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NAHIR ALBRIGHT IS THE
"2021 BREAKOUT FIGHTER OF THE YEAR"

After four years as a pro, lightweight Nahir Albright started 2021 with a record of 8-1. That's nine fights in four years. However during 2021, promoter Rodney Rice kept him very busy, and Albright made six starts in the year. He fought in February, March, April, May, July, and September, posting six wins, five of them by knockout. His year started with a couple of warm up fights against modest-record fighters, but by fight three, Albright began knocking off boxers with pretty records and in most cases... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

SHINARD BUNCH NAMED "2021 PROSPECT OF THE YEAR"

In 2021, welterweight Shinard Bunch managed to stay active, fighting eight times during the year, while Covid restrictions still hampered much of the boxing world. Although he faced a few easy foes, Bunch also stepped up against a number of more experienced fighters. Shinard won seven times and was saddled with a draw in a high-profile, nationally televised match with undefeated prospect Janelson Bocachica (then 17-0) in his first 10-rounder. Bocachica was the stiffest test of Bunch's career and given that everyone but two of the official judges thought he won, Shinard clearly passed... (MORE)

   

 
                 
 

   

OBERLTON IS BRISCOE'S
"ROOKIE OF
THE YEAR"

Light heavyweight southpaw Atif Oberlton turned professional last January and zipped through his four 2021 opponents, scoring knockouts over all of them. In his debut, he KO'd Nathan Davis Sharp in three rounds. Larry Pryor was next in May (KO3), followed by Jasper McCargo in June (TKO5). Oberlton closed out his year in November with his first fight at home, stopping Brent Oren at the 2300 Arena in round two. "Lord... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 

   

MARTIN UPSET
EARNS BRISCOE AWARD

Philly's James "No Games" Martin faced popular, rising prospect Vito Mielnicki Jr. on April 17th in Los Angeles. The fight was part of a nationally televised PBC on FOX broadcast. Martin was brought in as an opponent for then-undefeated Mielnicki (8-0, 5 KOs), but after eight close rounds, the Philadelphian scored the biggest win of his young career. Using his strong jab and aggressive style, Martin took the majority decision on the official cards to improve his record to 7-2. The result was a total surprise and the biggest upset... (MORE)

   
 
         
       
                 
 




 

   

ROSADO SCORES 
2021 KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR

The knockout that Gabriel Rosado scored over Bektemir Melikuziev (Bek) on June 19th was the type of KO for which we created the Briscoe Award for "Knockout of the Year". First, the knockout was of the picture-perfect-one-punch variety. Second, it turned the fight in an instant. Third, the fight itself was of consequence. Both important both men were fighting for their future - the rising Bek wanted to prove he was for real and veteran Rosado needed to prove that he was still relevant. And finally, Rosado's punch kept his career alive and earned him an even bigger fight later in the year (with Jaime Munguia). That knockout had career impact!

Rosado has won two Briscoe Awards before... (MORE)

   
 
                 
       

FULTON NAMED
PHILLY FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

Junior featherweight Stephen Fulton achieved his goal of becoming a world champion in 2021. He won the WBO belt with a dominant unanimous decision win over previously undefeated champ Angelo Leo to earn his first world title. However, Fulton wasn't finished in 2021 yet.

Ten months later, Fulton added the WBC 122-pound belt to his collection with a majority points verdict over unbeaten champ Brandon Figueroa on November 27th. The win proved Fulton was the top fighter in his division and Philly's current top dog. Fulton looked like a future champion... (MORE)

   





 
                 
       

BRISCOE HONORED
AT VAUX
MIDDLE SCHOOL

Bennie Briscoe was honored on Tuesday morning at his former school, Roberts Vaux Middle School. A cutout figure of the late middleweight boxer was dedicated at the base of the school's steps. However, Briscoe was not the only one honored. Also remembered was the Bad Bishops, a team of student players who ruled the Junior National Chess Championships between 1977 and 1983. Both installations are part of a program called Play Everywhere Philly... (MORE)

   





 
                 
 
 
   

HART HALTS MURRAY

On Saturday night (12/11/21), former two-time world title challenger, Jesse Hart stopped David Murray in round three of their super middleweight-turned-cruiserweight bout that headlined a nine bout card at the 2300 Arena. The show was promoted by RDR Promotions.

Hart dropped Murray with a short jab in the opening frame. Hart sent Murray to the deck again in round three as he hurt Murray with power shots and followed that up with a hard left hook. Murray was in trouble, and Hart sensed it. Hart jumped on Murray and landed a hard flurry of punches and the fight was stopped at 2:20 by referee Eric Dali. Hart, of Philadelphia, is 28-3 with 22 knockouts. Murray, of Wilmington, Delaware, is 10-3-1 with 6 KOs. (MORE)

   



 
                 
       

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