June 18, 1993 |
It is standard operating procedure in professional boxing to feed up-and- coming fighters a steady diet of cream puffs, making it easier to assemble a glossy record and zoom toward a world rating with a little resistance. By all rights, Ivan "Mighty" Robinson, the near-Olympian from Nicetown, should be chowing down on hapless opponents fresh from the bakery oven at this comparatively early stage of his career. He ought not to have to step up in class to guys who might actually give him a fight until he'd polished off, oh, 15 or 20 empty-calorie snacks.
May 17, 2013 |
THE BROKEN bones have healed. He no longer is confined to a wheelchair. But the wounds to Rock Allen's mind and spirit aren't quite as visible, and they continue to hurt him in ways that may be beyond absolute repair. Allen, the North Philadelphian who was the 140-pound representative on the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing team that competed in Athens, Greece, was 15-0 with seven knockouts as a professional when he was involved in a horrific automobile accident on June 7, 2011, that nearly killed him. He has not fought since he scored a unanimous, six-round decision over Adan Hernandez on April 10, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz., and, although he has not officially announced his retirement from boxing, it seems highly likely that he never again will be seen doing his thing in the ring.
August 14, 2007
Here is a list of the boxers for the third season of 'The Contenders,' which begins Sept. 4 on ESPN2: Max Alexander (14-1, 2 KOs), 26, Camden David Banks (14-2-1, 2 KOs), 24, Portland, Ore. Saiko Bika (22-3-2, 14 KOs), 28, Cameroon Henry Buchanan (14-1, 11 KOs), 28, Capitol Heights, Md. LaFarrell Bunting (16-3-1, 16 KOs), 27, Las Vegas Jaidon Codrington (16-1, 12 KOs), 23, Queens, N.Y. Miguel Hernandez (20-5, 10 KOs), 32, Chicago Wayne Johnsen (16-1, 9 KOs)
June 8, 2012
AGENDA Who: Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts) vs. Timothy Bradley (28-0-0, 12 KOs) What: WBO welterweight championship fight Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas When: 9 p.m. Saturday TV: HBO Pay-Per-View Undercard: Three Philadelphia boxers are also fighting that night: Mike Jones (26-0-0, 19 Kos) vs. Randall Bailey (42-7-0, 36 Kos), for vacant IBF welterweight title; Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0-0, 7 KOs)
June 1, 2013
North Philadelphia's Jesse Hart (6-0, 5 KOs) is scheduled to take on Thomas Turner (3-3, 2 KOs) Saturday night at Bally's in Atlantic City in a six-round super-middleweight bout. The card, promoted by J. Russell Peltz, begins at 7:30. Tickets are available at the door. In the main event, Teon Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) is set to fight Carlos Vinan (10-9-5, 2 KOs) in a 10-round super-featherweight bout. Kennedy, also of North Philadelphia, has not fought since a fifth-round stoppage loss last June to Guillermo Rigondeaux in a WBA super-bantamweight title fight.
November 1, 1986 |
Harold Brazier, of South Bend, Ind., stopped Philadelphia's Brian Baronet at 2:02 of the 10th round to capture the vacant North American Boxing Federation junior welterweight championship at the Sands Hotel and Casino last night. Brazier raised his record to 38-7-1 (26 KOs) while Baronet, who had been rated as the No. 10 contender by the International Boxing Federation, fell to 32-3 (18 KOs).
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)
January 27, 1995 |
While recovering from injuries suffered in a 1993 automobile accident, former welterweight contender Glenwood "The Real Beast" Brown consoled himself by stuffing his face. "The Real Beast" became "The Real Feast" as he gained nearly 100 pounds, topping out at an unseemly 240. George Foreman might feel emaciated at that weight, but you have to consider the built-low-to-the-ground Brown is only 5-7 1/2. "It was very hard trying to get back into it," Brown said of his return to training after a 14-month layoff from the ring.
September 12, 2003 |
The first "Law Enforcement Fight Night" at the Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia will take place tonight. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police and the Sentennials of Law Enforcement. The card will include eight bouts. The main event will be a scheduled 10-rounder between junior middleweights Pete Manfredo Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) of Providence, R.I., and Leonard Townsend (37-15-1, 20 KOs) of Chicago. Tyrone Winkler (12-7-1, 5 KOs), a Philadelphia policeman who fights as a junior middleweight, will step into the ring against Adam Green (6-0, 2 KOs)
July 1, 1998 |
Tracy Byrd tried to reach back for something extra, but it wasn't there. "In the fifth and sixth rounds, my father said, 'You'd better step it up because you're losing,' " Byrd said of her International Female Boxing Association lightweight championship defense against Russia's Zulfia Koutdussova last night at the Trump Taj Mahal. "But I never could get off. I felt sluggish. " Byrd's 10-round, unanimous-decision loss in the featured bout contributed to a 4-2 edge for foreign fighters in what had been billed "Women at War: USA vs. the World.