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March 26, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Craig Payne was pain to anyone who stepped into the boxing ring with him, a huge, swift and powerful heavyweight whose career seemed headed for the stars in 1983 after he whacked around and defeated young amateur Mike Tyson and then knocked off amateur legend Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He lost a close decision to Tyrell Biggs in the final match of the 1984 Olympic boxing trials and turned pro as the U.S. team went on to fame in the Los Angeles Games.
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March 27, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen months ago, one-time amateur boxing star Craig Payne parked the big truck he had used for six years in his construction business, locked the two doors and tucked the keys away in his house. He would give boxing one more try. Friday night, after the first round of combat against Lionel Butler of Van Nuys, Payne's trainer, Paul Soucy, heaped advice on his panting fighter. Use the jab. Use the uppercut. Move to your left. Keep your hands up.
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March 27, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eighteen months ago, one-time amateur boxing star Craig Payne parked the big truck he had used for six years in his construction business, locked the two doors and tucked the keys away in his house. He would give boxing one more try. Friday night, after the first round of combat against Lionel Butler of Van Nuys, Payne's trainer, Paul Soucy, heaped advice on his panting fighter. Use the jab. Use the uppercut. Move to your left. Keep your hands up.
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March 26, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Craig Payne was pain to anyone who stepped into the boxing ring with him, a huge, swift and powerful heavyweight whose career seemed headed for the stars in 1983 after he whacked around and defeated young amateur Mike Tyson and then knocked off amateur legend Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He lost a close decision to Tyrell Biggs in the final match of the 1984 Olympic boxing trials and turned pro as the U.S. team went on to fame in the Los Angeles Games.
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November 1, 1991 | Associated Press
Just as in the PGA, John Daly was the last man in the field for the season-ending Tour Championship. Just as in the PGA, Daly turned that surprise appearance into a share of the lead. And, as he did in the upset victory in the PGA that made him a national sensation two months ago, Daly used his power as the key ingredient. He birdied all the par-five holes on the No. 2 course at Pinehurst en route to a three-under-par 68 Thursday in the new, $2-million event.
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December 26, 2005 | Eric Sondheimer, Eric Sondheimer can be reached at eric.sondheimer@latimes.com.
There's something growing on Roberto Nelson's chin. Since he's 14, he thinks it's the start of a goatee. Others view it as only peach fuzz. Seeing Nelson giggle and laugh on the Santa Barbara High School bench, it's clear how young he is. On the basketball court, however, he's no ordinary freshman. "He's a phenomenal freshman, the best kid I've seen at his age," Coach Jeff Lavender said. At 6 feet 3 and 175 pounds, Nelson is a starting guard with athleticism, instincts and intelligence.
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August 5, 1987 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The Cubans released a roster of the boxing team they're sending to Indianapolis for the Pan American Games, and a very big name was missing Tuesday. Teofilo Stevenson, 36, the dominant figure in the history of amateur boxing, the three-time Olympic champion Cubans call El Gigante, didn't make the traveling squad. Recent reports from Cuba have it that Stevenson has problems on both the legal and sports fronts. U.S.
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May 11, 1986 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
A lot of amateur boxing skeptics came to Reno to bury Teofilo Stevenson, not to praise him. When it was announced that Cuba was bringing the three-time Olympic gold-medal winner and two-time world titlist to the World Championships here, many saw it as a gift to the 35-year-old Stevenson, a proper stage for his farewell to amateur boxing. After all, he'll be 37 in 1988. No way a 37-year-old survives in the Olympics against 24-year-olds, right?
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November 23, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY
Oscar De La Hoya, who turns pro tonight at the Forum, is about to become the most visible young American pro ever to come out of the Olympic Games. Assuming that tonight he beats his first pro foe, Lamar Williams, here's what De La Hoya's co-managers, Bob Mittleman and Steve Nelson, have lined up for him: --A Dec. 12 pay-per-view fight from Phoenix, on the Michael Carbajal show. --A Jan. 3 ESPN card from Mexicali.
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April 3, 1993 | RICH TOSCHES
They didn't know who Sugar Ray Leonard was. They had never heard of Roberto Duran or Thomas Hearns or Mike Tyson or Riddick Bowe or Evander Holyfield. But in the soft light of a cold winter morning in Beijing, they stood and waited for the one boxer they knew, the one boxer that everyone knows.
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January 1, 1987 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
In a year when old is in, it's only appropriate that amateur boxing's world champion in the sport's most prestigious weight class, the super-heavyweights, is not only the oldest of them all, but, at 35, still the best. Cuba's Teofilo Stevenson was a kid when he won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games, a champion at the peak of his career when he did it again in 1976 and 1980.
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May 8, 1986 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Four years ago this week, the world's best amateur boxers gathered in Munich, West Germany. Two Americans--Mark Breland and Tyrell Biggs--won world championships. Twenty-seven months later, those two, plus seven other Americans, won gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics. Today, the cycle will begin anew at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, where 235 boxers from 37 countries begin the 11-day World Championships, providing a peek at the boxing prospects for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
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