Friday Night Fights Area Boxers Get Shot In Tourney

Posted: January 20, 1995

A local tradition will be revived when the Daily News sponsors USA Boxing's Middle Atlantic Association tournament, to be held on five successive Fridays, beginning tonight at 7:30 at the Upper Darby Police Youth Association.

At least 10 three-round bouts, and perhaps as many as 13, will be staged tonight at the UDPYA, 7241 Merion Terrace, with the early emphasis on the super-heavyweight open division. Two highly regarded super-heavies scheduled to appear are Barry Ross, of the Chester Rainbow Club, and Jay Sweeten, of the Joe Tiberi Club in Wilmington.

Winners of this tournament, which concludes Feb. 17, advance to the Eastern regional against winners of the Allegheny Mountain Association, representing Western Pennsylvania and the other four associations in the six-state Region 2. That tournament is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at Pleasantville (N.J.) High School and March 5 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Survivors of that event move on to the national tournament April 3 to 8 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Middle Atlantic Association's Philadelphia area tournament has produced such elite boxers as Meldrick Taylor and Tyrell Biggs, both of whom won gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and rising professional lightweight contender Ivan Robinson. Taylor won two world titles as a pro.

For many years, until the mid-1950s, the Daily News sponsored the Philadelphia area Golden Gloves and Silver Gloves competitions.

"The Daily News's involvement gives us the opportunity to get more publicity for amateur boxing," said Southwest Philadelphia's Hank Kropinski, the Eastern Amateur Boxing Region 2 president. "It's a much-needed shot in the arm for amateur boxing locally."

Tickets are $10. For further information, call 610-352-0998.

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