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May 26, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Additional criminal charges have been filed against a Delaware County boxing promoter already accused of fixing fights, the Attorney General's office announced Wednesday. Last month Damon Richard Feldman, 40, of Broomall, was charged with rigging a number of celebrity matches and not having the required license for six events held between September 2008 and September 2009, most in Delaware County. The new bribery charge stems from a Sept. 2008 fight promoted by Feldman where he allegedly offered a bribe to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission inspector who was concerned about unsafe conditions, according to a press release.
SPORTS
October 27, 1994 | by Michael Katz, New York Daily News
Dan Duva is a lawyer and a boxing promoter, but this has not made him a bad person, so please say a prayer for him this morning when he is scheduled to undergo brain surgery. Say a prayer that the tumor near his skull is as easy to get to as they promise. Say a prayer it is benign. Say a prayer Duva soon will be home playing with his three kids, ages 5 through 12, and there's nothing seriously wrong, outside of business. The 44-year-old promoter checked in last night to Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
NEWS
November 22, 1992 | By Marie McCullough, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Samuel J. Margolis, 79, a boxing promoter who managed heavyweight Sonny Liston and other champions, died Friday at his home in Broomall. Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Margolis was 4 years old when his family moved to Chester. He dropped out of high school during the Great Depression and began working in local taverns. During the 1940s and '50s, Mr. Margolis - Sam to his friends - became an important figure on Philadelphia's boxing scene. Among those he managed were Ike Williams of Trenton, who held the lightweight title in the late 1940s, and Johnnie Saxton of Brooklyn, the 1954 welterweight champion.
SPORTS
July 25, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com P
ROFESSIONAL BOXING is a sport in which it's possible to figuratively lose one's shirt, so one of the more flamboyant fight figures of the 1970s and '80s flaunted fate by simply not wearing one. You can debate whether Philadelphia native Ronald "Butch" Lewis, who was 65 when he died of a massive heart attack Saturday morning at his Delaware home, is better known as the promoter of former world champions Leon and Michael Spinks or as the guy who frequently...
NEWS
May 17, 2010 | By DAFNEY TALES, talesd@phillynews.com 215-854-5084
Authorities surrounded the Broomall home of beleaguered celebrity-boxing promoter Damon Feldman yesterday after he sent out an e-mail suggesting that he would commit suicide. Police say the situation was resolved quickly, but troubles for Feldman, who is charged with fixing fights, are ongoing. He faces a preliminary hearing May 26. The message was sent to an unknown number of people shortly after 1 p.m., implying that his accusers had destroyed his career and life. Authorities were notified and after about an hour, Feldman was taken into custody, although it was unclear whether he was hospitalized.
SPORTS
August 10, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
A boxing promoter was awarded about $200,000 after a state commission found that the owner of a ballroom refused to rent to him because he is black. Boston promoter Douglas Pendarvis received $125,000 plus interest in the ruling by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Edward LeClair owned and operated the Roseland Ballroom in Taunton, Mass. The ruling came more than four years after he was accused of telling an employee he would not rent to blacks and raised Pendarvis' rental rates from $500 to $7,500 per event.
SPORTS
June 24, 1992 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the hands of some people, a microphone is an Uzi. With the verbal gunfire ricocheting from victim to victim, these individuals make a terrorist attack look like a tea party. Can you say Don King? Yet the promoter was strangely subdued last week in Las Vegas, and why not? King, who survived a tax evasion case in the 1980s, is under scrutiny by the Congress, the FBI and the IRS for allegations that he misused the money of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, now serving time for rape in Plainfield, Ind. "I can't talk about the investigations because, seemingly, Don King is the only one being investigated," the promoter said.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, mccutch@phillynews.com 215-854-5991
SATURDAY's D-list celebrity bout between Lenny Dykstra and Jose Canseco (and Octomom vs. Amy Fisher, Tareq "Real Housewives of D.C. " Salahi vs. Kato Kaelin, and more) isn't just a comeback for the former MLB stars, porn stars, dubiously famous reality-TV personalities, loveable criminals and such. It's also a comeback for the event's Broomall-born promoter, Damon Feldman. Feldman, 42, is the former local middleweight boxer once known as "The Jewish Bomber. " At age 13, his second-round knockout earned him the Philadelphia Junior Olympic Boxing title and a tout in Sports Illustrated . At 19, he went pro, going 9-0, with four knockouts.
NEWS
April 10, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania's attorney general believes a celebrity boxing match - like the one coming up between a porn star and a former tabloid reporter, to be refereed by a tattooed model - should be on the up and up. On Friday, state prosecutors announced they had charged Delaware County boxing promoter Damon R. Feldman, 40, of Broomall, with fixing a number of celebrity matches and not having the required license for the events. The investigation focuses on six events between September 2008 and September 2009, most in Delaware County.
SPORTS
February 12, 1999 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Bob Arum, a nice young man from Brooklyn, left a $200,000-a-year job with a prestigious New York law firm about 25 years ago to promote boxing, his family almost said kaddish for him. That's a prayer Jewish families say for their dead. Arum had been student president at New York University, a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, chief assistant U.S. attorney, an associate of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and a partner in the firm of the famous Louis Nizer. He was still in his 30s. Never had such a straight arrow with such impeccable credentials cast his lot with boxing, a sport with a long history of corruption and swarming then with such notorious mob figures as Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo.
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SPORTS
September 30, 2014 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
MOST FIGHT FANS didn't know his real name, which is just as well because they probably wouldn't have been able to spell or pronounce it in any case. So the man with the velvety-smooth tones who came into this world as Setrha Ejdaharian - he was proud of his Armenian heritage and never considered legally changing his name - chose to call himself Ed Derian for professional purposes. For the better part of 4 decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away Friday at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing, the longest tenured and most cherished ring announcer to have graced local rings.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
CELEB-BOXING promoter Damon Feldman chatted it up with Howard Stern last week about his next scheduled fight with Patricia "Tan Mom" Krentcil . While in the studio, he ran into A-lister Cameron Diaz promoting her new flick "The Other Woman," co-starring Kate Upton and Leslie Mann . So, what' s a celeb boxing promoter to do? Ask Diaz if she wants to fight Krentcil. Diaz, to say the least, was not thrilled about Feldman's request. Hear Feldman on Stern tomorrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN boxing match that captured the attention of the nation is back on, according to local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman . But Feldman will no longer be part of it, he said at a news conference yesterday. Rapper DMX , who was set to fight Zimmerman, seems like he's no longer involved, either. Instead, European media mogul and soda-bottling heir Alkiviades "Alki" David will broadcast the fight from an undisclosed location. David was scheduled to broadcast the fight even before Feldman backed out. The duo worked together before, once offering Chris Brown $10 million to take on Drake in the ring.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
ON SATURDAY NIGHT, local celeb boxing promoter Damon Feldman announced via Twitter that he was canceling his proposed fight between George Zimmerman , who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin last year, and over-the-hill rapper DMX . But by yesterday, Feldman told me that the fight may resume, and that there's a 50-50 chance he will be a part of it. "I'm not saying whether...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
CELEBRITY BOXING promoter Damon Feldman reportedly got into a scuffle with Wing Bowl competitor "Gentleman" Jerry Coughlan at the Columbus Club early yesterday. An eyewitness told me that Feldman and Coughlan started a skirmish about 3:30 a.m. that ended when Feldman was escorted out of the Clifton Heights club. "Feldman wanted a piece of him, but there were too many people between them," the witness told me, adding that he believed Coughlan was the instigator. Neither Coughlan nor the Columbus Club returned calls for comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
CELEBRITY BOXING PROMOTER Damon Feldman may be heading to a small screen near you, courtesy of a liquor magnate. Reality-TV cameras will follow Feldman as he makes his comeback in the Philly celebrity boxing arena. Feldman is the man who brought the likes of Tonya Harding , Rodney King and Michael Lohan (Lindsay's dad) into the ring to fight for celeb supremacy. Each episode of the currently untitled series will follow Feldman as he puts the fights together and feature a different celebrity boxer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Dan Gross
OF ALL of Damon Feldman 's cockamamie stunts, the one in which he and Octomom got engaged was the most ridiculous. Now the Celebrity Boxing Federation promoter is suing Octomom, a/k/a Nadya Suleman , in Delaware County. The pair are due in court Wednesday in Broomall. Feldman seeks his ring, which belonged to his ex-wife, or $7,500. He alleges that Suleman was supposed to return the ring after wearing it for a month to garner publicity for their fake engagement, but that she never did. He "proposed" to Suleman in February, during a promotional appearance in Woodlyn, Delaware County.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
As New Jersey communities go, Cinnaminson was hardly one of Hurricane Sandy's hardest hit. But for a small business based there, the monumental storm just might prove to be the validation it needs. Not for its typical work, but for something it has been trying to promote for a few years. Sea Box Inc. has been an expert for nearly 30 years in customizing shipping containers, turning vessels ordinarily used for moving products from one point to another into works of creative functionality.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, mccutch@phillynews.com 215-854-5991
SATURDAY's D-list celebrity bout between Lenny Dykstra and Jose Canseco (and Octomom vs. Amy Fisher, Tareq "Real Housewives of D.C. " Salahi vs. Kato Kaelin, and more) isn't just a comeback for the former MLB stars, porn stars, dubiously famous reality-TV personalities, loveable criminals and such. It's also a comeback for the event's Broomall-born promoter, Damon Feldman. Feldman, 42, is the former local middleweight boxer once known as "The Jewish Bomber. " At age 13, his second-round knockout earned him the Philadelphia Junior Olympic Boxing title and a tout in Sports Illustrated . At 19, he went pro, going 9-0, with four knockouts.
SPORTS
August 2, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILMINGTON - Butch Lewis promoted his first fight in the fourth grade, his sister Anita recalled. Lewis had convinced one of his friends to fight another kid in the school yard. It was in his DNA. Talented people gravitated to him. Then he made them stick. So it comes as no surprise that the little fourth grader became one of the greatest boxing promoters, having worked for more than 30 years with the likes of Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Michael and Leon Spinks. At the celebration of Lewis' life on Monday afternoon, there was a parade of people who painted a picture of this unique man. More than 1,000 friends and family members attended the service after learning that Lewis died of natural causes on July 23 at the age of 65. They came to laugh at these stories.
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