Kickstarter campaign launched to finish Tyrell Biggs biopic

Dafna Yachcin left director and Molly Brennan associate producer of “What Ever Happened to Tyrell Biggs,” with Biggs center at the Mitchell Allen Gym located in the Shepherd Recreation Center, 57th St. and Haverford Ave. in West Philadelphia. — ABDUL R. SULAYMAN/ TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER

When it comes to boxing, Philadelphia has quite a legacy. Tyrell Biggs is certainly a part of the city’s boxing exploits. In 1987, Biggs was on his way to carving his own spot in boxing history. “The second-coming of Muhammad Ali,” is what some experts labeled him.

But something happened and Biggs’ career took steady decline in obscurity. The question needed to be asked: Whatever happened to Tyrell Biggs? Which co-director Dafna Yachin asks in her new feature documentary that takes a deep look into Biggs’ life from his teenage years in West Philadelphia to the resurfacing of his fatal flaws several years late as he faced the tough realities of professional boxing.

Biggs, a terrific high school basketball player was the first-ever U.S. Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist. At that time, he was doing extremely well. Then came his descent into addiction. His personal comeback to fast-rising professional with a 15-0 record appeared unstoppable until a rough loss in his championship fight with Mike Tyson. Biggs fall from grace, his loss of heart, and his struggle to survive in the territory between relevance and obscurity make for a very interesting story.

Money raised through this Kickstarter crowd funding campaign will help Yachin and her production team finish this project and share Biggs’ story with the world. The film has interviews with boxing greats and rising stars like Jesse “Hard Work” Hart and his renowned boxing father, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart.

The film is in final production. Money contributed through Kickstarter will help fund final shooting and the rough-cut. The film will be funded if $35,000 is pledged. For more information, go to or


Sixers host open practice on Oct. 19 at the Palestra

The Philadelphia 76ers announced that fans are invited to attend the team’s practice on Oct. 19 at the Palestra, 235 S. 33rd St., at 11 a.m. in a free, open to the public event. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Before the team’s practice tips off at 11 a.m., fans in attendance can see performances from the Sixers Dream Team and Sixers Flight Squad. Immediately after practice, select fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from members of the team.


Cheyney linebacker named PSAC Player of the Week

Isaiah Fleming, Cheyney’s junior linebacker, has been named PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) East Defensive Player of the Week. Although Cheyney fell 36-19 to Kutztown, Fleming had one of the best statistical games in the country last Saturday.

Fleming, a Wilmington, Del. native, recorded 21 tackles including 14 solo tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss (21 yards). He was also credited with two sacks for 13 yards and two hurries. The last Cheyney player to garner the conference defensive player of the week honor was Tim Hume. Hume was named PSAC Defensive Player of the Week after the Wolves opening day victory over Lincoln University in the 2011 season.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Cheyney will host Millersville in its annual Homecoming game.


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