August 13, 2011 |
Abner Mares' hard road to a world championship reached its destination Saturday, with a huge 11th-round push to the finish line by referee Russell Mora. Mares defeated champion Joseph Agbeko by majority decision in a thrilling clash for the International Boxing Federation bantamweight title at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Judges Oren Shellenberger and Adalaide Byrd each scored the bout 115-111 for Mares, and C.J. Ross had it 113-113. The scoring was spoiled by Mora's decisions, with the worst gaffe being his 11th-round decision to award Mares (22-0-1)
December 15, 2002 |
Boxing is a lot like the Bible, goes the old maxim, in that 'tis better to give than to receive, and as the holiday season descended upon the storm-lashed Eastern Seaboard, aging Evander Holyfield abruptly got religion Saturday night in the form of a decisive whipping administered by a younger, quicker Chris Byrd.
August 18, 2000 |
It wasn't the clean knockout federal prosecutors had hoped for, but they still won a solid decision Thursday when a jury found International Boxing Federation founder and former president Bob Lee guilty on six of 38 counts in a New Jersey racketeering trial. The 66-year-old Lee, charged with taking $338,000 in bribes from promoters and managers to fix rankings and sanction fights, was found guilty of tax evasion, money laundering and interstate travel in aid of racketeering.
May 6, 2000 |
Jurors in the racketeering case against International Boxing Federation founder Robert Lee Sr. got their first glimpse Friday at hidden-camera videotape of Lee receiving alleged bribe money. The flickering tape shows Lee in a hotel suite with longtime IBF rankings chairman Douglas Beavers. Beavers pulls up his pants leg and removes a packet from his sock. "Christmas cheer," he says. Lee takes the packet and asks: "What, how much is this?" "It's $5,000," Beavers says.
March 24, 2000 |
The State Attorney General's office, at the request of the California State Athletic Commission, has launched an investigation of boxing promoter Bob Arum, based on Arum's sworn statement that he made improper payments to the International Boxing Federation in 1995. Although it appears unlikely, Deputy Attorney General Earl Plowman wouldn't rule out the possibility that his action could jeopardize the Oscar De La Hoya-Shane Mosley welterweight title fight June 17 at Staples Center.
February 1, 2000 |
The case files from United States of America v. International Boxing Federation read like a spy novel. There are clandestine meetings and phone calls filled with code words. Don King is referred to as "Fuzzy Wuzzy" and another promoter is called "the fat man." Alleged bribes are "turkey" and "stuffing." At the center of the racketeering probe, IBF President Robert Lee Sr.