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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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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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February 3, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't much of a tuneup, but welterweight Oba Carr moved a step closer to a big money fight with Oscar De La Hoya with a fourth-round knockout of Jesus Gutierrez Monday night before an announced crowd of 3,541 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Gutierrez (10-4-1) of Juarez, Mexico, was an easy target for Carr and didn't throw many punches with authority. He hung around for four rounds because Carr (44-2-1) rarely used his powerful right.
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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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February 1, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With nothing to lose and only fame and fortune to gain, welterweight boxer Oba Carr launched his campaign to fight world champion Oscar De La Hoya Friday at the Chase Suites Hotel. Carr, who fights Jesus Gutierrez Monday night at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, spent most of a 40-minute chat with reporters selling himself as viable candidate to fight, and beat, De La Hoya. "Right now, he doesn't exactly have anybody to fight him," Carr said. "When he fights me, it's going to be a barn burner.
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February 14, 1999 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
The biggest loser in the aftermath of Saturday night's welterweight boxing bonanza at the Thomas & Mack Center? Well, certainly not Ike Quartey, who took everything Oscar De La Hoya had and came within a punching flurry or two of scoring a huge upset. No, the poor guy nobody wants to be is a welterweight from Detroit named Oba Carr, who had the misfortune of winning his way into De La Hoya's next matchup.
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May 23, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was only one of 249 jabs thrown by Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday night. But it totally changed the nature of his World Boxing Council welterweight title fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. And it threw a shadow over the anticipated blockbuster matchup against Felix Trinidad on Sept. 18. De La Hoya sprained a ligament at the base of the index finger on his left hand, according to physician Tony Daly, with a jab thrown in the second round.
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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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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 25, 2003 | Larry Stewart
The heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko Saturday night at Staples Center provided HBO with its highest rating for boxing in four years. The fight was seen in 4.6 million homes, which represents 13.4% of the nation's television households that get HBO. The 13.4 rating was the highest for an HBO fight since the Oscar De La Hoya-Oba Carr fight May 22, 1999, registered a 14.6.
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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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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.
SPORTS
February 14, 1999 | BILL DWYRE, TIMES SPORTS EDITOR
The biggest loser in the aftermath of Saturday night's welterweight boxing bonanza at the Thomas & Mack Center? Well, certainly not Ike Quartey, who took everything Oscar De La Hoya had and came within a punching flurry or two of scoring a huge upset. No, the poor guy nobody wants to be is a welterweight from Detroit named Oba Carr, who had the misfortune of winning his way into De La Hoya's next matchup.
SPORTS
February 3, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't much of a tuneup, but welterweight Oba Carr moved a step closer to a big money fight with Oscar De La Hoya with a fourth-round knockout of Jesus Gutierrez Monday night before an announced crowd of 3,541 at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. Gutierrez (10-4-1) of Juarez, Mexico, was an easy target for Carr and didn't throw many punches with authority. He hung around for four rounds because Carr (44-2-1) rarely used his powerful right.
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February 1, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With nothing to lose and only fame and fortune to gain, welterweight boxer Oba Carr launched his campaign to fight world champion Oscar De La Hoya Friday at the Chase Suites Hotel. Carr, who fights Jesus Gutierrez Monday night at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, spent most of a 40-minute chat with reporters selling himself as viable candidate to fight, and beat, De La Hoya. "Right now, he doesn't exactly have anybody to fight him," Carr said. "When he fights me, it's going to be a barn burner.
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January 18, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER
Promoter Bob Arum and officials of the new Staples Center have reached an agreement in principle for World Boxing Council welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya to headline the first fight card in the new building. The arena, being constructed in downtown Los Angeles, is expected to be completed this fall. De La Hoya, who grew up in East Los Angeles, must do his part by continuing to win. He is scheduled to fight Ike Quartey on Feb. 13 in Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center.
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