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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.
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 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.
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
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
It's stick-a-big-package-under-the-tree season, and for those who would like to give the gift of music with something more tangible than an iTunes gift card or Spotify subscription, boxed sets conveniently proliferate. The musical bounty includes hefty single-artist sets from a host of big names. Twentieth-century titans Louis Armstrong and Leonard Bernstein have been boxed. David Bowie and Joni Mitchell are releasing self-curated collections. And Bob Dylan's formidable The Basement Tapes , reviewed earlier in my column, have finally seen the light of day in their entirety.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay - Part 1" continues to dominate the domestic box office, but awards-season hopefuls "Wild" and "The Imitation Game" proved their might with impressive limited-release showings on this sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its third weekend in release, "Mockingjay - Part 1" earned an estimated $21.6 million. The penultimate chapter in the massively successful franchise has now earned $257.7 million domestically, according to studio estimates yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"INTERSTELLAR" may have been the movie adults were excited about this past weekend, but once again kids rule the box office! The animated "Big Hero 6" debuted in first place with $56.2 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Director Christopher Nolan 's brainy space saga, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as very attractive astronauts, took off in second place with $50 million, estimates said. "Interstellar" opened below Nolan's last film, the mind-bending thriller "Inception," which conjured up $62.8 million when it debuted in 2010.
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The two push-button house phones outside the main entrance of the vacant Trump Plaza hotel in Atlantic City remain. A sign outlining access rules concludes with "Trespassers will be prosecuted. " They may as well also take down the "Valet Only" sign. Nobody's allowed in the driveway. There's a big fight next door at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Bernard Hopkins against Sergey Kovalev for the light-heavyweight title. There will be a strong crowd. It just won't be quite like the old days, certainly not next door.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
SIGHTINGS of Usher have been flying in fast and furious while he's in Philly rehearsing for his UR Experience Tour, which hits the Wells Fargo Center Nov. 11. While I've let you know where the R&B superstar has been dining, my favorite tip has nothing to do with his culinary choices (such as Parc and Good Stuff Eatery). Outside his rehearsals at Temple's Liacouras Center, Usher opted to get buff(er) at NoLibs' Joe Hand Boxing Gym (543-547 N. 3rd St.), training with Danny Davis , who has worked with the likes of Bernard Hopkins . Turns out, Usher is no wilting flower.
SPORTS
October 22, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
CHICAGO - Before the puck dropped on the regular season, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall held a meeting with his team. His message, among others, was simple: "Penalties are killing us," Zac Rinaldo recalled. Hextall pointed out the statistics. The Flyers have finished either last or second-to-last in fewest minor penalties in six of the nine seasons since the game changed after the 2004-05 lockout. He even held a meeting with Rinaldo during the offseason to drive home his point.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
HELL HATH no "Fury" like a "Gone Girl" scorned. Or something like that. War won the box-office battle this weekend as David Ayer's tank drama topped David Fincher's psychodrama. "Gone Girl" had been tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and Co. blasted the film to second place. "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Gone Girl" followed with $17.8 million. Both films are rated R. "The fall movie season is all about making the transition from PG-13 world of summer to the R-rated, edgier world of the fall and awards season," said Paul Dergarabedian , senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
AMY DUNNE is still missing and moviegoers are eager to find out what happened to her. "Gone Girl" stayed atop the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Dracula Untold" bit into second place with $23.4 million. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in third with $19.1 million, so it was a not so terrible, horrible weekend. "Annabelle" claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Duvall drama "The Judge," which debuted with $13.3 million.
NEWS
October 1, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia high school students equipped with welding torches and steel plates are wielding their tools to build drop boxes for weapons and other contraband. Students at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School in the Allegheny West neighborhood have made waist-high, blue-and-white amnesty boxes as collection receptacles to be placed outside selected city schools. Police said students are unlikely to discard firearms in the boxes, as that doesn't typically happen in other amnesty programs.
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