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By: Ken Hissner They were closer than brothers and until this day are still best friends. South Philly’s Buster Drayton would get his title fight at age 32 defeating Carlos Santos for the vacant IBF light middleweight title in June of 1986. He was co-managed by Ivan Cohen and Gary…

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By: Ken Hissner This writer remembers back in the early 70’s when in “Smokin” Joe Frazier’s Gym seeing this boxer that Eddie Goodman managed named “The Big E” Eddie Duncan. Duncan was boastful and was a tall light heavyweight with processed hair. Recently not wanting his name revealed a PA…

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By: Ken Hissner As Tim Dement tells the story, I was 12 when his older brother Steve got arrested with a group of other teenagers for fighting in the streets. After going to court my father asked Steve what it was going to take to keep him out of trouble?…

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One Eye & a Bag of Tricks That Was Philly’s “Gypsy” Joe Harris By: Ken Hissner In the 60’s the baddest gym in Philadelphia was the 23rd PAL on Colombia Avenue. Such boxers as “Bad” Bennie Briscoe, “Cyclone” Hart, “Sugar” Hart, “Classy” Al Massey, Jimmy Young, “Boogaloo” Watts, “Smokin” Joe…

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Louis-Galento: A Hype Master Proves He’s More Than Just Hype By: Sean Crose Tony Galento had some kind of left. Just how powerful was the stocky heavyweight’s power punch? Powerful enough to send the great Joe Louis off his feet. If that isn’t a ringing endorsement, nothing is. Yet Galento…

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STANLEY SCOTT: Knock Him Out or Be Knocked Out Was His Game! By: Ken Hissner “He was one of the most exciting kids I had at the Tropicana. He would walk in and knock his opponent out or get knocked out. He was a fan favorite,” said Don Elbaum. Cleveland…

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Why Jeffries Came Back for Johnson & Marciano Didn’t for Johansson! By: Ken Hissner James J “The Boilermaker” Jeffries was considered one of the all-time great heavyweight champions when he retired after defeating Jack Munroe in 2 rounds in August of 1904. His record was 19-0-2 (16). When Jack “The…

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Once 48-0 Lee Sala of Donora, PA, Inducted Into PA BHOF! By: Ken Hissner Donora, PA, home of one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game was Stan “The Man” Musial who played from 1941 to 1963. He would overshadow another Donora resident who would become…

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3 Olympic Boxing Gold Medal Winners in Papp, Stevenson & Savon! By: Ken Hissner Hungarian southpaw Laszlo Papp won Olympic Gold Medals in boxing in 1948, 1952 and 1956. When the Communist country of Hungary finally allowed Papp to turn professional in 1957 he was not permitted to box other…

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Muhammad Ali In Fat City History By: Jorge Martinez Recent events have exposed fissures in our union and rocked our national identity. It is in this venue that I share the following story of two “Fat City” residents and Muhammad Ali. One is Mayor, Joan Darrah, the other is Ralph…

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American Boxers Fighting Out of Japan Back to 1961! By: Ken Hissner Japan is a hot bed for boxers with quite a bit of activity on the small island. In the past such boxers as America’s Steve “Flasher Ishibashi” Smith was one of those boxers to win Japan‘s National Title….

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The Night Joe Louis Became An Icon By: Sean Crose Joe Louis is a pleasure to watch. Unlike many fighters who might be considered “Old Time,” there’s nothing archaic about Louis when one sees him go through an opponent. Styles may have indeed advanced – or diminished, depending upon how…

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