November 8, 1991 |
Boxing always has dealt in blood, sweat and tears. But with the announcement that basketball superstar Magic Johnson has tested positive for HIV, another element has been added to the mix. Fear. "I've tried not to think about the risk I take whenever I go in the ring, but I have to think about it now, after what happened to Magic," North Philadelphia junior welterweight "Rockin' " Rodney Moore said. "If you ask me, there should be mandatory blood testing for every athlete in every sport.
May 8, 1997 |
The eyes of the tall boxer narrow as two gloved hands punish the bag with a series of short combinations. Each punch is followed with a grunt as the sweaty fighter digs deeper into the heavy bag. "Bend your legs," the trainer yells. Andrea Senatore shifts her stance and lets go with rapid-fire jabs. For her, the heavy bag isn't an opponent, it's part of her fitness workout. She is among a growing group of South Jersey women who have put on the gloves and taken up a prizefighters' training regimen - without having to be bloodied by an opponent.
May 1, 1995 |
Mike Tyson, the boxing analyst, has a long way to go to match the accomplishments of Mike Tyson, the fighter. Bobby Czyz, a two-time former world champion who also served as an analyst for Showtime's cablecast here Saturday night, took pains to be kind in his assessment of Tyson's debut performance behind the microphone. "It's difficult to work as the fourth man on a four-man team, I don't care who you are," Czyz said of the former heavyweight champion, who also worked alongside blow-by-blow announcer Steve Albert and analyst Ferdie Pacheco.
September 6, 1997 |
Special guests Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney were politely applauded, but the only time the crowd really went wild was when ring announcer Dick Di'Andrea took the microphone, looked straight into the ESPN2 camera and said, "Live, from State College, Pa., home of the No. 1-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. " The trial balloon sent up here last night by pro boxing reveals on the surface that as a fight venue, State College is one heck of a college football town. At 1 o'clock today, Beaver Stadium will be packed with 96,000 true believers anxious to help coach Joe Paterno and the mighty Nits start the season on a positive note against Pittsburgh.
January 21, 2012 |
A former bingo hall tucked underneath a rumbling I-95 overpass and located just a short walk from the city's shipping docks might be where boxing receives a needed jolt of rejuvenation. Known infamously for its role in the rise of "extreme" professional wrestling more than a decade ago, the small, gritty Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia aims to fill the city's boxing void created by the shuttering of the legendary Blue Horizon on North Broad Street. And on Saturday, live on the newly minted NBC Sports Network, the arena will be displayed as a stepping-stone for a sport in need of a comeback.
October 7, 2000 |
For the first time, women's weightlifting and pole vaulting were featured at the Sydney Olympics. Will boxing be far behind? But what makes a woman want to beat up another woman? "It gets me in touch with my masculine side," says Kim, a pretty, petite investment counselor in her mid-30s. "All day long, at work, I have to fit a mold of what a woman is supposed to be. I wear a dress, makeup and do my hair. I play a role. When I box, I get in touch with a completely different part of my personality.
April 6, 1989 |
Come Tuesday night, professional boxers Tracy Spann and Miguel Santana will step into the ring at the Philadelphia Civic Center and do what boxers are paid to do: attempt to beat each other unconscious. The fighters will be doling out the punches for an unlikely benefactor, Deborah hospital, where doctors have spent the last 61 years doing what they are paid to do: treat the sick and injured. While the nonprofit Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Pemberton Township hopes to collect as much as $60,000 from ticket sales to "A Night of Boxing" - six matches scheduled to be broadcast nationally on cable television - its role in promoting the fund-raising event has elicited harsh criticism from leaders in the medical community.
December 4, 1987 |
A state police recruit was hospitalized last week after having engaged in boxing at the New Jersey State Police Academy at Fort Dix, and his neurosurgeon said yesterday that the recruit suffered a "serious head injury" as a result of the boxing. The recruit, Edward Merlock, 28, was released from the hospital yesterday. Since Nov. 25, he had been under the care of Fernando Delasotta, a neurosurgeon at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point. Yesterday, Merlock returned to his home in Hammonton.
October 26, 1990 |
Do you detect an ironic juxtaposition here? The Moment of Truth . . . . . . At the Mirage. But then boxing has never pretended to have even a nodding acquaintance with logic. And so last night, under a neon moon, in a desert oasis built on illusion, in a pleasure palace named for hallucination, near a man-made volcano that looks like an oversized Bic, two fistfighters split up $32 million for one evening of hostilities. It was, believe it or not, chump change compared with the sporting frenzy that was going on inside the casino.
May 4, 1994 |
There are many ways to view our historic city - architectural tours, medical tours, black history tours even cemetery tours. Today we take a historic tour of pugilistic Philadelphia. Fight fans everywhere recognize our town as one of America's great boxing cities. Art Museum: Let's begin our tour on a note of high culture. The museum boasts one of the great sports paintings of all time, Thomas Eakins' "Between Rounds. " The painting depicts boxer Billy Smith resting between rounds of a fight on April 22, 1898, at the long-gone Philadelphia Arena at Broad and Cherry streets - just across from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where Eakins taught.