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MAIN EVENT FITTING FOR HISTORIC REOPENING
OF MET

As if Saturday night’s re-opening of the 111 year old Met as a boxing venue wasn’t exciting enough, the first main event in the “new” location is a rare meeting between two of the top rising lightweight prospects in Philly.  Jeremy Cuevas, 11-0, 8 KOs, and Steven Ortiz, 9-0, 3 KOs, meet in the 8-round feature bout with the PA state lightweight title at stake.  This match-up is one that does three things I wish we saw more of in this era of boxing. 

First, both fighters are on the rise.  Each has a...  (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

THE RETURN OF THE MET

Last month, exciting news came for the local boxing scene when Hard Hitting Promotions announced that they would stage a fight card at the old Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street in North Philly, on February 23, 2019. This will be the first time a boxing show will be at the venue since 1954. Better yet, February's re-launch of The Met as a boxing site is expected to be the first of a series of shows promoted by Hard Hitting at the newly restored arena.  

At the press conference to announce the reopening of the Met as a boxing venue, everyone in attendance got a good look at what has to be the most beautiful boxing venue in Philadelphia. Personally, I can't wait...  (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

PA BOXING
HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2019

The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame, established in 1958, released the names of their latest group of honorees. Thirteen individuals will be honored at the 61st Annual induction ceremony and banquet, to be held on May 19, 2019, at Romano's Catering in Philadelphia. 

Leading the Class of 2019 is the "Punching Postman" Tony Thornton, who will be inducted posthumously. Thornton received more votes than any other nominee this year.  Six additional boxers and six non-boxers round... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

RUIZ SHOCKS SOUTH PHILLY

No one at the packed-to-the-gills 2300 Arena ever thought they would witness the scene that played out in evening's main event. All of South Philly came out on a cold Friday night to root on their latest favorite son, Christian Carto, and the crowd of about 1,400 was ready to carry him out on their shoulders after he registered his 18th professional victory. However, on this night, they had to settle for watching Carto get carried out on a stretcher. 

The end of the fight, at 1:56 of round two, was sudden, violent, and above all, a complete and total surprise. The shocking KO of Carto turned a rowdy block party into a sullen gathering of broken and worried fight fans.    (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

2019 PHILLY FIGHT SEASON
OPENS TONIGHT

The 2019 Philly fight season opens Friday night with a jammed packed South Philly show headlined by popular bantamweight prospect Christian Carto.  Arguably the most popular boxer in the City, Carto, 17-0, 11 KOs, takes on experienced Mexican lefty Victor Ruiz, 22-10, 15 KOs, in the 8-round main event.  An additional seven bouts rounds out the card. 

The show is the first of the year, and kicks off a busy first quarter of Philadelphia boxing, already stacked with eight shows scheduled in the Philadelphia area through March.  The bulging boxing season contains a number of exciting matches, and also promises a series of firsts for local fight fans.  (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

FARMER TO DEFEND TITLE
IN PHILLY

IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer, 28-4-1, 6 KOs, will defend his title for the third time in a homecoming fight against Ireland’s Jono Carroll, 16-0-1, 3 KOs, at the Liacouras Center, on Temple University’s North Philly campus on March 15.  Promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing officially announced the fight at a lively press conference at Spin in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon.  The title fight tops a star-studded card that will be streamed live on DAZN. 

“We’re here in Philadelphia, and we are delighted to be in the Liacouras Center, March 15th, St. Patrick’s Day weekend, live on DAZN, for our first... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

RAGING BABE COUNTING
ON CARTO

After promoting a number of boxing shows elsewhere, Michelle Rosado, the head of Raging Babe Promotions, will make her Philly debut, February 8, 2019, at the 2300 Arena. For her first local fight night, she made the exciting – and smart – decision to place talented and popular bantamweight Christian Carto at the top of her fight card, in the eight-round main event.

Carto, 17-0, 11 KOs, is arguably the most popular fighter in Philly, with a super-sized fan base – primarily comprised of everyone of Italian descent in South Philadelphia. However, the rising 22 year old’s appeal... (MORE)

   



 
                 
 
 
   

FARMER LEADS PACK OF
BRISCOE AWARD WINNERS

Junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer has been named the “2018 Philly Fighter of the Year” and will receive the Briscoe Award on April 14, 2018.  The Philadelphian also earned the award for the “Performance of the Year”, based on his title-winning effort against Billy Dib.  Farmer and several other locals will be honored at the 12th Annual Briscoe Awards, a public event held at Xfinity Live! Philadelphia. 

The dramatic super middleweight bout between Kalvin Henderson and Brandon Robinson was named the “2018 Philly Fight of the Year”.  Henderson won the exciting struggle, but both combatants will take home a Briscoe Award.    (MORE)

   











 

 
                 
       

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