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NEWS
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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BUSINESS
September 10, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
The Federal Communications Commission will vote later this month on changes that would eliminate the need for pay-TV consumers to rent set-top boxes, potentially saving millions of American households about $230 a year each, agency officials said. An FCC proposal that was circulated Thursday to top agency officials would force pay-TV operators to make available free apps that grant consumers access to their entertainment offerings and channels. The apps would be loaded onto Roku boxes, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, Apple Inc. devices, or other platforms, including gaming consoles and smartphones, FCC officials said Thursday.
NEWS
September 7, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, FOR PHILLY.COM/GEEK
It's only Labor Day but the race to be the top grossing movie studio-as far as domestic box-office-is already over. As of Aug. 28, Disney was up 10 percentage points in domestic market share (and a whopping $800 million) over second place Warner Bros., 26.5% to 16.5%. 20th Century Fox and Universal have 14.3% and 12.9% respectively. Last year Universal led at this same point by a similar margin, before Disney came roaring back with Bridge of Spies ($70.4 million in 2015); The Good Dinosaur ($110.7 million in 2015)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, Staff Writer
'Go home and hug your mother!" That gruffly stated order upon leaving the Jack Costello Boxing Club is a standard in the Irish-dominated Tacony neighborhood where 25 to 50 sweaty young boxers, many of them teenagers, turn up on weekday evenings for training, sparring, and maybe even getting their lives together. Or, sometimes not. The trainers watch for injuries in the ring but also keep an eye out for the less-visible ones, the ones the boxers may already have. "I don't know what's so terrible that a 15-year-old would commit suicide," said Patrick Costello, 55, one of several volunteers who run the place, "but he did. " He won't say much more about the teenager who used to train there regularly, but the memory of him reminds Costello why he's there.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
On his Team USA Boxing online profile, welterweight Paul Kroll listed his "mind and strength" as his greatest assets in the ring. But on Saturday, police said, Kroll, 21, of the 2700 block of North Newkirk Street in North Philadelphia, used a gun and his aggression in a confrontation over an ex-girlfriend in West Philadelphia that led to a wild shootout among seven men, three of whom were injured. The onetime Olympic boxing hopeful - his 2016 dreams were dashed during the final trials last month in Venezuela - now faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms violations, and related offenses, according to police.
NEWS
August 9, 2016
Most likely Mayor Kenney had a number of ideas when he was merely a councilman that he can finally put into action now that he's the top dog at City Hall. But the fact that he can doesn't necessarily mean that he should. Three years ago, for example, when then-Councilman Kenney proposed selling the luxury box seats that the city acquired in exchange for helping to fund construction of Lincoln Financial Field and other sports venues, the idea fell upon Mayor Nutter's deaf ears and went nowhere.
NEWS
August 4, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Upscale Center City shoe store ToBox is moving to 1822 Chestnut Street from its current location nearby at the corner of 19th and Ludlow Streets, according to real-estate services firm Binswanger, which brokered the 10-year-lease. ToBox will move to the new 2,600-square-foot space by the end of August, Binswanger said in a release on Tuesday. The 1822 Chestnut Street storefront was previously occupied by men's apparel and accessories shop Duke & Winston. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
NEWS
July 31, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
During his bid last year for the mayor's office, Jim Kenney pledged to capitalize on a prime city asset - its sports arena luxury boxes. Selling those seats by event, Kenney estimated, would raise $1 million annually for the School District. But six months into his administration, the numbers are underwhelming. The city has sold seats for just three concerts - one by Bruce Springsteen and two by Justin Bieber - for $23,508, according to a report released Friday. Kenney's office said the paltry sales are due to unexpected legal roadblocks, not a lack of effort.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Later this year, Comcast Xfinity cable television and internet customers will no longer need to leave their cable TV home page and switch television set inputs to get Netflix, the most popular of "over the top" streaming services. Netflix films and TV shows will be just a click away on the X1 cable guide. And if the engineers work their magic fully, a voice request to an X1 remote to "find me movies with Liam Neeson" will bring up options from Netflix as well as from the Comcast universe of live and on-demand content.
SPORTS
June 25, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Frank Bertucci was a renaissance man, a lover of Shakespeare, mysteries, the Penn Relays, traveling, and soccer. In fact, it was difficult to find a bigger soccer authority or enthusiast. He covered soccer on all levels, including the World Cup, and his passion and knowledge regarding the sport clearly came through in his writing. A Philadelphia newspaper journalist for 24 years, 14 years as a writer at the Inquirer and 10 more as a copy editor at the Daily News, Bertucci died in May 2015 at the age of 68. The Union made sure that Bertucci's memory and the contributions he made to the sport will live on by honoring him with a plaque that will hang in its media dining room at Talen Energy Stadium.
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