Fatherhood: The Backbone of Boxing

Fatherhood: The Backbone of Boxing

In a sport that is known for brutality and tragic backstories, the backbone of so many successes in the ring is often rooted in fatherhood. Whether it was a father who dragged his young son to the boxing gym to begin acquainting him with the sweet science, or the birth of a child that inspired a boxer to dedicate himself fully to the craft, the love of dads is a strong undercurrent in the sea of blood and sweat that is boxing.

On June 10, the Philadelphia father-boxers who will be competing on June 29 at Parx Casino® gathered for a first-of-its kind photo shoot. These dedicated fathers, along with their families, joined together at Joe Hand Boxing Gym to create memories and discuss the importance of a father’s role, and the impact that fatherhood has had on these boxers.

For Father’s Day we wanted to share a different side of these fighters. These fighters are the pillar of the upcoming Xcite Fight Night event, but more importantly they are the support, strength and heroes of the children that call them Dad.

The video below is a preview of the conversations. During the next week, we’ll be distributing videos for many of the boxers involved in the June 29 fight card, including main-eventer Miguel Cartagena, PGW foreman Marcel Rivers, and Isaiah Wise.


The children all had the opportunity to interact with one another, and take photos with their fathers. It was priceless to see the way the children’s faces lit up when they had the opportunity to talk about their fathers.


The June 29 card consists of eight fights, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.The card is promoted by Joe Hand Promotions. This event is only for adults age 21 and older. Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $100 are on sale at Joe Hand Promotions (215-364-9000). You can also purchase tickets from the Hold My Ticket Call Center at (1-877-466-3404) and at www.parxcasino.com


Parx Casino® is owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, Inc. Parx Casino® is conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37 or PA Turnpike exit 351 (westbound), exit 352 (eastbound) onto Street Road in Bensalem. Parx features over 200,000 square feet of gaming; over 3,300 slot machines and 133 live table games; a private poker enclave with over 80 poker tables; live racing & simulcast action; Parxgrill, an upscale signature restaurant; Liberty Bell Gastropub, farm-to-fork inspired menu; Foodies quick service dining; Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar; 360 bar and live music venue; Jax sports bar; Circle Bar; Bambu Noodle House; Earl of Sandwich®; Xlounge, ultramodern luxury lounge; the Xcite Center, an over 1,500-seat live entertainment venue and complimentary parking for 5,000 cars. For more information on Parx Casino®, visit www.parxcasino.com

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