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May 23, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
Stuff happens in boxing, right? Goyo Vargas, who is about to get the break of his life--a title fight against Floyd Mayweather on a leading cable network--instead gets married, disappears from his training camp, starts eating too much and suddenly is no longer a featherweight, not even a super featherweight.
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May 23, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
Stuff happens in boxing, right? Goyo Vargas, who is about to get the break of his life--a title fight against Floyd Mayweather on a leading cable network--instead gets married, disappears from his training camp, starts eating too much and suddenly is no longer a featherweight, not even a super featherweight.
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August 30, 2000 | From Staff Reports
Mervyn Penniston of Trinidad and Jaime De La Torre of Zacatecas, Mexico, will fight for the WBC Latin American-Caribbean super-middleweight championship on Sept. 16 at the Castaic Brick Yard. Penniston and De La Torre, who trains out of El Monte, each have seven knockouts. Two experienced lightweights, Justin Juuko of Masaka, Uganda, and Alejandro Jiminez of Canoga Park, will meet in an eight-round bout.
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April 21, 2000 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A junior-lightweight title fight will be one of five bouts on the undercard of the Oscar De La Hoya-Sugar Shane Mosley fight June 17 at Staples Center. Diego Corrales (31-0 with 25 knockouts) will defend his International Boxing Federation 130-pound championship against Justin Juuko (34-3-2, 25 KOs). If he beats Juuko, Corrales wants to to fight World Boxing Council junior-lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. "That's the next step for me--unifying the title," said Corrales, of Sacramento.
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June 18, 2000 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It didn't take long for Erik Morales to make his presence felt in the featherweight division--less than a round. That's all it took for Morales, making his featherweight debut, to knock Mike Juarez down. It was the first of three knockdowns for Morales en route to a third-round technical knockout victory. Morales' triumph highlighted the undercard of the Oscar De La Hoya--Shane Mosley welterweight title fight at Staples Center on Saturday night.
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May 23, 1999 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
The real drama central to the Oscar De La Hoya-Oba Carr boxing card here Saturday night may have been thousands of miles away, in Puerto Rico. That's where relatives and handlers of Felix Trinidad, next on De La Hoya's horizon, were deciding whether to allow the sun to rise on that fight. Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said he finalized the deal Friday that would pay De La Hoya a minimum of $15 million and Trinidad and his promoter, Don King, $10.5 million for a Sept.
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June 17, 2000 | STEVE SPRINGER
Much has been made of Oscar De La Hoya's size advantage over Shane Mosley, whom he will face in tonight's welterweight showdown at Staples Center. De La Hoya has a two- to three-inch height advantage, depending on whom you believe, and is facing an opponent who has had only two fights in the welterweight division after jumping up two weight classes, from 135 pounds to 147. But on the scales at Friday's weigh-in, it was Mosley who had the edge, coming in at 147. De La Hoya weighed 146 1/2.
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May 22, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oba Carr, meet Steve Patterson. Patterson is the answer to a college basketball trivia question: Who was UCLA's center between the Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton eras? Now Carr figures to be the answer to a future boxing trivia question: Who was Oscar De La Hoya's opponent between his blockbuster fights against Ike Quartey and Felix Trinidad?
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June 23, 2002 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the months and days leading up to his featherweight championship fight with Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera engaged his countryman and rival in a slew of mind games. He'd alternate insults and praise, ethnic slurs and back-handed compliments, all of which served to further anger the Tijuana-born Morales.
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June 22, 2002 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To fully comprehend the cultural implications of tonight's Marco Antonio Barrera-Erik Morales featherweight championship fight and to understand the severity of the insults hurled between the two Mexican fighters, you need more than a weekend crash course at your neighborhood Berlitz. Living south of the border for an extended period may broaden your horizons enough to get a handle on the goings-on. So too might studying up in pre-conquest history.
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May 20, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oba Carr insists he isn't concerned about his opponent in the opposite corner Saturday night--Oscar De La Hoya. That's because Carr is convinced he knows who is in his corner--God. Athletes seeking divine blessings and guidance are nothing new. They have long looked to the heavens for protection from injury, for a source of inspiration, for a well from which to draw strength.
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