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By Charles Jay Let’s suppose Paul Malignaggi’s story is completely straight. He was less than 24 hours off a plane before going into a 12-round sparring session with Conor McGregor. he didn’t have all the time in the world to loosen up. His accommodations were not ideal. He does admit…

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by B.A. Cass One day after school in eighth grade, before the biggest game of the year, my lacrosse team gathered at a teammate’s house. The game wasn’t until five, so we had two hours to kill. We occupied ourselves for a half an hour by wrestling each other in…

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By: Kirk Jackson Salvador “Chava” Sanchez 44-1-1 (32 KO’s) was an amazing fighter accurately fitting the mantra, “A talent gone too soon.” He passed away 35 years ago, yet his influence still permeates throughout the boxing world. On August 12, 1982, Sanchez perished in a collision involving his white 1981…

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By Ken Hissner The last name Smith has many boxers with that name but “Kid Chocolate” has to be right up there with seventy-two, yes 72 boxers have used that name! The most famous was Havana Cuba’s Kid “Bon Bon” Chocolate, 136-10-6 (51), NBA World Super featherweight and NYSAC World…

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By: Sean Crose Terence “Bud” Crawford is a serious force to be reckoned with. The 31-0 junior welterweight titlist can fight orthodox or southpaw, can hit like a mace, and can seemingly adapt to any situation. Those sleeping on Crawford’s opponent this weekend, however, might want to pay attention. For…

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By Ken Hissner This writer has been writing for approximately 10 years. I sometimes say “the only thing more crooked than boxing is politics”. For example we see commissions that are not the most honest favoring certain people over others. By messing with managerial contracts favoring the managers and one…

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By: Matt O’Brien With the recent announcement that Wladimir Klitschko is officially retiring, a page was turned to end an era of heavyweight boxing. And while many would have gladly viewed a return of last April’s gripping contest with Anthony Joshua, few would have predicted a different result. At 41…

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By: Ken Hissner This writer has proclaimed Philly’s Jaron “Boots” Ennis as the best looking prospect in Philly since 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor. His next fight is scheduled for August 12th at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. which will be his first 8 rounder. Promotion is Nations…

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By: Ken Hissner In April of 1967 Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay refused to take the oath to enter the military. He questioned why he should go to Viet-Nam and kill brown people who did him no harm New York Jet quarterback Joe Namath avoided induction because “I have bad…

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By: Sean Crose Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez – arch foils of the great Manny Pacquiao – have announced their retirements. Good for both men. They’ve earned their keep in the sport. Sure enough, both fighters deserve Hall of Fame status upon becoming eligible for induction. As for Pacquiao…

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