June 17, 2003 |
In an effort to upgrade the undercard of Saturday's Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko heavyweight title fight at Staples Center, promoter Gary Shaw has added Ricardo Williams, a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics. Still to be determined for Williams, a super-middleweight, are an opponent, a length for the bout and his spot on the card. Williams (8-1) is coming off his first professional loss, a unanimous decision to Juan Valenzuela on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas.
March 7, 1999 |
Does Mike Tyson have a future in boxing? Is Oscar De La Hoya, East L.A.'s "Golden Boy," overrated? When will Pomona's "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Oxnard's Fernando Vargas gain national prominence? For Southern Californians who want to know, tune in to Steve Kim's weekly radio show devoted to "the sweet science" of boxing. Since June 1997, with just a brief hiatus, Kim, 27, has hosted "The Main Event," airing Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on XTRA (1150 AM).
February 29, 2000 |
It's not unusual to see a fight break out between boxers at a news conference. It is unusual to see one that wasn't staged as a publicity stunt. How do I know that the brawl between Lucia Rijker and Christy Martin on Monday at the L.A. Boxing Club wasn't choreographed? No TV cameras were in position to film it for the evening news. You have to figure Don King has seen everything in the sport.
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September 12, 2002 |
Jerry Boyd, a veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer and ringside "cut man" who battled rejection slips for 40 years before becoming a literary sensation at age 70 with a collection of boxing short stories written under the pen name F.X. Toole, has died. He was 72. Boyd, a Redondo Beach resident, died Sept 2 of complications after heart surgery in a Torrance hospital. Boyd surprised the regulars at the L.A.
September 4, 2000 |
Up until a few days ago, if you ducked into the L.A. Boxing Club, at the ragtag corner of Washington and Hope, asking after a certain "F.X. Toole," you might be rebuffed with a blank stare. A lifted eyebrow. A beat of silence. In the warren of sky-lit rooms overtaken by blue-canvas boxing rings, men and women who hit the bags and dance the canvas here don't know jack about an F.X. Toole.
February 26, 2000 |
Oscar De La Hoya, scheduled to fight Derrell Coley tonight in a welterweight match at Madison Square Garden, was a pound over the 147-pound limit at the Friday weigh-in, according to Coley and his handlers. "He weighed 148 and he knows it," Coley said. That was disputed by Melville Southard, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission. "As far as I know, there was air between the 147 [mark] and the top [of the scale]," Southard said. "There is no controversy in my mind, no favoritism.