December 24, 2009 |
Boxing's tendency to inflame hostility, name-calling and old grudges in contract negotiations is threatening the biggest fight in the sport. Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, told The Times on Wednesday that he's treating the Filipino's verbally-agreed-upon mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13 as if it's "dead," and added he's instructed his matchmaker to explore other possible fights for Pacquiao. Arum is angered that Mayweather's camp wants Pacquiao to submit to a random blood-testing protocol supervised by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
August 23, 1988 |
In a surprising reversal of an earlier ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday dismissed a local record promoter's $25-million antitrust suit against MCA Records and the Warner Communications record labels. The lawsuit, filed more than two years ago by independent record promoter Joseph Isgro, charged that MCA, Warner and 10 other major record companies had conspired to boycott Isgro's services in an effort to reduce the price of independent promotion.
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February 11, 1989 |
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday threw out payola charges against a San Francisco-area record promoter and dealt at least a temporary setback to the Justice Department's much-publicized investigation into alleged illegal practices in the recording industry. Responding to a defense motion, U.S.
December 1, 1990 |
Judging from appearances, Gary Folgner could be a comfortable denizen of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. At 49, he looks like an aging, mellowed, '60s throwback, outfitted in an ever-present Hawaiian shirt, a mixed-breed dog for his constant companion, a two-room apartment in a decaying, 1929-vintage motel in Dana Point for his address.
January 16, 2003 |
With his stellar pro career winding down, Oscar De La Hoya is looking for other ways to stay in the fight game. Now he will try promoting fighters instead of knocking them out. Tonight De La Hoya, through his recently formed Golden Boy Promotions company, will have a six-fight card at the Olympic Auditorium. The main event features World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Oscar Larios (46-3-1) against Marcos Licona (19-2-1) in a 10-round, nontitle fight.
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November 12, 1991
A sports memorabilia show promoter, who was charged with writing bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks and the Dodgers' Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, has pleaded guilty. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, who called himself Ernest Dent when he organized a memorabilia show that attracted thousands of fans to the Pasadena Center in September, 1990, entered the plea Friday in Pasadena Superior Court to 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor.
November 18, 1989 |
LeRoy Irvin, the Rams' 10-year veteran at cornerback, will get a head start on his post-football career as a boxing promoter Tuesday night at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. His first main event is an interesting heavyweight bout, matching Tony Tubbs, a contender until Mike Tyson knocked him out in Tokyo, against Orlin Norris, ranked in the top 10 by all three of boxing's governing bodies. The California Athletic Commission issued Irvin a one-show-only promoter's license.
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August 23, 1990
Jury selection began in Los Angeles Tuesday in the trial of a former major independent music promoter and two business associates charged in a cash-and-cocaine payola scam to get radio air play for records.
September 29, 1993 |
Rick (Elvis) Parker, an Orlando, Fla., boxing promoter, has been accused by one of his fighters of fixing up to 12 bouts for such heavyweights as Randall (Tex) Cobb and Mark Gastineau, the former pro football player. According to a story in this week's Sports Illustrated, among the fights fixed by Parker of Orlando were Cobb's first-round knockout of journeyman Sonny Barch on Sept. 15, 1992, and Gastineau's first-round victory against Rick Hoard on the same card. Barch made the accusation.
December 2, 1989 |
A former record promoter indicted on racketeering, fraud and other charges for making "payola" payments to radio station programmers has allegedly threatened a former employee expected to testify against him, a federal prosecutor said Friday. Justice Department attorney Drew Pitt also told a federal magistrate that authorities believe that Joseph Isgro, 42, has Mafia connections that might be employed to make good on the alleged threats.