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BROTHER NAAZIM RICHARDSON
PASSES AT AGE 55

On July 24th, local boxing legend, Brother Naazim Richardson passed away after a long hospital stay and declining health, following a stroke earlier this year. Richardson earned his well-respected reputation by being a renowned amateur coach and later a storied trainer of top-level professionals. Richardson was 55.

Richardson was one of the most brilliant boxing minds in the business, and was considered a master of ring strategy. He devised numerous fight plans that helped lead his fighters to many important ring victories.

Richardson is probably best known... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

GIARDELLO REMEMBERED
ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY

PHILADELPHIA – Former middleweight champion Joey Giardello would have turned 90 years old on July 16th, and to prove that he is gone but not forgotten, family, friends and members of the Philly boxing community gathered to mark the occasion at the site of the Joey Giardello Statue in South Philadelphia. The event included spoken tributes to Giardello and concluded with the presentation of a boxing glove-shaped birthday cake while the group sang “Happy Birthday” to the beloved champ.   

The larger than life-sized bronze statue, which was... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

PA BOXING
HALL OF FAME POSTPONED
UNTIL 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony event has been postponed until 2021. Although the exact date has not yet been set, the PABHOF anticipates the next induction will take place in early October of 2021. A combined Hall of Fame class comprised of both 2020 and 2021 inductees will all be honored together at the rescheduled event in 2021. The PABHOF was established in 1958 and is the oldest boxing hall of fame in the country. The 2021 Hall of Fame class will be the 63rd group of inductees for the organization.

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

THE HISTORY OF THE MET

During the 1940s & 1950s, The Met (Metropolitan Opera House) was one of Philly's premiere boxing venues. However the place dried up as a fight venue in 1954. Before long it went completely dark. However in December 2018, after a complete restoration, the place reopened with a Bob Dylan concert. Then early the following year, boxing made its big comeback at the venue after 64 long years. Hard Hitting Promotions became the new house (boxing) promoter and staged three shows in 2019. Prior to the comeback, The Toppi family (owner Jimmy Sr. and promoter Jimmy Jr.) hosted 183 fight cards between 1939 and 1954 there. At its peak, The Met presented fights every week. For an overview of venue's story click this link: OVERVIEW. For a complete list of every main event in The Met's history click this link: MAIN EVENTS.

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

SIDNEY "SWEET PEA" ADAMS
PASSES

Former Philly fighter Sidney "Sweet Pea" Adams passed away on May 28, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84 years old. Born December 16, 1935, Adams' very best days as a boxer came during his amateur run, which ended in 1957.

After winning a number of local tournaments, Adams won the Junior National AAU championship at 139 pounds. Fighting out of the Philadelphia PAL system, Adams wiped out his competition in Baltimore that year, scoring knockdowns over all three... (MORE

   
 
                 
       

COBB'S PHOTO
OF CONTO
NAMED BEST
OF THE YEAR

In the fourth Briscoe Awards photo contest, a portrait of heavyweight prospect Sonny Conto entitled "Strength", taken by Darryl Cobb Jr. was named the "2019 Photo of the Year" by a panel of independent judges. This is the second time in four years that Cobb snapped the chosen photo.

In all, seven photographers submitted their work for the competition, which is intended to spotlight the fine work by the artists who consistently capture the local fight scene. The other participating photographers included Jano Cohen (who placed second), Daniel Cork (third place), Ray Bailey, Daryl Bughman... (MORE

   



 
                 
       

TEAH DECISIONS NZAU

by Marc Abrams

This past Saturday night, junior welterweight Samuel Teah won a six-round unanimous decision over Dieumerci Nzau in front of a sold-out crowd at The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The successful show, which was attended by many members of the boxing community as well as well as WWE superstars, was the inaugural card staged by RDR Promotions.

Teah of Philadelphia dropped Nzau in the opening frame with a hard right hand to the head. Teah never was challenged in the bout that saw him win by scores of 60-53 twice and 59-54. Teah now has a... (MORE

   



 
                 
 
 
   

AND THE BRISCOE AWARDS GO TO...

All the votes have been tallied and the results are in. So with no further delay and nearly 1,000 votes cast, here are the latest winners of the Briscoe Awards for the 2019 fight year. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank... (MORE

   






 

 
                 
       

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