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May 27, 1986
The recommendations made by former heavyweight boxing champ Larry Holmes make a lot of sense. The safety of prize fighters should be the premier concern of all those who enjoy the sport of boxing. All too often boxers are seriously injured because of too-frequent bouts and the promoters' concern for profits instead of the boxers' welfare. If the individual state boxing commissions are not willing to oversee the welfare of fighters, the federal government should pass laws regulating this "industry.
SPORTS
October 13, 2001 | By Tim Smith, New York Daily News
People in the boxing world aren't shocked by much. But the news that legendary trainer Eddie Futch died Wednesday morning at his Las Vegas home stunned almost everyone. That's because everybody thought Futch would be around forever. It wasn't that Futch appeared indestructible - he was 90 years old, frail and arthritic - but he was such a venerable and beloved figure that everyone wanted him to stay around forever. "There was nothing bad about Eddie Futch," promoter Lou DiBella said.
NEWS
June 27, 1999 | By Leonard N. Fleming and Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
J. Russell Peltz, who is known as a walking encyclopedia of boxing history, kept his most treasured items in his office at 25th and Brown Streets. His collection of pugilisticmemorabilia was valued at $1 million. Today, a portion of that collection - ranked among the best in the world - is in ruins. Peltz, a boxing promoter, and Philadelphia police are trying to determine why the office, in the city's Fairmount section, was firebombed early Friday morning. The fire consumed much of Peltz's secretary's space, where various boxing artifacts were kept.
SPORTS
April 6, 2006 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Comcast-owned sports channel OLN is poised to enter boxing in a big way, in a move that would add another major indoor sport to the lineup of a channel that used to be called the Outdoor Life Network. Several people familiar with the negotiations, who did not want to be identified, said OLN is close to sealing a 10- to 12-date deal with boxing promoter Bob Arum that would create a national Thursday night fight series beginning in July. OLN would pay Arum $250,000 per date to produce the boxing shows, the people said.
SPORTS
February 12, 1992 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Mike Tyson had been found guilty of rape 18 hours earlier, and the No. 1 topic of discussion among the late-afternoon crowd at Joe Frazier's Gym in North Philadelphia was the former heavyweight champion's unanimous-decision defeat at the hands of 12 Indianapolis jurors. Some of those at Frazier's Gym were steadfast in the belief Tyson had not committed the crime for which he was convicted; others said that the verdict against him was justified. But regardless of where they stood on the question of guilt or innocence, there was a unanimity of opinion that the downfall of an individual, no matter how powerful or prestigious, does not presage a downfall for boxing.
NEWS
December 18, 2004 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
Like other retailers, auctioneers will be catering to last-minute shoppers during this final week before Christmas, starting today. At 10 a.m. in Norristown, Ah Ram Lee, an auction newcomer, will conduct the first session of a two-day sale offering collectibles and sporting memorabilia, much of it devoted to boxing. The boxing memorabilia, consigned by John Iorio, a former middleweight now living in Norristown, will be offered at today's session, along with a late-arriving consignment of African statuary.
NEWS
July 2, 2003
I don't know all the circumstances surrounding his indictment, but Philadelphia boxer Calvin Davis did a lot for Philadelphia such as donate money to the African American museum, help women with domestic violence, provided basketball events for children, so let's focus on the positive instead of negative media coverage. Calvin Davis'record speaks for itself with the Philadelphia community. George Hall State Correctional Institution-Greene I have seen all the great, great fighters from the '20s through the '90s, but all of them were beaten many times.
NEWS
January 8, 1986
It may not come as a surprise to anyone that boxing has been corrupted by underworld influence. That sad fact has been documented by investigations in the past. Nonetheless, the New Jersey Commission of Investigation has performed a useful public service by conducting an extensive study of the inner-workings of the boxing business and reporting its findings. It is not a pretty picture. The commission has detailed, for example, how young fighters controlled by the mob are elevated quickly to contenders for world championships through fraudulent means.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2005 | By Rob Watson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
While it was way too long and depressing for summer (let's face it: 'toons, guns, and superheroes always rule in the heat), Ron Howard's Cinderella Man still packed a serious punch. The DVD, available in single-disc form and a two-disc collector's edition, does a pretty good job of protecting the film's integrity. The story is the stuff of boxing legend. A once-promising heavyweight prospect, James J. Braddock (admirably portrayed by Russell Crowe), rises from the ashes of the Depression to upset champ Max Baer (Craig Bierko)
NEWS
January 17, 1991 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
Hinda Schuman is a photojournalist, but she is capable of looking at the world though an artist's eyes, as many of her professional colleagues do. In any case, the distinction between pure reportage and art has never been all that distinct, as Schuman's suite of photographs in the current Challenge exhibition at the Fleisher Art Memorial suggests. Schuman's 13 black-and-white photos were made at boxing matches in Philadelphia and Atlantic City over a two-year period. Individually, the pictures represent the standard boxing images one finds in the newspapers; in this sense, none is remarkable or an indisputable work of "art.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN TODAY'S movie universe, a teenage girl with a gun crushes Sean Penn with a gun. In fact, a teenage girl doing practically anything crushes Sean Penn with a gun. Star Shailene Woodley and the second installment in the "Divergent" series, "Insurgent," easily topped the box office with $54 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. Penn's "The Gunman" stumbled with only $5 million. According to "Insurgent" distributor Lionsgate, 60 percent of its audiences were female.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
What can brown do for you? It turns out a lot, according to a new marketing theme. Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service Inc., known for its brown trucks and uniforms, has a new global advertising campaign to let businesses know that it does more than deliver parcels. The 107-year-old company is replacing its marketing campaign, "We Love Logistics," with the slogan "United Problem Solvers," which will appear in TV commercials during the NCAA men's basketball tournament this month and in print and digital ads in the United States, China, Germany, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
MOVIEGOERS and celebrity wrongdoers seemed to take the weekend off. Misdeeds were even more nonexistent than the box office. Neill Blomkamp 's R-rated "Chappie" might have taken the No. 1 spot in its 3,201-theater debut, but its modest $13.3 million gross was a career low for Blomkamp, whose previous films, "Elysium" and "District 9," debuted at $29.8 million and $37.4 million, respectively. The R-rated Vince Vaughn comedy "Unfinished Business" fared even worse, opening at No. 10 to a dismal $4.8 million.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN the glory days of Philadelphia boxing, Harold Johnson took some of the best to school over his 25-year career. Call it the "school of hard knocks," because the school we are talking about is held in the squared circle of the boxing ring, and the fighters thus educated by stylish fighter Harold Johnson were among the best ever to step through the ropes in an era spanning the '40s, '50s and '60s. "There were a lot more really good fighters in his era," said Bernard Fernandez, retired Daily News boxing writer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
FROM A hidden spot on a far-off rooftop, "American Sniper" blew away expectations and every film in its way this past weekend, taking in a record-setting (for January) $90 million at the box office. The Kevin Hart - Josh Gad comedy, "The Wedding Ringer," finished a distant second with $21 million. Next up was "Paddington" ($19.3 million), "Taken 3" (dropping 64 percent to $14.1 million) and "Selma" (dropping only 26.6 percent to $8.3 million, with a likely strong day of business today)
SPORTS
January 16, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
FIGHT FANS longing for boxing to get back to its roots of primetime television and away from its current state - where pay-per-view fights and politically charged matchups make keeping up with the sport a constant and expensive struggle - can breathe a little sigh of relief. At a news conference in New York yesterday, NBC Sports officially confirmed the rumored return of boxing to network television. NBC will air 20 fights this year in the newly minted "Premier Boxing Champions Series," which will feature five primetime shows on NBC, six Saturday afternoon shows on NBC and nine Saturday primetime shows on NBC Sports Network, according to a press release.
NEWS
January 16, 2015
J ENNIFER Jenkins Ertel, 52, of Drexel Hill, runs the Rosin Box with her brother Len. The store on Sansom Street near 20th, a fixture in the city's dance life since 1977, sells pointe shoes. Jenkins Ertel is a former professional dancer who studied under Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1979-80 in New York. Q: How have you been able to stay in business so long? A: I think we have a niche that's all about customer service. There are ebbs and flows in this business. You also have to go with trends in dance, so our business has evolved.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
YOU CAN'T keep a Hobbit down. Hollywood threw a number of big-name, big-budget Christmas movies at the "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," but the final installment in Peter Jackson 's trilogy marched to the top spot once again with an estimated $41.4 million take across the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. Director Angelina Jolie 's World War II epic "Unbroken," took second place with $31.7 million from the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $47.3 million from its first four days.
NEWS
December 18, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
None of the Flyers has come down with the mumps, but it's too soon to breathe a sigh of relief. So far, about 20 players on six NHL teams definitely or probably have gotten the viral illness, despite a flurry of vaccinations throughout the league. Among those afflicted is the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, the league's most valuable player, who tested positive for the disease Dec. 13. The Flyers have played three affected teams - the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and New Jersey Devils - within the incubation period of 16 to 18 days.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twentieth Century Fox cranks out the big blockbusters, but its sister distribution arm, Fox Searchlight Pictures, specializes in indie films and British imports that are more likely to pick up Oscars than hundreds of millions at the box office. Founded in 1994, the company marks its anniversary with a Blu-ray boxed set that makes an ideal holiday gift. The Fox Searchlight Pictures 20th Anniversary Collection features 20 films in high-def, including The Full Monty , Boys Don't Cry , Crazy Heart , The Descendants , Juno , and The Last King of Scotland . ( www.foxconnect.com ; $299.99; not rated)
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