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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 […]

 

South Philadelphia: Statue Planned for True Boxing Hero

South Philadelphia: Statue Planned for True Boxing Hero

It’s going to be a statue of Philadelphia’s real boxing hero. At least, that’s what proponents say about the prospect of building a larger-than-life sculpture of one of the city’s larger-than-life athletes. Joe Frazier, the legendary boxing champion who came up in Philadelphia and would later win an Olympic gold medal, will be posthumously honored […]

 

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 […]