Author Archives: Bernard Fernandez

Philly’s Fighting Fletcher Brothers to Miss Their Call to the Hall

Philly’s Fighting Fletcher Brothers to Miss Their Call to the Hall

Being inducted into the hall of fame, any hall of fame, is and should be a signal honor for a boxer. On Sunday afternoon, at Romano’s Caterers in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia, two of the city’s three fighting Fletcher brothers – former middleweight contender Frank, nicknamed “The...

James Scott, Once a Famous Prison Boxer, Died Free but Virtually Anonymous

James Scott, Once a Famous Prison Boxer, Died Free but Virtually Anonymous

James Scott, suffering from dementia, passed away last week at a New Jersey nursing home. For a few years in the late 1970s, Scott, prisoner No. 57735 in New Jersey’s most notorious maximum-security correctional facility, Rahway State Prison, was the toast of boxing and the source of much speculat...

Lomachenko Might Not Want to Take the Elevator Too Far North

Lomachenko Might Not Want to Take the Elevator Too Far North

NEW YORK – The early-shift bellman at the Row NYC Hotel, an avid boxing fan, was raving over what he’d seen the previous night on ESPN from a very slick, highly skilled, tremendously entertaining southpaw from a distant land. Vasiliy Lomachenko, he informed a departing guest whose luggage identi...

Honoring Cecilia Braekhus Isn’t ‘Politically Correct,’ It’s just the Right Thing

Honoring Cecilia Braekhus Isn’t ‘Politically Correct,’ It’s just the Right Thing

Until I decided to take a stand for women’s boxing, or more precisely for the right of women to box if that is what they choose to do, no one had ever accused me of being “politically correct.” I’m pretty sure that, on the whole, I am far from being a PC type of person. But you don’t have ...

27 Years Later, Toney’s Late KO of Nunn Not Such a Shocker

27 Years Later, Toney’s Late KO of Nunn Not Such a Shocker

The passage of time has a way of providing perspective to events that once seemed unimaginable. One such event took place on May 10, 1991, at a minor league baseball stadium in Davenport, Iowa, when a 20-1 underdog named James Toney, too far behind on the scorecards to have any chance of winning on ...

Vanes Martirosyan Likely a Goner vs. GGG

Vanes Martirosyan Likely a Goner vs. GGG

There apparently is a hidden meaning in the full name of Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, breaker of bones and splinterer of spirits. The initials of the man known as GGG, as far as the hopes and dreams of most of his opponents are concerned, also stand for going … going … gone. Or at least tha...

British-Ghanian Mighty-Mite Isaac Dogboe Makes a Big Splash in Philly

British-Ghanian Mighty-Mite Isaac Dogboe Makes a Big Splash in Philly

PHILADELPHIA – At 5-foot-2 (according to BoxRec.com) or 5-3 (ESPN) and a tightly coiled 121.1 pounds, London resident Isaac Dogboe might actually be a bit too large to ride the winning mount in the Epsom Derby. Fortunately, the Ghanian-born Dogboe is a fighter, not a jockey. And if his performance...

Isaac Dogboe Itching to Go Where Azumah Nelson Left Off

Isaac Dogboe Itching to Go Where Azumah Nelson Left Off

The wear-and-tear of a boxing career can drain most vestiges of youth from even a young man’s face. There is something about ridges of scar tissue and multiple broken noses healed at odd angles that can give certain fighters identifying marks of toughness and character, which is not necessarily a ...

Jennings vs. Dawejko is in Keeping With The Philly Sports Rebirth

Jennings vs. Dawejko is in Keeping With The Philly Sports Rebirth

If you remove boxing from the equation, the term “City of Champions,” or at least near-champions, has not really applied to Philadelphia since the magical year of 1980, when the Phillies won the World Series over the Kansas City Royals and the other three professional sports franchises all came ...

‘Rock’ Rahman and ‘The Rock,’ Marciano, Shared a Common Personality Quirk

‘Rock’ Rahman and ‘The Rock,’ Marciano, Shared a Common Personality Quirk

In at least one very significant way, two-time former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman has something in common with his more renowned predecessor upon boxing’s big-man throne, Rocky Marciano. Both held firm to the belief that cash in hand is actual money, but checks, bank drafts an...