (3 KO). However, Kaseem Wilson was stopped in round three by Russell Jordan for the first loss of his career, 9-1-1 (3 KO).

 

 
     
  August 31:

PROSPECT JONES GOES FOR 10TH STRAIGHT KO

Philly welterweight prospect & KO artist Mike Jones heads out of town to take the semi-final bout on a card at the Seneca Falls Casino in Niagara Falls, Friday night. Jones, 9-0 (9 KO), takes on an experienced Martinus Clay of NC. Clay who brings a 12-16-2 (4 KO) record into the 8-round bout, has been KO'd 7 times in his career, most recently by outstanding up-and-comer Andre Berto. Jones has KO'd all his opponents in 3 rounds or less, so let's see if Clay can extend Jones further than that.

 

 
     
  August 25:

NEW ALHAMBRA RESULTS

It was a hot night of action in South Philly Friday night with some interesting local results. Derek Ennis crushed Pittsburgh's Alphonso Williams in the 3rd round of the main event. Joe Christy won his rubber match with Clarence "Sonny Bono" Taylor over six rounds in his usual messy, spirited fashion. Simon "One Punch" Carr got a four round draw in a bout that belonged to Andre Hemphill. Hemphill won their first fight last October. Tough Dhafir "No Fear" Smith won a six-round split decision over favorite Jonathan Reid in the co-feature.

 

 
     
  August 21:

GET WELL SOON BENNIE BRISCOE

One of Philly's all-time greats, Bennie Briscoe, is feeling a little under the weather. Bennie had a brief stint in the hospital this past weekend. However, he was released Monday afternoon, & is now home, on the mend, & feeling much better. If anyone would like to send Bennie a card or note, please send it to this web site & we'll be sure he gets it.

Send it to: Bennie Briscoe, c/o Philly Boxing History, PO Box 428,
Sewell, NJ  08080

 

 
     
  August 13:

RING MAGAZINE PROFILES BENNIE BRISCOE, PA BOXING HALL OF FAME, & BRISCOE STATUE IN CURRENT ISSUE

Check out the newest issue of Ring Magazine which is currently on news stands. The cover story is the recent classic match between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah. However, our favorite article is the one-pager by Nigel Collins that covers May's Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony, which marked Bennie Briscoe's first public appearance in years. Bennie was inducted & this web site unveiled a statue in his honor.  

 

 
     
  August 11:

KNOCKDOWN BY McKART IS THE DIFFERENCE

On Friday night, Bronco McKart edged Enrique Ornelas in their 12-round bout for the vacant NABF middleweight championship at the New Alhambra. In the end, it was a knockdown scored by McKart that made the difference on the scorecards. Bronco managed a split decision victory by one-point. It was an excellent contest and every bit as close as the scores indicated. In another bout, Simon O'Donnell was surprised by Danny Rivera who scored a TKO in round 4. It was O'Donnell's first loss.

 

 
     
  August 7:

NEW ALHAMBRA HOSTS NABF TITLE BOUT FRIDAY

On Friday night, South Philly's New Alhambra will be the site for the 12-round NABF middleweight title fight between Michigan's Bronco McCart & California's Enrique Ornelas. The title is currently vacant. Also on the eight-bout card will be Simon O'Donnell vs. Danny Rivera, John Poore vs. Dione Craig, Kaseem Wilson vs. Chris Gray, Victor Vasquez vs. Thomas McCuiston, David Lopez vs. Larry Marks, David Williams vs. Larry Robinson, & Felix Arroyo vs. Tommy Garcia. The first bell is at 7:30.

 

 
     
  August 4:

BRUNELLI, ROSADO & ROBINSON ALL WIN, SPELLER SHOCKED!

The fists were flying at the National Guard Armory Friday night & three of the four headliners escaped with wins. Dave Brunelli won a six-round decision over (another) Mike Jones. Gabe Rosado slugged it out with Daniel Hicks and came out on top in round five in a successful comeback fight. Tyric Robin-son stopped Mike Melendez in the 4th. Tommie Speller was TKO'd in the first by Antonio Baker, spoiling his unde-feated record, now 4-1.  More to come.

 

 
     
  July 31:

FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS AT THE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY

On Friday night, Power Productions is back with a fight card at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly. The main event pits Dave Brunelli against Mike Jones in a 6-round heavyweight bout. Also on the card will be "King" Gabriel Rosado in a 6-round comeback fight against Daniel Hicks in the semi-windup. Also appearing will be jr. wel-terweight Tyric Robinson in another 6 rounder against Damon Antoine. Five other bouts are scheduled on the card, with the first match starting at 7:30 PM.

 

 
     
  July 28:

EDDIE CHAMBERS PLAYS WITH THE BIG GUYS

On Friday, the IBF announced a 4-man tournament to determine the next chal-lenger for Wladimir Klitchko, IBF king. The big news here is that Eddie Cham-bers is one of the four participants. This signals a REAL step up in competition & profile for the Philly boxer. Chambers will take on Calvin Brock, who will be Eddie's toughest foe to date. But it is a good match. If he wins, Chambers will then face the winner of the Chris Byrd - Alexander Povetkin fight, with the overall winner earning a world title shot.

 

 
     
  July 27:

AUGUST FIGHTS ON DECK

Three fight cards are scheduled to fill out the August 2007 boxing calendar.
August 3 - The National Guard Armory will be the site for a Power Productions show featuring Dave Brunelli, Tyric Robinson & Gabe Rosado.
August 10
- Peltz Boxing is back with a big card at the New Alhambra. The main event will be a 12-round NABF title bout between Bronco McKart & Enrique Ornelas.
August 24 - The New Alhambra will be the site for a Dee Lee Productions show featuring Derek Ennis and  Simon Carr.

 

 
     
  July 25:

PHILLY'S SIMON VIES FOR USBA CHAMPIONSHIP

On August 24, LaJuan Simon of Philadelphia, will square off against Robert Allen for the USBA super middleweight title. The fight will held at Dickenson City, PA. Allen is a familiar foe to Philly boxing fans. He faced Bernard Hopkins three times for the 160-pound title. Simon will bring his record of 16-0-2 (9 KO) into this his biggest fight to date. The experienced Allen is 39-5 (27 KO). In his last fight, Simon beat William Gil at the Nat'l Guard Armory in NE Philly in March.

 

 
     
  July 21:

MTAGWA & JONES WIN AT THE NEW ALHAMBRA

On Friday night, Rogers Mtagwa scored a close 12-round split decision over Aldo Valtierra at the New Alhambra in South Philly to win the vacant NABF featherweight title. Mtagwa was pre-sented with the NABF belt after the bout. The fears that Mike Jones was being "rushed" in his match with Doel Carrasquillo proved to be unfounded. The young welter raised his record to 9-0 (9 KOs) when Doel failed to answer the bell for round 3. The rising Jones continues be a Philly fighter to watch. 

 

 
     
  July 17:

NEW ALHAMBRA BACK IN ACTION ON FRIDAY

On Friday night the New Alhambra is the site for a big fight card headlined by a match for the vacant NABF Feather-weight title between Rogers Mtagwa and Aldo Valtierra. The semi-windup is a power-packed eight rounder between Philly's undefeated Mike Jones and Doel Carrasquillo. Jones has 8 straight KOs but will be tested with this step up in competition. Also featured on the card will be Kevin Carmody, Omar Pittman, Joe Christy Jose Medina and Teon Kennedy. The show begins at 7:30.

 

 
     
  July 10:

ANOTHER BUSY SUMMER FOR PHILLY FIGHT SCENE

For the second year in a row, the traditionally quiet summer Philadelphia boxing schedule appears to be full of action. Five full fight cards are currently scheduled over the next two months.

July 20 - New Alhambra (Peltz)*
August 3 - NE Armory (Power)
August 10 - New Alhambra (Peltz)*
August 24 - New Alhambra (Dee Lee)
September 7 - Blue Horizon (Blue)

* NABF Title Bouts see (Upcoming)

 

 
     
  July 3:

BENTON ELECTED TO WORLD BOXING HALL OF FAME

Congratulations to George Benton who was elected to the World Boxing Hall of Fame in California. Benton, known as "The Professor", will be inducted as a boxing trainer at the annual ceremony held in October. Other inductees this year include Larry Holmes, Ricardo Lopez, Yaqui Lopez, Gerald McClellan, Efren Torres, Joe Cortez, Steve Albert, Dick Sadler, Jose Vasques Dela Torre, & Lily Rodriguez. You can find ticket & other information about this event at the web site address: www.WBHF.org

 

 
     
  July 1:

CAVALLO WINS ON THE ROAD

Philly favorite Chuck Cavallo won his 8 round light heavyweight bout at the beautiful St. George Theater in Staten Island, NY on Friday night. Cavallo's opponent was a seasoned but slightly worn Marlon Hayes. Still it was a nice step up in competition for the 22 year old Cavallo. Hayes, 36, tested our guy but ultimately tired and let the fight go in the second half. Cavallo looked pretty raw and inexperienced but he hit Hayes with a number of hard right hands in rounds 6 & 7. At the end, the decision was unanimous.

 

 
     
  June 30:

ALSO ON THIS DAY:

1925 - Cleveland, OH - Benny Bass W10 Steve Smith & Danny Kramer ND10 Johnny Farr.
 
1941 - Washington, DC - Bob Mont-gomery TKO4 Wishy Jones.

1962 - New York - Johnny Gilmore won his 2nd pro bout via W4 Genaro Soto at Madison Square Garden.

1969 - Washington, DC - Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts won his 3rd pro fight with a KO3 over Carlos Byrd.

 

 
     
  June 23:

PHILADELPHIA'S BIG ROLE IN THE BRILLIANT CAREER OF SUGAR RAY ROBINSON

By Chuck Hasson - In the long and storied career of Sugar Ray Robinson there is rarely any mention made about the significant contribution the city of Philadelphia made in the molding of this great legend. 

When Robinson turned pro in 1940 after a spectacular amateur career, he was obviously highly sought after by the boxing "fraternity." Mike Jacobs, the most powerful man in the...      (MORE)

 

 
     
  June 22:

ON THE UNDERCARD: WALCOTT DEFEATS THE OTHER JOHNSON

On the undercard of Ettore-Haynes III, Jersey Joe Walcott, Merchantville, NJ, scored a second round TKO victory when he broke his opponent's nose with a ram-rod right hand. His opponent was a tall heavyweight from NJ named Phil Johnson. Phil had a so-so boxing career but still contributed much to the history of the sport, as he is the father of the great Harold Johnson, light-heavyweight champ. Walcott, the Johnson-family spoiler, also KO'd Harold in 1950.

 

 
     
  June 21:

BORN TODAY: JOE BORRELL

On this day in 1892, middleweight Joe Borrell was born. His real name was Joseph Borrelli and he was one of Philadelphia's toughest all-time fighters. In 1913, Borrell threw out a challenge to all the other 160-pounders of his day. Tired of being avoided, the Kensington tough guy, who was managed by the legendary Johnny Burns, laid out a $500 bounty for any other middleweight aiming for a national spotlight who was willing to fight him. However, the stunt produced no takers. Joe fought on for 14 years. 

 

 
     
  June 19:

NEW LISTS ADDED

We've added two more topics to the lists section. This section is one of the most visited of the site and offers different looks at key subjects. The first new category is REAL NAMES, which gives the birth name of numerous boxers better known by their famous ring names. The second new list is called "DIED ON THIS DATE", which lists the dates of death for various Philly boxing participants. Both pages are still under construction, as we add the necessary  corresponding photos for each list. If anyone has a list idea, please e-mail us.

 

 
     
  June 17:

PHILLY JACK RELINQUISHES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN

On June 17, 1912, South Philly's Phila. Jack O'Brien (James Hagen) fought his very last bout (ND 6 Ben Koch) and then retired from the ring, thus relinquishing his light heavyweight title. O'Brien was still considered champion even though he hadn't defended his crown in years, opting instead to campaign mostly in the heavyweight division. Jack won his belt in 1905 with a 13th round TKO of Bob Fitzsimmons and actually never made a title defense, not particularly uncommon in the day.

 

 
     
  June 15:

FIGHTING CITY - The team from Fighting City premiered their first tape-delay boxing broadcast on Comcast Sports Net, Thursday night. The fights shown were from the June 1st Blue Horizon show headlined by Harry Joe Yorgey. It is good to see our local fights get some air time & we wish this endeavor good luck. Watch for additional replays this week. MIKE JONES STEPS UP - Philly's newest KO-machine, Mike Jones, puts his 8-0 record & 8 fight KO streak on the line when he faces fellow bomber, Doel Carrasquillo in an 8-round welterweight fight at the New Alhambra on July 20.

 

 
     
  June 11:

THOMPSON, ROBINSON LOSE OVER THE WEEKEND

Over this past weekend two Philly guys took it on the chin, suffering setbacks in their fights which played out on opposite ends of the of the boxing spectrum. On Friday (6/8), 'Mighty' Ivan Robinson lost his comeback attempt in a local show at Armory. Darien Ford dished out the 6-round split decision upset. The next night on a NYC mega-card, upcoming local Anthony Thompson lost his big test against Yuri Foreman, in a disap-pointingly dull fight. Foreman remained undefeated with the 10-round decision.

 

 
     
  June 7:

MARK KRAM WINS NATIONAL BOXING WRITERS AWARD

On Friday, June 8th, the Boxing Writers of America will award Mark Kram the first-place prize in their annual writing award at a banquet in NYC. Kram's winning article "Gypsy Joe, They Haven't Forgotten" (Daily News) chronicles the story of Philadelphia's Gypsy Joe Harris & this web site's effort to find his gravesite & place a headstone on the unmarked plot. Kram did a wonderful job, as this important award attests. It is also great to see Gypsy Joe again remembered. Congratulations to Mark!

 

 
     
  May 31:

FIGHT NIGHT AT THE BLUE HORIZON FRIDAY

Harry Joe Yorgey returns to the Blue Horizon Friday night in the ten-round jr. middleweight main event against Edson Aguirre. In Yorgey's last visit to the Blue three years ago,  he won his bout, but suffered a broken jaw in the process. Friday he will put his 18-0-1 record on the line. Also on the card will be Derek Ennis, Jules Blackwell, Hammerin' Hank Lundy, Bryheim Douglas, a heavyweight match between Dave Brunelli & Aaron Lyons, a couple of pro debuts, and more. The first bell is scheduled for 7:30.

 

 
     
  May 28:

STEVE CUNNINGHAM IS PHILLY'S NEWEST CHAMP

On his most recent trip to Poland, "USS" Steve Cunningham grabbed the IBF cruiserweight championship by majority 12-round decision over home-towner Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. In their first match six months ago, Cunningham dropped a disputed decision. But this rematch win on 5/26, made Steve Philadelphia's newest world champ. Congrats to Steve. Here's hoping that he has a long & distinguished run at the top, and that he manages to bring a world title defense to his hometown of Philadelphia.

 

 
     
  May 26:

TODAY IS THE BIRTHDAY OF STANLEY "KITTEN" HAYWARD

Happy Birthday to Philly legend Stanley "Kitten" Hayward who turns 68 today. Hayward was a super popular welter-weight, jr. middleweight & middleweight during his 18-year career. He lost his only chance for a world title, dropping a 15-round decision to Steve Little in 1969. Hayward's biggest wins came against Emile Griffith, Curtis Cokes, & Bennie Briscoe. Today The Kitten is alive and well living in Philly and working for the city's court system. He recently attended the PA Boxing HOF banquet.

 

 
     
  May 21:

PA HOF SMASHING SUCCESS WITH BRISCOE INDUCTION

Boxing fans still love the one and only Bennie Briscoe and were thrilled to see him for the first time in years at Sunday's PA Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Bennie was in great form and seemed to have a wonderful time. Also inducted on Sunday were Dick Turner (backed by a huge rooting section), Augie Pantellas, Jimmy Sykes & Rodney Moore. Len Matthews & Danny Dougherty were inducted posthumously. Many Philly boxing celebs were also on hand at the banquet.   More to come.

 

 
     
  May 14:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME DINNER - THIS SUNDAY!!!

Tickets are still available for this year's PA Boxing Hall of Fame banquet. The event will be held at 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 20 at Romano's Caterers on Castor Ave & Wingohocking Street in Philadelphia.  Seven new members will be inducted in this annual event. To buy tickets, call the Veteran Boxers Association at 215-465-1778. With all the living inductees scheduled to appear, it should be a great event. This year's class is outstanding. SEE THE LIST & get your tickets for Sunday right away. 

 

 
     
  May 7:

PA HOF

 
     
  May 5:

LOCAL FIGHTERS WIN BIG IN LAS VEGAS

On Friday night three local boxers won fights in Las Vegas on the eve of the big De La Hoya vs. Mayweather event. At the Palms, Mike Jones stayed on par with a first round TKO over Gilbert Guevara to go 8-0 (8 KOs). Meanwhile, at the MGM Grand, Eddie Chambers won a 10-round unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn, in the toughest test of his career. The win boosted him to 29-0 (16 KOs). Earlier, Malik Scott won his own unanimous decision over Charles Shufford to go 28-0 (10 KOs).

 

 
     
  May 3:

PA HOF

 
     
  April 29:

PROSPECTS IN BIG BOUTS

Some big bouts are coming up for four of our local boxers. On Friday (5/4)Eddie Chambers faces his toughest test to date in Dominick Guinn in a televised fight on Showtime in Las Vegas. On the same night, across town at the MGM Grand, Mike Jones has a high-profile undercard bout against Gilbert Guevara. On 5/26, Steve Cunningham takes his second crack at the cruiserweight title against Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in a non-TV bout from Poland. Finally, Anthony Thompson fights Yuri Foreman on 6/9 on PPV in an important 154 lb. match.

 

 
     
  April 24:

PA HALL OF FAME TICKETS
NOW ON SALE!!

Tickets are now on sale for this year's PA Boxing Hall of Fame banquet. The event will be held on Sunday, May 20 at Romano's Caterers on Castor Ave & Wingohocking Street in Philadelphia.  Seven new members will be inducted in this annual event. To buy tickets, call the Veteran Boxers Association at 215-465-1778. It should be a great event. The class of 2007 is an outstanding group that includes five living and two deceased fighters of Philly Boxing past.
   SEE A LIST OF 2007 INDUCTEES

 

 
     
  April 22:

HART & CARROLL LEAD PHILLY PACK TO NATIONALS

Jesse Hart, son of Philly's beloved Cyclone, won a 4-round split decision on Saturday night (4/21) to take the PA state Golden Gloves title. With the win, Hart advances to the national tourna-ment, to be held at Chattanooga, TN - 4/29 thru 5/6. Winners of the nationals qualify for the US Olympic Trials for the 2008 Beijing Games. Cyclone Hart has been eyeing these Olympic games, on his son's behalf, for a few years now. Joining Hart at the nationals will be 17 year old Tyree Carroll and 5 other Philly boys.

 

 
     
  April 20:

ROBINSON RETURNS IN JUNE

This week, Power Productions an-nounced that their upcoming June 8th show at the Armory will feature former USBA & NABF lightweight champ "Mighty" Ivan Robinson in the main event. The 36 year old Philadelphian, who hasn't fought since his 10-round loss to Julio Cesar Chavez in 2005, will be looking to up his 32-10-2 (12 KO) career record when he takes on an opponent yet to be named. The co-feature marks the return of local thriller Alberto Santiago who's been out of the ring for the past year. Other bouts TBA.

 

 
     
  April 15:

PHILLY FIGHTERS SWEEP REGIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES

All of the Philly fighters won their bouts against their Central PA foes, last night at the New Alhambra, before a packed house. The following open class amateurs now move onto the state finals in Pittsburgh next weekend: Qa'id Muham-mad (112), Shawn Manning (119), Luis Esquillin (125), Anthony Flores (132), Tyree Carroll (141), Jullian Williams (152), Jesse Hart (165), Dennis Hasson (178), Paul Koon (201), & Pedro Martinez (Spr-Hvy). Best of luck! Tyree Carroll was named fighter of the night.

 

 
     
  April 14:

PA EASTERN REGIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES TONIGHT

The 2007 Pennsylvania Eastern Regional Golden Gloves tournament finals will be held tonight, Saturday, April 14 at the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia (Swanson & Ritner Streets). Bouts in all weight classes will be staged in both the Novice and Open classes with the winners moving on to the next round of the nationals. The fights begin at 7:30 PM, with tickets available at the door for $20. Local amateur tournaments like these are always a good show and serve as a glimpse of the city's boxing future.

 

 
     
  April 7:

WITHERSPOON ROCKS AT BLUE HORIZON

On Friday night, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon beat down a game Charles Davis in just over 6 rounds in the 8-round main event of a lively card at the Blue Horizon. The show was branded "The Night of the Undefeated" and all 3 of the local loss-less boxers - Wither-spoon, Max Alexander & Chucky Cavallo kept their "0's" intact. The sold-out crowd cheered wildly for the TKOs scored by Witherspoon & Cavallo, and booed just as wildly for the six-round stink out pitched by Alexander. (more)

 

 
     
  April 3:

BLUE HORIZON TO HOST NIGHT OF THE UNDEFEATED

On Friday, April 6th, the Blue Horizon will stage a show featuring three local undefeated boxers. The main event pits heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon against a still unnamed opponent in an 8-round bout. With no foe set this close to the date, I won't hold my breath for this one to actually come off. Also featured are cruiserweight Max Alexander (13-0-1) taking on Ted Muller in an 8-rounder and Chucky Cavallo (13-0) against Mike Word (also cruisers) over 6 rounds. I'd prefer Alexander v. Cavallo!

 

 
     
  March 31:

CUNNINGHAM HEADING BACK TO POLAND FOR TITLE BID

"USS" Steve Cunningham has finally landed his rematch with IBF cruiser-weight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. The pair fought for the vacant crown back in November with Wlodarczyk taking the hometown decision. After the murky result of that bout, the hope was that Steve would get a second chance on more neutral ground than Warsaw. But the rematch is scheduled for May 26 presumably in that very city. So now it is up to Steve to go back, win it clearly this time and bring the title back to Philly.

 

 
     
  March 24:

ROSADO UPSET AT ARMORY

In a crackling 6-round main event at the Armory Friday night, Joshua Onyango came to Philly and pulled a surprise win over "King" Gabriel Rosado. Onyango's experience and durability showed as he raised his record to 13-13 (11 KO) with a unanimous decision. Rosado dropped to 6-2 (4 KO), but with the loss Gabe certainly picked up some very needed experience and will probably be the better for it. The bout was close, as both fighters traded throughout the bout. Many heavy blows were landed by both but the Kenyan ..... (MORE)

 

 
     
  March 20:

GABE ROSADO HEADLINES ARMORY CARD FRIDAY

Another Power Productions card is scheduled for March 23 at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly. This one features jr. middleweight, "King" Gabriel Rosado in the six round main event against Joshua Onyango. Rosado, a 6-1 (4 KO) prospect, is always fun to watch. Tyric Robinson has the six round semi-windup. Also featured will be 2-0 light heavyweight Tommy Speller and a brand new attraction in the form of a 7-foot, 300-pound "American Giant" named Zeus. First bell rings at 7:30 PM.

 

 
     
  March 19:

GABE ROSADO TO HEADLINE ARMORY CARD MARCH 23

Another Power Productions card is scheduled for March 23 at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly. This one features jr. middleweight, "King" Gabriel Rosado in the main event. Gabe is a fine young prospect and is always fun to watch. The rest of the card is filled with Power-regulars like Tommy Speller & Tyric Robinson. One new attraction being touted on the posters for this one is a seven foot tall, 300 pound monster named Zeus. Can he fight or does he just fill up a poster nicely?  Let's find out.

 

 
     
  March 15:

EDDIE CHAMBERS TO STEP UP

The latest Philly fighter to leave the nest in attempt to make it big in the boxing world, Eddie Chambers, will face his toughest opponent to date on May 4. Fast Eddie will take on Dominick Guinn 28-4-1 (19 KO) in a SHOBOX-televised Friday night fight in Las Vegas. On the line will be Chambers' 28-0 undefeated record. Last time out, Eddie looked pretty good on ESPN2 stopping Derrick Rossy in seven rounds. Guinn looked like the next big thing a few years ago when he stopped Michael Grant but has since slipped back a bit. Good match!

 

 
     
  March 10:

GABE ROSADO TO HEADLINE ARMORY CARD MARCH 23

Another Power Productions card is scheduled for March 23 at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly. This one features jr. middleweight, "King" Gabriel Rosado in the main event. Gabe is a fine young prospect and is always fun to watch. The rest of the card is filled with Power-regulars like Tommy Speller & Tyric Robinson. One new attraction being touted on the posters for this one is a seven foot tall, 300 pound monster named Zeus. Can he fight or does he just fill up a poster nicely?  Let's find out.

 

 
     
  March 3:

JONES & KENNEDY SIZZLE AT NEW ALHAMBRA

Upstart under-carders Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy stole the show Friday night at South Philly's New Alhambra with a pair of quick KOs. Jones, 7-0 kept his KO streak going with a 2nd round stoppage over 40-bout vet Francisco Maldonado. Teon Kennedy made it 2-0 (2 KOs) with a win in 44 seconds over Omar Reyes. In the main event, a high-mileage Mike Stewart lost a very close and gritty decision to Enrique Colin. The local Jose Medina beat visiting Jose Medina in 6.  (Results)

 

 
     
  February 25:

*****FIGHT THIS WEEK***** NEW ALHAMBRA SHOW-MAR. 2

On Friday night, March 2nd, boxing returns to the New Alhambra in South Philadelphia. The 8-bout card is topped by a pair of 10-rounders. Junior-welterweight Mike Stewart of Delaware takes on Enrique Colin, Mexico, in the main event, while Philly-first-timers Abner Mares and Robert Allanic duke it out in the semi-windup. In the highlight of the undercard, local knockout artist, Mike Jones, goes for his 7th straight KO. Also featured will be Teon Kennedy, Joe Christy & Jose Medina2.

 

 
     
  February 22:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2007 INDUCTEES

On May 20, 2007 the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame, in association with the Veterans Boxers Association - Ring One, will induct seven new members in their annual ceremony and banquet which will be held at Romano's Caterers, 1523 Wingohocking Street, Philadelphia. The class of 2007 is an outstanding group that includes five living and two deceased fighters of Philly Boxing past. Watch this web site for more information regarding ticket sales and other details.   SEE THE LIST OF 2007 INDUCTEES

 

 
     
  February 19:

SOUTH PHILLY LIGHTWEIGHT EDDIE GIOSA PASSES

Sadly, we report that Eddie Giosa passed away on Sunday, February 18th. As an amateur, Giosa won the 1940 & 1941 Philly Golden Gloves, as well as the 1943 Diamond Belt. His professional career was also a  distinguished one, posting a 69-30-9 (10 KO) record between 1943 and 1954. He defeated the likes of Bob Montgomery, Carmen Basilio, Lew Jenkins & Percy Bassett. Giosa is survived by his wife, Sue, 4 children, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren & 4 siblings.  R.I.P. Eddie.

 

 
     
  February 19:

PA BOXING HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2007 INDUCTEES

On May 20, 2007 the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame, in association with the Veterans Boxers Association - Ring One, will induct seven new members in their annual ceremony and banquet which will be held at Romano's Caterers, 1523 Wingohocking Street, Philadelphia. The class of 2007 is an outstanding group that includes five living and two deceased fighters of Philly Boxing past. Watch this web site for more information regarding ticket sales and other details.   SEE THE LIST OF 2007 INDUCTEES

 

 
     
  February 16:

LOCAL FIGHT MANAGER BOB BOTTO DIES AT AGE 73

We were sad to hear that South Jersey fight manager, Bob Botto passed away at his home on Thursday, February 15th. Botto was a hulking and colorful fight fixture who came to fame in the 1980s as the manager of bantamweight Johnny 'Dancing Machine' Carter, heavyweight Randy Mack, and a number of others. Most recently Bob was back on the scene managing prospect Omar Pittman, a New Alhambra favorite. Botto, the heralded "Sausage Man" & restaurateur was 73 years old at the time of his death.

 

 
     
  February 10:

ALEXANDER SHINES AT BLUE

Max Alexander bounded back last night at the Blue Horizon in a fight that was probably the best of his career thus far. Alexander pitched a shutout over eight rounds in his main event rematch against Minnesota's Marty Lindquist. Max seemed to be out to convince all of us and himself that his first fight with Lindquist was a fluke. Back in October, Alexander was flattened at the opening bell and counted out at :10. But that result didn't stick when Lindquist failed his post-fight drug test. This helped get the blemish removed from ... (More)

 

 
     
  February 8:

ANOTHER SUB FOR ABELL

Joey Abell's Friday night foe has changed again. First Aaron Lyons had to step away from their rematch due to an injury. Enter Levon Warner. But before you knew it, he was out too. Now Joey faces Cornelius Ellis who enters the ring with a 10-12-1 log. With the changes, all eyes turn to the new main event - a rematch between Max Alexander & Marty Lindquist. This week, Max made a terrific TV appearance on Daily News Live, showing the charm & personality of a future star. Let's hope he can win this one & move on with his career.  

 

 
     
  February 6:

WARNER TO FACE ABELL AS BLUE HORIZON LATE SUB

Joey Abell will have to wait for a chance to avenge his first pro loss. It was announced Monday morning that his expected opponent, Aaron Lyons, the man who dished Abell a 1st round TKO in December, suffered an arm injury that will prevent him from fighting on Friday night. The problem for Abell is that with the substitute chosen for him, Levon Warner, a recent victor over Dave Brunelli and probably a tougher foe than Lyons, come Saturday morning, Joey may have a second loss to reverse.  

 

 
     
  February 4:

FIGHT THIS WEEK

On Friday 2/9, the Blue Horizon offers a boxing show that really has a story to it. The two feature bouts are rematches of recent fights which ended in surprising fashion. First Joey Abell will face the only guy he couldn't clobber, Aaron Lyons, who shocked him in December with a 1st round TKO. In the co-feature, Max Alexander looks to rebound from a fight that originally looked like his first loss (KO'd 1) but was later changed to a No Contest, after Marty Lindquist failed his drug test. It's clutch time for the 2 local favorites and this should be good.

 

 
     
  January 27:

ROSADO REBOUNDS

On Friday 1/26, Gabe Rosado bounded back from his 1st loss with a quick KO in the semi-windup of a crazy card at the Armory in NE Philly. No matter where he's placed on the lineup, Rosado is always the fighter to see at a Power Pro-ductions show. In the main event, Dave Brunelli let down his big cheering section with another lackluster performance. The opening bout was a first for me. When "Oak Tree" Brown whacked Chuckie Brown with a hard body shot, the latter exploded vomit, painting the canvas. But this was no Picasso.     Full Story

 

 
     
  January 24:

STEVE CUNNINGHAM TO GET CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH

Philadelphia's own Steve "USS"  Cunningham has been granted an immediate rematch with Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. Their first match, held in Warsaw on November 25, 2006, produced the hotly disputed decision that gave Wlodarczyk the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship and issued out-of-towner Cunningham his first loss. Nothing is yet set for the return go, but negotiations are underway. Let's hope this time around, they fight state-side, on TV, with no scoring shenanigans.

 

 
     
  January 20:

2007 PHILLY FIGHT #2 ON DECK

The second fight-card of the year will unfold on Friday, January 26 at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. Greg Robinson's Power Productions has matched two local heavyweights in the main event - Dave Brunelli will finally face off with Levon Warner after the postponement of their original pairing in December. The fight was shelved due to Brunelli's oral surgery which occurred around that time. The undercard is filled with Robinson regulars like King Gabriel Rosado, Tommy Speller and Tyric Robinson.

 

 
     
  January 11:

DIAMOND TAKES AUGUSTUS IN STRIDE AT NEW ALHAMBRA

Kid Diamond brushed off the inconvenience of having to face a late substitute and scored a wide-margin unanimous 10-round decision over the always tough Emanuel Augustus. It was a spirited bout but not the show-stopper we had hoped for. Anthony Thompson looked good stopping Robert Frazier on his stool after round 6. Upstart star Eric Hunter was upset by Carlos Vann by 6-round decision. Omar Pittman got a lucky draw against Dhafir Smith, and Teon Kennedy debuted with a KO in 1.

 

 
     
  January 10:

AUGUSTUS TO SUB IN NEW ALHAMBRA BOUT

At the eleventh hour, Antonio Pitalua was unable to secure a travel visa in time to make his Thursday night date for South Philly's New Alhambra main event, leaving Kid Diamond without a dance partner. But now, one of boxing's favorite traveling old war-horses, Emanuel Augustus, will step in to face the dangerous Kid on 48 hours notice. Usually a late substitution like this does not bode well for fight fans, but with this switch-a-roo, suddenly the feature bout looks like a major crowd-pleaser!!

 

 
     
  January 4:

2007 PHILLY BOXING GETS UNDERWAY NEXT WEEK

It's fight time again in Philly. On Thursday, January 11, boxing 2007 begins at South Philadelphia's New Alhambra on the corner of Swanson & Ritner streets. The main event features Kid Diamond and Antonio Pitalua in a 12-round bout for the NABF lightweight championship. In the semi-windup, Anthony Thompson faces Robert Frazier in a 10-round jr. middleweight fight. Also on the card will be Omar Pittman, Joe Christy, Eric Hunter, Latiff Mundy, and others. Bouts start at 7:30 PM. 

 

 
     
  December 21:

PHILLY BOXING HISTORY.COM GRAVESTONE PROGRAM FEATURED IN THE RING

The March 2007 issue of The Ring (with Manny Pacquiao on the cover) includes a small article and photo of the recent gravestone dedication for Gypsy Joe Harris in the "Round One" section of the magazine currently on news stands. A year ago, The Ring also ran a photo of the Tyrone Everett family from that dedication ceremony. It is exciting to receive such coverage in the Bible of Boxing, and it confirms the interest in and importance of the gravestone program.

 

 
     
  December 18:

2007 PHILLY BOXING SCHEDULE FILLING IN

The schedule of boxing events for next year has already begun to form. On 1/26, Power Productions will stage a card at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly. Then on 2/9, the Blue Horizon starts its year on North Broad Street. Peltz Boxing makes it local bow on 3/2 with a show at South Philly's New Alhambra. 2007 promises the continued rise of Mike Jones & Chazz Witherspoon, the return of Gabriel Rosado, the year Eddie Chambers leaves the nest, and much more.

 

 
     
  December 16:

2007 PHILLY BOXING SCHEDULE FILLING IN

The schedule of boxing events for next year has already begun to form, and the first show practically comes right off the 2007 bat. On 1/11, Peltz Boxing will open the year with an event at the New Alhambra in South Philly. On 1/26, Power Productions will stage a card at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly. Then on 2/9, the Blue Horizon starts its year on North Broad Street. 2007 promises the continued rise of Mike Jones & Chazz Witherspoon, the return of Gabe Rosado, and much more.

 

 
     
  December 8:

GODFREY ELECTED TO HALL!!

The 2007 Hall of Fame class will be a great one this coming June. Inductees include all-timers Roberto Duran, Pernell Whitaker & Ricardo Lopez. But at this web site the big news is that The Leiperville Giant, George Godfrey, will also be honored along with them. Long overdue, Godfrey was a star Philadelphia attraction in the 1920s & 1930s, compiling a career record of 90-20-3 (79 KO). Though the color of his skin prevented him from getting his shot at the crown, now he will forever be remembered as a Hall of Famer.  Congrats!

 

 
     
  December 5:

ARMORY CARD CANCELLED

This week's fight at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia has been cancelled. From what I understand, Main-eventer Dave Brunelli had to pull out of his match with Levon Warner due to illness. Instead of plugging in a substitute for Brunelli, promoter Greg Robinson decided to scrap the 12/08 date completely in favor of rescheduling the same main event sometime in January 2007. With the cancellation, the local boxing year comes to a close. A total of 22 shows were staged in 2006 - that's an average of almost 2 cards per month.

 

 
     
  December 3:

HOPKINS THREATENS: "I'M OUT OF RETIREMENT"

I think I owe Chuck Hasson some $. The night Hopkins surprised us with his win over Tarver, the obvious question of whether he'd retire  came up. Chuck and everyone else there was sure Bernard would fight on. I was equally sure he wouldn't. It was then I think, we made a bet. I thought that with the win, Bernard had secured "last laugh" rights over all his enemies - real & imagined - & that he was too smart not to go out on such a high note. Apparently I was wrong. What's with these guys?  Time to pay up. 

 

 
     
  December 2:

EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR CHAMBERS, ABELL GETS COAL

In an absolutely sizzling main event at the Blue Horizon on Friday night (12/01), "Showtime" Steve Upsher Chambers was awarded an 8-round unanimous decision over Lenny DeVictoria in one of the best local fights of the year. DeVictoria pressed the action all the way and seemed to outwork the winner in every round. He threw punches constantly, even when he began to tire midway through the fight. Although he landed a lot, DeVictoria was never able to significantly hurt Chambers...  (more)

 

 
     
  November 27:

PHILADELPHIA BOXING ACTION NEXT TWO FRIDAYS

On Friday December 1, Joey Abell headlines a card at the Blue Horizon. However, the fight to be seen on the card is the 8-round rematch between Steve Upsher Chambers and Lenny DiVictoria. These two fought in 2004 when they were both nubies, with Chambers taking a 6-round split nod. One week later at the Armory (12/08), Dave Brunelli leads a Power Productions card that includes the return of Gabe Rosado and the rest of the Greg Robinson gang. Both cards start at 7:30.

 

 
     
  November 26:

CUNNINGHAM FAILS TO  BRING HOME CHAMPIONSHIP

Steve Cunningham's long-awaited shot at the cruiserweight crown ended in disap-pointment Saturday when Krzysztof Wlodarczyk won a split decision in their 12-round bout for the vacant IBF title at Warsaw, Poland. One judge had Cun-ningham winning all but one round while the other two officials favored the new champ by a few points. The bout was not televised but reports are that it was a close match in which Wlodarczyk was the aggressor. No TV, foreign venue, homegrown judges, Don King...hmmm.

 

 
     
  November 24:

PHILADELPHIA BOXING ACTION NEXT TWO FRIDAYS

On Friday December 1, Joey Abell headlines a card at the Blue Horizon. However, the fight to be seen on the card is the 8-round rematch between Steve Upsher Chambers and Lenny DiVictoria. These two fought in 2004 when they were both nubies, with Chambers taking a 6-round split nod. One week later at the Armory (12/08), Dave Brunelli leads a Power Productions card that includes the return of Gabe Rosado and the rest of the Greg Robinson gang. Both cards start at 7:30.

 

 
     
  November 18:

NAHR TAKES PA CROWN

On Friday night at South Philly's New Alhambra, Sugar Ray Nahr  defeated Ramazan Palyani to take the Penn-sylvania State Lightweight champion-ship. It was a gritty, hard-fought affair that saw the heavy-handed Nahr dom-inate with his straight-up stance & fast, hard punches. Palyani pressed the attack in a gutsy but ultimately hopeless cam-paign. Both fighters were cut and took their lumps throughout, but it was Nahr who sealed the deal in round eight. After dropping Palyani, Nahr battered him in the corner until the stoppage at 2:05.

 

 
     
  November 12:

PA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE AT NEW ALHAMBRA

Two foreign transplants will vie for the Pennsylvania state 135-pound crown at South Philly's New Alhambra, on Friday night, 11/17. The 12 round fight will pit southpaw Ramazan Palyani, 14-0-1 with 8 KOs, of the Georgian Republic against Ghana-born Ray Narh, 19-1 with 16 KOs. Palyani now lives in Northeast Philly while Narh resides in Pittsburgh. The promising undercard features Kevin Carmody, Mike Jones, Kaseem Wilson, Omar Pittman, Joe Christy and others. It will be the next-to-last show of the year.

 

 
     
  November 9:

SPECTRUM DRAW FOR YORGEY AND CLAY

The Spectrum saw some boxing action for the first time in quite a while last night. The main event saw Harry Yorgey of Bridgeport, PA draw against substitute Martinus Clay over 10 rounds. Yorgey, now 16-0-1, was to have fought a very experienced Homer Gibbons in a 12-round bout for a fringe title. But when Gibbons pulled out and Clay (12-13-2)stepped in, the bout was downgraded by a couple of rounds and the "title" opportunity was removed. Chucky Cavallo won a 6-rounder in the semi.

 

 
     
  November 7:

NO PHILLY FIGHT FOR JONES

It was to have been the biggest boxing event in Philly since Bernard Hopkins defended his title here in 2003. However the December 9th fight at Temple's Liacouras Center between Roy Jones Jr. and Manny Siaca has been cancelled due to "contractual issues". No further details were made available. Although this bout didn't figure to be anything great, the cancellation is still a disappointment, as "bigger-time" boxing still eludes the city. So, that leaves just three events on the local 2006 calendar, beginning this Thursday at the Spectrum.

 

 
     
  November 4:

MORE FIGHTS ADDED TO LOCAL BOXING CALENDAR

A late rush added a couple of new fights to the 2006 event calendar. Starting next week, Nov. 9, the Spectrum will be the site for a card headlined by Harry Yor-gey. On Nov. 17, Peltz Boxing stages its final Philly show of the year at the New Alhambra, with a 12-round lightweight state championship bout as main event. On Dec. 1, the Blue Horizon closes its year with a card at the legendary arena. And finally on Dec. 9, Roy Jones, Jr. breezes into town a few years late for a fight at the Liacouras Center.  Calendar

 

 
     
  October 29:

FAMILY, FRIENDS & FANS GATHER TO HONOR GYPSY JOE

On October 28th, Gypsy Joe Harris was remembered with a gravestone dedi-cation ceremony at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd. Harris died in 1990, but his grave remained unmarked until recently. Daughters Debra & Charmaine were on hand to unveil the new headstone. John Gallagher of the PA Hall of Fame tolled a traditional final 10-count. Family & friends shared their memories of Harris. And a religious service was performed. Afterward a reception was held at the VBA.   Photos

 

 
     
  October 21:

ROSADO UPSET AT BLUE

"King" Gabriel Rosado was dealt his first professional loss by Chris Gray last night at the Blue Horizon. Gray came to fight, and after a slow start, gained the con-fidence & pluckiness to pull the upset. The fate of threes and Rosado's shoddy defense were Gray's accomplices in the hostile environment of a pumped up pro-King crowd. Rosado became the un-lucky 3rd local prospect this week to taste defeat for the 1st time, but his lackluster performance, low-lighted by poor defense & lack of activity, really did the deed. Photo of Gabe's best shot.

 

 
     
  October 20, 2006:

KING GABRIEL ROSADO IN FIRST MAIN EVENT BOUT

My favorite young Philadelphia prospect fights his very first main event bout tonight at the Blue Horizon. Gabe Rosado's 5-0 (3 KO) record will be on the line against Chris Grey of Baton Rouge in the wind-up of an 8-fight card promoted by Greg Robinson's Power Productions. With the recent upsets of two other local favorites (Simon Carr & Max Alexander) less than one week ago, I'll go to this bout with a serious case of nerves - since they say things come in "threes".  Good Luck Gabe!

 
     
  October 18, 2006:

CUNNINGHAM GETS TITLE TRY

It appears that Philly's Steve "USS" Cunningham will finally get his crack at a world title - but keep your fingers crossed. He's had two prior champion-ship matches scratched at the last minute due to opponent injury. Let's hope the fight will actually happen. Steve will have to travel to Warsaw, Poland to face home-towner Krzysztof Wlodarczyk for a shot at the Vacant IBF Cruiserweight crown on November 25. Cunningham seems destined to become Philly's next champ. So here's hoping he'll bring the belt back for a fight in Philadelphia.

 

 
     
  October 15, 2006:

RING UPSETS IN NORTHEAST

Saturday night's show (10/14) at the National Guard Armory was a tough one for two of Philly's best young prospects. First Simon 'One Punch' Carr was dropped and decisioned by Edward Hemphill over four rounds for his first defeat in five bouts. And in a stunner, Camden's Max Alexander walked into a crushing right hand from Marty Lindquist just seconds after the opening bell. Alexander's record dropped to 12-1-1. Order was restored in the main event when Chazz Witherspoon KO'd Earl Ladson with a right uppercut in round 3.

 

 
     
  October 12, 2006:

BIG PHILLY BOXING WEEKEND

Two local fights will be staged this weekend. First on Friday night (10/13) the Blue Horizon will host an 8-bout card of six and four rounders headed by a heavyweight clash between KO artist Joey Abell and long-time trial horse Louis Monaco. On Saturday night (10/14) in N.E. Philly, Tim Witherspoon launches his promotional career with an attractive card at the National Guard Armory. Tim's cousin Chazz Witherspoon has main event duties while Max Alexander, Simon Carr & Tim Wither-spoon, Jr. star in the supporting bouts.

 

 
     
  October 4, 2006:

5 EVENTS REMAIN ON THE 2006 PHILLY BOXING CALENDAR

There are still five chances to watch a local fight this year. Here is the rest of the 2006 schedule:

Friday, October 13 at the Blue Horizon

Sat., October 14 at the NE Armory

Friday, October 20 at the Blue Horizon

Friday, Nov. 17 at the New Alhambra

Friday, December 1 at the Blue Horizon

 

 
     
  September 30, 2006:

BRISSON WINS IN S. PHILLY

Chad Brisson took a unanimous 10-round decision over Russell Stoner Jones in the main event at the New Alhambra on Friday, 9/29. The first 4 rounds were thrilling, with each fighter scoring big shots. But Jones seemed hesitant to trade after getting hurt a few times. Still he surprised Brisson here and there with a good shot or two. But the gritty Brisson wound up on top with a fairly comfortable lead. All the supporting local favorites won with the exception of a sluggish Glenn Turner. Mike Jones & Joe Christy scored the only KOs on a night filled with unanimous decisions.

 

 
     
  September 29, 2006:

TONIGHT: NEW ALHAMBRA

The next local boxing show will be held on Friday, 9/29, at the New Alhambra in South Philly. The main event will feature Canadian Chad Brisson vs. Russell Stoner Jones in a ten-round junior welterweight bout. Also on the eight-bout card is the crowd-pleasing cruiserweight Glenn Turner, a slimmed down Richard Stewart in his first light heavyweight fight, plus new comers and New Alhambra regulars Kaseem Wilson & Mike Jones. The show, promoted by Peltz Boxing, begins at 7:30 PM. Note: One day later J Russell Peltz celebrates his 37th anniversary as a fight promoter. 

 

 
     
  September 27, 2006:

NEXT SHOW: NEW ALHAMBRA

The next local boxing show will be held on Friday, 9/29, at the New Alhambra in South Philly. The main event will feature Canadian Chad Brisson vs. Russell Stoner Jones in a ten-round junior welterweight bout. Also on the eight-bout card is the crowd-pleasing cruiserweight Glenn Turner, a slimmed down Richard Stewart in his first light heavyweight fight, plus new comers and New Alhambra regulars Kaseem Wilson & Mike Jones. The show, promoted by Peltz Boxing, begins at 7:30 PM. Note: One day later J Russell Peltz celebrates his 37th anniversary as fight promoter.  

 

 
     
 

September 18, 2006:

TIM WITHERSPOON TO BECOME FIGHT PROMOTER

Former two-time heavyweight champ Terrible Tim Witherspoon recently an-nounced plans to become Philly's newest boxing promoter. The date of his inaugural show is set for Saturday, October 14th at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia. His nephew Chazz Witherspoon will fight in the main event. Although Tim may find the business of promoting to be a tough one to master, his decision makes a lot more sense than a continuation of his career as a boxer, and we wish him luck.

 
     
 

September 12, 2006:

PA CONVENTION CENTER (9/11/2006)

Max Alexander topped the card at the PA Convention Center on September 11. He won his 12th straight bout in another snoozer. Alexander seems to have everything except a desire to thrill. Harry Yorgey, on the other hand, likes to please the crowd, and did so in his 6 round win. Simon Carr, looking like a little Mike Tyson, got back to his "One Punch" ways, flattening his opponent with a Philly left hook in round one, to go 4-0 with 3 KOs. A star studded crowd attended the show including Joe Frazier, Kitten Hayward, Cyclone Hart & more.  

 
     
 

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