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PELTZ LAUNCHES NEW BOOK

Thursday night at the 2300 Arena, promoter-turned-author J Russell Peltz hosted a launch party for his new book, Thirty Dollars and a Cut Eye. The event attracted a large crowd that included fight fans, boxing insiders, and friends and family of the author. The happy crowd mingled and buzzed about the memoir that chronicles the promoter's fifty-year career as the architect of the Philly fight scene since 1969.

For many, it was the first time they had gathered since the COVID-19 lockdown started. The atmosphere was celebratory. There was... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

WALCOTT STATUE UNVEILED IN CAMDEN

A massive statue of former heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott was unveiled at Wiggins Park Promenade on the Camden Waterfront on Saturday, October 16. The effort was driven by Walcott's grandson Vincent Cream, and carried out by the Camden County Historical Society's Jersey Joe Walcott Statue Committee. Although the actual statue project took approximately three years, Cream had been working to make the tribute a reality for much longer than that.

Artist Carl LeVotch created the eight-foot figure that rests on large marble base which is adorned with relief sculptures that depict... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

WISE STOPS WILLIAMS
IN 67 SECONDS

On Saturday night, October 9, Isaiah Wise scored an explosive first-round stoppage over Dewayne Williams in a scheduled six-round middleweight fight which was the feature bout of a seven bout card at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The card was promoted by RDR Promotions.

Wise landed a jab followed by an explosive right to the head that put Williams on the canvas. Williams got to his feet, but was deemed unable to continue, and the bout was stopped at 1:07. The referee was Benjy Esteves Jr. Wise, 161 lbs. of Philadelphia is 10-2-2 with six knockouts. Williams, 161 lbs. of Philadelphia is 3-4.

Naheem Parker (right) won a four-round... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

PABHOF INDUCTS
2020 & 2021 CLASSES

On Sunday, October 3, 2021, the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame inducted twenty-three new members in their sixty-third annual ceremony. The inductees were made up of the 2020 and 2021 classes. The event was held at the Bridgeman's Ballroom in Northeast Philadelphia. Last year's inductions were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The twenty-three inductees included boxers Bill Bossio, Derek Ennis, Troy Fletcher, Johnny Forte, Marvin Garris, Otis Graham, Kelvin Kelly, Julian Letterlough, Jack McClelland, Willie Moore, Fernando Rodriguez, Curtis Sheppard, Paul Spadafora, Maxie Strub, Myron Taylor, Billy... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

HART RETURNS;
TEAH WINS IN 1ST

Former two-time world title challenger Jesse Hart made a triumphant return to Philadelphia by pounding out an eight-round unanimous decision over Mike Guy at a crowded 2300 Arena. The show was promoted by RDR Promotions.

Hart, who was fighting for the first time in 20-months, controlled the action and landed the harder punches throughout the contest. Guy was sturdy, but landed very few punches. Guy showed a good chin as he ate some nice uppercuts from the taller Hart. Hart, 169.5 lbs. of Philadelphia won by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice, and is now 27-3. Guy, 171 lbs. of Sacramento, CA is 12-7-1.

Samuel Teah took out Larry Fryers... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

OUTLAW STOPS TORRES;
CARTO RETURNS

Greg Outlaw stopped Edgar Torres in round two of their scheduled six-round welterweight bout in the main event of an action filled seven bout card in front of a near-capacity crowd at 2300 Arena. The card was promoted by King's Promotions.

In round two, Outlaw landed a booming uppercut that sent Torres on his back. Torres was able to get to his feet, only to eat a huge barrage of punches. Another uppercut punctuated the flurry, and referee Shawn Clark stopped the bout at 1:47. Outlaw, 145.7 lbs. of Bowie, MD is now 9-1 with four knockouts. Torres, 145.2 lbs. of Woodbridge, MD is 8-2-1.    (MORE)

   





 
                 
       


HAYWARD MEMORIAL SERVICE SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY

Saturday, September 11, 2021 / 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Delco Venue / 7914 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby, PA, 19082

   





 
                 
 
 
   

PHILLY LEGEND
KITTEN HAYWARD PASSES

When I received the sad news on Tuesday evening that Stanley “Kitten” Hayward had died earlier that day, it was a shock, despite knowing for months that such a call could come at any time. Kitten had suffered a stroke late in 2020, and his health had been declining ever since. Later that same evening, I received a call from his wife of thirty plus years, Vernell (Washington), confirming that it was official - Stanley Cornelius Hayward, one of Philly’s greatest and most colorful ring warriors, was dead at age 82. Regardless of his recent failing health and advanced age, the news was still unreal. Kitten... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

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