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December 13, 1995 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bryant "BB" Brannon, who says he feels destined to become a world boxing champion, moved a step closer last night, scoring an eighth-round knockout before a standing-room-only crowd of about 1,200 at the Blue Horizon and a USA Network TV audience. Brannon, 29, undefeated in 16 bouts, wore down Troy Watson of St. Peterburg, Fla., with a blinding left jab, then sent him to the canvas 56 seconds into Round 8. Watson, 31, his nose bleeding and his left eye closing from Brannon's jarring jabs, and exhausted as much as he was hurt, couldn't get up. It was the second defense of the United States Boxing Association super- middleweight title for Brannon, who grew up fighting in the streets of Trenton, and his 10th knockout.
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May 5, 1987 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, Daily News Sports Writer Compiled from staff and wire reports
A familiar name will be on tonight's professional boxing card at the Blue Horizon. Willie "The Little Worm" Monroe, of Ithaca, N.Y., is the 21-year-old nephew of Willie "The Worm" Monroe, a top-ranked Philadelphia middleweight who had the distinction of being the last man to beat Marvelous Marvin Hagler before Sugar Ray Leonard did it last month. The younger Monroe, who takes on Lou Owens, of Wilmington, in a scheduled six-round middleweight bout, is 5-1, but has won four consecutive bouts, with three knockouts, since he began fighting out of Philadelphia last December.
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June 4, 2010 | INQUIRER REPORT
Philadelphia super middleweight Farrah Ennis (13-0) takes on Steve Walker (24-24) of Hannibal, Mo., atop a fight card tonight at the Blue Horizon on North Broad Street. At the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, Anthony Ferrante (9-0) of Northeast Philadelphia meets Chuck Mussachio (15-1) of Wildwood in a light heavyweight clash.  
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September 6, 2007 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While Steve "USS" Cunningham was serving his country in the Navy from 1994 to 1998, the North Philadelphian was also learning the finer points of boxing. Now the owner of the IBF cruiserweight title, Cunningham will be recognized tomorrow night at the Blue Horizon for joining light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins as the city's only reigning world champions. The occasion is an eight-bout fight card. "It means more to me because I haven't ever fought at the Blue Horizon, and they still chose to honor me," said the 31-year-old Cunningham, who has a career record of 20-1.
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December 2, 2000 | By B.G. Kelley
Boxing fans, clap your hands. The Blue Horizon will live on. For years now the best little fight site in the country has been shadow-boxing its own demise. The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections has cited the Blue Horizon repeatedly for fire and electrical code violations and threatened to shut it down if the building does not get back to code. Not only that, the joint needs a makeover: A wall-to-wall paint job. More modern bathrooms. New steps. The problem? Money - or more to the point, the lack of it. Owners Veronica Michael and Carol Ray took out a $500,000 note to purchase the boxing showplace in 1994, but had nothing left to plow into repairs and renovations.
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February 1, 1994 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
He doesn't have as recognizable a name as the man he replaces, but Lonnie Beasley might even be a sterner test for Charles Brewer, a world-rated middleweight from North Philadelphia. Tyrone Trice withdrew from tonight's 10-round main event at the Blue Horizon because of a hand he claims to have injured in training. "This kid might have more desire than Trice," promoter J Russell Peltz said of Beasley. "He's on the upswing. He's coming here to win, not just to collect a paycheck.
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December 8, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Who says you can't go home again? North Philadelphia's Charles Brewer (35-7, 25 KOs), the former IBF super middleweight champion who hasn't fought at the Blue Horizon (or appeared on American television) since he defended his title on a unanimous decision over Joey DeGrandis on Dec. 2, 1997, reintroduces himself to his old constituency tonight when he takes on Esteban Cervantes (23-3-2, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event of an ESPN2-televised card at the legendary fight emporium on North Broad Street.
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April 30, 1991 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Since he turned professional on April 13, 1989, everything North Philadelphia welterweight William "The Hammer" Jones has done in the ring has been a way of telling outclassed opponents that they "can't touch this. " So, in acknowledgment of Jones's development as a fighter and local box- office attraction, promoter J Russell Peltz is giving Hammer Time more significant exposure. The 21-year-old Jones (14-0, 12 knockouts), who has registered six first-round stoppages, gets main-event billing for the first time when he takes on Miguel Rojas (7-1-1, 4 KOs)
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July 21, 2000 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like an old prizefighter well past his prime, the legendary Blue Horizon, a musty old building on North Broad Street known as the mecca of Philadelphia boxing, may be on its last legs. A once handsome, 135-year-old residential rowhouse with ornate woodwork and glistening chandeliers, it has been cited by the city for fire- and electrical-code violations and faces major renovation. The Department of Licenses and Inspections, which cited the building two years ago for similar violations, has no immediate plans to close its doors, but the safety concern has caused ESPN2's Friday Night Fights to seek other quarters until repairs are made.
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August 15, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even after he tested positive for a banned drug three years ago and was suspended for a year, Antonio Tarver did not believe his boxing career was over. "I admit that there were some doubts," Tarver said. "I mean, who wouldn't? But I always felt inside that there was more waiting for me. " While the odds are long, he may be right. A 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, Tarver, 46, still hopes to become the oldest fighter to win the heavyweight championship. Tarver (31-6, 22 knockouts) began his professional career at the Blue Horizon in 1997.
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July 22, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
EDWIN "BO" DIAZ studied the boy who walked into the Feltonville gym where he was dishing out boxing lessons to neighborhood kids. Izzadeen Burgos was quiet, shy, wide-eyed. And he had one arm. Diaz, a Philadelphia police officer, already knew Izzy's story. He'd lost his left arm at age 2 when his father, Dennis Burgos, shot him with a high-powered hunting rifle. The boy overcame gruesome, life-threatening injuries. He stood before Diaz that spring day in 2005 because wanted to learn how to box. "I figured, 'Hey, why not?
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May 27, 2015 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
IT WILL BE duly noted for historical purposes that "ESPN Friday Night Fights" ended its 17-year run on May 22 with a telecast from Corona, Calif., the co-featured bouts won by heavyweight Andrey Fedosov and junior middleweight John Thompson IV in the finals of the Boxcino tournament. But, from a purely emotional standpoint, the farewell show should have been on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, with 42-year-old Amir Mansour scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Joey Dawejko, 18 years his junior, for the vacant Pennsylvania heavyweight championship.
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February 28, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Blue Horizon may be considered "legendary" by some, but a panel of the Philadelphia Historical Commission considers the famed Moose Lodge-cum-boxing venue only a little bit historic. The historic designation committee, which reviews candidates for the local historic register, voted Thursday not to recommend the interior of the 1314-16 N. Broad St. site for designation. The building contains the city's last surviving intact boxing auditorium, an intimate 1,200-seat arena. At the same time, the panel decided that the exterior of the 19th-century brownstone complex "meets the criteria" for designation.
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October 31, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The list of endangered historic sites issued every year by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia did not make it through 2014. The alliance has demolished the venerable list. Replacing it will be a smaller group of threatened places that preservation officials exhort their supporters to save. Three times a year, the alliance will release a list of four "Places to Save," which will also be featured in a three-times-a-year magazine, Extant. The first list, just out, features a call for preservation of the Blue Horizon, the venerable boxing venue on North Broad Street now threatened by a hotel development.
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September 30, 2014 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
MOST FIGHT FANS didn't know his real name, which is just as well because they probably wouldn't have been able to spell or pronounce it in any case. So the man with the velvety-smooth tones who came into this world as Setrha Ejdaharian - he was proud of his Armenian heritage and never considered legally changing his name - chose to call himself Ed Derian for professional purposes. For the better part of 4 decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away Friday at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing, the longest tenured and most cherished ring announcer to have graced local rings.
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August 22, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority postponed action Wednesday on a measure that would have allowed commissioners and staffers subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to choose their own lawyers. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who chaired the meeting, did not explain to fellow commissioners why the item was withdrawn from the agenda. It appeared, however, that the board would have lacked a quorum for a vote because the subpoenaed commissioners would have had to recuse themselves. While the authority would pay for the legal representation, DRPA deputy chief executive Michael Conallen said it was unclear if those under subpoena must use only authority-approved law firms that have agreed to a ceiling on their fees.
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August 15, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
THE ATMOSPHERE at Jazzy Shears Hair Studio in North Philly was abuzz about what happened nearly 2 decades ago. Inside the barbershop, amid barber chairs positioned beneath cherry-leather boxing gloves, fighters of yesterday talked about the past. On one side was Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, with his signature cowboy-esque capper. Buster "Demon" Drayton let out a wild laugh next to Kevin "The Spoiler" Howard and Wayne Samuels. Ivan Robinson and William "The Hammer" Jones filled the room, along with trainer Augie Scimeca.
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January 31, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG A 1950s-era bank building in Montgomery County and a famous boxing venue in Philadelphia are among the treasured Pennsylvania sites most endangered by development, according to a state preservation group. The Public Federal Savings Bank, a 1951 modernist structure in Lower Merion Township, and the Legendary Blue Horizon, the boxing arena in North Philadelphia, were among nine properties named Wednesday by Preservation Pennsylvania on its annual list of endangered structures worth fighting to keep.
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July 23, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
RODNEY MOORE was as tough as they come when he boxed as a welterweight contender, but he was a softy when talking about his mother. "My mom, who I loved very much, was my best friend, and she wasn't just a super mom, she was also a super woman," he said. "My mom surely lit up a room when she walked in because she wasn't the life of the party, she was the party. " His mother, Alice Coleman Moore, an employee of the Keebler Co. for many years and later a security officer for Burns Security, died June 28 after a long battle with lung cancer.
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