July 25, 1996 |
The best hope almost choked. For one . . . two . . . three . . . four endless, listless minutes or more Wednesday afternoon, Antonio Tarver, the U.S. boxing team's most honored, talented and famous fighter, trudged around the ring in slow motion, eyes glazed. And the reaction of his coaches and teammates? Panic. The reaction of the U.S. audience? Boooooo. "The crowd probably wanted to see something special tonight," Tarver said sheepishly afterward, "and I didn't give it to them." No, he didn't.
July 29, 1996 |
Antonio Tarver, who fought like Ronald McDonald four days ago, dumped the all-you-can-eat, double-cheeseburger diet and made a startling discovery: You won't get booed when you actually look as if you're trying. The American light-heavyweight gold-medal favorite, razzed by the home-country crowd in his last, turgid victory, rehabilitated his reputation Sunday with a crackling first-round stoppage of David Kowah of Sierra Leone before a roaring sellout crowd at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
July 14, 1996 |
Antonio Tarver had been down before-- as far down as the streets of West Orlando, Fla., could take him--so he knew he could get up. But after coming back from a 5 1/2-year layoff from boxing and a hard bout with drugs, after missing out on the 1992 Olympics and patiently awaiting his chance for the Atlanta Games, after staging one of the most impressive runs in the history of American amateur boxing . . .
March 27, 1995 |
Boxer Antonio Tarver of Orlando, Fla., wrapped up a record-breaking performance for U.S. athletes at the Pan American Games Sunday by defeating Thompson Garcia of Ecuador in the light-heavyweight final. Tarver's gold medal was the 169th for the United States, which breaks the Pan Am record of 168 the U.S. team set at Indianapolis in 1987. The gold medal mark was tied when Karen Smyers of Lincoln, Mass., won the women's triathlon Sunday morning. Jake Flores of Temecula got a bronze medal in
August 4, 1996 |
How bad a night was it Friday for USA Boxing? In the chaos of the American protest over featherweight Floyd Mayweather's disputed loss, charges of corruption against Emil Jetchev, the Bulgarian chairman of judging, and Antonio Tarver's surprising failure, Kurt Stenerson, USA Boxing's director of communications, lost his cellular phone to a thief. Stenerson spent a good portion of Saturday dialing the number, curious to see who would answer.
December 6, 2006
WHAT'S AHEAD TONIGHT: Maybe there won't be so many diamonds, but count on glitz and glam nevertheless at the premiere of "Blood Diamond" at 7 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly are expected to walk the red carpet. Also: Bring your love beads for director Oliver Stone's reunion with the cast of "The Doors" in a 15th anniversary celebration of the film at 7:30, also at Grauman's.
November 15, 2004 |
Two boxing announcements have been planned for this week. But one of the deals may have hit a major snag with the news conference only 24 hours away. In one of the two proposed agreements, promoters Dan Goossen and Roy Jones have agreed in principle to a deal with Andre Ward, winner of the only U.S. gold medal in boxing at the Athens Olympics.
June 18, 1996 |
Linford Christie was chosen for the British Olympic team Monday, but the 36-year-old sprinter still hasn't confirmed whether he will defend his 100-meter title in Atlanta. He won the 100 in the British trials, and finished in a dead heat in the 200 with John Regis, but has refused to commit to the Olympics. Jonathan Edwards, the world record-holder in the triple jump, was missing from the British team. He sat out the Olympic trials because of an injury, but is expected to make the team.
November 18, 2004 |
Andre Ward, the first American to win Olympic gold in the boxing ring in eight years, has reached an agreement to be co-promoted by Dan Goossen and Roy Jones, according to a source close to the negotiations. Assuming there are no last-minute snags before the contracts are signed today, Ward will make his professional debut Dec. 18 in Staples Center. An opponent has not yet been selected. It was Goossen who promoted the last American Olympian who won gold, David Reid.