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Remembering Stan Hochman: A Philadelphia icon in the press box

Been tied up on several fronts, but wanted to pay tribute to Stan Hochman, the long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. He passed away last week. Hochman, a workhorse, grinded it out almost to the end, filing his last column in February. From the Daily News: Hochman, according to Pat McLoone, managing editor of the Daily News, could be summed up in one word: “Great...
Via Sherman Report
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking Mayweather vs. Pacquiao compared to top 5 biggest fights of modern boxing history

It’s the superfight of the decade, and might just become the superfight of the early part of the 21st Century. Certainly it is the most lucrative bout in boxing history, even after the mega-purses of the past are adjusted for inflation. Yet while Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (M vs. P) matches the top pair of big-name fighters in the sport, nevermind in the same weight class...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

25th Year Anniversary: Remembering James “Buster” Douglas Defeat Mike Tyson

Twenty-five years ago it seemed as if Mike Tyson was invincible amongst his boxing peers. At the time Tyson was an undefeated phenomenon who defeated his previous opponents in malicious fashion something like the sport of Boxing had never seen before. Yes, there were great boxers before Tyson, but greats such as Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, and others never defeated...
Via The Front Office News
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: January 28, 1916

Bob Muncrief, who will become a member of the 1948 World Series winning Cleveland Indians team, is born in Madill, Oklahoma. Muncrief had already logged nine seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Browns when he was traded with outfielder Wally Judnich to the Cleveland Indians in November of 1947 for outfielders Joe Frazier and Dick Kokos, pitcher Bryan Stephens, and cash...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 fighters who deserve a break in 2015

Joe Frazier once said that boxing was the only sport where you could get "your brain shook, your money took", and for some fighters that phrase rings truer than it does for most others. Boxing is aesthetically a violent sport, but what goes on outside the ring can often do more damage than that which occurs inside the squared circle. Some fighters spend all their careers trying to...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyson Fury Assumes Another Identity In Tepid Defeat Of Dereck Chisora

(Promoter Frank Warren, center, separates Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury, right, at the weigh-in; via) Tyson Fury gave European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora a leisurely pasting at London’s ExCel Arena, Saturday. Wilmslow’s Fury, 26, boxing almost exclusively from the southpaw stance, picked and pecked Chisora, 30, to pieces throughout 10 rather insipid rounds that...
Via Bloguin Best
November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

AP PHOTOS: A look back at the Rumble in the Jungle

It was 40 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire. The day before the fight in Kinshasa, Foreman and Ali made separate trips to the presidential...
Via AP on Fox
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran a hot ticket in Omaha

Tickets to the Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran lightweight title fight -- a fight for the true lightweight world championship, for what it's worth -- have been flying since going on sale today. Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs), Omaha's favorite son, will be defending his world title against No. 1 contender Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif., Saturday, November 29 at Omaha...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Former heavyweight Chuvalo says boxing lacks excitement of yesteryear

  George Chuvalo fought the best boxers of his day. He looks around at today's heavyweights and forgive him if he's bored. Chuvalo, a heavyweight contender from Canada who tangled with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, points to the Klitschko brothers, who dominate the heavyweight division. He says they're part of the problem. "They're not exciting at all," he tells The...
Via AP on Fox
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Nine-foot clay Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? ''Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky,'' said Robin Hazel, who was visiting the...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nine-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? ''Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky,'' said Robin Hazel, who was visiting...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) For many Philadelphia tourists, the Rocky statue is a must-see - even if it is a movie prop depicting a fictional boxer. Could a sculpture of real-life heavyweight champion Joe Frazier draw as many admirers? Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of ''Smokin' Joe,'' which captures Philly's hometown hero in mid-punch. Frazier beat Muhammad...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Shaolin Nine: The Wu-Tang Clan as a Baseball Team

Over the past few years, it’s become trendy to label the New York Yankees as an empire. However, in the early 1990’s, before the Yankees renewed their franchise’s commitment to winning championships, another empire was being formed in a different borough of New York City. And no, I’m not talking about the Mets. I’m talking about the incomparable hip-hop group: the Wu-Tang...
Via Bacon Sports
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford will appear as guest on FNF this week

On the heels of his scintillating ninth-round knockout victory of undefeated Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa, undefeated lightweight titleholder Terence "Bud" Crawford will be joining Doug Kezirian as the in-studio guest on this week's edition of ESPN Friday Fights, which will air live, this Friday, July 11, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. Crawford is currently ranked by ProBoxing-Fans.com as...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford Knocks Out Yuriorkis Gamboa In Fight Of The Year Candidate

Omaha, Nebr. hadn’t seen a world title fight since Joe Frazier’s 1972 annihilation of Ron Stander, so it was safe to say this bout was overdue. The 11,000 who packed the CenturyLink Center certainly seemed to think so, and they were not to be disappointed as Terence Crawford defended the lightweight belt he won from Ricky Burns earlier this year. Yuriorkis Gamboa might be more...
Via Bloguin Best
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford Knocks Out Yuriorkis Gamboa In Fight Of The Year Candidate

Omaha, Nebr. hadn’t seen a world title fight since Joe Frazier’s 1972 annihilation of Ron Stander, so it was safe to say this bout was overdue. The 11,000 who packed the CenturyLink Center certainly seemed to think so, and they were not to be disappointed as Terence Crawford defended the lightweight belt he won from Ricky Burns earlier this year. Yuriorkis Gamboa might be more...
Via The Queensbury Rules
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Review — “Bouts Of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman, And An America On The Ropes”

It seems an eternity since the heavyweight division was relevant. As a teenager in the 1990s, I watched awestruck as Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and a couple of others temporarily loaned each other the title. Back then being the heavyweight champion of the world made you famous, and it was big business. There was a time before that though, when heavyweight boxing...
Via The Queensbury Rules
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Tommy Loughran Narrowly Outpoints Harry Greb

Many of the greatest fighters in history had some sort of rival or antithesis that helped define their careers. Obvious examples would be Muhammad Ali having his Joe Frazier, or Tony Zale his Rocky Graziano. The list goes on. Why, though, are there pairs of men who faced each other numerous times without any sort of higher meaning being assigned to their interactions? That said,...
Via The Queensbury Rules
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Bernard Hopkins makes donation to help complete Joe Frazier statue in Philadelphia

Bernard"The Alien" Hopkins is pleased to announce that he and Golden Boy Promotions have made a significant donation to fund the completion of the previously announced Joe Frazier statue that will stand nine feet tall outside of Xfinity Live in Philadelphia's sports stadium complex (corner of Patterson and 11th Street). Credit: Stephen Layne "Seeing this statue built has meant a...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tale Of The (Lesser) Tape

Styles make fights. And body types, especially when pitted against other bodies, make for styles. For those of you who may lack gray hair or memory, this is pretty much what a description of those bodies, a Tale of the Tape, is supposed to look like -- what it used to look like. What, in the very least, every major newspaper (and often less than major: Marvin Hagler/Tommy Hearns...
Via The Queensbury Rules
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson out for Vikings' finale

The Minnesota Vikings will be without the leagues' MVP of 2012, running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has played his final down this year, sitting out tomorrow for the Vikings' finale vs the Detroit Lions due to a sore groin suffered during last week's 42-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.  Head coach Joe Frazier says Peterson is just not ready to be out on the field. "If we felt...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Frazier's ex-manager recalls Mandela's great gift

Joe Frazier was humbled, and had to find the right symbolic gift to present to Nelson Mandela. Smokin' Joe wanted Mandela to know he was a true champion. No autographed picture, no robe, no gloves. Those wouldn't be good enough for this. Frazier, instead, picked the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship belt he was awarded after defeating Muhammad Ali in 1971. Mandela...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue Is Finally Approved, 20 Years Too Late

The biggest travesty in Philadelphia sports/culture history is finally, mercifully about to come to an end. Joe Frazier, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, the man who defeated an in-his-prime Muhammad Ali, the man who stood toe to toe with “The Greatest” for three epic fights, will get his knockdown of Ali […]The post Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Philly Art Commission OKs Frazier statue design

Joe Frazier has won another decision more than two years after his death: The Philadelphia Art Commission has unanimously approved a design for a statue honoring the former heavyweight boxing champ. KYW-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1bgNYbU ) reports the sculpture will depict Frazier landing a left hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali during their 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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