Al Bello Photographer

PICTURE STORIES: FIGHT NIGHT AT THE BLUE HORIZON

The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia has had a long and illustrious history of boxing. In fact Ring Magazine voted it the Number 1 Boxing Venue in the World and Sports Illustrated notes it as the last real boxing venue in the country. 30 champions have fought at the Blue, but what draws people here the most is just great fights. Most of the boxers are young pros on their way up or tough journeymen willing to risk their lives for $500 paydays. With beat up old dressing rooms and holes in the walls caused by boxers warming up before a fight electricity fills the air as the warriors get ready for battle.

People enter the Jimmy Toppi's Blue Horizon Arena during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Promoter Russell Peltz handles all the fights during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
James Salava warms up in front of a mirror prior to a bout during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
  
Eric Mitchell warms up prior to his bout during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Rocky McCray warms up in his dressing room prior to his bout during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  
Former USA Olympian Antonio Tarver hits boxing mitts in his dressing room prior to a bout during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
  
A view of the Edward Ross versus Tom Cameron bout from outside the doors of the Blue Horizon Arena during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
A view from the upper stands as fans watch Mariano Marquez put down Patrick Cann during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Fans stock up on beer on hot dogs during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
     
  
A view from the lower seats as a ring card girl holds up a round 4 card during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on May 26, 1996 in Philadelphia
  
Former USA Olympian Antonio Tarver (left) hits Jason Burrell with a left hook during their bout at Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Former USA Olympian Antonio Tarver knocks out Jason Burrell in the second round during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
  
Mariano Marquez is carried out on a stretcher after being knocked out in the 6th round by Patrick Cann during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Former fighter Jake Bellows cleans the ring before Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Santos Lopez kneels in the corner upset after loosing his bout to John Brown during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on May 21, 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
  
Fans leave the Blue Horizon Arena prior to Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  
Antoine Byrd ices his swollen face in his dressing room after loosing a 12 round decision to Joe Kiwanuka during Fight Night at the Blue Horizon on April 29, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania