Category “Boxing History”

By: Ken Hissner When boxing people talk about P4P the very best names like “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Harry “The Pittsburgh Windmill” Greb and “Hammerin” Henry Armstrong normally come up. But, so often the name Willie “Will o’ the Wisp” Pep comes up and should come up. Pep had a record…

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By: Ken Hissner Ever Hear the Name of Uncrowned Champion Eddie Booker? This writer recently asked my two favorite Historians Henry Hascup and Chuck Hasson. Hasson brought up the name of Eddie “Black Dynamite” Booker in his P4P all-time greats. I never heard of him and then went to www.boxrec.com…

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By: Ken Hissner With no world champions in Philly here in 2018 you wonder about the “good old days!” This writer has expressed “the Philly Jinx” which seems to happen every time a Philly boxer gets a shot at the world title. An exception was Tevin “American Idol” Farmer getting…

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Muhammad Ali Beat Four Olympic Gold Medalists By: Ken Hissner At a boxing event in Atlantic City recently top boxing judge Steve Weisfeld asked “who beat four Olympic Gold Medalists?” About 15 minutes later he told me who it was. In the 1960 Olympic Boxing Trials Cassius Clay aka Muhammad…

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By: Ken Hissner Muhammad “I Am the Greatest” Ali was the most colorful athlete this writer has ever seen. In person he was one of the funniest person’s I have ever met. He should be in anyone’s top five greatest heavyweights (third in mine). He brought back fifteen American hostages…

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By: Ken Hissner This writer started searching all sports most colorful athletes and they stood out at other sporting events when they showed up. It’s no secret a boxing writer would think it was a boxer is it? Baseball had the New York Yankee’s Babe Ruth the man who pointed…

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By: Ken Hissner There have been some great boxers that have continued boxing too long such as Muhammad Ali. Was it money or more stardom or just what that causes boxers to continue when they are no longer the boxer they once were? In Ali’s case he was 29-0 when…

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By: Marley Malenfant In my old man’s gym hangs a framed picture of Marvin “Marvelous” Hagler with the black and blue trunks, the trunks he wore in the fight against Sugar Ray Leonard 30 years ago. Anytime I visit his gym and look at that picture, I think of my…

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By: Ken Hissner Philly Boxing History Editor John Di Santo is holding the 10th Annual Briscoe Awards Sunday 1-4pm at the Xfinity Live at 1100 Pattison Avenue in South Philly. Former 2-time Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham will be hosting the event. There is a $5 admission price and can…

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By: Ken Hissner When one thinks of Native American boxers you have former world champions in Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill, 51-7 (24), the former WBA light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion from Williston, ND, and IBF and WBC world cruiserweight champion Marvin Camel, 45-13-4 (21), of Missoula, MT. Besides these two are…

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