July 12, 1998 |
"Jesse" James Leija claimed the International Boxing Assn.'s vacant lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Azumah Nelson on Saturday night. A crowd of only 7,681 showed at the Alamodome to watch hometown favorite Leija (36-3-2, 14 knockouts) outpoint Nelson (39-5-2) in the 12-round fight. Leija led on all three judges' scorecards--119-110, 116-112 and 116-112.
January 17, 1999 |
Surviving both a cut above the right eye suffered early in the fight and a knockdown in the last round, Roberto Garcia of Oxnard won a close, but unanimous decision over John John Molina to retain his International Boxing Federation junior lightweight title in the semi-main event Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. When it was over, both Garcia (32-0, 24 knockouts) and Molina (45-6, 30 knockouts) continued their war with words.
June 17, 2003 |
In an effort to upgrade the undercard of Saturday's Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko heavyweight title fight at Staples Center, promoter Gary Shaw has added Ricardo Williams, a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics. Still to be determined for Williams, a super-middleweight, are an opponent, a length for the bout and his spot on the card. Williams (8-1) is coming off his first professional loss, a unanimous decision to Juan Valenzuela on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas.
December 6, 1997
Heavyweight Lance Whitaker of Granada Hills will put his 11-0 record on the line in an eight-round bout against Eddie Gonzalez of San Antonio on Friday in North Lake, Ill. Whitaker, 26, has knocked out all of his opponents in under two rounds since turning pro in July of 1996. Gonzalez is 26-18-1 with 15 knockouts. The fight is on the undercard of a 10-round lightweight main event between Goyo Vargas and Andre Cray.
March 10, 1999 |
Underpaid college coaches who successfully sued the NCAA are finally getting a big bonus: $54.5 million. The NCAA agreed Tuesday to pay the amount to about 2,000 Division I assistant coaches whose annual salary was capped at $12,000. The so-called restricted-earnings rule lasted three years before a judge struck it down in 1995. The coaches and the NCAA had been fighting over a settlement ever since. The settlement came a day after another NCAA setback.
December 12, 2003 |
"Mighty" Mike Anchondo must not have gotten that memo about respecting one's elders. Because for most of Thursday evening, the 21-year-old Anchondo administered a beating to one-time World Boxing Council featherweight champion Gregorio "Goyo" Vargas, 32, and came away with a career-elevating unanimous decision -- 100-89, 98-91, 97-92 -- in the main event of an HBO Latino card at Grand Olympic Auditorium. The Times scored the 10-round lightweight bout, 98-91.