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by Bertrice Juel

The city of Brotherly Love is synonymous with boxing and has had a long and colorful history of fighting dating back to the late 19th century.  It is home to some of the great boxers of our time who have defined the Philly fighter. Men like Tommy Loughran, Joe Frazier, and Bernard Hopkins are classic examples of fighters who possessed a high boxing IQ, skilled on the finer points of counter punching, inside fighting and old school tactics. It is from Philly’s long and storied tradition of fighters that Joseph Thomas Dawejko’s love of boxing was born. Encouraged by his grandfather, young Joey fell in love with the sport at The Blue Horizon, when he was just 10-years-old.  (MORE)





By Luis Cortes III
The Weigh In

Avery Sparrow (10-1) (3 KO’s) goes into his fight this Saturday night against Ryan Garcia (18-0) (15 KO’s) (DAZN 7 P.M. ET) in a familiar position, as the underdog.  It’s a position that Sparrow has not only come to expect to be in, but one that he relishes.  One thing that most boxing observers fail to realize about Sparrow and his career is that Sparrow, while being dubbed the underdog or “B side” of his fights thus far, simply does not think of himself as the underdog.  In fact, every time he has taken to the ring as a professional, he... (MORE)





Philadelphian Stephen Fulton continued his breakout year with an impressive sixth round knockout victory over Mexican Isaac Avelar at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, TX. Both boxers entered the ring as 16-0, undefeated prospects, and going in, the fight appeared to be a competitive match between two of the best rising fighters at 122 pounds. However, Fulton dominated the bout and scored his seventeenth straight victory with an emphatic KO.

Fulton came right out and looked sharp against his southpaw foe. Avelar was aggressive, but could not match either speed or skills with Fulton. "Cool Boy Steph" out-jabbed the hard-charging Avelar, cut him in the third, and... (MORE)




By Matt Ward

Top Rank professional boxing on ESPN+ returned to the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia on Saturday night. The main event of this action-packed card pitted super featherweights Jason Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) and Lydell Rhodes (27-4-1, 13 KOs) against one another in a ten round contest. Sosa, a former WBA Super Featherweight World Champion, made a big step on the trail to reclaim a world title by stopping tough veteran Rhodes at the 1:08 mark of the seventh round.

The two gladiators fought a close fight... (MORE)





IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer successfully defended his world title on Saturday night with a one-sided, 12-round unanimous decision over Frenchman Guillaume Frenois, 46-2-1, 12 KOs, at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. For Farmer, still one week shy of the first anniversary of his becoming a world champ, it was his fourth title defense.

Farmer, 30-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC, steadily built his points lead from the opening bell. He slipped, he dodged, and he fired away at his foe. And by the time Frenois made his surge at the end of the fight, the challenger was already mathematically eliminated from victory. Farmer easily retained his belt by official scores of 119-108 and 116-111 twice (by Ellis Johnson, Javier Alvarez and Daniel... (MORE)



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)









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