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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs), who on May 24 in Montreal will challenge current WBC champ Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) will be watching when Bernard Hopkins tests Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO) this Saturday for WBA/IBF belts. “I’m always watching other fighters, especially when they’re in my weight class and could be my next opponents.” said Fonfara, who had just finished his daily six mile morning run in Chicago. “It’s a good fight, with Hopkins being my favorite. Maybe 60-40 odds for ‘The Executioner’ because of his activity, championship level of competition.” (more…)
Canadian heavyweight Eric Martel Bahoeli (10-3, 7 KOs) believes his Commonwealth title fight with unbeaten Lucas Browne (19-0, 17 KOs) will open the door to the big time. The heavyweights clash at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England next Saturday, with the winner likely to surge up the world rankings. Bahoeli, 32, accepts he will be a huge underdog come fight night, but says he needs to cause an upset in order to progress his career. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and multiple former world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce have exchanged messages on their Twitter stating they would like to meet in the ring. The problem is that Arce fights for Zanfer Promotions which has a partnership with TV Azteca, and Gonzalez is with Promociones del Pueblo, which has a partnership with rival network Televisa. There’s no doubt that an Arce-Gonzalez would be one of the biggest all-Mexican fights ever and ideal for a mega-event during the September Mexican independence celebrations. Promociones del Pueblo says the fight could be possible but since Gonzalez is the champion the fight should go to Televisa. In any event, Gonzalez first must win his May 24 defense in Acapulco against Clive Atwell.
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com spoke to former world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs) shortly after his arrival in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night. Cruz, who is coming off a loss in a world title challenge against then-WBO world champion Orlando Salido last October, has a chance to get back into title contention if he can defeat WBO #6 rated Gamalier Rodriguez (23-2-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida.
“It’s a big opportunity in my life,” Cruz told Fightnews.com. “Gamalier Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican guy, he’s a good boxer, but Orlando Cruz is back!
“I’m more hungry, more dedicated, more focused for my victory,” he continued. “I’m very happy for this opportunity. I thank Top Rank, I thank All Star Boxing. I’m very happy. This is my chance. This is my time right now!”
Cruz added that he feels his style matches up well against Rodriguez, who will be defending his NABO featherweight title. Cruz-Rodriguez will be televised on UniMas Network’s popular Solo Boxeo Tecate series.
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora turned up the heat on Tyson Fury by telling his fierce rival he’ll be knocked out inside a round at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on July 26. Londoner Chisora, the European Heavyweight Champion, defends his title against Fury with the vacant British title up for grabs and the fight is also a final eliminator for the WBO world heavyweight championship for the right to face reigning king Wladimir Klitschko.
The 29-year-old Cisora was at the talkSPORT studio yesterday on the popular Hawksbee and Jacobs show and said he’s looking to do a job on undefeated Fury, even though the Manchester fighter has already beaten Chisora in July 2011. “I’m not going to cry over spilt milk,” he said. “I’m looking to the future now. He’s going to get knocked out. He said he’s going to knock me out in round five but he’s going to get knocked out in the first round.”
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
Last night I caught up on the first two episodes of NUVOtv’s boxing reality series “Knockout,” starring trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah. A brief synopsis: In episode one, the cast of nine boxers were introduced. In episode two, the three trainers chose their respective teams, which consist of one fighter in each of the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight divisions.
Among the boxers, by far the best known is former world champion and famous PPV foil Ricardo Mayorga (29-8, 23 KOs). The others are Dennis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (15-3, 8 KOs), Marc Salser (15-1, 9 KOs), Said Quali (29-4, 23 KOs), Steve Upsher Chambers (24-3-1, 6 KOs), Jose Angel Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs), Martin Wright (11-1-2, 5 KOs), Juanito Garcia (19-3, 8 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-4, 5 KOs). (more…)
By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
“Prince” Charles Martin (16-0, 14 KOs) impressively dismantled and knocked out previously undefeated Alexander “The Great” Flores (14-1, 12 KOs) to win the vacant NABO heavyweight title on Wednesday night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. Martin was in command from the beginning and dropped Flores hard at the end of the third round with a straight left cross. Martin then finished Flores off with a hard left cross to the body followed by a right hook that crumpled Flores to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:14 of the fourth round.
Former WBA/WBO middleweight titlist, Hassan N’Dam N’Jimkam (30-1, 18KO) used his superior hand speed and footwork to win a unanimous decision victory over three time world title challenger, Fulgencio Zuniga (26-9-1, 23KO). Zuniga proved to be a tough customer but the Colombian also showed every bit of his 36 years of age in dropping the fourth of his last five bouts. N’Dam N’Jimkam, meanwhile, wins his third fight in a row following losing his middleweight title to Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of the Cameroonian fighter, N’Dam N’Jikam. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Several of the featured fighters for Saturday’s “History at the Capitol” event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. worked out for media members at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The Showtime tripleheader headlined by future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins against Beibut Shumenov in a light heavyweight world championship unification.
WBA super light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov: “I’m feeling great, most of the work has been done. I cannot wait to show what I am capable of. To show the world that I am the best light heavyweight in the world. I haven’t missed any days of training. Every day after my workout my body was exhausted and the next day I was always excited to go to the gym. Every day was valuable for me, every day I saw improvement. It made me happy to go to the gym.”
IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins: “I’ll say that Shumenov is saying the right things because anything else contrary to that would hurt the fight and will not help ticket sales. People want to see you when you’re still relevant, so to me this is the time to show and perform on a worldwide stage. Shumenov wants to make a name for himself by defeating me. All the young guns want to make it big, and beating me would do that for Shumenov, but that’s not going to happen. (more…)
Just 8 days after destroying Maurenzo Smith in his first fight since 2010, former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) will be back in action this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota. Briggs, the last American to hold a world heavyweight championship, will be facing Francisco Mireles (17-8, 5 KOs) in a scheduled ten round special featured attraction.
In the main event, cruiserweight Al Sands (12-1, 11 KOs) faces Keith Barr (12-5, 3 KOs) for vacant NABA USA cruiserweight title. The card is presented by Zach Walters’ Jungle Boy Promotions.
After a little over nine years, Canada finally has an Ultimate Fighter winner. Actually, after wins by Elias Theodorou and Chad Laprise, the country has two, as both Team Canada members emerged victorious in their TUF Nations final bouts Wednesday night at the Colisee Pepsi, joining the line started by Forrest Griffin on April 9, 2005 . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Long Island fan favorite Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (12-0, 9 KOs) will return to battle against hard hitting Nicaraguan Wilfredo “El Zurdo” Acuna on April 24 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The Seldin-Acuna eight round junior welterweight clash headlines “Rockin Fights 13″ another installment of the acclaimed professional boxing series presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. “Cletus has improved with each fight, from his knockout power to the terrific boxing skills he displayed going the distance against Venegas” said DeGuardia. “We’re looking for spectacular things from him this year and look forward to his bout with the tough Nicaraguan Acuna on April 24.”
The 32-year-old southpaw Acuna (15-13, 12 KOs) is well known to Long Island boxing fans having battled Chris Algieri this past September 14 in front of a packed house at The Paramount. In Acuna’s last fight on December 20 in Honduras, he snapped a six fight losing streak by demolishing winless Freddy Madrigal (0-6) in the third round.
Advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 13,” starting at $50 are available now. The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York.
With a record 423 Fight Club OC Season Seats sold for Southern California’s only fight series, it will be opening night of Season 4 for Roy Englebrecht Promotions when Fight Club OC kicks things off Thursday evening in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. As always, Fight Club OC boxing matchmaker Whit Haydon has assembled a card featuring some of the best young fighters So Cal has to offer, including four fighters from Orange County. Unbeaten heavyweight Jesse West (3-0, 1 KO) from Fruit Heights, Utah will be meeting Giovani Sarran (4-6, 1 KO). Unbeaten jr middleweight Neeco “The Rooster” Macias (3-0, 1 KO), who has one of the most unique fighter walk-ins in the sport, will face Julian Cruz (2-3). Also Tony Thompson makes his pro debut at 154 pounds against Elliot Seymour (1-6).
Thursday will also be “Fight Club OC Poster Night” with all fans receiving a full color 18×24 inch 2014 Fight Club OC poster. In addition the new Fight Club OC walk-in t-shirts which were designed by Unanimous Clothing will be worn by all Fight Club OC fighters. All tickets are priced at $55 and are available at www.fightcluboc.com. Hangar doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:35pm. All Fight Club OC shows take place in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
Story and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Marteze Potter 161.4 vs. Joe Yerdon 160.4
Jimmy Garcia 152.4 vs. Ahmed Tuba 154.8
Will Madera 137.4 vs. Oscar Diaz 137.4
Dequan Burgos 170 vs. Donnie Dukes 168.8
Chad Heydon 169.2 vs. Dave Tamaso 170.8
Mikey Rycraft 166.4 vs. Pedro Gonzalez 165.4
Frank Alagna 166 vs. On’Rey Towns 164.6
Promoter: JKJ Championship Promotions (Jay Johnson)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Venue: Holiday Inn
Doors Open at 6 pm, First Bell at 7 pm
In a TUF Nations Finale prelim bout changed on fight week from lightweight to welterweight, KJ Noons showed impressive power at the new weight in stopping durable Sam Stout in less than a minute on Wednesday at the Colisee Pepsi . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Good news for U.S. fight fans. It was announced today that the ESPN network has reached an agreement to pick up the rights to televise the April 26 world heavyweight title defense of unified WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany.
Just two weeks later, ESPN will also televise the WBC heavyweight title fight between Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola from Los Angeles.
WBA welterweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana hosted an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss his PPV unification showdown with WBC welterweight world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Marcos Maidana: “I already beat Adrien Broner and I hope I can do the same with Floyd Mayweather…others haven’t been able to do it, but I’m training to be the first one and I’m going to do it…I am a champion and I’m ready to fight for my title. I’m going to train and I’m going to beat Mayweather…I’m preparing to hurt him with every punch I throw, if the knockout comes then great.”
Trainer Robert Garcia: “Mayweather has fought great fighters and beat them all, but he has never fought anyone with a style like Chino.”
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya: [Floyd] is slippery and tough to hit…this is my experience…I feel if I was younger I would have beat him.”
Leonard Ellerbe (CEO of Mayweather Promotions): “This guy brings it from the opening bell…and continues to bring it and bring it and bring it. Floyd hasn’t faced anyone like that.”
Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (24-3, 19 KOs) will make his highly anticipated return this Friday night in a scheduled eight round clash against former contender Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris (26-18-2, 11 KOs) at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, just outside of Chicago. The 28-year-old Fedosov was last seen battling top rated heavyweight Bryant Jennings over six rounds last before the fight was abruptly and controversially stopped due to a cut suffered by the hard hitting Russian.
“Andrey was very disappointed by the stoppage, he’s fully capable of competing at the elite level in the heavyweight division while Harris is a very tough competitor and a strong test for him” said Bobby Hitz, President of Hitz Boxing. “The heavyweight division, particularly in the United States is very active with the World Boxing Council title being vacant and our plan for Andrey is to move him right in the mix if he beats Harris.” (more…)
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov makes the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight title and his Brooklyn debut against undefeated world-rated contender and New York product Chris Algieri. Provodnikov vs. Algieri will take place Saturday, June 14 and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. It is also now official that the co-main event will feature undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade making his first title defense, against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose. (more…)
Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’dam N’Jikam is the biggest name on a loaded non-televised card taking place tonight at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California. Top-to-bottom, super hard core fight fans will likely recognize most of the names on the card and all five fights would be TV-worthy.
Charles Martin 241.4 vs. Alex Flores 238.6
Hassan N’dam 164.8 vs. Fulgencio Zuniga 167.6
Chris Van Heerden 146 vs. Raymond Narh 146.8
Yunier Dorticos 199.8 vs. Eric Fields 197
Louis Rose 160.2 vs. Emanuel Ledezma 160.8
Venue: Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California
Promoter: King Sports Worldwide
Tickets: Available online at www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000.
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (21-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring against Manuel Quezada (29-8, 18 KOs) on May 17 at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Andy has been training at TR Gym in Las Vegas. He is currently rated WBO #3. Ruiz-Quezada will open a big Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on Unimas headlined by hometown fighter and USA Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs). Over 4,500 tickets have been sold already for that event.
By Mariano A. Agmi
On Saturday, April 19th from the DC Armory in the nation’s capital, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) makes the third defense of his WBO middleweight title against battle tested veteran Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs). The bout is one of three Showtime televised contests, the others being a light heavyweight title unification match between IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA titlist Beibut Shumenov and Shawn Porter’s first WBA welterweight title defense against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi.
Quillin won the WBO middleweight title in spectacular fashion last year, knocking down the previously undefeated Frenchman Hassan N’Jikam six times en route to a unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in his home borough of Brooklyn, New York. Since the victory, the 30-year-old has felt the pressures of becoming a champion and realizes that several other contenders are targeting him, some of which also call Brooklyn home. (more…)
The UFC will return to FOX this Saturday night with a stacked card, including a main event between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne that will see the winner getting the next shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez later this year . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman is in New Zealand as he prepares for the “Super 8″ heavyweight tournament taking place on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. Other participants in the $500,000 Prizefighter-style tournament include Samuel Peter, Kali Meehan, Michael Sprott and Martin Rogan. The other three “Super 8″ boxers are TBA. On Monday Rahman worked out and met with reporters, promising to emerge from the tournament victorious. In a touching moment he gave some tips to 11-year-old asthma sufferer Sam Roys in the ring. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia has filed a lawsuit to try to get out of his promotional contract with longtime promoter Top Rank. The lawsuit was filed last week in the Superior Court of Riverside County, California and alleges that Top Rank attempted to “exploit, own and permanently control” Garcia’s career. The suite also alleges that Top Rank acted as Garcia’s “unlicensed manager.” Ironically Garcia’s manager of record, Cameron Dunkin, is considered to be one of the best managers in boxing.
Garcia last fought on January 25 against Juan Carlos Burgos and currently has no fights scheduled. According to court records, there is a pending “Case Management Conference Hearing” scheduled for October 6.
TV mogul Michael King is hoping to make a dent in reviving boxing. More
Boxing’s Floyd Mayweather is at the top of the list for the highest paid athletes. More
More on Amir Khan’s signing with Al Haymon. More
Japan’s Katsunari Takayama is going back to high school at the age of 30. More
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will make its highly anticipated debut in Albuquerque on Saturday, June 7 at Tingley Coliseum. In the five-round main event, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will take on the surging Rustam Khabilov, a winner of six straight. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
Photos: Bob Ryder
Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Andrew “Chango” Cancio (15-3-2, 11 KOs) on Monday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Good two-way action with Rios pulling it out by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
In the co-feature, unbeaten featherweight phenom Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (11-0, 6 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Carlos Rodriguez (22-14-3, 10 KOs). Ramirez was aggressive early, then cruised to a 80-72, 79-73, 78-74 verdict. (more…)
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
Puerto Rico Olympian Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (11-0, 8 KOs) will face Tijuana’s Ivan Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six round lightweight clash on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Event Center in Orlando, Florida. The bout will open this week’s UniMas show headlined by a ten round NABO featherweight clash between Gamalier Rodriguez (23-2-3, 16 KOs) and Orlando Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KOs). Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the announcement today.
Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring. “I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion,” Cruz said. (more…)
It will be Mexico vs. The Philippines on April 26 at the Centro de Convenciones in the resort paradise of Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. In the main event, WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (25-2, 18 KOs) will defend his titles against Richie Mepranum (27-3-1, 6 KOs) on a Zanfer Promotions card.
In the co-feature, super flyweight Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (36-4, 26 KOs) will take on John Mark Apolinario (17-3-3, 4 KOs).
Former Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) will now face countrymen David Quijano (15-4-1, 9 KOs) in a bantamweight eight- rounder on the April 28 Golden Boy Live! show at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Arroyo was to have faced Dominican Eliezer Aquino (16-0-1, 10 KOs) in an IBF super flyweight eliminator, but Aquino pulled out with an injury. “Eliezer Aquino injured his right hand in a tune up fight he made on March 10 in the Dominican Republic and still hasn’t recovered,” said PR Best President Ivan Rivera. “We hope to make that elimination bout between Arroyo and Aquino in the Summer. We did not want McJoe wait and find David Quijano, who we know is a good foe.” (more…)
Tim Kennedy (186) VS Michael Bisping (186)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Kyle Noke (171) VS Patrick Cote (170)
TUF NATIONS MIDDLEWEIGHT FINAL
Elias Theodorou (185) VS Sheldon Westcott (184)
TUF NATIONS WELTERWEIGHT FINAL
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (169) VS Chad Laprise (170)
Akira Corassani (145) VS Dustin Poirier (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
KJ Noons (168) VS Sam Stout (169)
Leslie Smith (135) VS Sarah Kaufman (135)
Sean O’Connell (204) VS Ryan Jimmo (205)
Dustin Kimura (136) VS George Roop (135)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Michael De La Torre (156) VS Mark Bocek (156)
Vic Grujic (186) VS Nordine Taleb (186)
Chris Indich (170) VS Richard Walsh (171)
Tim Gorman (135) VS Mitch Gagnon (135)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion of Panama has sent information to the media about his decision to relinquish the WBC flyweight silver crown and move to the super flyweight category. According Concepcion, he has had difficulty making the weight at flyweight, making great sacrifices that have jeopardized not only the title but also his health. He was previously interim and regular WBA flyweight world champion.
By Graham Houston
It’s a bit late, but here are some thoughts on last weekend’s boxing. I usually jot down the note “Fight over” when I think that a contest has shifted irrevocably in favour of one man. I made this note in the seventh round of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight title rematch.
For six rounds, Bradley was in the fight with a chance of winning. When Bradley went to the ropes in the seventh and Pacquiao unloaded a burst of punches on him, though, to me there was going to be no coming back for Bradley.
The clue — a big one — was Bradley waving Pacquiao to come to him. It was a gesture of defiance but it sent a message to me: “OK, you’re getting the better of me Manny but I’m not going anywhere.”
That’s just how I saw it. (more…)
Former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan has officially announced that he has signed a deal to work with influential boxing advisor Al Haymon. Haymon currently works with a number of leading boxers including Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and others.
Speaking on the agreement, Khan said: “I am very happy to have signed with Al Haymon who has not only shown that he is a very astute businessman, but is extremely knowledgeable of the fight game and always has his fighters’ best interests at heart. I’m looking forward to building a long and successful relationship during this exciting stage of my career.”
Heavyweights Joey Dawejko and Mark Rideout meet over eight rounds—or less—in an all-Philadelphia match on May 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Topping the seven-bout card is an eight-round between undefeated junior welterweight prospects Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, and Jerome Rodriguez, of Trenton, NJ.
The seven-bout card program marks the first pro fight card at the 2300 Arena since Jan. 21, 2012, when then-unknown heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings upset Maurice Byarm in a battle of undefeated Philadelphians to open the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. Formerly known as the ECW Arena, the New Alhambra and later the Asylum Arena, the 2300 Arena, located at Swanson & Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia, has undergone renovations and eventually will seat close to 1,700 spectators. (more…)
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