June 17, 2004 |
Paulie Ayala and Marco Antonio Barrera, two former world champions at the crossroads of their boxing careers, will meet in a 12-round featherweight non-title bout Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Ayala, 34, and Barrera, 30, each know that a defeat could be devastating. "I don't have time in my life, at my age, to start over," Ayala said Wednesday. "I'm very focused on this fight, and it's very important."
October 7, 2000 |
Fight of the year? This one didn't even figure to be the fight of the night. When Johnny Tapia and Paulie Ayala squared off in June 1999 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center, there wasn't much anticipation or interest from the general public. Although it was listed as the main event, the Tapia-Ayala bout was being overshadowed by the big boys. The real big boys. Nobody has ever accused Eric "Butterbean" Esch or Peter McNeeley of being skilled heavyweights.
June 20, 2004 |
Mexican featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera wanted to put on a strong showing for his fans Saturday night in his first Los Angeles-area bout in eight years. With a vocal crowd cheering him on, he didn't disappoint. Barrera, 30, showed he still has plenty of boxing left in him by scoring a 10th-round knockout against Paulie Ayala in a non-title bout in front of 5,732 at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Barrera (58-4, 41 knockouts) was the picture of precision.
June 18, 2004 |
There's much at stake for Paulie Ayala and Marco Antonio Barrera in their scheduled 12-round featherweight bout Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, and each boxer knows it. The loser might be destined for lesser fights, or retirement. The winner would move a step closer to a possible title shot. "This is one of the most important fights in my career; it's a crossroads fight," Ayala said.
March 4, 2000 |
Promoter Bob Arum calls tonight's boxing show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center "one of the best fight cards ever assembled." Responded rival promoter Don King: "Don't laugh. This is a sick man." Arum doesn't even have the best fight in town this weekend. That distinction belonged to the Felix Trinidad-David Reid match, promoted by King on Friday night at Caesars Palace. Paulie Ayala, headliner of the Arum card, would have had trouble getting recognized at the Trinidad-Reid fight.
March 5, 2000 |
Paulie Ayala certainly didn't look like the fighter of the year Saturday night. A 17-1 favorite against Johnny Bredahl, Ayala barely hung on to defend his World Boxing Assn. bantamweight title at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in front of a crowd of 3,378, winning by majority decision. That's more than WBA super-bantamweight champion Nestor Garza could say. A 5-1 favorite in his title defense against Clarence "Bones" Adams, Garza lost by unanimous decision after being knocked down twice.