November 27, 2012 |
Unbeaten super-middleweight champion Andre Ward will defend his two belts Jan. 26 against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in the first boxing match at USC's Galen Center. Oakland's Ward (26-0, 14 knockouts) is ranked by most experts as the world's No. 3 pound-for-pound boxer behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. He's coming off a 10 th -round technical knockout of former world light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in September. Ward, who holds the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Assn.
June 1, 2012 |
Lateef Kayode has heard enough from Antonio Tarver, and they haven't stepped into the ring yet. Tarver, the 43-year-old former world light-heavyweight champion, has provided commentary for some of the unbeaten Kayode's cruiserweight fights on cable network Showtime. "Every time I was fighting, he was saying I was not understanding boxing enough, that I don't know how to use my right, my power," Kayode said. "He's basically saying I don't know how to do my job. " The 29-year-old Kayode (18-0, 14 knockouts)
October 15, 2011 |
It was more than three hours before the main event at Staples Center, and Dewey Bozella may have already produced the best moment. The sole spotlight was to be on Bernard Hopkins, who was to defend his world light-heavyweight title against Chad Dawson. Hopkins' journey as the oldest fighter to win a title, at age 46 supplanting George Foreman by beating Jean Pascal in Montreal on May 21, was to be the big headline. But the promoters also liked the Bozella story line — who wouldn't?
October 14, 2011 |
One old guy was talking to another old guy the other day, and there were no hearing aids needed. It was amazing. More amazing was the topic of their conversation, boxer Bernard Hopkins. "I've only spoken to Hopkins two or three times," George Foreman said, "but I like him. He's not afraid. " Foreman being asked to speak about Hopkins was only natural because, on May 21, Hopkins beat Jean Pascal in Montreal to become a world light heavyweight champion. He was 46 years, 4 months and 6 days old, the oldest ever to hold a pro boxing title.
October 12, 2011 |
Dewey Bozella is an inspirational speaker these days, reminding America why it should believe in innocence until proven guilty. Two years after walking out of New York's Sing Sing prison a free man following a 26-year prison stint for a murder he did not commit, Bozella will spend Saturday living out one of the wishes he held close as his life withered behind bars. An aspiring boxer as a youth, Bozella, now 52, has earned a spot as a cruiserweight on the undercard of the fight between world light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson at Staples Center.
July 27, 1990
San Diego's Chris Riley, who advanced to the semifinals last year, failed to reach the final 16 this year when he was beaten Thursday at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Lake Merced Golf and Country Club in Daly City. Chris Riley won his first-round match against Chad Dawson of Frankfort, Ky., 6 and 4, but lost to Colby Lamberton of Lake Forest, Ill., 2 and 1. Among those advancing were Optimist World Junior champions Notah Begay of Albuquerque and Tiger Woods of Cypress.
September 20, 2013 |
Unbeaten world super-middleweight champion Andre Ward will return to the ring after more than a 14-month layoff against Edwin Rodriguez on Nov. 16 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Ward (26-0, 14 knockouts) hasn't fought since impressively defeating Chad Dawson by 10th-round technical knockout Sept. 8, 2012, in Oakland. The 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist suffered a right shoulder injury last year, scrapping a planned fight at USC's Galen Center against former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who has since retired.
August 14, 2010
SERIES Celebrity Ghost Stories: Shirley Jones ("The Partridge Family") and Lindsay Wagner ("The Bionic Woman") are featured in this new installment (6 and 10 p.m. Biography). The Cupcake Girls: Best buddies build a business based on baked goods in this new reality series (9 and 9:30 p.m. WE). SPECIALS 25 Reasons to Worship Ninja Warrior: This new special celebrates the return of this grueling reality competition from Japan (6 p.m. G4). Doubles Poker Championship: Top players team up to try for a cool million in this new special (6 and 9 p.m. GSN)
June 27, 2012 |
Professional boxing and mixed martial arts fights will continue in California, but the regulatory body that oversees the matches is on wobbly financial footing. The California State Athletic Commission has voted to censure its executive officer, George Dodd, as officials warn that the agency is insolvent because of excessive spending. The commission took the disciplinary action during a closed session and said afterward in a statement that it was censuring Dodd “for not adequately informing the commission about the insolvency of the Athletic Commission fund.” At the same meeting Tuesday, the panel received a report from the budget officer for the Department of Consumer Affairs warning of dire circumstances for the agency unless there is a reorganization. “The … commission's fund … cannot reach solvency with its current operating structure," Taylor Schick wrote in a memo to state officials.
August 2, 2011 |
U.S. veteran James Blake upset defending champion David Nalbandian , 6-2, 6-4, on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at Washington. Once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, Blake won the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup in 2002 and was the runner-up in 2005. But beset by a series of injuries, most recently a bad right knee, he dropped to 173rd in the rankings in March and began this week at 90th. His victory over the eighth-seeded Nalbandian, who had a first-round bye, allowed Blake to get to the third round for only the second time in 10 tournaments this season.