August 8, 1998 |
There is no air conditioning in the Coachella Boxing Club. On a day like last Tuesday, when the temperature climbed to 120 degrees, there is barely any air. Outside, the softball diamonds and surrounding park are empty. Who would be crazy enough to venture out in the heat of this day? Rafael Ruelas, for one. Yes, the same Ruelas whose boxing career was declared over three years ago, after he was hammered by Oscar De La Hoya in the second round of a highly hyped match that turned into a mismatch.
October 25, 2001 |
Top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil lost his fifth consecutive match, falling to Julien Boutter of France, 7-6 (3), 6-2, Wednesday in the first round of the Swiss Indoors at Basel. Boutter is ranked 67th. Kuerten has not won since reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick struggled past French qualifier Stephan Huet, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5). Huet is ranked 254th.
July 31, 1999 |
Chasing Raul. Sounds like a catchy title for a movie, but it's actually what promoter Roy Englebrecht has been doing since Long Beach welterweight Raul Franco turned professional three years ago. "I already told him he shouldn't be fighting, he should be on [Beverly Hills] 90210 with his looks, " Englebrecht said after Franco's pro debut, a knockout of San Diego's Roy Pegues at the Irvine Marriott. "Technically, he was sound for 19 years old. I was surprised by his power.
November 21, 2009 |
Andre Ward doesn't have half the professional experience of his opponent tonight, world super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler of Denmark. What the 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist is banking on are the assets that made him an international champion as an amateur. "I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm determined," said Oakland's Ward (20-0, 13 knockouts), who'll fight Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) for the World Boxing Assn. super-middleweight title tonight on Showtime in his hometown Oracle Arena.
December 10, 2009 |
Staples Center has made a guaranteed $20-million offer to host the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega-fight that has been tentatively agreed on by the boxers to be fought March 13. "This is the biggest boxing event ever, and we're prepared to step up in a big way," said Dan Beckerman, chief financial officer for AEG, which runs Staples Center. Pacquiao and Mayweather have not officially agreed to the fight, but their promoters are already looking to secure a site for the lucrative bout that is the talk of the boxing community.
March 5, 2010 |
Vic Darchinyan has an immediate task at hand with Saturday night's world super-flyweight title defense against Mexico's Rodrigo Guerrero at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 knockouts) is already thinking about the fight he most wants: a rematch against Nonito Donaire. "He had luck the first time, and he knows it," Darchinyan said of Donaire. "He doesn't want to fight me. I've heard Showtime has offered him three times the money he'd get from anyone else, and that he won't take it. That says he doesn't want the fight."
June 7, 2013 |
Josesito Lopez would one day like to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the Riverside fighter in no way shares Mayweather's theory of boxing. While Mayweather has made a lucrative, unbeaten career of avoiding punishment in the ring, Lopez, 28, has arrived as a main-event fighter at StubHub Center in Carson - where on Saturday night he faces Argentina's hard-punching Marcos Maidana in a Showtime-televised welterweight bout - by unabashedly engaging in...
March 2, 2007 |
The parents of Rafael and Juan Manuel Marquez were no different from most in their lesson giving: Say your prayers, resist the dead end of gangs and drugs, think positive. The difference was getting that message to stick in the poor Mexico City borough of Iztapalapa, where the brothers navigated violent streets surrounded by gang members, drug dealers and other "bad people," as Juan Manuel called them.
March 16, 2008 |
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao, winning crucial points that came with his third-round knockdown of Juan Manuel Marquez, became super-featherweight champion Saturday night in another epic battle with the Mexican fighter. Four years after they first fought to a draw in the same Mandalay Bay Events Center, Pacquiao and Marquez split the voting among judges Duane Ford, who gave Pacquiao a 115-112 edge, and Jerry Roth, who saw Marquez winning, 115-112.
March 7, 2014 |
Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez didn't just have to look at himself in the mirror after suffering his first professional loss in a boxing ring last September. He had to peer into the eyes of his people, hear their complaints, appreciate the concerns of those irked because he didn't expend more energy and risk more in the fight of his young life against Floyd Mayweather Jr. "I tried to get him up against the ropes, tried to pound him," Alvarez, 23, said through an interpreter of his majority-decision loss to the unbeaten Mayweather.