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BRISCOE AWARDS TODAY 1PM!!

Come out to support the local boxing scene TODAY at the Briscoe Awards! Sunday, October 19th, 1-4 PM, at the Flat Iron Sports Bar, 26 E. Oregon Ave., in South Philadelphia (Front & Oregon). Admission is free. Awards in nine different categories will be presented.

   

 
                 
 

   

CUNNINGHAM STOPS VISINIA

Heavyweight Steve Cunningham wore down and halted a very tough, very game, and very big Natu Visinia last night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. Visinia scored an awkward fifth round knockdown of Cunningham. However, the former two-time cruiserweight champion bounced up and continued landing a variety of punches that repeatedly hurt and eventually slowed Natu. Cunningham had the experience and skills to handle his younger foe, but Visinia, with his willingness to fight and 73-pound weight advantage, remained dangerous throughout. By the end of the seventh round, Visinia was marked and bleeding heavily from his mouth, and his corner stopped the fight before the 8th round began. Junior lightweight Edner Cherry also won by TKO, scoring three knockdowns in round two for the stoppage. In an anticipated middleweight fight, Decarlo Perez withstood an early storm from Tyrone Brunson to score a fifth round TKO. Victor Vasquez defeated Gerald Smith by unanimous decision over six rounds. Robert Sweeney topped Roberto Lopez by points in a 4-rounder. Anthony Prescott decisioned Anthony Abbruzzese over four. Darryl Gause won a decision over writer-fighter Ryan Bivins in a bout between two pro debuters. A full report, including photos, will be posted later (after the Briscoe Awards).

   

 
                 
 

   

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)

   


















 
 
                 
 
 
   

DAWEJKO WINS
IN 1ST AGAIN

For the second fight in row, Joey Dawejko roared out of his corner to score a quick, first round knockout, offering further proof that the Philly heavyweight has turned a new leaf in his career and appears set to finally reach his potential as a professional fighter.  The abbreviated bout was the scheduled 8-round main event at Harrah's Chester. 

His victim on Friday night was a massive Californian named Yohan Banks, who came into the fight with a 51-pound weight advantage and a 5-inch edge in height.  Despite these physical advantages, the 288-pound, six-foot-three-inch Banks, only fared well during the pre-fight stare down photo op, when he... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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