November 14, 1985
Former heavyweight contender Chuck Wepner, 46, who once went 15 rounds in a title bout with Muhammad Ali, pleaded innocent in New Brunswick, N.J., to charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
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.
July 7, 1997 |
Al Braverman, a longtime boxing manager and promoter who spent the last 22 years of his life working for Don King, died over the weekend from complications of diabetes. He was 78. Braverman, unbeaten as a heavyweight from 1938-41, was a Runyonesque character of the kind that thrived during the 1940s and '50s, particularly in New York. A cornerman and trainer, he went to work for King in 1975 as director of boxing, negotiating contracts for King-promoted fights.