July 24, 2015 |
"SOUTHPAW" is about a white boxer named Hope, played by Jake Gyllenhaal - you can call him a Great White Hope, or, with his ripped torso, the abdominal snowman. Given the character's loaded name, you keep waiting for race to be an issue in "Southpaw," but it never is - instead, this story of a white champ, his black trainer (Forest Whitaker) and Latino adversary (Victor Ortiz) takes its This Is What America Looks Like in the 21st Century cast and applies them to a screenplay leftover from the 1930s.
May 4, 2015 |
Kellie Woll administered a few squirts of clear liquid to a dish full of wriggling tadpoles and within minutes, the creatures became completely still. A few minutes after that, they started to move again. No surprise, as the liquid contained propofol, a widely used anesthetic. With it and most other anesthetics, however, there is not much difference between the amount needed to put someone to sleep and the amount that will knock one out permanently. Woll works in the University of Pennsylvania lab of Roderic G. Eckenhoff, who is on a long-term quest for better alternatives.
August 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Danny Garcia stood in the center of his locker room as his manager snipped away the fighter's white wrappings, freeing the fists that dealt one of the most potent knockouts of his career. Saturday's second-round knockout at the Barclays Center was Garcia's shortest fight in three years. He earned $700,000 for dispatching heavy underdog Rod Salka in 4 minutes, 30 seconds. The final flurry was a righthanded body shot matched with a blindsided left hook. The referee ended the nontitle fight immediately and medics rushed into the ring as Salka lay flat on his back.
July 2, 2014 |
U.S. NATIONAL team coach Jurgen Klinsmann took some heat when he made the honest assessment that it was not reasonable to think the USA could win the 2014 World Cup. But that was before the tournament started and his squad faced the daunting task of moving out of a "Group of Death" that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana. Klinsmann, however, also said that once a team gets to the knockout stage of the competition, anything can happen. The United States is in the Round of 16. It finished second to Germany to move out of Group G, and today will play Group H winner Belgium in the last match for a spot into the quarterfinals.
June 20, 2014 |
ON VIDEO, Trent Epps seemed awfully proud of himself for punching an unarmed, lonely man square in the jaw, but when Epps turned himself in to police Tuesday night, he didn't have a word to say, according to Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "He is like a hard-core criminal. . . . He's not telling us nothing," Chitwood said. "It's almost like he's a prisoner of war. " But Epps, 18, isn't a hard-core criminal, at least not on paper. Police said he has a clean record and a mother who loved him enough to urge him to turn himself in after a video surfaced on Facebook last week of him allegedly coldcocking a 58-year-old man at the Aronimink trolley stop.
June 19, 2014 |
THE PUNCH was so hard you can hear it on videotape. It was posted to Facebook, a video of teens laughing as one of them goes up to an unarmed 58-year-old man sitting at the Aronimink trolley stop in Upper Darby and punches him square in the jaw. "It was a violent, vicious, cowardly, punk act," Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "He's lucky he didn't kill him. " Chitwood said the unprovoked violence was part of the "knockout game. " "They were conspiring to go in and do the knockout-game thing on this guy," he said.
May 16, 2014 |
TRAINERS NAAZIM Richardson and Mitch Allen, cut man Leon Tabbs and legendary Daily News' columnist Stan Hochman are among the 10 inductees of the 2014 class of the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame. Former boxers Earl Hargrove, Mike Picciotti, Percy Manning, Jimmy Tygh and Ed "Gunboat" Smith will also be inducted. For Hochman, who will mark 55 years with the Daily News next month, it is another in a long list of honors. Other boxing honors include the 1991 Nat Fleischer Memorial Award from the Boxing Writers Association of America.
January 17, 2014 |
FIGHTING DURING an era of unbelievable middleweight talent in the 1970s, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart was well known in Philadelphia for his ability to knock out opponents and shorten fights. Four decades later, Eugene's son, Jesse, is hoping to work his way to the top of the sport and put Philadelphia back on the boxing map - with a little guidance from his father. Super middleweight Jesse "Hard Work" Hart (11-0, 10 KOs) will continue his path on Jan. 25 against Derrick Findley at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos WBO junior lightweight title fight.
December 24, 2013 |
THE SHORTHAND for "Grudge Match" is "Rocky" versus "Raging Bull," and the movie does indeed unite Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro as boxers. And there is Stallone, still drinking egg yolks, intent on practicing his punches on sides of meat - all played for laughs. De Niro, though, is less of an obvious self-referential in-joke. He's playing an Irish-American boxer named Billy McDonnen, now retired and running a saloon, still smarting over a fight he lost to Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone)
November 26, 2013 |
PEOPLE HAVE been getting punched in the face for no reason since the dawn of man. This year in Philadelphia alone, there have been approximately 5,000 aggravated assaults that didn't involve a gun, according to police data, and some of them surely involved a fist or two coming out of nowhere. But lately, some have questioned whether some seemingly random acts of violence are something a little more: an assault in which a thug tries to knock someone out with one punch. The "knockout game" has caused police departments across the country to both scratch and shake their heads, wondering whether the phenomenon is real, widespread, or an Internet myth being hyped through social and mainstream media.