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We just received the very sad news that former world light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson passed away this morning (Feb. 19) at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 87. Johnson, a stylish technician who fought the very best of his era during his 25-year professional career, won his first share of the title in 1961, unified the crown in 1962, compiled an overall record of 76-11, 32 KOs, and entered the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993. He was not only one of Philly's very best, he was truly one of the very best boxers of all time. Details regarding his death or funeral services have not been released yet.





The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame released the names of their induction class for 2015. The fifteen new members will be welcomed to the PA Hall at the annual induction ceremony and banquet to be held on May 17, 2015 in Philadelphia. The list of honorees includes nine former boxers and five renowned non-boxers. The fighters are John David Jackson, Roger Russell, Anthony Witherspoon, Jerome Artis, Tony Martin, Wee Willie Davies, Tommy Yarosz, Steve Traitz Jr. and Hank Quinn. The legendary list of non-boxers include a trio of legendary trainers - Sam Solomon, Bouie Fisher, and Slim Jim Robinson, manager Baron Dougherty, and cut men Milt Bailey and Joey Eye.  (MORE)




When Bryant “BY BY” Jennings, 19-0, 10 KOs, defeated Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden last summer, he earned the right to fight for the WBC heavyweight title.  That is, once Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder fought each other first. Jennings waited patiently for his title shot, only to see the Wilder-Stiverne bout delayed over and over again. 

Of course the fight finally came off a few weeks ago, but by then Bryant Jennings had already moved on.  When Wilder lifted the crown from... (MORE)





North Philadelphia bantamweight of the 1970s, Baby Kid Chocolate passed away Friday, January 30th. He was 57 years old.

Chocolate was born Ronnie Walker in 1957, and once told Nigel Collins that he took his ring name because he believed he was a dead ringer for the original "Kid", the great Cuban Bon Bon, Eligio Sardinias. Whatever physical similarities the two may have shared, their boxing styles were quite different.

Philly's Kid Chocolate was a tiny-Joe Frazier or mini-Curtis Parker. Five-feet, five-inches, and 118 pounds of... (MORE)





Junior middleweight prospect Prichard Colon, Orocovis, Puerto Rico, remained undefeated with a dominant but uninspiring points victory over veteran Hector Munoz of Albuquerque, NM, Saturday night. The six round main event at South Philadelphia's 2300 Arena nearly came to an abrupt halt in round one when a devastating right uppercut by Colon had Munoz on the canvas. However, the young favorite could not finish the seasoned vet, and within a few rounds appeared disinterested in even trying for the KO. Instead Colon settled for a landslide unanimous decision and the extension of his unblemished record, 13-0, 10 KOs.  (MORE)




Rising lightweight prospect Karl "Dynamite" Dargan suffered a major upset in his nationally televised 10-rounder against Canadian "Lightning" Tony Luis from Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. Dargan took the first round, but the rest of the fight was all Luis, who earned the unanimous decision, the WBC Continental Americas title, and presumably a Top-15 world ranking with his victory. He also dished Dargan his very first professional loss.

The fight began as most expected it would, with the sharp-shooting, defensive-minded Dargan landing clean punches on the forward-rushing Luis. However, beginning in round two, Luis closed the distance and began... (MORE)




Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon wasted no time lowering the boom on Corey Phelps in the scheduled 10-round main event at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, NJ. Witherspoon not only headlined the show, his Silver Spoon Promotions was also the promoter of the event. After warming up in the first round, the fighter/promoter brought a swift end to the fight in round two.

Witherspoon came out in round one, repeatedly firing his one-two combination. That left jab and right hand found the mark countless times in round one, and hurt the Ashland, KY fighter once before the bell sounded to end the round. The clean punches softened Phelps, and set the stage for the imminent finish of the contest.  (MORE)








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