June 8, 1986 |
The American fight promoter occupies a place in public esteem somewhere between a loan shark and a Communist spy. In Hollywood, he's usually portrayed as a heartless conniver chomping a cigar and staging fixed fights in collaboration with various gang-types who look like a convention of Al Capones. The last thing in the world he cares about is the fighter. He's just a piece of meat to the promoter, a commodity. He is to the promoter what the elephant was to Barnum. A meal ticket. No more.
March 14, 1985 |
Larry Holmes had suffered cuts before, but never one that had actually bled. He was used to having his purse cut, having long fought for promoter Don King, but he'd never actually bled anything but green until James (Bonecrusher) Smith cut him last November. Holmes managed to stop Smith and remain undefeated in his 46 fights, retaining his International Boxing Federation heavyweight championship along the way.
June 30, 1988 |
The first surprise Wednesday night came when former North American Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Frankie Duarte fought seven rounds and didn't spill any blood. The second surprise came after the fight, when his trainer spilled the beans. The trainer, Greg Goossen of the Ten Goose Boxing Club in North Hollywood, said that Duarte will fight Oct. 12 in Las Vegas on the undercard of the rematch between Thomas Hearns and Iran Barkley.
January 31, 1985
Steve Alford is back in Bobby Knight's starting lineup at Indiana, but he will be joined by three freshmen as Knight sticks with his controversial youth movement. Knight, who used only six freshmen and senior center Uwe Blab in Sunday's loss to Illinois, reinstated Alford as a probable starter for tonight's game against Iowa. Meanwhile, the mother of Mike Giomi, the player who was dismissed because he failed to meet Knight's academic standards, says that Knight was wrong.
September 28, 1985 |
Despite what you have been led to believe, winning the heavyweight championship is not necessarily the way to riches and fame. In the case of Tony Tubbs, who holds the World Boxing Assn. version, it has been a ticket to oblivion, with a stop at the poorhouse along the way. It used to be, of course, that a title was more or less a license to print money. But then boxing organizations proliferated, and suddenly boxing had more heavyweight champions than Zsa Zsa had husbands.
March 11, 1986 |
Richie Sandoval's reign as World Boxing Assn. bantamweight champion came to an abrupt and startling end Monday night when he was knocked out by challenger Gaby Canizales. It took Sandoval almost a quarter of an hour to regain consciousness after the top-ranked Canizales knocked him out in the seventh round. The knockdown, one of five that Canizales scored in the bout, resulted in Sandoval being taken to nearby Valley Medical Center, where he was listed in "stable" condition late Monday.
February 6, 1986
Richard Sandoval of Pomona, undefeated World Boxing Assn. bantamweight champion, will fight for charity against Hector Cortez of Ecuador in a 10-round non-title bout at 8 p.m. Friday at Cal Poly Pomona's Kellogg Gym. Proceeds will benefit the Mexican American Student Assn. scholarship programs at Ganesha and Garey high schools and Cal Poly Pomona. Sandoval is 28-0 with 18 knockouts and Cortez is 34-7-2.
March 12, 1986 |
Richie Sandoval, who had been knocked unconscious for a terrifying 14 minutes Monday night, was listed in good condition at Valley Medical Center here Tuesday, his bravado in the ring apparently not as costly as first thought. A hospital spokesman reported that Sandoval's vital signs were stable and said that the boxer was "conscious, alert and no longer lethargic, although some amnesia remained."
July 13, 1986 |
Marvelous Marvin Hagler doesn't win all his fights and, depending on how often he goes head-to-head with Bertha, may not even win most of them. Certainly, he's behind on points going into the championship rounds of this domestic battle. Oh, you didn't know? That's what this whole sudden and expensive retirement is about. Wife Bertha is crawling up hubby's shirt over this proposed $10-million bout with Sugar Ray Leonard. Hagler would love to fight Leonard. He'd love to fight anybody.
March 11, 1986 |
Just as Thomas Hearns had earlier in the evening, so did Marvelous Marvin Hagler work to promote an eventual rematch between the two middleweights, working the angles like a big-time wrestling promoter. Hearns' role in the buildup was to look sensational, to remove any doubt about either his punching power or his ability to take a punch. Hagler's role, on the other hand, was to look mortal. Not necessarily ordinary, but certainly within the reach of a rejuvenated Hearns.