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April 9, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
For mainstream sports fans thirsting for an athlete to come completely clean about taboo subjects in sports, here's an introduction to mixed martial arts fighter Nick Diaz, who not only speaks openly but is willing to answer follow-up questions. "I'm more consistent about everything being a cannabis user," Diaz said in an interview with The Times last week. "I'm happy to get loaded, hear some good music . . . I remain consistent. And I have an easy way to deal with [the drug tests].
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July 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Bee Gees are playing on Roy Englebrecht's office radio, but the 67-year-old sports promoter has a saying taped on his wall to assure he's not stuck in days gone by. "Don't judge me by my past. I don't live there anymore. " Southland boxing fans know Englebrecht's name. From 1985 until 2010 he promoted a grass-roots staple of the sport, the "Battle in the Ballroom" club shows at the Irvine Marriott. Future champions Shane Mosley, Genaro Hernandez, Johnny Tapia and Carlos "El Famoso" Hernandez all won there - Englebrecht claiming victories too, by routinely pocketing profits that climbed to about $15,000 per show at the end. But the staying power of the quick-thinking entrepreneur - who still works 80-hour weeks in staging more fight promotions in California than anyone else - is about more than just placing a blood sport in a swanky venue.
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October 2, 2009 | Michael Rothfeld
A second member of the commission that regulates boxing and mixed martial arts has resigned within a week. Howard Rose, a Beverly Hills talent agent who also has worked as a boxing promoter, notified state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) in a letter Tuesday that he is stepping down from the California State Athletic Commission immediately. Last week, the commission's chairman, Timothy Noonan, submitted his resignation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The resignations follow articles in The Times that detailed how commissioners obtained free admission for themselves, relatives, friends and associates to events they regulate.
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March 7, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
As head of Georgia's small state athletic commission last year, Andy Foster sat through an Assn. of Boxing Commissions discussion he believed was a bizarre waste of time: How to deal with post-operative transgender athletes. Now, Foster is the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission and the topic has never been more relevant. Transgender female fighter Fallon Fox told Sports Illustrated on Monday that she was a man before undergoing surgery in 2006. Fox has won two pro women's mixed martial arts fights, including a recent knockout victory in Florida, where she is scheduled to fight again April 20. Her fight promoter, Championship Fighting Alliance, has announced it will keep Fox in its MMA tournament despite the revelation.
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August 13, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Lightweight Mauro Gutierrez of Mexico has turned down an offer of $17,000 from promoter Dan Goossen to fight Rafael Ruelas of Reseda on the undercard of the Terry Norris-Brett Lally bout at the San Diego Sports Arena Saturday night. Ruelas, who was knocked out by Gutierrez July 30 in Reseda, was given a special waiver for a rematch with Gutierrez (45-15) by the California State Athletic Commission.
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October 11, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boxing promoter Bob Arum, who admitted in a New Jersey courtroom that he'd made illegal payments to a sanctioning body, has reached an agreement with representatives of the California State Athletic Commission on disciplinary action. If the California commission, meeting Thursday in closed session at Sacramento, approves the deal, Arum will be fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under California law, and will be put on probation for the rest of the year.
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May 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Antonio Margarito, the former world welterweight boxing champion beaten by Manny Pacquiao in November, is struggling to recover from a right eye injury suffered in that bout and will undergo an extensive examination next week that probably will determine whether his career can resume. Margarito (38-7, 27 knockouts) was struck in the eye by a left uppercut from Pacquiao in the fourth round of his unanimous-decision loss to the Filipino star Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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March 7, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
As head of Georgia's small state athletic commission last year, Andy Foster sat through an Assn. of Boxing Commissions discussion he believed was a bizarre waste of time: How to deal with post-operative transgender athletes. Now, Foster is the executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission and the topic has never been more relevant. Transgender female fighter Fallon Fox told Sports Illustrated on Monday that she was a man before undergoing surgery in 2006. Fox has won two pro women's mixed martial arts fights, including a recent knockout victory in Florida, where she is scheduled to fight again April 20. Her fight promoter, Championship Fighting Alliance, has announced it will keep Fox in its MMA tournament despite the revelation.
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August 2, 1994
In the news: Jay Leno, on Ford Motor Co. announcing record profits for the second quarter: "I guess they sold a lot of cars. And I'm sure that two-hour Ford Bronco commercial didn't hurt either." Leno, on Robert Shapiro's reprimand from the California State Athletic Commission for sparring with a professional fighter: "I say leave well enough alone. Let him do it. Who wouldn't pay big money to see a pro boxer just beat the hell out of a lawyer?"
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March 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Disgraced and disfigured former world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito said Friday night that he wants to face box-office darling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September. Margarito was at the Casino Del Sol in support of his brother-in-law Hanzel Martinez, who knocked out Jose Miguel Tamayo in one round. “I've been told I could fight on May 26 here in Tucson,” Margarito said. “But if it's in June, that's fine, because it's in September that we're going to fight [Chavez]
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July 18, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — The executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission has resigned, two weeks after being censured for mishandling the finances of the agency that regulates boxing and mixed martial arts in the state, officials said Tuesday. Executive Officer George Dodd notified the board that he would step down effective July 31. His agency has been in turmoil for overspending its budget and is facing a state audit. Last month, the commission censured Dodd "for not adequately informing the commission about the insolvency of the Athletic Commission fund.
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March 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Disgraced and disfigured former world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito said Friday night that he wants to face box-office darling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September. Margarito was at the Casino Del Sol in support of his brother-in-law Hanzel Martinez, who knocked out Jose Miguel Tamayo in one round. “I've been told I could fight on May 26 here in Tucson,” Margarito said. “But if it's in June, that's fine, because it's in September that we're going to fight [Chavez]
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November 30, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from New York — At this point, Antonio Margarito realizes he's not going to change anyone's opinion about whether he knew there was plaster inside his hand wraps before a title fight in 2009 — which led to him being suspended from boxing. If fans wants to think of him as a "criminal," as his Saturday-night opponent Miguel Cotto does, then so be it. "Here comes a criminal, open the doors for the criminal," Margarito said Wednesday, his first words upon being introduced at a Madison Square Garden news conference for his junior-middleweight title bout against Cotto.
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May 5, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Antonio Margarito, the former world welterweight boxing champion beaten by Manny Pacquiao in November, is struggling to recover from a right eye injury suffered in that bout and will undergo an extensive examination next week that probably will determine whether his career can resume. Margarito (38-7, 27 knockouts) was struck in the eye by a left uppercut from Pacquiao in the fourth round of his unanimous-decision loss to the Filipino star Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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November 10, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The low blows started before Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito stepped into the ring. In a video that appeared on various websites Tuesday, Margarito, his trainer Robert Garcia and Oxnard fighter Brandon Rios mocked the symptoms of Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, who has Parkinson's disease. "I had trouble sleeping last night," Roach said Wednesday after reviewing the video. "I want to fight all those guys myself, but I'm too old. ? I'll never talk to any of those guys again.
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August 18, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
4:52 p.m.: Antonio Margarito's camp was disappointed by the California State Athletic Commission's decision to not re-issue a license to the boxer. "We're very disappointed in the decision," Margarito attorney Daniel Petrocelli said. Margarito promoter Bob Arum said his office will file an application to gain a license in Texas on Thursday morning. Greg Sirb of the national Assn. Of Boxing Commissions said Margarito is free to apply in any other state to fight later this year, and will likely be viewed in a more favorable light elsewhere because he has followed the ABC request to first return to California before trying to get licensed elsewhere.
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November 10, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The low blows started before Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito stepped into the ring. In a video that appeared on various websites Tuesday, Margarito, his trainer Robert Garcia and Oxnard fighter Brandon Rios mocked the symptoms of Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, who has Parkinson's disease. "I had trouble sleeping last night," Roach said Wednesday after reviewing the video. "I want to fight all those guys myself, but I'm too old. ? I'll never talk to any of those guys again.
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November 30, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from New York — At this point, Antonio Margarito realizes he's not going to change anyone's opinion about whether he knew there was plaster inside his hand wraps before a title fight in 2009 — which led to him being suspended from boxing. If fans wants to think of him as a "criminal," as his Saturday-night opponent Miguel Cotto does, then so be it. "Here comes a criminal, open the doors for the criminal," Margarito said Wednesday, his first words upon being introduced at a Madison Square Garden news conference for his junior-middleweight title bout against Cotto.
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July 24, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The decision whether to reinstate Antonio Margarito to boxing in the U.S. becomes a much more interesting issue now that Manny Pacquiao has decided to fight him. "There are a number of states who'd license Margarito," the fighters' promoter, Bob Arum, said Saturday, after determining with Pacquiao's management Friday that Margarito would be the alternate foe Nov. 13 to a failed bid to stage the sport's super-fight, Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr....
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July 24, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The decision whether to reinstate scandal-plagued Antonio Margarito to boxing in the U.S. became a more interesting issue now that Manny Pacquiao has decided to fight him. "There are a number of states who'd license Margarito," the fighters' promoter, Bob Arum, said Saturday, after determining with Pacquiao's management team Friday that Margarito would be the alternate foe on Nov. 13 following a failed bid to stage the sport's super-fight between...
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