April 21, 2011 |
Abner Mares has built a boxing career on overcoming adversity. He survived a family migration from Mexico to L.A. led by his mother, withstood a childhood in poverty and then rebounded from a career-threatening detached retina in 2008. So when Mares' scheduled Saturday night opponent, Joseph Agbeko, withdrew from the world bantamweight title unification bout at Nokia Theatre, Mares knew what to do: look for the silver lining. "This is the worst, all the training and hard work put on hold," Hawaiian Gardens' Mares said Thursday at the L.A. Live news conference intended to hype the bout.
October 10, 1985 |
A professional boxer who escaped from the state prison camp at Rifle, Colo., three years ago and was arrested last summer after fighting in a nationally televised bout was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday. District Judge Thomas Ossola imposed the sentence on John Edward Garcia, who pleaded guilty to a charge of escape. Garcia also had his name changed legally Tuesday to Roberto Medina, the name he has used since his escape. Medina was arrested July 20 in Norfolk, Va.
April 25, 1989
Junior middleweight Nate Dryer of Phoenix is starting to turn his career into a family feud. Dryer stopped Floyd Weaver of Canoga Park at 2:40 of the fifth round of their scheduled 10-round main event Monday night at The Country Club in Reseda. Dryer floored Weaver at the close of the fourth round and opened the fifth with a barrage of punches that caused referee Raul Caiz to stop the bout. It was the second of the Weaver triplets that Dryer (11-5, six knockouts) has defeated this year.
February 4, 2010 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended the dramatic pause before his signature Wednesday when he officially signed to fight Pomona's world welterweight champion Shane Mosley , Mosley's attorney told The Times. The bout between two of the sport's top pound-for-pound fighters of the past decade-plus will occur May 1 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mosley signed to fight Friday night, and authorities close to the bout had expected Mayweather to sign no later than Monday. His delay caused some angst for the fight's promoter, Richard Schaefer , of Golden Boy Promotions, who watched Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao feud so heatedly over a pre-fight drug-testing plan that their planned March 13 bout was scrapped.
October 30, 1985 |
Tex Cobb was pleading with referee Lou Filippo. "Just give me a second," he kept saying. "I'll get there." He never did. Cobb, who went the distance against such reknowned punchers as Larry Holmes and Ken Norton, couldn't get out of the first round against little-known Dee Collier Tuesday night. The heavyweight fight, at the Country Club of Reseda, was stopped at 2:33 of that first round after Cobb had gone down four times from a barrage of punches and a fifth time from "a slip."
March 13, 2010 |
Chicago's David Diaz failed to recover the world lightweight title he lost to Manny Pacquiao in 2008, dropping a unanimous decision to Mexico's Humberto Soto Saturday night at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Diaz was knocked down in the first and 12th rounds, and despite a predictable courageous effort, judges gave Soto the WBC lightweight belt by scores of 115-111, 117-109 and 117-109 as a massive crowd of 50,994 looked on. "Very disappointed," Diaz (35-3-1) said afterward. "It wasn't supposed to be this way."
October 5, 1997 |
Arturo Gatti, almost out on his feet in the fourth round, stormed back in the fifth to knock down and stop Gabriel Ruelas and retain the IBF junior lightweight championship Saturday night. It was a war, especially in the last two rounds of the scheduled 12-round bout on the Lennox Lewis-Andrew Golota undercard. In another bout, Fernando Vargas of Oxnard stopped Alex Quiroga of Miami at 2:53 of the sixth round.
February 26, 2010 |
Victor Ortiz is less than a year removed from winning six of seven bouts by knockout or technical knockout in five rounds or fewer. It's those memories Ortiz wants to build from, not that messy upset loss to Argentina's Marcos Maidana at Staples Center last June. A one-sided performance like that on Thursday night is what the 23-year-old from Ventura needed to maintain enthusiasm among those who believe Ortiz has a world junior-welterweight title in his future. Ortiz (26-2-1, 21 KOs)
March 26, 2010 |
Former world welterweight champions Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron have finalized negotiations for a May 8 junior-middleweight bout at Home Depot Center in Carson, Williams' promoter Dan Goossen told The Times on Friday. Williams (38-1, 27 knockouts) has fought four of his last seven bouts in Southern California, defeating Antonio Margarito in a 2007 bout at Home Depot. Puerto Rico's Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) has lost only to Margarito. The bout will come one week after unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights Pomona's world welterweight champion Shane Mosley in Las Vegas, and could position the Williams-Cintron winner for a shot at either a victorious Mayweather or, less likely, Manny Pacquiao should those sides fail again to strike a deal for a mega-fight.