July 21, 2005 |
Based on the results of the latest urinalysis test of James Toney, the New York State Athletic Commission has declared the heavyweight fighter "drug free" and will lift his suspension July 30. Toney was suspended and fined $10,000 after he tested positive for an illegal steroid after his April 30 title fight against John Ruiz in New York's Madison Square Garden. When he was suspended, Toney maintained his innocence.
May 7, 2005 |
Diego Corrales still has a bitter taste in his mouth from the last time he stood in the ring at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. On that night 19 months ago, his throat filled with blood from two ugly cuts in his lip, his jaw badly bruised, more blood trickling from a cut above his left eye, Corrales saw his career possibly slipping away through a bloody haze.
December 6, 2002 |
Verbal attacks at boxing news conferences are nothing new. But a promoter blasting his own fighter? In a scene truly bizarre, even for boxing, promoter Bob Arum ripped Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for failing to show up Thursday at a news conference in Las Vegas to discuss the defense of his World Boxing Council lightweight title Saturday against Jose Luis Castillo.
June 28, 2007 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is coming out of retirement, a less-than-stunning revelation that catches absolutely no one by surprise. Coming off last month's victory over Oscar De La Hoya in the richest non-heavyweight fight ever, Mayweather has entered into negotiations with Ricky Hatton for a pay-per-view bout. Tentative date: Nov. 10. Logical site: Las Vegas. Biggest roadblock: Money.
April 19, 2002 |
Jose Luis Castillo is more than just a regular at his hometown team's games in the Mexican winter baseball league. The World Boxing Council lightweight champion often takes batting practice with the Mexicali Eagles, and Castillo has been known to sit on the Eagles' bench--in full uniform, his name stitched to the back. Still, it's not as though the fans and opposing teams don't know who he is and what he does for a living.
May 8, 2007 |
Former world champion boxer Diego Corrales was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday night in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department source confirmed Corrales was killed in the evening crash and was "traveling at a high rate of speed" before impact. The spokesman said at least one other vehicle was involved and that one person in an automobile at the scene had sustained minor injuries.
June 18, 2004 |
The World Boxing Council, perhaps the most credible and recognized of boxing's sanctioning organizations, will cease to exist today if its president, Jose Sulaiman, follows through on plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in a Puerto Rican court. Sulaiman is taking the action as the result of a $31-million judgment granted by a New York jury to light-heavyweight Graciano Rocchigiani last year.
November 10, 2012 |
Homework for boxing fans: Write down the name Leo Santa Cruz. Then start looking for his next fight. He is a Mexican-born resident of Los Angeles who, Saturday night at Staples Center, remained unbeaten in 23 fights. He beat a tough and game Victor Zaleta of El Paso in a bantamweight brawl that featured punchers appearing to carry considerable more weight and danger than the normal 118 pounders. Santa Cruz won with a straight right to the face in the eighth round. By then, Zaleta had taken quite a beating and seemed to go down, not just with the right to the face, but under the totality of punches.
May 14, 2002 |
Promoter Bob Arum, angry that he can't get Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to a title rematch against Jose Luis Castillo at Staples Center, has made today the deadline for Mayweather to change his mind. Arum, who had planned on holding the fight Aug. 10 at Staples Center, insists that if Mayweather doesn't budge, he will reschedule the match for the fall in Las Vegas.
January 21, 2007 |
Nikolai Valuev retained the World Boxing Assn. heavyweight title Saturday night at Basel, Switzerland, when American challenger Jameel McCline collapsed in the third round after injuring his left knee. McCline missed a swing at the 7-foot Russian and fell to the canvas as he tore ligaments in his kneecap. He tried unsuccessfully to stand up several times. "He was in terrible pain, literally screaming," said Scott Hirsch, McCline's manager. "He thought he was fighting well.