December 14, 1990 |
Julio Cesar Chavez, the Mexican junior-welterweight world champion, signed a six-fight contract with Las Vegas promoter Bob Arum Thursday night. Chavez's Los Angeles lawyer, Leon Pizante, said the 18-month deal was worth about $15 million and would begin May 1. Chavez, who had been unhappy fighting for New York promoter Don King, walked out of a King news conference last week in Atlantic City, N.J., because, he explained later, he felt King was ignoring him.
September 1, 1990 |
Mike Tyson suffered a cut in a sparring accident Friday afternoon at Atlantic City, N.J., that required 48 stitches to close, forcing a postponement of the former heavyweight champion's bout with Alex Stewart Sept. 22. Tyson, according to his promoter, Don King, had just hit sparring partner Greg Page with two punches in a spirited exchange when Page fell forward, his head striking Tyson's head and cutting his right eye.
December 8, 1990 |
Two of boxing's best attractions, Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez, will appear on the sport's last major show of 1990 tonight, but the man who seems to have the toughest fight on his hands is their promoter, Don King. King is in hot water with both fighters. Tyson is unhappy because he doesn't understand why he has to fight the Alex Stewarts of the world instead of the heavyweight champion. Chavez is unhappy because King pays too much attention to Tyson. How unhappy?
June 12, 1993 |
Victor Valenzuela, the manager of junior-welterweight champion Zack Padilla, spoke volumes about the state of boxing in a couple of sentences Friday. Padilla was going nowhere six months ago. The 30-year-old from Azusa had quit boxing for four years, then started a comeback a year ago. Now, since April, he has won two fights in a row, each time as a 3-1 underdog. Padilla is short on style and hitting power, but long on courage.
August 22, 1990 |
George Foreman is planning to take his road show overseas, where he will fight an "unnamed" opponent Sept. 25 in London. . . . "The opponent is going to (be) an American, a hometown decision for me," Foreman said by phone Tuesday after a gym session in Houston trimmed him to 265 pounds. "It'll be shown on the USA network in the states. Not too long after that, I expect to fight Evander Holyfield for the title. I've been promised the first shot if Holyfield beats Buster Douglas." . . .
August 11, 1990 |
The recent imprisonment of Pete Rose and the partial banishment from baseball of George Steinbrenner were noted with some sadness by a Florida man whose favorite sport is boxing. John Branca, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission in 1983-84, saw the two baseball developments as graphic examples of how firmly baseball and other American professional sports can govern themselves while professional boxing remains in anarchy.