January 29, 2009 |
What's in a name? Quite a bit, insofar as the big, beige building at 7 Ritner St. in South Philadelphia is concerned. As reported in the Daily News on Jan. 21, professional boxing at the "New Alhambra" has ceased, now that promotional partners Joe Hand Sr. and J Russell Peltz, who dubbed it that, are transferring their operation to the Blue Horizon in North Philly. But boxing at "The Arena," at the renamed Ritner Street site, is very much alive and well, with promoter Greg Robinson's next show scheduled for March 13. The main event will pit Pennsylvania middleweight champion Rasheem Brown (19-3, 15 KOs)
November 9, 2001 |
For the first time in nearly two months, the bright lights will be on at the Blue Horizon tonight for a fight card. Yesterday, as final preparations were being made for the eight boxing matches, Blue Horizon co-owner Vernoca Michael was busy trying to make sure that such events continue. Along with partner Carol Ray, Michael has been fighting for years to obtain funding to renovate the 136-year-old landmark, which is in need of infrastructure repair. But not until recent months - though ESPN deemed the place unsafe to continue to televise live shows there - has the future of the Blue Horizon become encouraging.
November 20, 2012 |
THE FILM OF Ali-Frazier I has arrived, and with it a $25,000 check from promoter Jerry Perenchio. The film will be shown on Monday night at City Hall's Conversation Room to raise money for a statue of Joe Frazier, who won that historic fight in March 1971. "I previewed it and it looks terrific," said attorney Dick Handley, who is handling the arrangements for "Fight Night at City Hall. " "We're in decent shape," Handley said of response to the $1,000-a-plate event. "The room only holds 60, so we're looking for 50 donors, plus some select guests.
November 9, 2011 |
JOE FRAZIER and I posed next to the ring apron in our tuxedos and fake smiles, waiting for an outcue from a director. As soon as the director's hand dropped, a man in a baseball cap emerged from behind the camera and brushed past me to get to get to his hero. "Joe Frazier," he said. "Let me shake the hand of the man who knocked that draft-dodger Clay on his butt. " The guy went on about how "Clay," as he called Muhammad Ali, was a draft dodger and a coward for refusing to fight for his country.
January 29, 1993 |
Professional boxing comes to McGonigle Hall, home of Temple basketball, Feb. 15 with a seven-fight card headlined by the 10-round heavyweight matchup of former World Boxing Council champion Pinklon Thomas, of Pontiac, Mich., and Frederick Whitaker, of Wilmington, N.C. Thomas comes in with a record of 43-6-1 (34 knockouts); Whitaker is 7-6 (four KOs). But if Thomas, who turns 35 Feb. 10, no longer is the box-office draw he once was, Philadelphia-based Ring Warriors, which is promoting the show, still can count on the appearance of two proven local attractions to boost the gate.
September 6, 2007 |
While Steve "USS" Cunningham was serving his country in the Navy from 1994 to 1998, the North Philadelphian was also learning the finer points of boxing. Now the owner of the IBF cruiserweight title, Cunningham will be recognized tomorrow night at the Blue Horizon for joining light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins as the city's only reigning world champions. The occasion is an eight-bout fight card. "It means more to me because I haven't ever fought at the Blue Horizon, and they still chose to honor me," said the 31-year-old Cunningham, who has a career record of 20-1.
December 7, 2012
Roger Federer said he won't play as often in the next few years and hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 31-year-old Federer said he would be more mindful about the tournaments he plays to make sure he can keep playing at a high level. "I have to make sure that I take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind," he said Thursday before an exhibition match with Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci . GOLF: Australia's John Senden shot a 6-under 66 in calm morning conditions at The Lakes to take a 2-stroke lead in the Australian Open in Sydney.
August 9, 2013 |
TO SAY THAT things are moving swiftly in the career of Danny Garcia would not be a play on the nickname of the Philadelphia world boxing champion. In a little more than a calendar year, "Swift" Garcia went from being a rising prospect to the unified champion at 140 pounds - with two impressive title defenses. On Sept. 14, Garcia (26-0 with 16 KOs) has the chance to vault into the realm of superstardom as he faces No. 1 contender Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) as the co-feature on the biggest fight card of the year.
March 27, 2012
BOXING'S ALREADY exclusive club of unforgettable characters became a bit more so on Sunday with the death of Bert Randolph Sugar, 75, the raconteur/historian known as much for his one-liners and ever-present fedora and cigar as for the 80 books he authored. Coming a little more than 7 weeks after another true original, Angelo Dundee, passed away at 90, the loss of "The Hat" is enough to sadden anyone who has been around long enough to understand that outsized personalities such as theirs are as close to irreplaceable as it ever gets in the fight game.
May 25, 2002 |
The roll call of famous boxing names last night at the Blue Horizon included Vinny Burgese, "Rockin' " Rodney Moore, Tex Cobb, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, Nate Miller, "Joltin' " Jeff Chandler, and Hall of Fame trainer George Benton, who headlined the first card when the historic building began hosting boxing shows in November 1961. They were among the ex-boxers who fought at the Blue Horizon and came back to celebrate 40 years of the sport at the venue on North Broad Street. A crowd of about 900 was on hand.