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Thomas Mattice, 133 ½, Cleveland, 15-2-1 (11 KOs), and Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz, 134 ¾, MX City, 19-1-1 (14 KOs), battled it down to the wire in a ten that left the audience appreciative of a good fight but wondering who won. The short, stocky Mexican attacked vigorously, firing body shots with mean intentions but most of which landed on elbows or the kidney area. The decidedly bigger Mattice backed up and countered. This provoked Cruz to mount an even bigger attack in round two.

The flow of constant trading crested... (MORE





Marty Shuler returned to Atlantic City for his second promotion, offering seven four-round bouts on Saturday night, February 8th. In the main event, southpaw Philly welterweight Joshua Jones 5-0-1, 2 KOs, returned after a nearly three-year layoff to win a unanimous decision over Detroit's Kaywann Sistrunk, 0-4-1. Jones scored one knockdown and won by three scores of 40-35 from judges Steve Weisfeld, Lynne Carter and Mark Consentino.

Middleweight Zachary Dubnoff, Springfield, NJ, 4-1, 2 KO, edged Virginian journeyman Alberto Delgado, 1-11-4, 1 KO, over four rounds, winning a majority decision. Judge Steve Weisfeld... (MORE





The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame (PABHOF) will induct eighteen new members at their 62nd annual ceremony on May 3, 2020. Leading the crop of new Hall of Famers is “The Pittsburgh Kid”, Paul Spadafora, who won the IBF lightweight championship in 1999 and made eight successful defenses of his title. This was Spadafora’s first year of eligibility. He was not only elected on his first ballot, he received more votes than any other nominee in any of the ballot’s four categories.   

In the Modern Boxer Category, Spadafora... (MORE




It's time again to vote for the Briscoe Awards! 2019 was another good year for Philly boxing. Not only was there the usual loaded schedule of local fights, world championship boxing came to Philadelphia as well. In 2019, Tevin Farmer continued his reign as IBF junior lightweight champ and Julian Williams won the unified (IBF & WBA) junior middleweight championship. However, Farmer and Williams weren't the only stories during the year.

A total of fifteen boxing shows (with 129 total bouts) took place within the Philadelphia city limits. Kings Promotions... (MORE





Joe Hand Promotions brought their professional boxing series to the Xcite Center at the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA for the sixth time Friday night, and it was a short night for everyone involved. There were seven scheduled fights. Just two of the bouts went the distance (six rounds and four rounds), while the other five ended in either the first or second round. Still, it was an entertaining night of boxing.

In the main event of Xcite Fight Night #6, southpaw lightweight Victor Padilla, Berlin, NJ, 8-0, 7 KOs, quickly stopped southpaw Israel Suarez, Luquillo, PR, 4-8-3, 1 KO, at 2:46 of the first round. Padilla cracked Suarez with a hard left that put him down along the ropes. Suarez managed to get up... (MORE



Philly’s lone world champion, Tevin Farmer yielded his IBF junior lightweight championship to Joseph "JoJo" Diaz by unanimous decision Thursday night at the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami. The fight was promoted by Matchroom Boxing and streamed live by DAZN. Farmer, making his fifth title defense, was not his usual energetic and elusive self, and appeared tired and even weak throughout the twelve-round contest. Diaz overcame a bad cut early in the fight and dominated the majority of the action, fought mostly on the inside.

Farmer entered the ring atop the 130-pound world and was a solid betting favorite against the highly regarded Diaz. Tevin took the first round, but came back to his corner shaking his right hand. The TV... (MORE)



by Kurt Wolfheimer

Undefeated Trenton cruiserweight Mike Hilton (10-0, 7 KOs) shook off almost two years of ring rust with a nearly flawless six round unanimous decision victory over Bladimir Hernandez (20-15, 18 KOs) Saturday night at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Mike Hilton controlled the fight throughout by stepping in and out of the pocket almost at will with short combinations. Hernandez was game, but Hilton was just too fast for the thirty-five year old veteran. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Mike “The Beast” Hilton  

In the co-feature of the evening Trenton fan favorite... (MORE)




Two of Philly’s best fighters both posted convincing victories in their respective high-profile, nationally televised twelve-round fights on Showtime Saturday night. Former two-time world champion and current welterweight contender Danny Garcia put in twelve strong rounds against southpaw Ivan Redkach Saturday night in Brooklyn, NY. Garcia, fighting for the first time in nine months, dominated most of the action against Redkach and with the win kept himself in the hunt for a major bout later in 2020. The going theory was that Redkach was selected for his left-handedness, a characteristic that would help give Garcia some practice before facing either Errol Spence Jr. or Many Pacquiao, both southpaws. Redkach was over-matched in the fight, but did provide Garcia some sturdy resistance for the full... (MORE)









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