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ELLIS BEATS BROOKER;
JUICE SURVIVES;
ROCK AND SMITH WIN IN AC

While two out-of-towners slugged it out in the entertaining main event, four local fighters bolstered the undercard of Saturday night’s nationally televised fight card from Bally’s Atlantic City. The show was promoted by GH3 Promotions and Kings Promotions and represented the beginning of the 2017 fight year for Philly-area fighters. The three top bouts were broadcast live on Showtime. 

Philly super middleweight Christopher Brooker, 11-3, 5 KOs, got some TV time when he faced unbeaten prospect Ronald Ellis... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

THE RULES DO APPLY - HOPKINS KNOCKED OUT
IN SWAN SONG

Leading up to his fight with Joe Smith Jr., Bernard Hopkins made it clear that he believed that the rules of boxing, the rules of aging, and the rules of life in general, did not apply to him. The plan for his career swan song was to defeat Smith, a ranked fighter 25 years his junior, and at age 51 years and 11 months prove to everyone on the planet that Bernard Hopkins was so special that he would avoid the traditional fate of many past ring legends who had challenged those very same rules and failed.   

Most believed that Hopkins would succeed in his quest... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

LEBRON TOPS COREA AT
SUGAR HOUSE

Philadelphia closed out its local boxing schedule for 2016 with a seven-bout show promoted by Hard Hitting Promotions, at the Sugar House Casino on Friday night. It was the third event at the venue by Hard Hitting and the new venue, and its entry into the local scene helped to breathe new life into the Philly fight schedule. 2016 saw fourteen fight cards city-wide, the most in the city since 2009, which offered nineteen shows.

In the main event, San Juan featherweight Luis Lebron 7-0-1, 3 KOs, defeated late substitute Roberto Corea of Nicaragua, 9-12-4, 4 KOs, by unanimous decision over eight entertaining rounds. From my... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

HOPKINS LOOKING TO PROVE THAT
THE RULES
DON'T APPLY

On Saturday night, Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, will enter the ring for the final time – at least that’s the official sales pitch for the fight. At 51 years old, and just one month shy of his 52nd birthday, Hopkins takes on Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, a Long Islander 25 years younger than the North Philly legend, in an HBO-televised scheduled 12-rounder at the famous Inglewood Forum. 

The bout is being pitched as a farewell fight for the former undisputed middleweight and multiple light heavyweight champion, but the future Hall of Famer not only considers the bout a way to leave with a victory and... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

CHARLO CHOPS DOWN WILLIAMS

IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, 25-0, 19 KOs, chopped down #1 contender, Julian Williams, of West Philly, 22-1-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC, in the fifth round of their scheduled 12-round world title bout Saturday night at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. The champion dropped Williams in round two and then finished him off with two knockdowns in round five.

After a close first round that could have gone either way, Charlo nailed Williams with a still left jab in round two that jolted the challenger and sent him stumbling to the canvas. Williams was surprised by the punch but appeared to recover quickly.  (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

HOPKINS PREPARES FOR RETIREMENT
AND SMITH

Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, and entered the event dressed as an old man – an older old man than he actually is, that is.  The nearly 52-year old worked out before for a large media contingent with trainer John David Jackson and assistant trainer Danny Davis. 

Hopkins also answered questions from the press, most of which regarded whether or not his scheduled 12-rounder with Joe Smith Jr., 22-1, 18 KOs, would indeed be his final ring appearance.  Both Hopkins and... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

PHILLY'S ROLE IN THE BRILLIANT CAREER OF SUGAR RAY ROBINSON

by Chuck Hasson

In the long and storied career of Sugar Ray Robinson there is rarely any mention made about the significant contribution the City of Philadelphia made in the molding of this great legend.

When Robinson turned pro in 1940 after a spectacular amateur career, he was obviously highly sought after by the boxing fraternity. Mike Jacobs, the most powerful man in the sport at the time, wanted Ray to sign an exclusive promotional contract with his New York-based Twentieth Century Sporting Club. But Robinson, wanting to maintain his... (MORE)

   






 

 
                 
 
 
   

FARMER STILL STREAKING TOWARD
TITLE SHOT

In the main event Friday night at South Philly’s 2300 Arena, junior lightweight contender Tevin Farmer, 24-4-1, 5 KOs, scored an effortless 10-round unanimous decision over Dardan Zenunaj, 12-3, 9 KOs, to defend his NABF 130-pound title and kept his career streaking toward a world title fight. 

Despite Zenunaj’s toughness and respectable record, Farmer’s task appeared so easy that the “American Idol” eventually introduced his own level of difficulty tests during the ten round chore – letting his opponent flail away at him... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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