Photos by Chris Farina
It seems like the local fight fans and insiders have been raving about the skills and potential of Jaron Ennis for years. Many around town feel that he will be the next big thing to come out of the Philly boxing circuit.
On April 30, 2016 – the 20-year-old boxing phenom from the Germantown section of Philadelphia officially joined the punch-for-pay ranks, making his pro debut in the remote town of St. George, Utah.
In this fight, Ennis easily dispatched Arizona’s Cory Mildrew (1-10) a mere :45 seconds into the first round. Easy work for the kid who grew up in Bozy’s Dungeon.
Watch the finishing blows below.
Continue reading Jaron Ennis wins his pro debut in Utah
By Ken Hissner
On Tuesday April 26, 2016 longtime local boxing man Steve Traitz, Jr passed away after a long illness at the age of 79. Many people came into the BVD church in Trooper, PA to pay final respects to the man they loved and depended on. The attendees ranged from members of the Local 30 Roofers Union and friends from the boxing world which included Anthony Boyle, Chuck Diesel, Joe Hand Sr. and Jr.
The boxing end of Traitz story started in a barn on their property on Park Avenue in Trooper as the elder Traitz started training son’s Stevie III and Joey. He himself was a one-time professional boxer before becoming Business Manager of Local 30 Roofers.
Continue reading Boxing Legend Steve Traitz, Jr. Passes At 79
It has been quite some time since we’ve seen “Fast” Eddie Chambers (42-4, 23 ko’s) competing in a fight that had real value behind it. On April 30, 2016 he has a prime opportunity to get his name back into the mix as he is scheduled to fight Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 ko’s) of Los Angeles over 10-rounds in Carson, California.
Every boxing fan in Philly knows the Blue Horizon bred Eddie Chambers and most of the local fight fans are familiar with the California based Washington who fought Amir Mansour to a disputed draw in the fall of 2015. Las Vegas labels it as an even money fight, and with a good showing, the winner could spring boarding into the next level of heavyweights.
There are lots of unknowns with both fighters heading into this match. Chambers, one of the last boxers to regularly compete at the Legendary Blue Horizon, has been on the bench for quite some time. As for Washington, the jury is still out on whether he is more of a prospect or suspect.
Continue reading “Fast” Eddie Chambers looks to regain some past glory against Gerald Washington
Tonight in Atlantic City, the Dirrell brothers are back in action, headlining a 12 fight boxing show at the Trump Taj Mahal. Over the years, Andre and Anthony have spent time near the top of the Super Middleweight division, but they have yet to reach the lofty heights many “experts” predicted when turning pro in 2005.
The Flint, Michigan natives first made their names as spectacular amateurs who ran the national middleweight ranks from 2003 – 2005. After turning pro, they cruised through lower and mid level competition. Just when it looked like one would break through to the next level – something would get in the way of their progress.
Now with both fighters in their 30’s, many want to find out if the peak is to be known as fighters on the cusp or will one of them eventually get over the hump?
Continue reading The Dirrell Brothers are back in action tonight in Atlantic City. Will they ever be considered “elite”?
All of these “hot” new heavyweights popping out of the woodwork lately. Let’s not forget that in Manchester on July 9th there is a rematch of the current reigning champ Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, the man who dominated the entire division for 10 years.
What is the general interest level in this fight? Both traded insults at the initial press conference with the Gypsy King telling Klitschko “You are a hall of dog s— fighter in my mind.” The ex-champ told the crowd “I will knock Tyson Fury out, period.”
Share your thoughts on this fight that will set the tone for the division.
by Ken Hissner
Philadelphia was once known as a fighting city. Today, they have but one world champion in Danny “Swift” Garcia, 32-0 (18) who on January 23rd of this year won the vacant WBC welterweight title. Garcia was ranked No. 2 and former 2-division champion Robert “Ghost” Guerrero was ranked No. 6. What happened to No. 1, 3, 4 and 5?
With Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman’s postponement it is now scheduled for June 25th for Thurman’s WBA title while neither fighter was interested in fighting for the WBC vacant title. Porter the former IBF champion hasn’t fought since June of 2015. He passed up any elimination fight for this title. No. 1 was Amir King Kahn” Kahn who holds the WBC Silver title and is the former WBA Super world and IBF champion in the super lightweight division. He lost those titles in December of 2011 to Lamont Peterson by split decision. In his next fight July 2012 he lost to Garcia for the WBA super and WBC titles. All three judges had it even 28-28 after three rounds. In a real slugging match Garcia won by technical knockout in the 4th round having Kahn on the canvas twice. Kahn was never able to get a rematch. Though No. 1 in the WBC welterweight division Garcia’s management said they would not fight Kahn so he moved all the way up to middleweight to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his WBC title May 7th.
While defending the two titles five times Garcia ran into Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico and won a disputed majority decision. It was Garcia’s last title defense as a super lightweight. He would then go onto win three fights in the welterweight division. First he defeated lightweight (132 in his last fight) Rod Salka. Then won by a disputed majority decision over IBF super lightweight champion Peterson with neither super lightweight titles on the line. Peterson was No. 5 welterweight when Garcia fought for vacant welterweight title after defeating Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, 17-0.
Now the WBC is expected of having an elimination tourney with No. 2 Peterson fighting No. 3 Berto while No. 8 Sammy Vasquez is fighting No. 11 Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo of Argentina which may not be in stone. Don’t get me wrong Garcia can fight and may be better at 147 but has led a “charmed life” since winning his first world title. After winning over Peterson Garcia stopped former WBA World welterweight champion Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi who like Guerrero was on the decline.
Looking at Philadelphia fighters who were the last to lose in world title fights from flyweight to heavyweight I found the following and don’t be afraid to correct me when I’m wrong since I did this on “memory” for over three hours.
Continue reading The Philadelphia “Jinx” Continues with Only Danny “Swift” Garcia a champion!
Is HBO Boxing feeding us some mismatches tonight or will we see a good fight on this card? I’m thinking two KO’s but who knows.Feel free to follow and leave comments as the night goes on…
My man turns 79 years young today. I may have to watch some Easy Rider in his honor. Lots of classics in his catalog. What is your favorite?
On April 16, 2016 I set off for a weekend trip to Brooklyn, New York City – the place where the hip-hop crowd paint murals of Biggie and the hipsters live in beautiful brown stones on extended tree-lined streets.
While a good portion of my time would be spent enjoying 5th Ave in the Park Slope section of the borough followed by a long Sunday morning run through Prospect Park which was hosting a Bernie Sanders rally that same day, the primary purpose of this trip was to cover boxing from the Barclays Center.
It was Saturday night, PBC on NBC, arguably the best TV series in boxing. A paid attendance of 7,628 turned out to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. I had one of the best seats in the house as a credentialed member of the boxing media.
The majority of fan support was split between local contender Chris Algeri who was in against rising star Errol Spence Jr. in the main event while another heavy batch came to shout “Polska” in favor of IBF Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki who was taking on longtime veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham in the co-feature.
Glowacki was making his first title defense while Cunningham chased a chance to become a three-time champion in the division. Click the link to read the full recap of the trip brought to you in part by AirBnB.
Continue reading Errol Spence looks spectacular while Glowacki decisions Steve Cunningham at The Barclays Center