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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)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

PHILADELPHIA'S MOST POPULAR
(AND LEAST LIKELY) SPORTS HERO EVER

by Chuck Hasson

One day while driving back from Port Richmond I tuned in to a sports talk radio station where they were having a heated debate on what athlete was the most popular ever in Philadelphia. Bobby Clarke, Doctor J, Richie Ashburn, Wilt, Moses, Ali, Frazier, Babe Ruth and many more were nominated and the arguments offered of why they were number one. I had to laugh because all of these imposing, muscular, talented heroes were “lightweights” compared to the true, undisputed... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

FARMER
READY FOR LOMACHENKO
OR ANYONE ELSE

Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to the 2300 Arena Friday night to face LA-based Albanian Dardan Zenunaj, 12-2, 9 KOs, with the local southpaw’s NABF title belt and #3 WBC world ranking on the line.  The 10-rounder is the main event of an eight-bout show promoted by Peltz Boxing (with BAM Boxing, Joe Hand Promotions & DiBella Entertainment), and will be the second consecutive hometown fight for “The American Idol”. 

A Farmer fight usually means much entertainment for fans.  His flashy left-handed style and exuberant self-confidence... (MORE)

   

 

 
                 
       

GARCIA STOPS VARGAS
LOOKS TOWARD THURMAN

WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 33-0, 19 KOs, warmed up for his anticipated March showdown with WBA champ Keith Thurman by knocking out a game Samuel Vargas, 25-3-1, 13 KOs, at the Liacouras Center in North Philadelphia Saturday night, in a scheduled 10-round non-title bout.  Fighting for the first time in his hometown since 2010, Garcia completely controlled the action, dropping Vargas in the second round and finally stopping him in round seven before a large and animated North Philly crowd. 

Garcia began landing bombs early in the bout and... (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

GOYCO UPSETS ODOM

South Philly super middleweight Taneal Goyco, 9-9-1, 4 KOs, scored a stunning upset over Maryland’s Jerry Odom, 14-3-1, 13 KOs, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Friday night.  The scheduled 8-rounder was not the main event, co-feature, or one of the many showcase bouts that comprised this 10-bout card, but make no mistake, the fight was the evening’s highlight. 

The win evened out Goyco’s modest pro record, which is actually one of his most potent career weapons.  Often underestimated on paper due to his unassuming resume, “Spider” Goyco has become a spoiler for rising prospects and a force to be reckoned with in the ring.  Friday night, he performed his magic once again.

Odom started the fight well, hurting Goyco with... (MORE)

   






 

 
                 
 
 
   

GARCIA MUST STAY FOCUSED ON VARGAS DESPITE UPCOMING THURMAN FIGHT

The last time Danny Garcia, 32-0, 18 KOs, had a homecoming fight, it turned out to be quite a difficult evening.  That fight, a 2014, 140-pound title defense, in Bayamon against Mauricio Herrera, was Garcia’s Puerto Rican homecoming, and it turned out to be perhaps the worst appearance of his career.  Garcia managed to defend his title belts by a razor-thin majority decision in his ancestral homecoming, but most believed he was lucky to come away with the win. 

On Saturday night, Garcia, now the WBC welter... (MORE)

   


















 
 
                 
       

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