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By Matt Ward

Top Rank professional boxing on ESPN+ returned to the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in North Philadelphia on Saturday night. The main event of this action-packed card pitted super featherweights Jason Sosa (23-3-4, 16 KOs) and Lydell Rhodes (27-4-1, 13 KOs) against one another in a ten round contest. Sosa, a former WBA Super Featherweight World Champion, made a big step on the trail to reclaim a world title by stopping tough veteran Rhodes at the 1:08 mark of the seventh round.

The two gladiators fought a close fight... (MORE)





IBF junior lightweight champion Tevin Farmer successfully defended his world title on Saturday night with a one-sided, 12-round unanimous decision over Frenchman Guillaume Frenois, 46-2-1, 12 KOs, at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas. For Farmer, still one week shy of the first anniversary of his becoming a world champ, it was his fourth title defense.

Farmer, 30-4-1, 6 KOs, 1 NC, steadily built his points lead from the opening bell. He slipped, he dodged, and he fired away at his foe. And by the time Frenois made his surge at the end of the fight, the challenger was already mathematically eliminated from victory. Farmer easily retained his belt by official scores of 119-108 and 116-111 twice (by Ellis Johnson, Javier Alvarez and Daniel... (MORE)





By Frank Bartolini

The summer has already brought one big fight card to New Jersey boxing fans, and they will not have to travel far to watch more of their favorite pugilists later this season. Two more scheduled cards in the Garden State are slated to feature homegrown talent.

Last weekend, 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Shakur Stevenson headlined a well-attended (5,150), Top Rank promoted show at the Prudential Center in Newark. The city has nothing but love for Stevenson...  (MORE)




British heavyweight hopeful Joe Joyce, 10-0, 9 KOs, defeated Philly's Bryant Jennings, 24-4, 14 KOs, by 12-round unanimous decision in their bout on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London. Jennings started quickly, hurting Joyce to the body en route to winning round one. However, Jennings fought the rest of the fight conservatively and allowed Joyce to out-work him throughout most of the fight.

Joyce won the next six rounds, before Jennings took the eighth. Jennings landed many sharp, clean punches, but Joyce was busier and backed Jennings up much of the way. Bryant also won the tenth round, but was penalized one point for a low blow. After Joyce took the eleventh, Jennings...  (MORE)





After burning up more than three years of his professional prime, Philly featherweight Eric Hunter, 22-5, 11 KOs, finally returned to the ring on Friday with a technical points victory over 121-bout Mexican journeyman German Meraz, 62-57-2, 39 KOs, 1 NC, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Hunter shook off any existing ring rust from his lengthy sabbatical and scored one knockdown before a cut from a clash of heads forced the scheduled six-rounder to go to the cards in round five.

Hunter was the aggressor from the start of the bout and out-worked the rugged Meraz throughout the contest. In round three, Hunter landed a left hook that sent Meraz to the canvas. The Mexican survived knockdown and... (MORE)



On Saturday (July 13), local heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 24-3, 14 KOs, fights outside the United States for the first time when he takes on undefeated British hopeful Joe Joyce, 9-0, 9 KOs, in a 12-round showdown at the O2 Arena in London. Jennings, 34, a two-time world title challenger, has accomplished much in his nine year professional campaign and has been on the brink of hitting it big for much of the past several years. However on Saturday, Jennings will enter the ring as potential fodder for a fresher rising contender. It’s a new situation for the Philly fighter. 

Always a strategist inside as well as outside the ring...  (MORE)




By J. R. Jowett

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame conducted their third annual event with a four day celebration that ran from June 20 to 23 at the Claridge Hotel. Founded by trainer Ray McCline, the event commenced with a Golden Boy boxing show and concluded on June 23 with a lively, entertaining and well-attended induction ceremony at the Celebrity Theater. Master of Ceremonies was the multi-lingual Samad Haq, who was well supported by NJ Commissioner Larry Hazzard. The multi-talented Commissioner did an outstanding job... (MORE)




Early in his career, middleweight legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler came to Philly with the intention of decimating the solid crop of 160-pounders we boasted. On his first visit, Hagler dropped a narrow decision to Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts". Many called it a bad decision - especially Marvelous Marv. 

Two months later, Marvelous Marvin returned to town with his considerable boxing talents and a big chip on his shoulder, looking to take his frustration out on his next foe, Willie "The Worm" Monroe. However, on a snowy March night that was treacherous enough to keep the video crew from making it to the Spectrum (thus no footage of the fight exists), Marvin Hagler received a boxing lesson from Willie the Worm, and dropped a ten-round unanimous decision... (MORE)









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