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July 23, 1987 | By JACK McGUIRE, Daily News Staff Writer
Professional boxer Anthony Fletcher had an unscheduled bout with police last night that ended with his arrest on drug charges. Officers Philip Riehl and David Swisher of the 12th Police District were patrolling on 57th Street near Chester Avenue about 7 p.m. when they saw the 31-year-old lightweight boxer throw away a green plastic bag, police said. The officers retrieved the bag, which later was found to contain 22 $10 bags of cocaine, and put Fletcher against a wall to search him, police said.
SPORTS
June 6, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia boxer Bernard Hopkins said that his next fight - most likely in October - win, lose or draw will be his finale. "It will be my last fight," Hopkins, a 50-year-old surefire Hall of Famer, said Friday. "I'm doing it on my terms because I want to go out on my own terms. And I'm not asking for that right; I'm exercising that right. " Hopkins, the only fighter in history to hold all four sanctioned middleweight belts and to have defended them a record 20 times, had more to say. Hopkins sounded like Charles Barkley when the 76ers star said on the radio in 1991 that "Philadelphia is a racist city.
NEWS
August 23, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE documentary "Cutie and the Boxer" depicts the fraught but somehow stable and contented marriage of New York artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. Ushio Shinohara made a brief splash in the art scene 40 years ago as an action painter - he dipped boxing gloves in paint and punched the canvas, leaving splatters of color behind. Still does, in fact. During his 15 minutes, he met and wedded a much younger Japanese woman and aspiring artist, Noriko, who set her own ambitions aside to raise the child they had together and cope with her husband's alcoholism.
SPORTS
December 9, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
ROCK ALLEN WAS apologizing for a situation not of his making and one that for the foreseeable future he is powerless to change. "I hate for you to see me like this," the former Olympic boxer told an acquaintance of long standing who was seeing him for the first time since the horrific automobile accident the evening of June 7 that left him on the verge of death. By "this," Allen meant the wheelchair in which he remains confined as he rehabs from a lengthy list of injuries that quite likely would have killed someone who had not been in such superb physical condition.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Retired professional boxer Tony Martin said he was going to evict the third-floor tenant in his Hunting Park rooming house after finding a gun in the man's apartment. That decision cost the 52-year-old light heavyweight his life. Witnesses testified in a hearing Wednesday that Shaquille Henderson used a pistol stolen from his own aunt - a Philadelphia police officer - as the murder weapon. Municipal Court Judge T. Francis Shields ordered Henderson, 21, to stand trial on murder and related charges in Martin's death.
NEWS
May 6, 2011 | By April Saul, Inquirer Staff Writer
Entering the ring for the last round of the biggest fight of his life, Vidal Rivera is feeling really good. After a slow start, he threw a left hook in the second round that landed cleanly on his opponent's chin, rolled his shoulder into a 12 o'clock, and came back with a counter right hand. Now, in a ritual he performs faithfully at this point in every bout, the 19-year-old fighter embraces his trainer, Chris Williams. "I love you," he says. "No matter what happens. " Nobody could have predicted that this skinny kid from South Camden would become a boxer, much less vie for a title at last week's National Golden Gloves Championships in Indianapolis.
SPORTS
September 23, 2012
After securing the first world-title shot in his career, North Philadelphia's Gabriel Rosado set his sights on something else. The 26-year-old light middleweight used his signature, gritty style to pick up a 10th-round technical knockout on Friday night over Charles Whittaker at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) is now the mandatory No. 1 contender for Cornelius Bundrage's IBF world title. Whittaker was knocked down early in the 10th round, before referee Steve Smoger was forced to stop the match later in the round.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE HANDCUFFS looked puny on Darrell Crone's wrists and he shook his head in disbelief in a Camden courtroom yesterday, thinking the shackles didn't belong there in the first place. There were more than a dozen sheriff's deputies surrounding the muscle-bound aspiring boxer, but the prosecution painted a picture of a man who preferred guns, not his fists or physical prowess, to settle problems. Crone, 31, is accused of shooting and killing Timothy Loper Jr., a married U.S. Marine who was trying to break up a fight outside a Camden bar Sunday morning.
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SPORTS
August 16, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Before they stepped into the ring at the Prudential Center, Steve Cunningham and Antonio Tarver both acknowledged the crucial nature of their fight. However, none of the urgency that was predicted by both fighters emerged over 12 rounds as the fight was ruled a split draw in front of 5,843. Referee John Stewart had it 114-114. Robin Taylor scored it for Tarver, 115-114, and John McKaie saw it for Cunningham, 115-113. Give them credit for not falling asleep at ringside as the fight was that bad. It was a worthy decision for 12 rounds of inactivity.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Danny Garcia, with flashy accessories dotting his otherwise all-white outfit, was hard to miss at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill on Thursday. Dark sunglasses covered most of his face. A light blue hat covered his head. A gold "DSG" chain, standing for Danny "Swift" Garcia, hung around his neck and drooped to the middle of his torso. "You know boxing is all about entertainment," Garcia said. "That's what makes you stand out. " Garcia, a soft spoken 27-year-old from North Philadelphia, does most of his talking in the ring.
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
IT'S A THURSDAY night in Kensington, and a hectic boxing practice is winding down. "Butts down!" a coach yells at the 20 boxers, and the 10-to-15-year-olds all drop to the floor for push-ups. As the clock ticks closer to 6 p.m., they hang up their gloves, grab some water and towels and follow their coaches into a large auditorium off the training room. Everyone waits silently. Suddenly a bald man wearing an open-collared white shirt strides into the room from the rear. They know Buddy Osborn.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia boxer Bernard Hopkins said that his next fight - most likely in October - win, lose or draw will be his finale. "It will be my last fight," Hopkins, a 50-year-old surefire Hall of Famer, said Friday. "I'm doing it on my terms because I want to go out on my own terms. And I'm not asking for that right; I'm exercising that right. " Hopkins, the only fighter in history to hold all four sanctioned middleweight belts and to have defended them a record 20 times, had more to say. Hopkins sounded like Charles Barkley when the 76ers star said on the radio in 1991 that "Philadelphia is a racist city.
SPORTS
May 9, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too often, heavyweight Joey Dawejko had to make a choice. He'd just spent another 10-12 hours on top of a roof, with nowhere to hide from the unforgiving summer sun. Scorched and exhausted, Dawejko would get home around 9:30 p.m. knowing he needed to rise by 3:30 a.m. to do his roadwork. Should he sleep and recover? After all, at the time he had two children - he has three now - to feed. Or should he continue to break his body down with early morning runs and sparring as the once-promising amateur heavyweight chased what appeared to be a fading dream?
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even with his father's history as a boxer and manager in the sport, Dylan Price didn't immediately jump into the ring. He tried his hand at several sports as a youngster, including football. "I was pretty small, about 55 pounds, and was moving up to the 105-pound division," the 16-year-old said. "That's when my dad said to me, 'It's time for you to try something else.' " Price took his first competitive step in boxing when he was 9. "I knew on the first day that it was for me," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
RAPPER 50 Cent spent Tuesday night in South Philly supporting his bud Bernard Hopkins , the local boxing great who just turned the big 5-0. My source tells me that 50 Cent, a/k/a Curtis Jackson , hit up the 2300 Arena (2300 S. Swanson St.) and was particularly excited about seeing Philly's own Eric "Outlaw" Hunter take on Rene Alvarado . 50 Cent even hung backstage with Hunter and his crew, including fellow boxer-turned-fashion designer Simon "One Punch" Carr . Hopkins and 50 Cent go way back.
SPORTS
December 14, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Ray Charles tune buzzed through the speakers at Joe Hand's Gym. Jesse Hart - shirtless and sweating - jostled around the boxing ring last week, throwing jabs at the air. He matched his short white shorts with a pair of high white socks with red and blue stripes at the top. The North Philadelphian dressed like a '70s basketball player, not an up-and-coming boxer. "I'm old school," said Hart, who will fight Saturday in South Philly. "I'm not a 12-round fighter, I'm a 15-round fighter.
SPORTS
December 7, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
STEVE CUNNINGHAM has won 28 professional fights, is a two-time IBF cruiserweight world champion and only 2 months ago defended his USBA heavyweight belt. The Philadelphia boxer's daughter won a much bigger battle yesterday. Kennedy Cunningham, 9, who since birth has had a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, had a successful heart transplant yesterday at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Kennedy's story has garnered national attention since it was shared on the NBC Sports Network's telecast of Cunningham's April victory over Amir Mansour at the Liacouras Center.
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