Philadelphia decision

AAllan at AOL.COM AAllan at AOL.COM
Sun Feb 13 16:36:31 UTC 2000

I thought this fight was going to end very early, the way it started out. Oba
"Motor City" Carr, 147 lbs. from Detroit, Michigan, with a record of 47-2-1
(his reported losses were to Felix Trinidad and Ike "Bazooka" Quartey, but
all of us fight fans know he lost to Livingstone Bramble on USA's Tuesday
Night Fights in 1991 in Auburn Hills, Michigan, even if the Detroit judges
gave him a "Philadelphia decision"), looked like he was going to get blown
out in the first round.
Harold Lederman, Post-Fight Analysis: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Oba Carr, HBO
Boxing, May 25, 1999

There's also possibly "Philadelphia fighter":

And the popular image of the Philadelphia fighter as a left-hooking warrior
who never takes a step backward and is composed of equal parts bile and
"It's probably always been a slight exaggeration," Collins said. "What gives
Philadelphia its reputation, from six-round preliminary fighters all the way
up to world champions, is that most Philly guys have a hard edge. You almost
never see a Philadelphia fighter who doesn't come to fight, and fight to win."

One hundred years of Boxing
By Bernard Fernandez, Philadelphia Daily News Sports Writer


But nowadays, on the Internet, most use of "Philadelphia decision" refers to

A June 1996 decision by a three-judge panel in Philadelphia, which found the
Communications Decency Act to be unconstitutional. . . . The judges -- Ronald
L. Buckwalter, Stewart R. Daizell, and Dolores K. Sloviter -- followed two
key principles in arriving at their critically important decision. The first
is that the CDA would have placed unacceptable restraints on free speech, in
violation of the First Amendment. The second is that the Internet, as "the
most participatory form of mass speech yet developed," deserves special

(paraphrase of one posting)

Text of what's called the "philadelphia decision" is at

- Allan Metcalf

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