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April 20, 2014 |
When Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was at his best as a boxer, it would have been impossible to foresee Nelson Mandela or Bob Dylan doing him any favors. With his fearsome, drop-dead glare, precisely cut goatee and glistening, shaved head, Carter was violent and swaggering, a white racist's caricature of a dangerous black man. Talking to sportswriter Milton Gross for a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post, Carter made a widely publicized joking remark about killing cops in Harlem.
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April 18, 2014 |
Hugo Ramirez took this photo of Otto's "Rocky moment" at a Pasadena high school in February with a Sony A57. "Otto is a boxer so it just felt natural to put a hoodie on him," he said. "Obviously, this photo was not spontaneous however, it wasn't easy to take until some background noise caught his attention. " Follow Samantha Schaefer on Twitter . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter and on Instagram or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.
April 14, 2014 |
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is typically reticent to discuss any topic with the media, but the one subject he has always made completely off-limits was how he escaped from Cuba. And apparently with excellent reason. An exclusive story in Los Angeles Magazine details his complex odyssey, a stunning tale of human trafficking, smugglers, a drug cartel, a staged kidnapping, betrayal, revenge and even alleged death threats. The monthly magazine said the lengthy investigative report took contributing writer Jesse Katz five months to piece together.
March 29, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine -- Former heavyweight boxing champion-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko withdrew from Ukraine's presidential race Saturday, throwing his support to a liberal billionaire. Klitschko, one of three leaders who coordinated recent popular uprisings in the country that unseated pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, announced the decision to withdraw from the scheduled May 25 presidential vote during a convention of his UDAR party in Kiev. “The only chance to win is through nominating one candidate from united democratic forces,” Klitschko said in his convention speech.
March 7, 2014 |
The promoter and attorney for world light-middleweight champion Carlos Molina said he's hopeful the fighter can keep his Saturday night title defense on the "Canelo" Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo undercard at MGM Grand after the boxer's arrest earlier this week. Promoter Leon Margules told The Times by telephone Thursday night that he posted a $10,000 bond to have Molina released from Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center. “I don't want to say the fight is on until I see the kid walk out of jail, but I believe he'll fight,” Margules said.
March 6, 2014 |
World light-middleweight champion Carlos Molina was arrested in Las Vegas earlier this week, but is in the process of being released Thursday morning to keep his Saturday night title defense against Jermall Charlo on the “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo card, according to the fight card's promoter. “He's being processed out of jail as of now, and I'm being told the fight was on,” said Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions. Schaefer is promoting the fight while Molina is actually promoted by Leon Margules of Warrior Boxing, who has given Schaefer assurances that Molina will appear at a 1 p.m. Thursday news conference in Las Vegas, and will fight Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs)