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BRISCOE AWARD NOMINATIONS
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THE BEST OF 2018

The 2018 Philly fight season closed with a bang in December with two world title fights involving two of Philadelphia's best fighters - Tevin Farmer and Jesse Hart. But they weren't the only stand outs in 2018. The local fight scene kept fans busy with a number of important events and milestones.

LOCAL ACTIVITY
A total of sixteen boxing shows (with 114 total bouts) took place within the Philadelphia city limits. Kings Promotions (Marshall Kauffman) staged the most shows, with eight dates (including one private... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

ROSADO CAN'T CATCH A BREAK
By Ken Hissner

In his most recent fight on November 17, 2018, North Philly middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado, 24-11-1, 14 KOs, fought Luis Arias, 18-1, at the Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane, KS, in a 12-rounder for the interim WBO Latino middleweight title. The fight was streamed live on DAZN, Boxing’s latest international broadcast platform. It was a good fight that Rosado appeared to win, after hurting Arias in rounds nine and twelve. However, two of the three judges saw the fight very differently that this writer.

Judge Mike Munoz got it right with his 116-112... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

FARMER KEEPS TITLE WITH DECISION

Tevin Farmer retained his IBF junior lightweight championship for the second time, Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with a wide-margin, 12-round unanimous decision over Francisco Fonseca of San Ramon, Costa Rica. The fight was the main supporting bout to a super middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding, which Canelo won by third round TKO. Both bouts, along with the remainder of the entire card was streamed live by DAZN.

The speedy and active Farmer was dominant in his win, but also found himself on the receiving end of Fonseca's punches...(MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

RAMIREZ EDGES HART IN REMATCH

On Friday night, Jesse Hart fell just a hair short in his rematch with WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez, dropping a 12-round majority decision to the defending champion, in the main event at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. The fight was streamed live by ESPN+. 

Hart suffered his first pro loss at the hands of Ramirez fifteen months ago in his first crack at the title. In that bout, Hart had to come off the floor and struggled to get through the early rounds. However, he closed strongly and sent the message that the learning experience would set the stage for victory in the rematch.  (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND FOR PHILLY

On consecutive nights, two of Philly’s current best will fight in world championship title bouts, with both events “televised” live, not by huge cable networks, but instead by two competing streaming services.  This one-two punch intersection between the sport we love and technology is clearly a first in Philly boxing history and an indication of where our sport is going. 

In Friday night’s offering, North Philly super middleweight Jesse Hart, 25-1, 21 KOs, faces WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez, 38-0, 25 KOs.  The fight will be streamed live on ESPN+.  The following night, Philly’s lone world champion Tevin Farmer 27-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC, defends his title... (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

HENDERSON UPSETS BLINDED ROBINSON

After a heated weigh in and testy build-up to fight night, Arkansas-based Texan Kalvin Henderson and Upper Darby’s Brandon Robinson waged a memorable war that far exceeded the theatrics that came before opening bell of the fight.  Their scheduled 10-round super middleweight main event at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, Friday night was a dramatic, grueling battle from the very start, and when it was all over, it was a clear contender for the Philly Fight of the Year. 

The bloody and violent battle tested both men, but to the surprise of the noisy Philly crowd, there to root on Robinson, one of the City’s rising prospects, it was Henderson that prevailed, winning by TKO in round seven.  (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

FORMER BOXER DICK YOUNG PASSES

Former South Philly middleweight Dick Young passed away on September 10th (2018). Born Richard E. Young on May 18, 1939 in South Philadelphia, Dick fought as a professional 160-pounder in a career that spanned eight years (1959-1967). He faced a number of top boxers including George Benton, Henry Hank, Von Clay, and Ike White.   

Young was raised in South Philly along with two brothers and one sister, and loved boxing from an early age. He graduated from Bok... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

SAVE THE DATE!
BRISCOE AWARDS
APRIL 14, 2019

The Briscoe Awards return to South Philly's Xfinity Live! on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Save the date!! The 12th Annual event will once again present awards for the best accomplishments of the current Philly fight scene, including honors for the "Philly Fighter of the Year", the "Philly Fight of the Year", "Amateur of the Year", "Rookie of the Year", "Prospect of the Year", "KO of the Year", "Upset of the Year", "Photo of the Year", and many other categories. Also at the next Briscoe Awards, we will present special honors to Stanley "Kitten" Hayward and J Russell Peltz. Tickets are $10 each and are available now at BriscoeAwards.com or by calling 609-377-6413.

   















 
 
                 
       

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