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.
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.
September 14, 2015 |
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.
August 16, 2015 |
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.
August 3, 2015 |
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.
June 24, 2015 |
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.
June 7, 2015 |
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.
May 9, 2015 |
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?
April 20, 2015 |
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.