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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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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 […]

 

Northern Liberties: ‘Fight Firm MMA’ Teaches Hard-Hitting Art of Muay Thai

Northern Liberties: ‘Fight Firm MMA’ Teaches Hard-Hitting Art of Muay Thai

Mixed martial arts, particularly under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. According to Sports Business Daily, MMA had the 13th-largest general fan base and eighth-largest general fan base out of every sport in the world in 2012. Considering the UFC was purchased by Zuffa in January 2001, the rapid […]

 By Matt Flowers and Maryline Dossou

Northeast Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Artists Ready to Rumble

Northeast Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Artists Ready to Rumble

Xtreme Caged Combat will be bringing some of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) to the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia on April 21. XCC consistently promotes the biggest MMA events in the tri-state area and has groomed some of the top competitors in the sport today.  One fighter on the rise […]

 By Dan Snyder

South Philadelphia: As Boxing Fades, MMA Thrives

South Philadelphia: As Boxing Fades, MMA Thrives

[vimeo 25145585]   When one thinks of a dynasty, many names come to mind.  The Steelers of the ’70s and ’90s Cowboys and of course the Yankees at any given time immediately pop into the sports fan’s head. But how about a dynasty that envelopes an entire city? That’s what Philadelphia had when it came […]