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Kensington: Boxing Holds on to Legacy Despite Influence of MMA

Kensington: Boxing Holds on to Legacy Despite Influence of MMA

Boxing in today’s Philadelphia is not what it once was. On Dec. 10, 1968, Joe Frazier defended his world heavyweight title against Oscar Bonavena inside the city’s Spectrum. The 3-1 favorite, Frazier, won by unanimous decision after 15 rounds. With 10,000 spectators watching the fight, the excitement of boxing in Philadelphia was at an all-time […]

 

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Sweat trickled down muscled backs, down onto the blue canvas stretched over a wooden frame which was pieced together by a carpenter from down the block. Fluorescent lights flickered over the glory of former champions pasted across the walls, under the watch of a small wooden cross. Sgt. Mike Rafferty leaned lightly on the ropes, […]

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South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

Roger Artigiani talks about his arena like he is showing off a prized possession. “This is what we have planned for the one wall,” he said while proudly showing a picture of a mural of the Walt Whitman Bridge. “It’s gonna look great.” The mural will soon become one of the many changes Artigiani has […]

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South Philadelphia: Boxer Josue Rivera Fights in a New Direction

South Philadelphia: Boxer Josue Rivera Fights in a New Direction

In a fight with life, Josue “JD” Rivera found himself heading down a scary path that all too many young adults find themselves on. Rivera was a gang leader in California, face with two outcomes if he didn’t make a life change: death or incarceration. “Life was rough but that wasn’t something that I wanted […]

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Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

With so many fitness options in Philadelphia, it is tough to find a place that offers unique programs and experiences that you cannot get elsewhere. Several places around the city allow for a different way to help you feel your best. Warrior Gym – South Philadelphia Located in South Philadelphia near the corner of 12th and Mifflin […]

 

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

Kensington: Buddy Osborn Fights … With Faith

The corner of Kensington Avenue and Somerset Street in Kensington is amongst the most notorious drug corners in the city. Heroin draws addicts and dealers, making it an open playing field for crime and violence, and for many, death. Around this corner is a building, which houses a man with a message that just might save his […]

 

Port Richmond: Iconic Boxing Gym Not Down for the Count

Port Richmond: Iconic Boxing Gym Not Down for the Count

Tattered boxing posters of yesteryears famous boxers posed in their toughest stance around the Irish Catholic cross hand-painted in the middle of the bright blue boxing ring. “I try to repaint it before we have a big fight,” Frank Kubach said as he motioned towards it. “The mat is an original, one of a kind.” […]

 

Tacony: Jack Costello’s Boxing Club Aids Northeast Philadelphia’s Youth

Tacony: Jack Costello’s Boxing Club Aids Northeast Philadelphia’s Youth

The Jack Costello Boxing Club is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1996 by Tim Costello and his family in honor of his late father. “After he passed, we figured what the heck,” said owner Tim Costello. “We actually grew up across the street right in this neighborhood and wanted to give back. This […]

 

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 […]

 

Boxing in Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Boxing in Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Philadelphia’s rich history of cultivating some of the greatest boxers in the world is well documented. The world titles in super lightweight and light heavyweight categories are currently held by Philly natives Danny Garcia and Bernard Hopkins, respectively, and other legends like Joe Frazier and Sonny Liston also came up in the city. But it’s […]