CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1998 |
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 |
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 |
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.
May 4, 1997 |
I'm sitting in a hotel room in Columbus, Ohio, waiting for a call from a man who doesn't trust me, hoping he'll have answers about a man I don't trust, which may clear the name of a man no one gives a damn about. To distract myself from this uneasy vigil--and from the phone that never rings, and from the icy rain that never stops pelting the window--I light a cigar and open a 40-year-old newspaper.
October 26, 2009 |
Nearly a century after Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, was convicted of crossing state lines with a prostitute, two conservative, boxing-enthusiast lawmakers are pressuring President Obama to grant him a measure of justice. Dual requests for a posthumous pardon have passed the Senate and House. They were sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a former amateur boxer, and Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), who trains and spars in his spare time. Advocates say the president should, in the words of the House resolution, "expunge from the annals of American criminal justice a racially motivated abuse of the prosecutorial authority."
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.