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In the spring and early summer of 1984, I watched two teen-agers in the selection process for the U.S. Olympic boxing team who looked to me like future superstars. As it turned out, neither made the Olympic team that year--1984 was too soon for them. But both left the impression that they were champions in early development. One was Mike Tyson, a 17-year-old pounder from Upstate New York who was still learning to box. An unpolished diamond.
April 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gene Luen Yang has been getting a lot of attention from prize juries for his two-part graphic novel for young adults, "Boxers and Saints. " Set at the end of the 19th century, it begins with the story of a Chinese boy inspired by traditional Chinese gods to fight foreign oppression; in part two, an unwanted Chinese girl finds refuge with Christians who are threatened by the rebellion of the first book. "Boxers and Saints" was a finalist for the National Book Award in November, and in April it took the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature.
No, Gabriel Ruelas kept telling himself, it was all wrong. Jimmy Garcia wasn't supposed to die. He, Ruelas, was the one who was supposed to die young. That's the way it had always been in the dreams. Night after night they would come to him in his restless sleep. The circumstances were different, but the result was always the same. Gabe Ruelas dead before his time. Although he has been a boxer since age 12, he never died in the ring in the dreams. Often it would be in a car accident.
April 20, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
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.
January 11, 1998 | Cecilia Rasmussen
For more than half a century, it was a musty pugilistic monument--preserved in liniment and sweat--where generations of Los Angeles prizefighters learned the lessons of "the sweet science." The Main Street Gym, on the edge of skid row, was the rattiest workout venue in the city (some said the world), but it also was the most famous. "World Rated Boxers Train Here Daily" read a sign at the entrance.
September 22, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Chairs, water bottles and fists, ungloved ones, flew in Ring B at the Olympic boxing arena Thursday morning when outraged South Koreans attacked a referee. The mini-riot broke out seconds after Bulgaria's Alexander Hristov had been awarded a 4-1 decision over South Korea's Byun Jong-il. A South Korean coach and a team manager entered the ring first, the team manager grabbing the referee, Keith Walker of New Zealand, by the arm and shouting in his face.
February 22, 1989 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
When it happened, more than 19 years ago, it was a shock. And, in a way, it's still a shock. Sonny Liston dead? How could it be? He was a mountain, a guy who had muscles in his ears. He had a left hook that could take down buildings. Before his two questionable performances against Cassius Clay-Muhammad Ali, he was generally perceived as indestructible.
September 12, 2011
Aging boxers If the mega-fight boxing fans dream of — Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. — happens, it won't be until 2012. By next year Mayweather will be 35, Pacquiao 33. Most boxers in their early 30s start to slow down. The records of some celebrated boxers after they turned 33: Boxer; Wins-Losses-Draws after 33rd birthday; age at last fight. Muhammad Ali; 11-3-0; 39. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.; 14-5-1; 43. Oscar De La Hoya; 2-2-0; 35. Roberto Duran; 26-10-0; 50. Sugar Ray Leonard; 1-2-1; 40. Shane Mosley; 7-4-1; 39.
March 31, 1985 | JUDITH HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
The gym--tattered, cramped and smelling of sweat--is filled with young boxers. Some are jumping rope. Others are pounding on punching bags. Two others are in the ring, trading jabs. Amid it all stands Canto Robledo, owner, manager and trainer of Crown City Stables, who is shouting out instructions to the fighters in the ring. Robledo is intense. This is his gym. These are his fighters. This is his life. "My dream is to get a champion of the world," said Robledo, 72.
May 8, 1996 | DANA PARSONS
Over at the Westminster Boxing Club, where pretenders and contenders both believe that the road to happiness goes through the heavy bag, Joe Manzano is wrapping up another workout as dinner time nears. Twenty-two and dressed in black, he has sparred five rounds and then done another three with the bag--left, right, feint, dodge, hook, jab--all the while punctuating his punching with the grunting "unh! unh! unh!" of a boxer at work. Then it's over.
April 18, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
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  for more on this photo series.
March 29, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
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 | By Lance Pugmire
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 | By Lance Pugmire, This story has been corrected. See below
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)
February 21, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Vitali Klitschko may have characterized several of his matches in the boxing ring as life-and-death struggles. Now, he knows the real thing. Perhaps you have made the connection between the longtime heavyweight champion of the world and the videos and the pictures this week documenting violence on the streets of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. By midweek, fighting between government forces and opposition groups intensified. At one point, to keep the riot police away, opposition forces set on fire part of the city center, an area fittingly known as Independence Square.
February 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
June 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Kid Akeem Anifowoshe, who lapsed into a coma after losing a bloody International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight title fight last week in San Antonio, has shown dramatic improvement and has not lost any of his mental faculties, his doctor said. "It's a surprise for him to survive," Dr. Gerardo Zavala said. "When he came to the hospital, I thought he was going to be dead. Now it looks like his mental faculties are there. I think everything is going to be OK."
February 11, 1990 | MIKE DOWNEY
Buster! The way Cassius shocked Sonny, the way Leon amazed Muhammad, that was the way Buster Douglas beat the belt right off of Iron Mike Tyson on a crazy February night in Tokyo, and if you were lucky enough to see it, in person or on TV, it must have made your hair stand straight up in the air, exactly like Don King's. Buster! What a night, what a fight! This Mr.
January 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Denver police are investigating an incident in which an SUV linked to welterweight boxer Mike Alvarado crashed off a snowy bank into Colorado's Sloan's Lake on Tuesday.  “Mike's fine, he told me he has nothing to do with it, and that's good enough for me,” Alvarado's manager-trainer Henry Delgado told The Times on Thursday. “I believe him.” A police spokesman told Denver's CBS 4 that authorities are seeking a man and a woman who walked away from the green Cadillac Escalade before it rolled into the lake with a smashed hood.
January 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oxnard's world super-featherweight champion, Mikey Garcia, has the immediate task of fighting Tijuana's Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night on HBO in New York. The 26-year-old's challenge is maintaining focus on that task as blinding opportunities are laid before the 33-0 fighter. Four fights this year, moves up in weight, Manny Pacquiao. All of this chatter is now attached to Garcia, the kid brother of distinguished Oxnard trainer Robert Garcia. Especially the Pacquiao talk, which has been mentioned in nearly every recent story about the rising pound-for-pound member with 28 knockouts.
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