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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Eklund, Pantellas in scheduled main event

The next WXE main event will pit the "Broomall Bomber" against the "Pride of Lowell" Sept. 11 in Delaware County, says promoter Damon Feldman.

Former Broomall contender Augie Pantellas, 71, is scheduled to be in the ring against Dicky Eklund, 58. Pantellas has not fought professionally since 1979, when he was 28-6, delighting his Delco fan base with his heavy punch.

Eklund retired in 1985 after a 19-10 career which included a knockdown of Sugar Ray Leonard. He was a central character in the popular movie, "The Fighter", where he was portrayed by Christian Bale, who starred opposite Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg played Eklund's brother, Micky Ward, who is expected to work Eklund's corner, Feldman said.

The fight will be celebrity style, with three one-minute rounds, the participants in headgear.

The press tour, Feldman says, will begin next week.


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