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Story & Photos by John DiSanto
 

 
   

The Philly Sports Hall of Fame announced their Induction Class of 2016 at a press conference at the City Line Hilton in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Included in the group of honorees is former WBA bantamweight champion Joltin' Jeff Chandler. Chandler, 59, attended the press conference.

"My whole career, I wanted to stay undefeated," Chandler said. "I did the best I could. My record was 33-2-2. But when my career ended, I wasn't finished yet. I had to stop because I started to have problems with my eyes, cataracts and things like that. I still had more to do, but I had to stop. I'd like to still be fighting today." 

Joining Chandler in the Class of 2016 are Brian Dawkins (Philadelphia Eagles), Charlie Manuel (Philadelphia Phillies), Jimmy Watson (Philadelphia Flyers), Al Severance, Bruce Harlan, Chris Short, Dick "Hoops" Weiss, George Orton, Goose Goslin, Marilyn Stevens, Steve Fredericks, Sylvia Wene Martin, Vonnie Goss, and legendary Philadelphia boxing promoter, Herman Taylor.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the City Line Hilton, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia.

"The kids in my neighborhood use to smoke marajuana and make fun of me," Chandler said. "They used to laugh and say 'you think you're going to be the champion of the world'. But I did it. I was the world bantamweight champion." 

Ticket information and other details can be found at www.phillyhall..com.

   
 

 

 
 


John DiSanto - Philadelphia - June 23, 2016
 

 
     
 

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