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."
November 16, 2002 |
It starts with his first name. What kind of a fighter goes by Paulie? The boxing hero of all those Sylvester Stallone movies was named Rocky. His stumbling, bumbling brother-in-law was named Paulie. It continues with his nickname. Paulie Ayala doesn't have one. His opponent in tonight's World Boxing Council featherweight championship fight has a great nickname. Nobody has trouble picturing Erik "El Terrible" Morales as a fighter. Meeting Ayala wouldn't give you much of a clue, either.
November 18, 2000 |
No. Boxer: Comment 1. Felix Trinidad: Will also have to defend this title Dec. 2. 2. Lennox Lewis: Doesn't lose to opponents or win with critics. 3. Shane Mosley: The future is his. 4. Fernando Vargas: Future will be decided Dec. 2 vs. Trinidad. 5. Naseem Hamed: Gains new respect by agreeing to fight Barrera. 6. Roy Jones: Could gain respect by agreeing to fight someone good. 7. Oscar De La Hoya: Could gain respect fighting someone. 8.
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.
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.
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.