Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 2/14/14
Story and photos by Tony MangiaOn Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment hosted the last ever boxing event to take place at the historic Roseland Ballroom in mid-town Manhattan before closing its ticket booth forever in April. The nine-bout card, entitled "The Last Dance," was a bittersweet reminder of old-school New York boxing, and was as good of a sendoff as the ballroom could have asked for. The standing room only crowd included rapper and SMS promoter 50 Cent, actress Rosie Perez along with many New York City boxing luminaries.Since opening at its current location on 52nd Street in 1956, and long before Lady Gaga will give the venue its final curtain call on April 7, Roseland has hosted everything from taxi-dancing to bobby soxers to mosh pit diving and every fad in between. A history which includes a long line of boxers from the city's club fight circuit doing their own dancing as well.Roseland has seen all kinds of boxing action — both good and bad.In 2001, a hyper Brooklyn k...
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