December 20, 2012 |
STEVE CUNNINGHAM realizes he and Tomasz Adamek made magic once, or whatever it is that passes for magic in the boxing ring. What remains to be seen is whether the would-be magicians can conjure more of the same stuff that made their first meeting, on Dec. 11, 2008, so special. That particular task is especially daunting to Cunningham, who came out on the wrong end of a split decision, the victim of three knockdowns and bereft of his IBF cruiserweight championship. A magical fight is always savored so much more when it's you who gets to smile and raise your gloved hands in exultation while the other guy grimaces in the frustration of defeat.
August 1, 2012 |
Like all athletes, 16-year-old swimmer Ye Shiwen of China was hoping to have the time of her life at the London Games. When she did, people started asking questions. Ye shattered Stephanie Rice's world record in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, finishing in 4:23.43. She swam the final 50-meter split in an astoundingly quick 28.93 seconds. To put that in perspective, that's faster than the 50-meter split time turned in by Ryan Lochte (29.10) in the men's 400 IM. Not surprisingly, rumors of doping quickly spread.
July 12, 2012 |
LOOKS LIKE new Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is putting down roots. TMZ reported that Manning, who signed with Denver in March after being released by the Colts, purchased a 16,000 square foot mansion in a suburb of the Mile High City. The home, which has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, an elevator, and a seven-car garage, cost a little over $4.5 million. A pittance to Manning who signed a 5-year deal worth $96 million. Diss Bud for Rays Before attending Tuesday's All-Star game, baseball commissioner Bud Selig took a shot at the Tampa Bay Rays' low attendance total for the season.
February 3, 2012
IT ISN'T OFTEN that, in speaking about a 90-year-old man, you can say he left this world far too soon. But it isn't often that someone like Angelo Dundee comes along. Dundee, the celebrated trainer of 15 world boxing champions, most notably Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, passed away in his Oldsmar, Fla., apartment on Wednesday, surrounded by his family. He had been hospitalized by a blood clot last week and was briefly in a rehabilitation facility before returning home to say his final goodbyes to his loved ones.
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.
January 19, 2012
MAIN EVENTS president Kathy Duva and matchmaker J Russell Peltz have come up with late substitutions for Saturday night's featured bout at the Asylum Arena, which was to have paired heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) and Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs). That fight went by the boards when Chambers suffered cracked ribs in training last week and was forced to withdraw. The new 10-round main event for the debut event of four 2012 cards to be televised by the NBC Sports Network pits Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs)
November 8, 2011 |
At Con Murphy's bar inside the Windsor Suites, where Joe Frazier lived, bartender Danny Bender just after midnight Tuesday morning poured a drink that Frazier ordered. Courvoiser brandy and ginger ale - on the rocks. He placed it on the bar and said the bar stool by the drink was "for Joe tonight. " "That's just in honor of Joe," Bender said. Bender said Frazier, who died Monday night, would come regularly to the bar at 17th and the Parkway and talk to anyone who approached him. He said Frazier gave the bar a huge autographed photo of himself - the boxer wearing a black cowboy hat, fists in a boxing pose - when Con Murphy's opened in March 2009.
November 5, 2011 |
During his boxing career, Leslie Wolff said Joe Frazier never stopped fighting. And Wolff said he has no reason to think he'll stop now. On Saturday afternoon, it was confirmed that the former heavyweight champion and Philadelphia boxing icon was in serious condition after being diagnosed with liver cancer. "We're looking for some miracles," said Wolff, Frazier's business manager. "When you're dealing with the Big C, it's not an easy thing to deal with. " The 67-year-old Frazier was diagnosed a month ago and is currently in hospice care in Philadelphia.
October 4, 2011
A FEW YEARS ago, heavyweight Eddie Chambers made the difficult decision to cut ties with his father-trainer, Eddie Chambers Sr. , because he believed it would benefit his boxing career. Now, after a 19-month period in which he has fought just once, Chambers, still only 29 and ranked No. 1 by the IBF (he is not rated by the WBC, WBA and WBO), gets back to work on Oct. 28 when he takes on veteran Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at Bally's Atlantic City.
September 23, 2011
"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. " - From the musical "Annie" I WAS 12 when my mother trapped a local merchant in a fiendishly clever extortion plot. "How much do you think I spend here each week?" my mother asked Sam Zepper, proprietor of the Girard beef market. "I don't know exactly, Mrs. Mitchell. Why do you ask?" "Because my son needs a job. " I started work that day and was never out of work for more than a week or two until January 1973 when the Philadelphia Bulletin hired me as a nightside rewrite man for $5 an hour.