It's a fabulous piece, unfortunately written because the venerable venue is on the verge of closure.
Television sanitizes boxing. Las Vegas glamorizes it. The Legendary Blue Horizon, which has hosted bouts on Philadelphia's North Broad Street for nearly half a century, delivers the sport raw -- blood, spit and sweat flying -- in a setting so intimate you feel as if you could reach into the ring from nearly any seat in the house.
That's why readers of The Ring magazine voted it the No. 1 place to see a fight, ahead of Madison Square Garden, the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace.
"The guts of boxing is the Blue Horizon," says Elbaum, a former boxer turned impresario who has worked with such greats as Cassius Clay, Sugar Ray Robinson and Roberto Duran over a lifetime as a promoter, manager and matchmaker.
But despite its busiest year in memory, hosting a fight roughly every month, the Blue's days may be numbered.