June 20, 2003 |
Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis stepped on the scales in front of Staples Center on Thursday afternoon, and a murmur went through the crowd. And not because his chest looked sculpted. Just the opposite. Lewis weighed in at 256 1/2 pounds for Saturday's title defense against Vitali Klitschko, the heaviest Lewis has been in a 15-year career. That is 7 1/2 pounds heavier than he was a year ago when he knocked out Mike Tyson in Memphis, Tenn.
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.
August 30, 2000 |
Mervyn Penniston of Trinidad and Jaime De La Torre of Zacatecas, Mexico, will fight for the WBC Latin American-Caribbean super-middleweight championship on Sept. 16 at the Castaic Brick Yard. Penniston and De La Torre, who trains out of El Monte, each have seven knockouts. Two experienced lightweights, Justin Juuko of Masaka, Uganda, and Alejandro Jiminez of Canoga Park, will meet in an eight-round bout.
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.
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).
June 11, 1995 |
As Frankie Carmona shadowboxed inside the ring, backpedaling while throwing an assortment of combinations, he shouted out to his trainer. "What's my nickname gonna be when I turn pro?" Carmona asked. "Pit bull," Manuel Montiel responded. At 5-feet-6, 127 pounds, Carmona certainly has the stature appropriate for the moniker; and as he showed in winning the featherweight division gold medal at the National Golden Gloves last month, he also has the toughness.
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.
June 5, 2006 |
After failing to qualify for Saturday's scheduled lightweight title fight when he came in overweight Friday, Jose Luis Castillo now faces the scales of justice. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, was expected to issue a complaint today or Tuesday against the former two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion.