Early this morning on Good Day Philadelphia, the hosts wished Joe Frazier a happy birthday.
“Philadelphia boxing legend Joe Frazier celebrating his birthday today,” anchor Karen Hepp chirped. “Happy birthday, Joe! Also giving back to the community. He’s going to be meeting with friends and supporters at City Hall this evening to honor championship youth boxing teams and coaches. This year marks the 45th anniversary at Joe Frazier’s gym, located in North Philadelphia. The space has been used to develop several young athletes. He’s turning 73 years old today.”
“He really is a legend,” co-anchor Thomas Drayton replied. “Such a force.”
Yes, Frazier is a legend. But there were some issues with the report. Read more »
The folks over at Ardmore’s Fuel Cycle Fitness have a holiday gift for you: On Friday, December 30th, the fitness studio — which offers indoor cycling and boxing, along with a bunch of Spin-and-boxing fusion classes — will be celebrating its one-year anniversary by hosting 14 (!!) free fitness classes. Say it with us: YAYYYY.
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If you, like me, are essentially one big ball of rage speckled with disappointment and sadness today, we suggest you pencil one of these fitness classes — most of which involve punching things — into your schedule, stat.
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Trying to get ready to confidently strut onto the beach this summer? Kimpton Hotel Monaco wants to help. Their prescription? A Sunday full of $7 exercise classes. Their Summer Sweat Sesh, an extension of their Resolution Rx events that you may remember from the past two Januarys, will offer you a slew of opportunities to, well, get your sweat on. Duh. Read more »
Jan 23, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Danny Garcia, pumps his fist after defeating Robert Guerrero (not pictured) during their WBC welterweight boxing title fight at Staples Center. Garcia won by decision. Photo | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
A guy from North Philly is now the world champion in boxing’s most glamorous division. In fact, the WBC welterweight title Danny Garcia won on Saturday night was previously held by Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather retired after winning one last fight in September, and his titles were declared vacant. Garcia won one of those vacant titles on Saturday in a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero. The fight was not one-sided, but Garcia found a rhythm after a slow start and dominated most of the action in the final six rounds. Read more »
Yep, there’s ANOTHER awesome fitness studio coming to the Main Line. This one’s called Fuel Cycle Fitness, and it’s set to open at 53 Rittenhouse Place in Ardmore later this fall. Read more »
Boxing trainer and promoter “Joey Eye.” (YouTube)
Boxing promoter Joey Intreiri, better known as “Joey Eye,” has filed a civil lawsuit against Valley Forge Casino Resort, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and former business partner David Feldman — the brother of celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman. Intreieri claims that David Feldman disparaged his reputation — claiming Intreiri had mob ties — which led to Joey Eye Boxing Promotions going out of business.
Intreiri is requesting $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a permanent injunction preventing the defendants from barring his access to promote shows at the two casinos. The suit was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Read more »
Back in February, Cecily Tynan told us all about her favorite places to work out in Philly, and her number one pick? Joltin’ Jabs in Manayunk. In her words, “nothing gets out your frustrations like punching something.” We couldn’t agree more. And good news for all you Center City dwellers: The Manayunk boxing studio is making its way to Center City with a Rittenhouse location set to open in early September, so you’ll be able to punch a bag whenever the urge strikes.
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Larry Holmes is doing a Don King impression, but he sounds more like The Count from Sesame Street. He’s on a stage at Chickie’s and Pete’s, promoting his one-man show. Holmes, the former heavyweight champ who won the first 48 fights of his career, will perform his one-man show this Friday at Harrah’s in Chester.
Holmes, known as the Easton Assassin (after his hometown), was doing a Don King impression to show off the kinds of stories he tells in his show. He was talking about coming out of retirement in 1988 to face Mike Tyson in Atlantic City. According to Holmes, it all started with a knock on the door late at night.
“At 9:30, 10 o’clock, somebody knocked on the door — boom, boom, boom,” he said. “I say to my wife, ‘You check it.” She says, ‘No, you check it.’ So I go to the door, and Don King’s there, with his hair sticking up like this. ‘Ha, ha, ha.’ I said, ‘What are you doing down here this time of night?’ He says, ‘I brought you a contract to fight Mike Tyson.’ I said, ‘Don, don’t you know I gave it up?’… he says, ‘The contract is for $3.1 million.’ I said, ‘Where do I sign?'” Read more »
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Last November, Sergey Kovalev pounded Bernard Hopkins in fight in Atlantic City. He won via unanimous decision, and people speculated: Was this the end for B-Hop?
After all, Hopkins said post-fight he’d probably retire unless something intriguing came along. He also turned 50 in January. But it appears he’s found something interesting. Today he tells longtime Daily News boxing scribe Bernard Fernandez he’s looking for one last fight — in London. Read more »