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WEEKEND ROUND UP
IN AND AROUND PHILLY

This past weekend was a busy boxing period that had local fans flipping channels on Friday night and choosing between competing local shows on Saturday night.

On Friday night three different networks presented three different televised bouts plus a little off-TV action all featuring local talent. 

ESPN2 - MOHEGAN SUN
Junior lightweight lefty Tevin Farmer rolled through eight easy rounds on ESPN2, with a landside points win over Angel Luna, 10-1-1, 6 KOs, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout opened the Friday Night Fights broadcast, and was Farmer's 12th straight victory. Undefeated since 2013, the American Idol...  (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

WRITER STAN HOCHMAN PASSES

Stan Hochman, perhaps the greatest Philadelphia sports columnist ever, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the ripe old age of 86. Hochman had a huge presence in the daily lives of local sports fans with his 56 year run at the Philadelphia Daily News.

Hochman started at the paper as a writer in 1959 and six years later became a columnist. Over the years, he wrote about every sport, but made a monumental contribution in boxing by covering some of the City's best fighters and events.     (MORE)

However this clash of junior welterweight champions will be... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

GARCIA TAKING
HIS CAREER ONE FIGHT AT A TIME

North Philly’s Danny Garcia, 29-0, 17 KOs, takes on DC’s Lamont Peterson, 33-2-1, 17 KOs, on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, in a scheduled 12-rounder that will be broadcast live during primetime on NBC broadcast television.  The hotly anticipated bout between the two top junior welterweights is a natural match that should end any discussion (if there still is any discussion) about who the best 140-pounder is in the world today. 

However this clash of junior welterweight champions will be... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

HELP US GET A GRAVESTONE FOR
MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD

Like many heroes of Philadelphia boxing, former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad currently lies in an unmarked grave.  He was perhaps the most exciting fighter ever to come out this great fight town, and the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com is on a mission to honor the boxing idol, who passed away on May 25, 2014.    

“There will never be another fighter like Saad Muhammad,” said John DiSanto, founder and editor of PhillyBoxingHistory.com.  “His fights were so amazing.  As far as excitement, he was on a completely different level than anyone else I’ve ever seen – in Philly or outside of Philly.”  (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

STAGE PLAY
"GYPSY JOE HARRIS:
SON OF PHILADELPHIA" COMES TO TOWN FOR ONE SHOWING ONLY

Philadelphia - Anthony Molock’s stage play “Gypsy Joe Harris,” follows the life of Joe Harris, a man who rose to the pinnacle of the boxing world and just as quickly fell to the depths of despair and hopelessness.  The biographical story follows the ups-and-downs of the legendary boxer’s career and personal life.  This one night debut takes place on Saturday April 11, at 8:00 p.m., at the Ethical Society Center of Philadelphia.  

In the world premiere of Gypsy Joe Harris, Gypsy Joe is a man...   (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

JENNINGS PREPARING FOR BIG TRANSITIONS
TO COME

With about one month to go before his April 25th world heavyweight title shot against Wladimir Klitschko, Bryant Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, is cloistered away at training camp getting ready for the biggest fight of his life.  For Jennings, training is second nature, and is without question one of the hardest workers in the game.  However as he recently told me, training too hard may have hurt him in his last start, the fight that earned him a shot at the WBC belt. 

Of course Jennings went in a different direction and finds himself... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

CUNNINGHAM JOBBED AGAIN

For the better part of twelve rounds, Steve Cunningham out-boxed Vyacheslav Glazkov Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He started fast, built a substantial points lead, and withstood Glazkov's desperate late rally to turn the fight around. Cunningham appeared to fade a bit at the end, but after the full twelve, there was no question that he had done plenty to win the fight, earn a mandatory shot heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, and bring home what he had called the biggest bout of his career.

However, things rarely play out as expected in the career of Steve Cunningham. When Michael Buffer read the official scores, it was like deja vu all over again for the hard-luck heavyweight from West Philly.   (MORE)

   











 

 
                 
 
 
   

BOXING IN PHILADELPHIA
   
A BOOK EXCERPT BY GABE OPPENHEIM

New boxing books are released all the time. I pick up most of them, but always wish they hit a little closer to the mark when it comes to all things Philly. Well, this one does exactly that. Author Gabe Oppenheim has written an excellent account of the rise and fall of Philadelphia boxing and the bond between the sport and the City itself. He captures the ups and downs of local greats like Jimmy Young & Meldrick Taylor and connects their stories to the current era by chronicling the climb of Mike Jones & Teon Kennedy, two modern boxers who fit the "Philly Fighter" mold perfectly. Get a taste of this great new book with this excerpt courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield.  (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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