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Philly’s 7 Heavyweights Tracking Down Klitschko and Wilder
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Sept 2, 2015)

Amir Mansour
The days of “Smokin” Joe Frazier are in the past as far as dominant Philly heavyweights. Only one since him became champion and that was “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon. Contenders were Jimmy Young, “Smokin” Bert Cooper, Marvis Frazier, Marvin Stinson, Tyrell Biggs and David Bey. Michael Spinks and Tex Cobb both trained in Philly.

Wilmington, DE, southpaw Amir Mansour, 22-1 (16), who trains out of Philly and his only conqueror former 2-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 28-7-1 (13), of Philly, No. 6 IBF, are leading the way now that Bryant “By By” Jennings, 19-1 (10), of Philly was Klitschko last opponent losing by decision. He is No. 5 in WBC.

Philly’s “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 41-4 (22), is back from the UK and Travis “My Time” Kauffman, 29-1 (21), of Reading, PA, has returned after a 17 month period of inactivity due to injury hoping to get back into the rankings. Both will appear at the Claridge Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City, NJ, on September 18th. In 2008 Chambers lost to Alexander Povetkin. In 2010 in a title fight he was stopped by Wladimir Klitschko in the 12th and final round.

Philly’s Joey “The Tank” Dawejko, 16-4-2 (9), bounced back from loss to Mansour and in his second outing impressed over ShoBox with his eighth first round KO. Chazz Witherspoon, 34-3 (26), of Paulsboro, NJ, has 3 knockout wins this year and has won 8 of his last 9 bouts with all 8 by knockout.

Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, 64-3 (53), defends his IBF, WBA and WBO titles on October 24th against Tyson Fury 24-0 (12), in Germany. In his last defense he defeated Jennings April 25th over 12 rounds. In March of 2010 he stopped Chambers in the 12th round.

Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 34-0 (33), defends the WBO title against his No. 12 contender in France’s Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas, 32-2 (20). Wilder won the title in January of this year and defended it in June stopping No. 7 Eric Molina. On September 29th he will fight Duhaupas, in Alabama. Klitschko defeated Chris Byrd and defended his WBO title 5 times. He later defeated Byrd again but for the IBF title and defended it 18 times. He will be making his 24th title defense.

Former WBA and now WBC Silver champion Alexander Povetkin, 29-1 (21), of Russia will defend his title Mariusz Wach, 31-1 (17), on November 4th. Wach’s only loss was to Klitschko in 2013. If successful in his next defense Wilder will have to meet Povetkin by no later than March of 2016.

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