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HOPKINS HOLDS COURT WITH MEDIA

Bernard Hopkins held court with the media today at an open workout at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Phila-delphia. The event was in advance of Hopkins’ highly anticipated light heavyweight title bout with Sergey Kovalev, scheduled for November 8th. At the workout to help publicize the fight was promoter Oscar De La Hoya, founder of Golden Boy Promotions. Hopkins and De La Hoya answered questions and Hopkins conducted a light workout.  (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

7TH ANNUAL
BRISCOE AWARDS
PRESENTED IN SOUTH PHILLY

The best of the Philadelphia boxing scene was honored at the 7th annual Briscoe Awards on Sunday, October 19th, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar in South Philly.  The awards were created by the web site PhillyBoxingHistory.com, and are presented every year in the name of Philadelphia middleweight legend Bennie Briscoe. The awards given away, the Briscoe Statuette and the Briscoe Medal, are casted in Briscoe's likeness.

For the third consecutive year, junior welterweight champion... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

CUNNINGHAM GETS JOB DONE,
STOPS VISINIA

Steve "USS" Cunningham continued his quest for a shot at the world heavyweight crown Saturday night with a rousing TKO of tough but overmatched Natu Visinia at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Cunningham had sizable advantages over his foe when it came to experience and boxing skills but had to deal with a 73-pound weight deficit, which proved to be a challenge. Junior lightweight Edner Cherry won the co-feature with a second round TKO of Osumanu Akaba. NBC Sports Network nationally televised both scheduled 10-rounders, along with one other bout.

Steve Cunningham's entire boxing career has been marked by struggle... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

BELASCO & NELSON DRAW

Junior welterweights Ryan Belasco and Naim Nelson fought to an 8-round draw in their main event clash, Saturday night at the Valley Forge Casino, in King of Prussia, PA.  Belasco was the aggressor throughout, and from my seat had done enough to win the contest. However after the eight rounds had completed, scores at ringside were varied, but two of the three official judges saw the action deadlocked. So the fight wound up a draw.

Watching the fight, you'd never have known that Belasco, Wilmington, DE, had been out of the ring for 12 months. He jumped out at the bell and got right to work. He kept his jab moving and mixed in power shots throughout the first... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

BRISCOE AWARDS
TEE SHIRTS
NOW AVAILABLE

Get your official Briscoe Awards Tee shirt now! The shirts are black, 100% cotton, and feature a classic image of Bennie Briscoe on the front. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL & 3XL, while supplies last.  Order yours today. $20 each plus $5 shipping. Order now and get a FREE 2-sided Briscoe Awards event poster. We take credit card, PayPal, check, money order or cash. Click the following link for details. (INFO)

   

 

 
                 
       

I'VE GOT THE SCORING
AND HERE IT IS
A TRIBUTE TO ED DERIAN
BY J RUSSELL PELTZ

Tyrone Everett had just finished cleaning Alfredo Escalera’s clock for most of the 15 rounds they fought and ring announcer Ed Derian grabbed the microphone to read the scores.  It was Nov. 30, 1976, at The Spectrum in Philadelphia and Escalera’s WBC junior lightweight title belt was mere seconds from being transferred to Everett’s waist.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the scoring as follows:  Judge Lou Tress has scored it 145 Escalera, 143 Everett.”  Boos rained down from every corner of the building. 

I stood there at the ring, my hands on the canvas, and I... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

ED DERIAN PASSES
A TRIBUTE BY
BERNARD FERNANDEZ

Most fight fans didn’t know his real name, which is probably just as well because they probably wouldn’t have been able to spell or pronounce it in any case. So the man with the velvety-smooth tones who came into this world as Setrha Ejdaharian --- he was proud of his Armenian heritage, and never considered legally changing his name – chose to call himself Ed Derian for professional purposes.

For the better part of four decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away on Sept. 26 at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
 
 
   

MCHUNU ROUTS WILSON;
DARGAN
RISES FOR KO

Cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu won a 10-round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Garrett Wilson to retain his NABF 200-pound title Saturday afternoon at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT.  The fight was the main event of a nationally televised double header by NBC.

Mchunu proved too skilled and powerful for Wilson, who chased the South African for ten full rounds, but could not land well enough to change the course of the fight.  Mchunu used his tricky southpaw style and an impressive array of power shots to control the action and repeatedly hurt Wilson.    (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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