November 23, 2003 |
In nearly 15 years as a professional fighter, John Brown thought he had seen everything in the ring. But Saturday night Brown was knocked through the ropes by a right uppercut from Rolando Reyes and was counted out by referee Jack Reese 1:12 into the first round of their scheduled 10-round lightweight fight. As the Arrowhead Pond crowd of 3,216 looked on, Brown -- after the knockdown -- was outside the ring listening to Reese's count.
June 18, 2003 |
The contracts have been signed, the hype has been elevated, the training has been intensified, tickets have been sold and predictions have been made. But until the most important man was heard from, Saturday's Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko heavyweight title fight at Staples Center was not a done deal. That man was Cedric Boswell and he has finally given his approval, removing the last obstacle from this fight, barring a last-minute injury.
April 8, 2000 |
Seven players were cut Friday from the U.S. Olympic soccer team, leaving an 18-man roster--12 of whom are from California--for qualifying, which begins April 21 in Hershey, Pa. Cut were goalkeeper Andy Kirk of Tampa Bay; defenders Matt Chulis (Columbus), Eric Denton (D.C. United), Carlos Parra (New England) and Evan Whitfield (Chicago); midfielder Brian Winters (A-League); and forward Chris Brown (Kansas City).
April 22, 2005 |
In the early days, his nickname fit him like the boxing gloves he used to carve out a niche at the top of his profession. For "Sugar" Shane Mosley, life was indeed sweet. The peak was a victory over Oscar De La Hoya in Staples Center in 2000, a triumph that appeared to move Mosley out of his long-time Southern California rival's shadow. But it was never that good again for the former super-welterweight champion from Pomona.
May 4, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS — A big mistake while pondering Floyd Mayweather Jr. is to try to make sense of him. His unpredictability is his only certainty. It is well before noon Friday at the MGM Grand. This is not so much a resort and casino as it is a massive enclosed labyrinth of contrasts. Under the same roof, yet miles apart, unemployed dads lose the rent money to slot machines while Mayweather generates a throng of worshippers that symbolizes why he will increase his already hefty bank account by about $32 million.
May 8, 2007 |
Former world champion boxer Diego Corrales was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday night in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department source confirmed Corrales was killed in the evening crash and was "traveling at a high rate of speed" before impact. The spokesman said at least one other vehicle was involved and that one person in an automobile at the scene had sustained minor injuries.
June 6, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- In the bowels of the abandoned Pontiac (Mich.) Silverdome in January 2011, boxing manager Cameron Dunkin steamed. Dunkin had just reviewed a financial breakdown of undefeated fighter Timothy Bradley's bout against unbeaten Devon Alexander and took note that Bradley promoter Gary Shaw was pocketing $600,000 while Bradley would receive his guaranteed $1.1 million. "Don King wouldn't even do this!" Dunkin barked. For Bradley, it was the final straw in his relationship with Shaw and co-promoter Ken Thompson, who had previously directed Bradley's career through bouts at a Corona lumber yard and the Ontario DoubleTree hotel ballroom.
June 24, 2007 |
It took a beat of the heart for the paralyzing pain to set in. In that instant, Jose Luis Castillo took a step back and stared at the man who had just delivered the devastating blow to his rib cage on the right side. But then the agony and the helplessness crept over Castillo as the air was sucked out of his body.
December 3, 2005 |
As he walked out of Graterford state prison in Pennsylvania, Bernard Hopkins passed a guard. "You'll be back," the sneering guard told Hopkins. That was 18 years ago and Hopkins has returned only as a role model, an example of how a kid from the wrong side of the tracks can find the road to success. Hopkins spent five years in prison after being convicted, at 17, of robbery.
March 6, 2004 |
It was a scene that left boxing fans with a bad taste, yet hungering for more. Fighting on the undercard of the James Toney-Evander Holyfield heavyweight match at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center last October, junior-lightweights Joel Casamayor and Diego Corrales waged a fierce battle. After six rounds, Corrales had been knocked down twice, Casamayor once.