PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                             September 11, 2009 - News & Notes


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Tony Thornton, the popular "Punching Postman" from nearby Glassboro, NJ, died Thursday evening (September 10th) at Cooper Hospital in Camden. Apparently Thornton was severely injured a couple of weeks ago when a bus struck the motorcycle he was riding. His death was a result of the injuries suffered in that accident. Thornton earned his nickname from his day job as a US Postal worker. He fought professionally for 12 years before retiring from the ring in 1995 with a record of 37-7-1 (26 KO). Tony once held the USBA middleweight title, and fought three times for a share of the world super-middleweight crown. He appeared in Philadelphia often, including seven times at the Blue Horizon. Thornton would have turned 50 on November 8th.




John DiSanto - News & Notes - September 11, 2009