April 13, 1990 |
The Paul Westhead fast-break system has touched fellow coaches as well as players and fans, and now Jimmy Ellis is hoping to take the break to the Midwest. Ellis, who was a volunteer coach at Loyola Marymount for four seasons under Westhead, is interviewing next month for the head coaching position with the Oklahoma City Cavalry of the Continental Basketball Assn.
December 7, 1991 |
The breath comes in great billowing clouds from heavyweight Jimmy Ellis' mouth. His thick legs churn through the frigid air at dawn, and his heavy feet pound the streets around Big Bear. All around him stand the San Bernardino Mountains, heavy and immovable, some of them treeless at the top. Ellis will see roughly the same thing tonight when he looks across the ring at Reno-Sparks Convention Center. This bald mountain is George Foreman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2011 |
Joe Frazier, the heavyweight boxing champion who in 1971 became the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali, then lost two epic rematches including a ferocious battle known as the "Thrilla in Manila," died Monday night. He was 67. Smokin' Joe, as he was known, died in Philadelphia, said his manager, Leslie Wolff. He had liver cancer. It was a golden age of heavyweight boxing in the 1970s, when fight fans filled massive arenas and boosted the sport's television ratings to watch the likes of Ali and Frazier and George Foreman, Jerry Quarry and Ken Norton.
December 8, 1991 |
For 15 years, through youth leagues, high school, college and even a brief stint with the Raiders, Jimmy Ellis always wore a football helmet. He sure could have used one Saturday night. With only boxing gloves to protect him, the big-hearted but clearly outgunned Ellis became George Foreman's 66th knockout victim in a 73-fight career that has spanned four decades.
August 23, 1987
Re "Harmonic Convergence: A Braver New World" by Bob Sipchen and Jonathan Weisman, Aug. 12: Someday, oh someday, the Los Angeles Times will write a non-condescending, non-judgmental story on a metaphysical topic. That is not a psychic prediction. Just a hope. JIMMY ELLIS Santa Monica
October 4, 1991 |
George Foreman will fight Jimmy Ellis on Dec. 7 at the Country Club in Reseda. Ellis, 27, played football at Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach and was a four-year starter at Boise State. He was drafted by the Raiders in the 10th round in 1987 and cut before the season. Ellis (16-0-1) is managed by Raider defensive end Howie Long.