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THE HISTORY OF THE MET

During the 1940s & 1950s, The Met (Metropolitan Opera House) was one of Philly's premiere boxing venues. However the place dried up as a fight venue in 1954. Before long it went completely dark. However in December 2018, after a complete restoration, the place reopened with a Bob Dylan concert. Then early the following year, boxing made its big comeback at the venue after 64 long years. Hard Hitting Promotions became the new house (boxing) promoter and staged three shows in 2019. Prior to the comeback, The Toppi family (owner Jimmy Sr. and promoter Jimmy Jr.) hosted 193 fight cards between 1939 and 1954 there. At its peak, The Met presented fights every week. For an overview of venue's story click this link: OVERVIEW. For a complete list of all 196 main events in The Met's history click this link: MAIN EVENTS.

   

 
                 
 

   

SIDNEY "SWEET PEA" ADAMS
PASSES

Former Philly fighter Sidney "Sweet Pea" Adams passed away on May 28, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84 years old. Born December 16, 1935, Adams' very best days as a boxer came during his amateur run, which ended in 1957.

After winning a number of local tournaments, Adams won the Junior National AAU championship at 139 pounds. Fighting out of the Philadelphia PAL system, Adams wiped out his competition in Baltimore that year, scoring knockdowns over all three... (MORE

   

 
                 
 

   

PABHOF POSTPONED UNTIL
OCTOBER 4TH

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame (PABHOF) has postponed their annual induction ceremony which was originally slated for May. The NEW DATE for the event is now October 04, 2020. All other details remain unchanged. The event will be held at the Bridgemen’s Ballroom (11600 Norcom Road, Philadelphia, 19154 - the Iron Workers Local 401 Union Hall).

Tickets for the ceremony and banquet are $75 each and can be purchased by calling John DiSanto (609-377-6413). Tables of... (MORE

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

COBB'S PHOTO
OF CONTO
NAMED BEST
OF THE YEAR

In the fourth Briscoe Awards photo contest, a portrait of heavyweight prospect Sonny Conto entitled "Strength", taken by Darryl Cobb Jr. was named the "2019 Photo of the Year" by a panel of independent judges. This is the second time in four years that Cobb snapped the chosen photo.

In all, seven photographers submitted their work for the competition, which is intended to spotlight the fine work by the artists who consistently capture the local fight scene. The other participating photographers included Jano Cohen (who placed second), Daniel Cork (third place), Ray Bailey, Daryl Bughman... (MORE

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

TEAH DECISIONS NZAU

by Marc Abrams

This past Saturday night, junior welterweight Samuel Teah won a six-round unanimous decision over Dieumerci Nzau in front of a sold-out crowd at The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The successful show, which was attended by many members of the boxing community as well as well as WWE superstars, was the inaugural card staged by RDR Promotions.

Teah of Philadelphia dropped Nzau in the opening frame with a hard right hand to the head. Teah never was challenged in the bout that saw him win by scores of 60-53 twice and 59-54. Teah now has a... (MORE

   
 
                 
       

PHAM UPSETS WEBSTER IN AC

by J.R. Jowett
Reporting From Ringside

Philly’s Hard Hitting Prom’ns (Manny Rivera & Will Ruiz) established a foothold in the once torrid and still simmering Atlantic City scene with a show at Bally’s Resort Casino on Saturday night (03/07/20). The ballroom of some 1,500 was about two-thirds full to see a good main event with an upset. The red corner swept the undercard.

The main event  was an excellent local showdown between two prospects coming off defeats and battling Father Time to boot. Having lost his last bout a year ago, 37-year-old Derrick Webster, 168 ¼, Glassboro, 28-3 (14)... (MORE

   



 
                 
       

LUNDY WINS DECISION &
$500 CASH

Philly lightweight Hank Lundy breezed through eight rounds of boxing against Argentine Ezequiel Fernandez to register his 31st career victory in the main event on Saturday night at the Pal Center in Hockessin, DE. The bout topped an eight-bout show promoted by Dee Lee Promotions. With the unanimous decision win, Lundy improved his pro slate to 31-8-1, 14 KOs and kept alive his dreams of landing another world title shot. After his hand was raised, Lundy also picked up an additional $500 in cash (in addition to his contracted purse), which had been advertised as an additional bonus earmarked for the victor in this "old fashioned prize fight".  

Throughout the fight, Lundy out-boxed his... (MORE

   



 
                 
 
 
   

AND THE BRISCOE AWARDS GO TO...

All the votes have been tallied and the results are in. So with no further delay and nearly 1,000 votes cast, here are the latest winners of the Briscoe Awards for the 2019 fight year. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank... (MORE

   





 
                 
       

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