September 4, 1988 |
Question: "Is there an Olympic boxer to take on Mike Tyson?" Boxing observer's smart-alecky response: "In what, tennis?" Actually, when viewed from a historical perspective, the question isn't totally absurd. Not totally. After all, who in 1984, at the U.S. Olympic team boxing trials, would have looked at 17-year-old Mike Tyson and predicted that in 1988 he would earn something close to $50 million? No one, that's who. Remember, Tyson, as impressive as he looked, couldn't make the Olympic team.
July 24, 1991 |
World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Ray Mercer will not fight Bruce Seldon on Aug. 9 as scheduled because he aggravated an ankle injury.
February 7, 1992 |
Now we find out if Larry Holmes, the 42-year-old former heavyweight champion and current George Foreman wanna-be, can lift his game to another level. The last time Holmes fought in recognizable form was April 19, 1986, when he lost for the second time to Michael Spinks on a controversial 15-round decision. Holmes stayed away for almost two years before coming back in January of 1988 for a last payday and was knocked out by Mike Tyson in the fourth round.
December 30, 1992 |
Larry Holmes says he was fighting with a detached retina when he earned a shot at the heavyweight championship. "I got a detached retina in my right eye three weeks before I fought Ray Mercer," the former champion said Tuesday. "I kept it quiet. I could see partially out of the right eye." On Feb. 7, Holmes, 43, scored an upset 12-round decision over Mercer at Atlantic City, N.J., and earned a title shot against Evander Holyfield.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON - The giant American boxer dances into the ring, chants of "USA" fill the dark and crowded arena, and immediately you think of former Olympic champion George Foreman. Until the kid gets popped in his grill. "My legs got fatigued really fast," says Michael Hunter II, bloodied and exhausted in the blink of a watery eye. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 5 Another large American boxer enters the ring, bigger, stronger, rippled and tattooed, and immediately you think of former Olympic champ Joe Frazier.
May 11, 1996 |
First Lennox Lewis took punches from Ray Mercer then he was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden, after the former WBC heavyweight champion stumbled to a majority decision over Mercer on Friday night. In the second of three 10-round bouts, Lewis, 30, of Britain, couldn't rid himself of the 35-year-old Mercer, and showed poorly in what was touted as a tuneup for a proposed fight with Mike Tyson.