March 24, 2000 |
The State Attorney General's office, at the request of the California State Athletic Commission, has launched an investigation of boxing promoter Bob Arum, based on Arum's sworn statement that he made improper payments to the International Boxing Federation in 1995. Although it appears unlikely, Deputy Attorney General Earl Plowman wouldn't rule out the possibility that his action could jeopardize the Oscar De La Hoya-Shane Mosley welterweight title fight June 17 at Staples Center.
August 18, 2000 |
It wasn't the clean knockout federal prosecutors had hoped for, but they still won a solid decision Thursday when a jury found International Boxing Federation founder and former president Bob Lee guilty on six of 38 counts in a New Jersey racketeering trial. The 66-year-old Lee, charged with taking $338,000 in bribes from promoters and managers to fix rankings and sanction fights, was found guilty of tax evasion, money laundering and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.
November 5, 1999 |
The troubled sport of boxing suffered another black eye Thursday when the president of the International Boxing Federation and three of his top executives were indicted on federal racketeering charges, accused of taking bribes to fix rankings. Bob Lee Sr. and the key executives--including his son, Bob Jr.--received $338,000 in illegal payments from promoters and managers over a 13-year period, the U.S. attorney's office in Newark, N.J., said.
November 23, 1999 |
Contending that the IBF is corrupt, federal prosecutors Monday asked a judge to appoint an overseer for one of boxing's major governing bodies. The monitor would replace IBF President Robert Lee Sr., who was indicted this month on criminal bribery charges. A civil racketeering lawsuit filed Monday against the IBF seeks to ban Lee and his criminal co-defendants from boxing.
November 30, 1990
Super-flyweight champion Johnny Tapia tested positive for cocaine nearly three weeks after his Oct. 26 title fight, but was not tested as required immediately after the bout, authorities said. Bob Lee, International Boxing Federation president, said it's unlikely Tapia would be stripped of his USBA title because the test was taken more than two weeks after his Albuquerque fight against Santiago Caballero of Venezuela.