BAM on Boxing

The Legendary Blue Horizon

 

 

I remember going to a fight at the Legendary Blue Horizon with my dad about five or six years ago and

thinking that I wanted to work there. In September of 2009, I went to the Blue and asked for an internship. I

knew it was going to be a long shot but I got what I wanted.

 

Boxing veterans remember fights at the Blue Horizon from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s. From what I have

heard and read, there were some great times, but I never experienced those times. I experienced the Blue

Horizon in a different way.

 

I ďgot my feet wetĒ in that building and it was amazing. I loved being a part of the only true fight venue left in

Philadelphia. The balcony seats practically hung over the ring. I would have traded sitting inside the ringside

rails at the Legendary Blue Horizon for the first couple rows of balcony seats on the north and south sides.

 

The first time I worked a fight it was not a Blue Horizon promotionóit was a Peltz Boxing promotion. I

remember being on the north balcony helping people find their seats and just stopping for a moment to take

everything in. Ever since I was a kid I knew boxing was my passion. I knew I could never fight because it

was against my fatherís wishes, so I found another angle to get involved.

 

 

The first fight I worked at the Blue was the USBA super bantamweight title fight between Teon Kennedy, of

Philadelphia, and Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago. I remember watching the main event fight with another

student and telling her: ďKennedy was too strong for Rodriguez.Ē My first time at work that evening turned

out to be a tragedy, but it didnít stop me from going back.

 

The Blue Horizon was not just the legendary fight arena on Broad Street to me. Itís where I figured out what

career path I wanted. It was where I met Bobby Boogaloo Watts, Stanley Kitten Hayward, Randall Tex

Cobb and many others. I didnít just meet faces of the past. I met people currently involved with the business

as well as up-and-coming fighters, one who became friend of mine and one of the best people I know, Steve

Upsher-Chambers.

 

The first card I worked with Blue Horizon Promotions was different. It was the Steve Upsher Chambers vs.

Doel Carrasquillo fight in December, 2009. Working with Ms. Vernoca Michael and Don Elbaum got me

educated about the fight game and the process of putting together a card. I learned a lot working there and I

will never forget it.

 

 

No matter how big the venue was, how scary the basement was, how empty it was on a daily basis, I

always felt at home. I didnít know walking into the building on June 4, 2010, would be the last fight I would

ever work there. I knew the end was coming but I did not know it was that night. I remember going to work

the following week and Ms. Michael was beginning to clean out the building. All of the pictures in her office

had been removed from the walls and the gloves from the cabinet were packed up. The venue felt more than

empty--it didnít feel like home anymore.

 

I was extremely sad to see the building go. I had hopes of someone buying it and re-starting it. It breaks my

heart knowing that the venue will no longer be used as a fight arena. Mosaic Development Partners

recently purchased the building and are looking to turn the fight venue into restaurant and hotel. Not

something I look forward to! What will happen with the balcony seating, the cathedral style ceiling, the

lighting, just everything that made the venue a true fight venue?

 

I hate to be the one to say it, but no one can change what is already done. I like to try to put a positive spin

on things; maybe itís time for a change. When Eagles fans think Eagles, they think Michael Vick, DeSean

Jackson and the Linc (Lincoln Financial Field), but they remember the nose-bleed seating at the Vet and

Randall Cunningham and Ron Jaworski. The older ones remember Franklin Field with Norm Van Brocklin,

Chuck Bednarik and Tommy McDonald.

 

I have never been one to dwell on the past and change sometimes can be a good thing. There is still the

Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia and the National Guard Armory in the Northeast. Who knows, maybe

thereís another great venue hidden in a pocket somewhere throughout the city. Philly has a great crop of

fighters now and itís time to make boxing history somewhere else.

 

Many people have voiced their opinions about the Legendary Blue Horizon, the owners and how the quality

of fights has changed over the years. More often than not people have negative comments, but for me that

building gave me an experience of a lifetime.

 

The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University. She joined Peltz Boxing as

an intern. Follow Peltz Boxing on twitter@PeltzBoxing and our intern @bamonboxing

 

The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University.

She joined Peltz Boxing as an intern. Follow Peltz Boxing on twitter@PeltzBoxing

and our intern @bamonboxing.

 

 

 

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(8/9/11)