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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 […]

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Amateur Sports: A New Wave of Philadelphia Fighters

Amateur Sports: A New Wave of Philadelphia Fighters

Philadelphia is a fighting city. And as the sport of boxing continues to fall in popularity, a new crew of fighters are earning their stripes in a different discipline: jiu jitsu. Fighters like Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder, who holds a 12-3 record in his 15 professional fights. Felder trains under Daniel Gracie, owner of […]

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Amateur Sports: Five Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Helping Lead the Craze

Amateur Sports: Five Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Helping Lead the Craze

From “Rocky” to the Blue Horizon boxing venue to Front Street Gym in Kensington, this city has always been a fighting town. But as boxing gyms and venues close around the city, mixed martial arts is gaining in popularity. Training, cage fighting and dance are becoming more common as a rich Brazilian MMA scene is forming around the city. At […]