CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2006 |
Belle Martell's moment as queen of the boxing ring was almost as short as a knockout countdown, but she did it gracefully. The first woman licensed in California to referee boxing matches, Martell learned the sport in the 1930s by watching her husband train boxers. She was also an amateur fight promoter, ring announcer and timekeeper. And this summer, she will be inducted posthumously into the California Boxing Hall of Fame -- 66 years after she passed the referee exam.
August 15, 2003 |
Emanuel Steward, coaching coordinator for the U.S. Olympic boxing team, foresees gold for his squad in the Summer Olympics. The 2008 Summer Olympics. Steward, best known for training professionals from Tommy Hearns to Lennox Lewis, doesn't have high hopes for the 2004 team, conceding that 152-pounder Juan McPherson, who is in the finals of the XIV Pan American Games tonight, is the only strong contender for a gold medal next year in Athens. "He is the best fighter we have," Steward said.
August 29, 2002
No. 3 for Spitz; El Monte Girl Upsets Gould Another individual event. Another gold medal. Another world record. Mark Spitz, who had won the 200-meter butterfly the day before and anchored a triumphant relay team, came back with a victory in the 200 freestyle. That was expected. Unexpected was Australian Shane Gould's third-place finish in the women's 100 freestyle.
August 28, 1999 |
Four of the five judges who worked a disputed match in the World Amateur Boxing Championships at Houston were suspended Friday by the executive committee of AIBA, the international amateur boxing federation. AIBA General Secretary Loring Baker said he was outraged at the diversity of scoring by the judges and vowed a complete investigation into the scoring system of amateur boxing. "You hear the word 'corruption' . . .
March 14, 1999
Near the entrance to the U.S. Olympic Committee's training center in Colorado Springs is a bronze sculpture of a fallen boxer, struggling to rise. The inscription reads: "Down, but not out; "Lost, but not forgotten." It's a tribute to those who perished in amateur boxing's greatest tragedy, the crash near Warsaw of a Polish airliner 19 years ago. It claimed the lives of all 87 passengers, 14 of them members of a U.S. boxing delegation.
August 5, 1996 |
Muhammad Ali received a duplicate of his lost 1960 light-heavyweight gold medal at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night, surrounded by basketball players, and Jerry Dusenberry, the president of USA Boxing, has no idea why. "Why was it done on a basketball court? Why wasn't it done here at the amateur boxing venue?" Dusenberry said Sunday afternoon. "I'm really upset about it."