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British heavyweight hopeful Joe Joyce, 10-0, 9 KOs, defeated Philly's Bryant Jennings, 24-4, 14 KOs, by 12-round unanimous decision in their bout on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Jennings started quickly, hurting Joyce to the body en route to winning round one. However, Jennings fought the rest of the fight conservatively and allowed Joyce to out-work him throughout most of the fight.

Joyce won the next six rounds, before Jennings took the eighth. Jennings landed many sharp, clean punches, but Joyce was busier and backed Jennings up much of the way. Bryant also won the tenth round, but was penalized one point for a low blow. After Joyce took the eleventh, Jennings...  (MORE)





After burning up more than three years of his professional prime, Philly featherweight Eric Hunter, 22-5, 11 KOs, finally returned to the ring on Friday with a technical points victory over 121-bout Mexican journeyman German Meraz, 62-57-2, 39 KOs, 1 NC, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Hunter shook off any existing ring rust from his lengthy sabbatical and scored one knockdown before a cut from a clash of heads forced the scheduled six-rounder to go to the cards in round five.

Hunter was the aggressor from the start of the bout and out-worked the rugged Meraz throughout the contest. In round three, Hunter landed a left hook that sent Meraz to the canvas. The Mexican survived knockdown and... (MORE)





On Saturday (July 13), local heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 24-3, 14 KOs, fights outside the United States for the first time when he takes on undefeated British hopeful Joe Joyce, 9-0, 9 KOs, in a 12-round showdown at the O2 Arena in London. Jennings, 34, a two-time world title challenger, has accomplished much in his nine year professional campaign and has been on the brink of hitting it big for much of the past several years. However on Saturday, Jennings will enter the ring as potential fodder for a fresher rising contender. It’s a new situation for the Philly fighter. 

Always a strategist inside as well as outside the ring...  (MORE)




By J. R. Jowett

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame conducted their third annual event with a four day celebration that ran from June 20 to 23 at the Claridge Hotel. Founded by trainer Ray McCline, the event commenced with a Golden Boy boxing show and concluded on June 23 with a lively, entertaining and well-attended induction ceremony at the Celebrity Theater. Master of Ceremonies was the multi-lingual Samad Haq, who was well supported by NJ Commissioner Larry Hazzard. The multi-talented Commissioner did an outstanding job... (MORE)





Early in his career, middleweight legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler came to Philly with the intention of decimating the solid crop of 160-pounders we boasted. On his first visit, Hagler dropped a narrow decision to Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts". Many called it a bad decision - especially Marvelous Marv. 

Two months later, Marvelous Marvin returned to town with his considerable boxing talents and a big chip on his shoulder, looking to take his frustration out on his next foe, Willie "The Worm" Monroe. However, on a snowy March night that was treacherous enough to keep the video crew from making it to the Spectrum (thus no footage of the fight exists), Marvin Hagler received a boxing lesson from Willie the Worm, and dropped a ten-round unanimous decision... (MORE)



J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside:

Back already! Marshall Kauffman (Kings Prom’ns) returned with a show on June 22nd at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. With local stars relatively light, the show failed to pull the usual SRO crowd, but drew about 500. The main event proved a blowout, but the card overall was good, with one stunning upset. Sadly, timekeeper Alice Grady gave a ten count on the passing of Willie “The Worm” Monroe. Alex Barbosa was ring announcer and Marc Abrams publicist.

In the top bout, Anvar Yunusov, 126 ¼, a Tajikistani fighting out of Reading, 8-0 (4), blew out Angel Luna, 125 ½, Yamasá... (MORE)




By Ken Hissner

Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions kicked off the Atlantic City Hall of Fame weekend with a seven-bout card at the Ocean Casino Resort’s Ovation Hall. In the scheduled 10-round main event, D’Mitrius “Big Meech” Ballard and Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas butted heads in the opening round, and the resulting cut to Espadas forced an end to the fight two rounds later. Because the butt was accidental, the fight was ruled a No Decision in the third. 

Ballard, 20-0 (13), 159.8 of Temple Hills, MD, and WBO & WBC Latin champion Espadas, 18-4 (13), 159.2 of Yucatan... (MORE)




J. R. Jowett reporting from ringside:

Joe Hand Sr. & Jr (Joe Hand Prom’ns) and Brittany Rogers (BAM Boxing) ran an excellent club show on June 15, 2019 at Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA, just north of Philadelphia. The fabulous J Russell Peltz made the matches and that says it all. The show was good bottom to top, with all competitive bouts, no record builders, no paid-for setups, and two crushing upsets. It started on time, with no delays and no interminable commercial announcements for sponsors preceding every bout. A good crowd was on hand, the house looking about 80% full in a circa 1500 arena. Alex Barbosa was the ring announcer and.... (MORE)









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