Met Philadelphia is bringing boxing back to North Broad Street

Paul Kurtz
January 20, 2019 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Boxing is about to return to the newly restored Met Philadelphia. 

The voice of a ring announcer hasn't bounced off the walls of the Met in nearly 65 years. The last fight was held on October 31, 1954. But on Feb. 23, boxing will return. Live Nation Philadelphia and Hard Hitting Promotions have teamed up to present a nine card bout. Those nine bouts will feature boxers of all sizes, ranging from super featherweight to light heavyweight. 

Live Nation Philadelphia and Hard Hitting Promotions' Manny Rivera are hoping the Met's revival will lead to a major boxing revival.

"We have nine great bouts scheduled for this night," said Manny Rivera, with Hard Hitting Promotions. "Six of them are Philadelphia-based fighters and I believe we're gonna see the growth of these fighters as this series continues, you're gonna see them from where they're at today to a world championship contender."

Rivera is hoping the Met's revival will lead to a major boxing revival.

"Back in the 30's, the 40's, the 50's, boxing was the predominant sport. Boxing and baseball," he said. "And I believe this platform that they have granted us is going to bring that boxing back to the mainstream as it once was in the heyday of boxing."

Live Nation Regional President Geoff Gordon says they've decided to place the ring in front of the stage rather than on it. 

"I think after a couple of conversations we were like, we really want it on the floor, we want to feel the energy, we don't want to be looking at it like it's a performance," Gordon said. "We want to feel the energy of these great boxers."

Next month's card will also mark the return of boxing to North Broad Street. The legendary Blue Horizon held it's last match in June of 2010.