January 2, 2015

It’s has been nearly 28 years since one of America’s best sports columnists, Mark Whicker, left Philadelphia and resettled in sunny southern California, but the 10 years he spent in one of the true hotbeds of boxing left an indelible impression.


“That when and where it really started for me,” Whicker, the 41st winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism, said of his time spent at the now-defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin (1978-82) and Philadelphia Daily News (’82-87). “Bob Wright was the boxing writer for the Bulletin, and when I became a columnist I started going to fights with him.


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