May 3, 2013 |
The old brick building at 2917 North Broad Street might be staggering, but the former Joe Frazier's Gym, much like its rugged namesake, has an iron jaw. Standing in defiant isolation, the structure, which for 42 years housed the famed Philadelphia fighter's training facility, has endured the best shots that age, urban decay, and commercial evolution could deliver. Finally, earlier this week, with its future very much in question, the building that was Frazier's gym apparently was saved by the bell.
May 2, 2013 |
THE NORTH Philadelphia gym where legendary boxer Joe Frazier trained - which has recently housed a furniture store - has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation officials said they were notified of the designation yesterday by the National Park Service. The historic designation protects the building from demolition or major changes to the exterior, which is still etched with "Joe Frazier's Gym" in the stone on the facade. The landmark three-story building, on Broad Street near Glenwood Avenue, was listed as an endangered property last year by the National Trust for Historic Preservation due to its cultural significance.
May 2, 2013 |
Jesse Hart said it took just one look around Joe Frazier's old boxing gym on North Broad Street as a wide-eyed 8-year-old to become inspired. Huge portraits of Frazier covered the walls, the champion's old robes hung in a back room, and the city's fiercest fighters trained in his ring. This was a place, Hart said, where a man came from nothing to become a world champion. It inspired Hart, now a professional super middleweight, to chase his dreams. On Tuesday, the site of Frazier's gym was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
April 11, 2013 |
HIS NICKNAME is "Danger," the kind of guy who doesn't need a gun to end a fight. Michael K. Castro fought most of his battles in rings and the gyms where he trained as a Muay Thai kickboxer. But Atlantic County authorities say he allegedly shot and killed a 77-year-old Army veteran during a burglary last year in rural Mullica Township. Castro, 32, was arrested Tuesday in Dania, Fla., where he had moved and was in the process of opening a new Muay Thai gym. The former Burlington County resident described himself as a two-time Muay Thai world champion who has worked as a kickboxing instructor at gyms throughout South Jersey.
March 20, 2013 |
IT'S A COLD winter day. People are hurrying along the sidewalk, heads bent against the wind, when they spy a familiar figure at the corner. "Hey, I like your new coat," the man calls to a woman passerby. "You should be wearing rubbers," he calls to a man. The cheerful greetings, uttered from the southeast corner of 3rd and Green streets, in Northern Liberties, never failed to perk up the passing pedestrians. That's where the Joe Hand Boxing Gym is situated, and the friendly man at the corner worked there.
March 12, 2013 |
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jeremy Horst needed to throw, but the Wisconsin air was too cold. His trusted gym in Green Bay was under new ownership. He embarked on a search for a winter baseball solution in the football town. First, Horst found a gym with six tennis courts that was big enough for him to reach 180 feet in long toss. The Phillies lefthander asked the club's instructor when he could throw. It usually was available at 9 p.m., which was a problem for Horst, father of two young children.
March 11, 2013 |
IN A PERFECT high school basketball world, the older guys lead their younger counterparts, everyone gets along and the team stays intact. But at Delaware Valley Charter this season . . . That guy transferred. These guys were banished. And a couple more walked/stormed out of the gym. Luckily for coach Jason Harrigan and the other remaining players, Da-Shon Giddings did not allow himself to be sidetracked by the negativity. That's not how he rolls and everyone is eternally grateful.
February 26, 2013
IN A STORY published in last Friday's Daily News , coach William "Speedy" Morris, of St. Joseph's Prep, suggested that Roman Catholic High should be banned from playing any more games in its gym because it's "illegal" . . . three-pointers cannot be attempted from the corners and near-wings because the court is so narrow. Here's a follow-up statement from Morris, who coached at Roman for 14 seasons ending in 1981, as provided by Bill Avington, the Prep's director of communications: "I regret saying that Roman's historic gym should be outlawed.
February 25, 2013 |
St. Joseph's Prep coach Speedy Morris issued a statement regarding comments he made last week about the Catholic League power-points system and the possibility that it could cost his team a spot in the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA final. Morris is upset that Roman Catholic, despite losing to the Prep in last Wednesday's playoff semifinal, may represent the Catholic League on Friday against Martin Luther King. In the regular season, the Prep lost at Roman's cramped gymnasium, 62-58.
February 18, 2013 |
LET'S SAY Rysheed Jordan becomes a bust-out basketball star at Temple, St. John's or UCLA - they're the Final Three on his pared-down list of possible college destinations - and then enters the NBA. Let's say he begins creating a buzz at that level and a national sneaker company wants to add him to its roster. Here's a guess on that outfit's identity: Nike. There are two people and one thing that Rysheed Jordan, the franchise guard for Roberts Vaux High, never wants to disobey.