Anyone who knows Philly knows it’s a big fight town and that many Philly Kids, whether involved in boxing or not, can walk off the streets and get respect in the boxing ring. But real boxing is a long term exercise. It takes skill, endurance, self-discipline and a willingness to work to succeed in boxing. No matter how much support you get from the people around you, you find yourself eventually alone in the ring with somebody who's tryin to snatch away your heart and your willingness to fight.
Pedone’s fighters struggled in the ring against Philadelphia fighters with more experience but a few have long been training with Pedone and established themselves early and well in the sparring sessions. It wasn't always pretty but you got the feeling that Pedone's fighters were rising up.