Cisco’s back in cor­ner of lo­cal boxer

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Denny Dyroff

For Mont­gomery Me­dia

Most of the men in the area who are clos­ing in on their 90th birth­day are con­tent to spend sum­mer evenings sit­ting on the porch or watch­ing tele­vi­sion then hav­ing a bed­time snack prior to hit­ting the hay — all be­fore the 10 p.m. news airs on TV.

Norristown’s Hank Cisco is just the op­po­site. The spry oc­to­ge­nar­ian likes to be out en­joy­ing ac­tion — es­pe­cially boxing ac­tion.

Cisco, who will turn 90 Nov. 9, has a long and il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in the boxing world — as a boxer, as a ref­eree and as the founder of Norristown PAL. On Thurs­day night, Cisco will re­turn to the land of lin­i­ment and leather when he joins the cor­ner crew of a yRunJ ER[HU ZKR LV fiJKWLnJ on a seven-bout card at The Deck in Ess­ing­ton.

The event’s pro­moter Da­mon Feld­man hooked up Cisco with Mont­gomeryville’s Ty­rone Craw­ley, Jr., an un­de­feated (3-0-0) ZHOWHUZHLJKW ZKR LV fiJKWing Staunton, Vir­ginia’s Chris­tian Steele (3-5-1) in a four-found un­der­card bout.

“I’ve known Hank for a long time and I’m try­ing to build up boxing in that area (Mont­gomery County),” said Feld­man, who is coSURPRWLnJ WKH fiJKW ZLWK for­mer world cham­pion Meldrick Tay­lor. “I thought Hank would be a good guy to come in as an ad­vi­sor and work the cor­ner. He’s a le­gend.”

Craw­ley, who was a stand­out point guard and quar­ter­back at Roxborough HLJK, fiUVW PHW CLVFR Ln an­other era. His fa­ther Ty- URnH CUDZOHy, D TuLFN-fiVWHG south­paw, was a top-ranked wel­ter­weight who posted a 22-2-0 record from 19801988.

The el­der Craw­ley lost to Liv­ing­stone Bram­ble in a WBA World Light­weight ti­tle bout in 1986 — one of the last sched­uled 15-round fiJKWV Ln ER[LnJ KLVWRUy. 7KH finDO VFKHGuOHG 15-URunGHU fea­tured Coatesville’s Calvin Grove against Jorge Paez in an IBF World Feath­er­weight ti­tle bout in 1988 in Paez’s home­town of Mex­i­cali, Mex­ico.

“I met Hank when I was younger,” said Craw­ley, Jr., who is also a south­paw. “He ref­er­eed some of my dad’s fiJKWV. HDnN KDV JRWWHn to­gether with me for this fiJKW DnG KH JDYH PH D ORW RI good ad­vice — things like stay­ing dis­ci­plined and hav­ing good eat­ing habits.

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Cisco, whose roots go back to Italy — to Sci­acca in the south­west part of Si­cily — was orig­i­nally con­tacted by Feld­man to work with John Mer­cu­rio, an Ital­ian-Amer­i­can heavy­weight from Philadel­phia.

“I was sup­posed to be help­ing this heavy­weight boxer but he broke his arm,” said Cisco, who for the last eight years has served as WKH RI­fiFLDO ‘APEDVVDGRU RI Norristown.’ “I told Da­mon that I’d work with th­ese yRunJ fiJKWHUV VR , MRWWHG down a lot of notes — cards with tips on how to be a good boxer.”

Dur­ing a chat at a press gath­er­ing last week, Cisco spoke of the tips he had writ­ten — tips such as build a counter-at­tack, have the ZLOO WR ZLn, fiJKW DW WRS speed all the time, keep con­trol of your emo­tions and keep think­ing “I’m not tired” and “I can’t be hurt.”

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“The power of the punch is im­por­tant,” said Cisco. “vour feet have to be un­der you and you have to shift your weight prop­erly. The most dev­as­tat­ing punch is a straight right to the head. Punch through an ob­ject not at an ob­ject. The left part of the body is like a hinge and you have to swing your body around with the punch. Don’t lead with a hook and never lead with a right — un­less you want to get hit.”

Some of Cisco’s other “Words of Wis­dom” are — KDnGV KLJK DOO WKH WLPH, fiJKW bell to bell, rip the up­per­cut, lead with your left jab, keep mov­ing, punch only when there is an open­ing and re­mem­ber that all the skills of boxing will be of no help with­out conditioning.

In Thurs­day evening’s main event, 2008 Olympic Bronze medal win­ner vor­de­nis Ugas of Cuba (13-1-0, 6 .2V) ZLOO fiJKW (O 3DVR’V Adan Her­nan­dez (15-7-0, 6 KOs) in a 10-round ju­nior wel­ter­weight bout.

The card will fea­ture off­spring of two for­mer heavy­weight cham­pi­ons. In a four-round wel­ter­weight bout, Philadel­phia’s Tim Wither­spoon Jr. (9-3-1, 2 KO’s) faces Prov­i­dence’s Josh Bee­man (4-11-4, 2 KO’s). Bruce Sel­don’s son Isiah Sel­don from At­lantic CLWy (7-0, 3 .2’V) ZLOO fiJKW AWODnWD’V LHNDn By­fiHOG (3-4-2, 1 KO) in a six-round mid­dleweight bout.

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