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August 27, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard? Has Hollywood gone mad? It seems impossible to imagine the R&B singer with his smooth rhymes and silky falsetto portraying a brawler - a world-class one at that. Usher will surprise and shock many a fan as Leonard in a supporting role in the Roberto Durán biopic Hands of Stone , in theaters Friday. Spanning nearly five decades, the film features Édgar Ramírez as Durán and Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel, who helped bring Durán to international prominence.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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August 27, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard? Has Hollywood gone mad? It seems impossible to imagine the R&B singer with his smooth rhymes and silky falsetto portraying a brawler - a world-class one at that. Usher will surprise and shock many a fan as Leonard in a supporting role in the Roberto Durán biopic Hands of Stone , in theaters Friday. Spanning nearly five decades, the film features Édgar Ramírez as Durán and Robert De Niro as trainer Ray Arcel, who helped bring Durán to international prominence.
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June 10, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
When the bell marked the ended of the round, Vernon J. Linder yanked off his boxing gloves, wiped sweat from his neck, and wedged a hearing aid back into his ear. Linder, 86, sat down on a folding chair in the Washington Avenue gym and wondered whether his sparring partner, a hulking, 29-year-old mixed martial arts instructor, had been taking it easy on him out there for the last couple of minutes. "If I go to a gym and they've never seen me work out, they don't want to spar with me, because they're afraid they're going to hurt me," Linder said.
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June 6, 2016 | By Chris Mondics and Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITERS
It was the October 1980 title fight between Easton's Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali and the two old friends and competitors were battling not just with their fists, but also their wits. "When I fought him I said, 'You know I love you, man,' " Holmes recalled of the fight that Holmes easily won. "He said, 'If that is so, why are you whuppin' me?' " Holmes was one of only five boxers to ever defeat Ali. Years later, Ali would say that he would not have fought Holmes if he had known he would lose and suffer brain damage.
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April 29, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Robert Moran, STAFF WRITERS
STEPHEN J. Traitz Jr., 79, a colorful labor leader who was the central figure in the Roofers union scandal of the 1980s, died Tuesday at his farm in Trooper, Montgomery County. The barrel-chested former boxer, who attended daily Mass and did not drink liquor, was known for being polite and soft-spoken, but he was caught on FBI tapes being profane and offensive, and, a federal jury concluded, guilty of bribing Philadelphia judges with cash-filled envelopes. Richard L. Scheff, who prosecuted the case, recalled sitting five feet from Mr. Traitz during his trial, and the defendant "treated me with complete respect.
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March 18, 2016 | By Bernard Fernandez, CORRESPONDENT
(The reference to Eugene "Cyclone" Hart has been clarified in the antepenultimate paragraph.) IT IS BOXING'S version of the designer label, and every fighter who has ever passed through Pennsylvania's largest city, long- or short-term, wears it with pride. That was true in the past and, to hear some tell it, the song remains the same today. If a fighter is born in Philadelphia and moves away, he forever remains a Philadelphia fighter. If a fighter is born somewhere else and moves to Philly to ply his trade, he immediately becomes a Philadelphia fighter.
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February 22, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
South Philadelphians are engaged in a complex moral debate: Should a historical marker be placed outside the Snyder Avenue rowhome where Angelo Bruno, the mob boss, lived and died? Meanwhile, not too far west of there, one of those familiar blue-and-gold plaques stands at the corner of 17th and Ritner, a lonely sentinel for a nearly forgotten South Philly native and his diminished sport. Boxing writers called Tommy Loughran, who grew up at 1634 Ritner St., the "Philly Phantom.
NEWS
November 4, 2015
HE LIED. We suspected as much, but now Philly boxer Yusaf Mack is outright admitting that he lied about being drugged into doing gay sex for a XXX-rated porn flick. "I was ashamed," the former champ told me yesterday. "I'm sorry for lying. I've always been curious. " By now, you've probably heard about Mack and the infamous "Holiday Hump'n" sex tape circulating that shows him engaging in a steamy threesome with two other hunky men. It's been the talk. Not just in Philly but nationwide.
NEWS
October 28, 2015
WEST PHILLY'S Yusaf Mack is known for his boxing. But it's his sexual prowess that has people buzzing. He appears in a new porn video that's caused a bit of a local scandal. And it's not just any porn video but a particularly graphic one that shows him engaging in a threesome with two other men. Mack, a father of 10 who is engaged to marry a woman, adamantly maintains that he's strictly heterosexual and that the whole thing is all a big mistake. "My whole life, I've been what they call a whoremonger.
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September 14, 2015 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
ONE OF MANNY Folly's earliest recollections of Kip Street in North Philly, where he grew up, is peering out of his house with the weathered, brown door at a teenager he knew who had just been shot lying in the middle of the street. Seconds later, a car ran over the kid. At the end of the street is a church, and on the steps of that church sit the drug dealers during the day - just as they did back then. Returning recently to Kip Street, Folly's eyes narrow like a hovering hawk as he glares down the small stretch of pocked asphalt devoid of hope - where, in a good year, only two or three homicides occur.
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