January 6, 1987
Raymond Berry, New England Patriot coach, picks Denver over Cleveland for the AFC title and New York over Washington in the NFC. In the Super Bowl, he likes the Giants. "Playing in Cleveland definitely is an advantage for the Browns," he said, "but Denver is a very resourceful team. I pick Denver, but I think it's going to be close." Can the Broncos beat the Giants at Pasadena? "Not the Giants that played Sunday," he said.
February 9, 1996 |
If Oscar De La Hoya or Julio Cesar Chavez get knocked out tonight in their fights at Caesars Palace, they probably won't be the first to hit the floor. Promoter Bob Arum will be, fainting from the horror of losing a potential $100-million fight. That's what is really at stake in tonight's twin bill, planned as an elaborate sparring session in preparation for the next Fight of the Century, Chavez versus De La Hoya, to be held at the same hotel June 7. But first, the business at hand.
October 17, 1997 |
Lee Librado's "Champions Forever: The Latin Legends" is a straightforward celebration of champion boxers Alexis Arguello, Julio Cesar Chavez, Roberto Duran, Kid Gavilan, Carlos Ortiz and Salvador Sanchez. As a documentary, it is routine in style, but it does bring humanity to a sport not always noted for that quality. The men in this film are notable for their dignity in and out of the ring. They are survivors with a sense of accomplishment--and a sense of humor.
September 30, 2007 |
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- After the second round, Kelly Pavlik staggered back to his corner on unsteady legs. The 25-year-old challenger from Youngstown, Ohio, plumped down on his stool, having been hammered to the canvas by some 15 to 18 unanswered blows from champion Jermain Taylor, and was asked by his trainer, a father figure who has known him since age 9, "Are you OK?" and "can you continue?" Pavlik bravely answered to the affirmative. "I told him I was shaky.
March 20, 1997 |
Ruben Castillo has never been a world champion and he's hungry for a title fight. He should feel right at home tonight at the Reseda Country Club, where he will fight Rudy Zavala in a 10-round lightweight bout. However, unlike the unheralded fighters on the card he will headline, Castillo, 39, has had his shot at glory. A few shots, in fact. Castillo, 69-9-2 with 37 knockouts, suggests he might be the best fighter never to have won a world title. He makes a strong case.
August 9, 2008 |
Highlights from The Times' "Ticket to Beijing" blog (at latimes.com/olympics): According to Wang Wei, the Beijing organizing committee's general secretary, 8-8-08 was not the first choice for the opening day of the Olympics. The organizers asked for a September start because the weather is more pleasant. They were denied by the International Olympic Committee because of conflicts with the international sports schedule. Translation: NBC told the IOC that it didn't want the Olympics to interfere with its NFL schedule.
September 8, 1985 |
An undefeated world champion prizefighter who "got the limelight, and couldn't handle it," has a drug problem, is faced with forfeiting potential million-dollar fights, and in danger of knocking himself out, friends and associates say. Aaron Pryor is the International Boxing Federation junior welterweight crown-holder. He is 36-0, with 34 knockouts. But he hasn't fought in six months. Friends say drugs have gotten to Pryor, 29.
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October 11, 2001 |
Boxing trainer Eddie Futch, teacher of champion fighters and a respected figure in an often seamy sport for seven decades, died Wednesday morning in Las Vegas. He was 90. The Clark County coroner's office would divulge no more details pending a further examination today. "In a business riddled with politics and intrigue," said promoter Bob Arum, "Eddie never got involved in any of that. He always appeared to be above it. You won't find anybody who has anything bad to say about him.
February 16, 1986
Jack Gallagher, longtime Houston Post sports columnist who died last month, had an acerbic style that proved to be entertaining but also had its risks. Steve Perkins, a former Post compatriot, recalled a time when the father of a local high school football star, upset over what had been written about his son, stormed into the sports department threatening to punch Gallagher in the nose. Gallagher wasn't there, so the father left, but he promised to return the next day.
August 22, 1993 |
For Paul Gonzales, vanity was the secret to his success in the boxing ring. "I like to go in the ring, hit and move and come out looking pretty," said the 28-year-old East Los Angeles native. "I've been criticized for not slugging it out with people, but my trainer always told me to leave the game the way I came in . . . handsome." Gonzales looked his best when he donned his flyweight and bantamweight championship belts and his 1984 Olympic gold medal.