Friend of the Level and professional photographer Tug Haines was in South Philly on Saturday night to capture some great shots from the Eastern Regional Championships for the PA Golden Gloves, another step on the way to national tournament coming up in Las Vegas. The fights featured Stephen Fulton, Jr. who went all the way to the Nationals last year. The night was put together by Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab at the 2300 Arena, formerly known as the ECW Arena as well as many other names, at 2300 Swanson Street. Tug tells us that the ring announcer kept bringing up that the owners of 2300 Arena were still renovating the location, although it is fully functional they are supposedly adding “a five-star restaurant.” So right now I guess it’s kind of like the Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Tug tells us that it's a cool place with a good crowd. It seems like right now the venue is only booked for boxing, MMA, and pro wrestling but they want to have a bunch of stuff there from concerts to weddings.
Tug put together a nice little photo gallery for us. Each photo has its own caption, so click on the thumbnails below to enlarge the images:
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Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.