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Bustleton: Amateur Boxing Champion Punches for the Gold

Bustleton: Amateur Boxing Champion Punches for the Gold

While 15-year-old Natalie Dove awaits to defend her No. 1 junior women’s boxing ranking in the amateurs, she is focusing on her bigger dream: Winning the 2020 Olympic gold medal for her gym and country.    “It’s almost here and I am ready,” said Dove, who has been training for the gold since she was […]

 

Bustleton: Neighborhood Boxing Gym Opens Up The Ring To Families

Bustleton: Neighborhood Boxing Gym Opens Up The Ring To Families

When people think of Philadelphia boxing gyms, a family environment is probably the last thing that comes to mind. At Philly’s Next Champ gym at 1810 Grant Ave. in Bustleton, families train together. “We have whole families here taking classes,” said 49-year-old boxing trainer Mike Cassell. “I never saw that in a gym growing up.” Cassell, […]

 

Amateur Sports: Rumble On Columbus Boulevard Showcases Philadelphia’s Boxing Talent

Amateur Sports: Rumble On Columbus Boulevard Showcases Philadelphia’s Boxing Talent

Four years had passed since Imani Bell stepped into the squared circle. Bell is a 35-year-old fighter residing in Philadelphia who had only fought once in his professional career. However, the former Pennsylvania State University star would overcome his hiatus to claim victory despite the layoff. Furthermore, time outside of the ring is not the only obstacle […]

 

Northern Liberties: Boxer Chris Sanchez

Six days a week, Chris Sanchez can be seen through the windows at 543 North 3rd Street. The senior finance major at Temple University is one of many young adults who train at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym. The Bridgewater, NJ native has been boxing since his freshman year of high school but came to […]

 

Northern Liberties: Jaclyne McTamney Vying for the Olympics

Northern Liberties: Jaclyne McTamney Vying for the Olympics

When you step into Joe Hand Gym on 3rd Street, you’re hit with a quick one-two: the scent of hard-earned sweat and Jaclyne McTamney’s mean right hook. Upon first appearance, McTamney, 22, looks small and certainly outnumbered in the room full of men. But the second she steps foot in the ring, she banishes any thought suggesting she […]