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2008 Briscoe Award Photos

Photos from the 2008 Briscoe Awards banquet which was held at the Veteran Boxers Association hall in Port Richmond, courtesy of John DiSanto of

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Steve Chambers, LaJuan Simon & Ran Nakash win, Blackwell gets KO’d @ The Blue Horizon

Photo by Anthony Gargano / & Write-up by Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer.

On Friday December 5, 2008 at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philly, promoter Vernoca Michael and matchmaker Don Elbaum put together their annual boxing holiday show. Over the past two years, the December card at The Blue had its share of surprising upsets and tradition held up for a third straight year. It wasn’t in the main event though as Philly Jr. Welterweight “Showtime” Steve Chambers improves to 19 – 1 (5ko’s) with an 8 round unanimous decision win over Ghana’s Ben Ankrah. This was a good test for the young Chambers as Ankrah as taken on a list of top prospects in the 140 lb division, most recently losing to the world rated Mike Arnoutis on points.

In the co-feature, USBA Middleweight champion LaJuan Simon had no problem blowing away Jose Spearman, scoring an early knockout in what amounts to a warm up fight to bigger and better paydays.

In other action, Israeli hand to hand combat instructor Ran Nakash once again showed off his dangerous hands, this time knocking out opponent Harvey Jolley in the 7th.

In a stunner, well regarded featherweight Jules Blackwell was stopped by Darrell Martin in their scheduled 6 rounder.

Julias Edmunds won a unanimous decision over Mike Weaver.

Lenny DeVictoria was presented the 1st ever “Briscoe Award” for participating in the Philly 2007 Fight of the Year. He also fought on this night in a rematch against Ricardo Medina in a fight that ended up as a draw.

The round by round recap by former IBF champion Charles “The Hatchet” Brewer along with photos by Anthony Gargano

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Steve Cunningham wins 2007 Bennie Briscoe award

Philly’s lone world boxing champion Steve “USS” Cunningham was recently named the Philadelphia 2007 Fighter of the Year by the Philly boxing media. In recognition of his accomplishments, John DiSanto of presented USS with the new Bennie Briscoe award on Wednesday to commemorate his work. For those who don’t know, Bennie Briscoe is considered the badest of the bad-ass Philly contenders to ever lace them up in the golden age of Philly middleweight back in the ’70’s. Others receiving consideration were “Fast” Eddie Chambers, Bernard Hopkins and Mike Jones. The 2007 Fight of the Year was awarded to Lenny DiVictoria and Elad Schmouel in a barn burner at the Legendary Blue Horizon which Lenny won by 6th round TKO. Continue reading Steve Cunningham wins 2007 Bennie Briscoe award