August 3, 1991
As Caesars Palace was down to its last few hundred remaining tickets for its Nov. 8 Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight, the cloud hanging over the event seemed to grow darker this week. The longer a woman's accusation of rape hangs over Tyson, boxing people are saying, the more likely it becomes that Holyfield-Tyson won't happen. Not in 1991, anyway. If so, then this, surely, is a match that wasn't meant to be.
December 2, 1989 |
LeRoy Irvin, the Ram defensive back who says he wants to be a boxing promoter when his football career ends, is telling people he "pretty much broke even" with his first show, the Nov. 21 Tony Tubbs-Orlin Norris bout at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. However, the numbers in documents filed with the State Athletic Commission indicate that Irvin lost more than $20,000. The fighters' purses for the card came to $33,200, and rent for the building was $9,000.
November 18, 1989 |
LeRoy Irvin, the Rams' 10-year veteran at cornerback, will get a head start on his post-football career as a boxing promoter Tuesday night at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. His first main event is an interesting heavyweight bout, matching Tony Tubbs, a contender until Mike Tyson knocked him out in Tokyo, against Orlin Norris, ranked in the top 10 by all three of boxing's governing bodies. The California Athletic Commission issued Irvin a one-show-only promoter's license.
January 8, 2001 |
Boxing has had its share of father-daughter ring combinations lately. The daughters of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Roberto Duran have all followed their famous fathers into the ring. But Allison Englebrecht passed when her father, Roy, a boxing promoter in Orange County, asked if she wanted to join the crowd. "I said, 'You want to see me come home with bruises and cuts all over my face?' said Allison, 25, a former college and professional volleyball player who is now a teacher.
January 31, 2003 |
Aging athletes have a tendency to live in the past, reveling in the days that were and wishing beyond good sense that they could do what they did just one more time. For some, an echo of applause that resonates through their memories is too much to ignore, and the desire for a comeback won't go away. So it is with former lightweight boxer Joey Barnum. He's 81 and itching for one last shot at glory. As trim and muscle-hard as he was as a No.
January 17, 1995 |
It might all have been a bad dream, but I could have sworn less than two weeks ago that a local boxing promoter named Peter Broudy stood before flashbulbs and note pads at The Pond of Anaheim and proclaimed it to be boxing's last best hope for survival in Southern California. In unveiling a proposed Feb. 4 card there, Broudy pleaded his case. Some of us actually sloshed through the rain to hear this stump speech.
September 29, 1990 |
Network television boxing is in trouble. NBC will be all but out of the boxing business in 1991. The sport is unprofitable for CBS and only moderately profitable for ABC. You have to look beneath the most visible numbers, the ratings, to understand why boxing might disappear from network TV in the next few years. Last Saturday's NBC telecast of the Tony Lopez-Jorge Paez fight from Sacramento, on a busy TV sports day, had a 3.9 rating, which means it was seen in about 3,630,900 households.
November 19, 1985 |
Boxing promoter Don King was acquitted today of charges that he evaded income taxes on nearly $500,000 he allegedly skimmed from his company, Don King Productions. Constance Harper, King's longtime associate, was convicted of three counts of attempted tax evasion by the jury of nine women and three men that heard the seven-week trial. Each count against Harper carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.
December 1, 1989 |
Boxing promoter and manager Frank Warren remained in critical condition today as police stepped up the search for a gunman who shot him on a London street. As the boxing world reacts with shock to what police describe as an attempted murder, Warren, 37, lies unconscious in a hospital with wounds to the chest and abdomen. Alan Perkins, general manager at Brook Hospital, said Warren's condition is unchanged, "critical but stable." He said there are no plans to operate.
January 11, 2002 |
For four decades beginning in the 1940s, her name was synonymous with boxing in Los Angeles. And finally, 15 years after her death, the name Aileen Eaton has been recognized by the rest of the boxing world. Eaton, who promoted more than 10,000 fights from 1942 to 1980, was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame Thursday, the first woman so honored.