July 19, 2013 |
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.
August 13, 1991 |
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.
May 5, 2011 |
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.
October 11, 2000 |
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.
March 7, 2013 |
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.
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?"