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January 25, 1998 | Jon Regardie
When the world learned that Mike Tyson had been disqualified for snacking on Evander Holyfield, it was through the tuxedoed eminence of JIMMY LENNON JR. Lennon, 39, of Bel-Air, has been boxing promoter Don King's exclusive ring announcer since 1991 (he's also done a Doritos commercial and an episode of "Webster"). And he carries on the family business--his father, Jimmy Lennon, announced boxing and wrestling matches for 43 years. * Q: Tell us about the Tyson-Holyfield fight.
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January 1, 2000
Was Chris Dufresne drinking before his "Last Call" [Dec. 27]. As far as worst trades in L.A. sports history go, how is trading a disgruntled Eric Dickerson, who just told John Robinson to run 47-gap, worse than the Dodgers trading away the best catcher in history in Mike Piazza? Was there a sadder moment than watching O.J. Simpson's slow-speed chase and subsequent arrest in the murder of his wife Nicole? As far as most embarrassing moments go, how about the Clippers' three-point quarter against the Lakers just a few weeks ago?
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SPORTS
April 21, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon, the slightly built, flamboyant Irish tenor who never heard a name he couldn't accurately pronounce, died Monday afternoon. He was 79. Lennon, in failing health in recent years, died of heart failure at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Doris, a former stage actress, and a son who also is a boxing announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr.
MAGAZINE
January 25, 1998 | Jon Regardie
When the world learned that Mike Tyson had been disqualified for snacking on Evander Holyfield, it was through the tuxedoed eminence of JIMMY LENNON JR. Lennon, 39, of Bel-Air, has been boxing promoter Don King's exclusive ring announcer since 1991 (he's also done a Doritos commercial and an episode of "Webster"). And he carries on the family business--his father, Jimmy Lennon, announced boxing and wrestling matches for 43 years. * Q: Tell us about the Tyson-Holyfield fight.
SPORTS
September 28, 1985
In reference to Jim Murray's well deserved salute to fight announcer Jimmy Lennon, one name should be added: Dan Tobey. Possessed of a special flair, Dan Tobey was every bit as dramatic and eloquent as any ring announcer. When Murray wrote, "on the West Coast, when you talk of historic fight announcers, you can only mean . . . (Jimmy Lennon)." I, for a least one, would beg to differ. BUD DYER Los Angeles
NEWS
August 31, 1989 | Ray Ripton
Lennon-family watchers, whether fans of show business, boxing or volleyball, will have plenty to do during the seventh annual Venice Backyard Volleyball Championships from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The Lennon sisters--Diane, Peggy, Janet and Kathy--will sing the national anthem before the championship final. Veteran boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon will introduce the tournament's king and queen in his usual orotund voice if health permits.
SPORTS
January 1, 2000
Was Chris Dufresne drinking before his "Last Call" [Dec. 27]. As far as worst trades in L.A. sports history go, how is trading a disgruntled Eric Dickerson, who just told John Robinson to run 47-gap, worse than the Dodgers trading away the best catcher in history in Mike Piazza? Was there a sadder moment than watching O.J. Simpson's slow-speed chase and subsequent arrest in the murder of his wife Nicole? As far as most embarrassing moments go, how about the Clippers' three-point quarter against the Lakers just a few weeks ago?
SPORTS
June 19, 1987 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
It can take awhile to introduce San Fernando heavyweight Alex Garcia. You have to mention that he was the national amateur super-heavyweight champ before turning pro in February. And that he was 3-0 with two knockouts before his scheduled four-rounder Thursday night at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It took ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. about 30 seconds to mention all that. Which is two seconds longer than it took Garcia to fight .
SPORTS
September 20, 1985 | David Morgan, Sports Digest was compiled by David Morgan
Bill Belcher, 43, an assistant football coach at Agoura High, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday evening at Westlake Community Hospital. He was stricken while tutoring a student in math. "I don't think it's something you overcome," Agoura Coach Frank Greminger said. "It's something you just have to accept. We'll just have to go along with what he would have expected from the team. We're certainly saddened. "It didn't make a difference if it was the classroom or the field.
SPORTS
September 25, 1985 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Lennon has been tackled by a wrestler, peppered by debris and stomped by angry fans, but boxing's senior ring announcer still has the fight in him. Jimmy Lennon was the most surprised man in the house. Vaudeville was his gig. Singing was his game. So what the heck was he doing standing in the middle of a boxing ring? It was during World War II.
SPORTS
April 21, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon, the slightly built, flamboyant Irish tenor who never heard a name he couldn't accurately pronounce, died Monday afternoon. He was 79. Lennon, in failing health in recent years, died of heart failure at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Doris, a former stage actress, and a son who also is a boxing announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1991 | DAVID WHARTON, David Wharton is a Times staff writer
To hear Jimmy Lennon Jr. tell it, his family reunions resemble all-star revues. "First the Lennon Sisters sing," said Lennon, a cousin of the famous 1960s group. "My uncles harmonize--they were the Lennon Brothers before there were the Lennon Sisters. My other cousins have a rock band. There are violin players and guitar players. Everyone trades off."
NEWS
August 31, 1989 | Ray Ripton
Lennon-family watchers, whether fans of show business, boxing or volleyball, will have plenty to do during the seventh annual Venice Backyard Volleyball Championships from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 10. The Lennon sisters--Diane, Peggy, Janet and Kathy--will sing the national anthem before the championship final. Veteran boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon will introduce the tournament's king and queen in his usual orotund voice if health permits.
SPORTS
August 26, 1987 | RICH TOSCHES, Times Staff Writer
It's highly unlikely that when Mom and Dad Torres of San Juan, Puerto Rico, sought a name for their son 26 years ago they thought of how many victories he might have after 12 professional boxing matches. But alas, his name and his win total are Juan and the same. Juan (Kid) Torres, now of San Diego, watched his record drop to 1-9-2 with a loss to Abe Gomez of Arleta on Tuesday night at the Country Club in Reseda.
SPORTS
June 19, 1987 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
It can take awhile to introduce San Fernando heavyweight Alex Garcia. You have to mention that he was the national amateur super-heavyweight champ before turning pro in February. And that he was 3-0 with two knockouts before his scheduled four-rounder Thursday night at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It took ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. about 30 seconds to mention all that. Which is two seconds longer than it took Garcia to fight .
SPORTS
September 28, 1985
In reference to Jim Murray's well deserved salute to fight announcer Jimmy Lennon, one name should be added: Dan Tobey. Possessed of a special flair, Dan Tobey was every bit as dramatic and eloquent as any ring announcer. When Murray wrote, "on the West Coast, when you talk of historic fight announcers, you can only mean . . . (Jimmy Lennon)." I, for a least one, would beg to differ. BUD DYER Los Angeles
SPORTS
August 26, 1987 | RICH TOSCHES, Times Staff Writer
It's highly unlikely that when Mom and Dad Torres of San Juan, Puerto Rico, sought a name for their son 26 years ago they thought of how many victories he might have after 12 professional boxing matches. But alas, his name and his win total are Juan and the same. Juan (Kid) Torres, now of San Diego, watched his record drop to 1-9-2 with a loss to Abe Gomez of Arleta on Tuesday night at the Country Club in Reseda.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 1991 | DAVID WHARTON, David Wharton is a Times staff writer
To hear Jimmy Lennon Jr. tell it, his family reunions resemble all-star revues. "First the Lennon Sisters sing," said Lennon, a cousin of the famous 1960s group. "My uncles harmonize--they were the Lennon Brothers before there were the Lennon Sisters. My other cousins have a rock band. There are violin players and guitar players. Everyone trades off."
SPORTS
September 25, 1985 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Lennon has been tackled by a wrestler, peppered by debris and stomped by angry fans, but boxing's senior ring announcer still has the fight in him. Jimmy Lennon was the most surprised man in the house. Vaudeville was his gig. Singing was his game. So what the heck was he doing standing in the middle of a boxing ring? It was during World War II.
SPORTS
September 20, 1985 | David Morgan, Sports Digest was compiled by David Morgan
Bill Belcher, 43, an assistant football coach at Agoura High, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday evening at Westlake Community Hospital. He was stricken while tutoring a student in math. "I don't think it's something you overcome," Agoura Coach Frank Greminger said. "It's something you just have to accept. We'll just have to go along with what he would have expected from the team. We're certainly saddened. "It didn't make a difference if it was the classroom or the field.
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