September 14, 2015 |
For years, many have wondered why Philadelphia did not have statue honoring any of the legendary boxers the city has produced. However, with the unveiling of a 12-foot bronze statue of Hall of Fame heavyweight champion Joe Frazier Saturday in front of Xfinity Live, the oversight has been rectified. The rain held off long enough for Mayor Nutter to proclaim Saturday "Joe Frazier Day" in Philadelphia. Not long after he issued the proclamation under gray skies, the statue of Frazier throwing his famous left hook was revealed.
September 11, 2015 |
THE LEFT hook that will be forever immortalized with the unveiling, at long last, of the Joe Frazier statue tomorrow afternoon in front of Xfinity Live! likely is not the hardest of the signature punches landed by the late, great "Smokin' " Joe. In retrospect, that distinction might go to the wicked hook that put another future Hall of Famer, Bob Foster, down and utterly out in the second round of Frazier's successful defense of his WBC and WBA heavyweight championships on Nov. 18, 1970.
April 10, 2015
"Everyone at the Phillies is saddened by the news of Stan's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Gloria, his family and his Daily News colleagues. In the early '60s, Stan and his fellow writers made the Daily News sports section a 'must read' for young readers such as myself. Over the next 45 years, it was a pleasure to get to know him on a personal level. "His writing skills and talents allowed him to cover a variety of subjects including restaurant reviews, boxing and other sports, but I believe he always had a special place in his heart for baseball.
April 10, 2015 |
STAN HOCHMAN was a people person. Wrote about them. Cared about them. So it's not surprising the Brooklyn native ended up at the People Paper. Hochman's storied career at the Daily News began when he was hired to cover the Phillies on June 9, 1959. Over the next 55 years, he chronicled the town's most memorable sports events and athletes, including the collapse of the 1964 Phillies, Joe Frazier's loss in the "Thrilla in Manila," Villanova's NCAA title run, and the Sixers', Flyers' and Phillies' championships.
January 22, 2015 |
North Philadelphia boxer Bryant Jennings, who balanced his craft with a full-time job until last summer, will get a crack at heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko on April 25 at Madison Square Garden. Jennings, 30, said a date with Klitschko is the opportunity of a lifetime. He began boxing just six years ago and spent little time as an amateur. The former Ben Franklin High football player still trains under Fred Jenkins, the trainer who needled Jennings for two years to join the ABC Recreation Center at 26th and Master Streets.
October 2, 2014 |
LOOKS AS IF Cavaliers guards Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving are on better terms. Last season, things reportedly got so heated between the two that a players-only meeting was called. Yesterday, Waiters gave Irving some love while commenting on a statement by Wizards guard Bradley Beal. On Monday, Beal said he and John Wall were "definitely the best backcourt in the league. " Yesterday, Waiters responded. "That's nonsense," the Philly-born Waiters told reporters after practice.
September 19, 2014 |
Burt Watson speaks in a gravelly voice and says it wasn't always like that. His job changed his voice, he said. Most weekends, somewhere in the world, this West Philadelphia native, an Overbrook High graduate, starts yelling, "Let's roll!" The stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship know Watson's yell means it's fight time. How Watson wound up as UFC's site coordinator - baby-sitter to the stars, he calls it - is a tale that began four decades ago, on a Manhattan street. Walking along, Watson said, he saw two cars collide.
September 4, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins drove south on Broad Street on Tuesday morning, breezing past Joe Frazier's old boxing gym, which has been turned into a discount furniture store. The gym at North Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue, where Hopkins' uncle took him when he was 9 years old, now advertises "knockout prices. " The brick-walled first floor - where Hopkins and most Philadelphia boxers learned the craft - is a showroom of couches and bureaus. Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history at 49, plans to alter the building's future as early as next spring when the current lease ends.
July 28, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Bryant Jennings backed into his corner and leaned against the ropes as he watched the referee hold Mike Perez's hand and march him around the ring. Jennings' opponent had been penalized a point for hitting after the break in the 12th and final round of their heavyweight bout Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. It was a crucial foul, virtually sealing Jennings' split-decision win. The North Philadelphian won two of the three scorecards, the third by just a point. The fight would have been ruled a draw had Perez not been penalized.
July 22, 2014 |
THE ENORMITY of it catches you off guard. Even though you walk into the room knowing what you're there to see, visualizing a 9-foot effigy is different from actually standing next to one. Currently a few hundred-pound mixture of clay and foam dominating a second-floor Fishtown studio, the much-anticipated statue of late Philadelphia boxing icon Smokin' Joe Frazier is about 6 months from completion. After 4 months, the mold has certainly taken shape, but sculptor Stephen Layne expects to take time through September to accentuate features such as the gloves and shoes and otherwise fine-tune the project.