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June 8, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The three preliminary fights on the pay-per-view portion of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley card include two world championship fights that could rightly be seen as a proving ground for the four boxers involved. Cuban defector Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic champion hailed as the greatest amateur in history, is putting an unbeaten record and his World Boxing Council title on the line in a super bantamweight matchup with once-beaten Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia. The knock on Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 knockouts)
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December 27, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Anyone who has even a passing interest in mixed martial arts probably has an opinion on the Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman rematch set for Saturday night at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Can Weidman again knock out Silva, the 38-year-old former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion, who held the title for more than six years? Will Weidman decide this match on the canvas, after making Silva look so uncomfortable there in July? UFC President Dana White has kicked around the debate for quite a while, ever since watching Weidman's knockout punch and scheduling the rematch a week later.
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November 15, 2009 | By Kevin Baxter
Rabbinical student Yuri Foreman became the first Israeli fighter to win a world boxing championship when he scored a shocking and one-sided decision over Puerto Rican Daniel Santos in a WBA super-welterweight title fight Saturday night on the Miguel Cotto-Manny Pacquiao undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Foreman (28-0, 8 knockouts) knocked Santos (32-4-1, 23 KOs) down in the second round, had him pinned against the ropes in the third then appeared to hurt the champion with a flurry of punches near the end of the fourth round.
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December 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - Beibut Shumenov might be the most interesting man in the world who doesn't have a TV commercial to tout that. He is a boxer, the light-heavyweight champion of the world in two sanctioning bodies. He is 30 and won his first pro title in just his eighth fight, a near-record pace. But Shumenov is a man in an even bigger hurry, not only to improve on his 13-1 record, but to emerge from the shadows of the sport. Ask American boxing fans about Shumenov and the response will be the same.
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September 27, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Covina's John Molina jokes that his attention deficit disorder helps his boxing. Thirty-four seconds into his lightweight bout against Mexico's Efren Hinojosa, Molina was already thinking about something else, like, "Next?" Molina, one of the top prospects in the stable of San Fernando Valley promoter Dan Goossen, stayed perfect (18-0, 14 knockouts) by quickly attacking Hinojosa and delivering a thundering right-handed shot to the liver area and a strong left uppercut to the jaw that left Hinojosa floored for good, as referee Tony Krebs stopped the bout.
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August 23, 2012
MUSIC The first L.A. appearance of Snoop Dogg in his new Snoop Lion reggae visage is the highlight of the H20 Music Festival, with Ozomatli, Gym Class Heroes and Paulina Rubio holding up the undercard. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St, L.A. 3 p.m. Sat. $25. H20musicfestival.com.
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March 28, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
There weren't any long looks, but the talent appears lasting. Javier Molina and Shawn Estrada, both 2008 U.S. Olympians, joined John Molina, another young Southland boxer in promoter Dan Goossen's stable of aspiring world champions, in knocking out their respective foes before the end of the second round Friday on the undercard of the first-ever boxing card at Nokia Theatre.
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November 23, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Razor Ruddock, a leading heavyweight contender, will fight on the undercard of the Mike Tyson-Alex Stewart fight Dec. 8. Ruddock's opponent for the scheduled 10-rounder will be Mike Rouse of Portsmouth, Va., a left-hander with a 12-5-1 record. Ruddock is ranked second by the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Assn., and third by the World Boxing Council.
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June 17, 2003 | Steve Springer and Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writers
In an effort to upgrade the undercard of Saturday's Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko heavyweight title fight at Staples Center, promoter Gary Shaw has added Ricardo Williams, a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics. Still to be determined for Williams, a super-middleweight, are an opponent, a length for the bout and his spot on the card. Williams (8-1) is coming off his first professional loss, a unanimous decision to Juan Valenzuela on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas.
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December 26, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Although the Malibu is the main event on the opening card at Santa Anita, the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds isn't the only stakes on the program. Before Midas Eyes, Buddy Gil and others get together in the first leg of the Strub Series, nine 3-year-olds will meet at a mile on the turf in the $75,000 Sir Beaufort and 11 2-year-old Cal-breds will face off in the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion.
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July 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The record-breaking Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight Sept. 14 in Las Vegas has added an undercard bout in order to now pursue a record pay-per-view audience. Unbeaten junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 knockouts) will defend his World Boxing Council belt against hard-punching Argentinian Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs). Philadelphia's Garcia, 25, won his belt in 2012, knocking out Amir Khan. He's defended the belt against veterans Erik Morales and Zab Judah, bringing some criticism that he was being protected against past-their-prime foes.
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August 23, 2012
MUSIC The first L.A. appearance of Snoop Dogg in his new Snoop Lion reggae visage is the highlight of the H20 Music Festival, with Ozomatli, Gym Class Heroes and Paulina Rubio holding up the undercard. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St, L.A. 3 p.m. Sat. $25. H20musicfestival.com.
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June 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Randall Bailey, at 37 years old, was the classic "opponent" Saturday against unbeaten Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones. After a stunning and emotional 11th-round knockout victory, Bailey's a world champion. Jones, 28, was expected to wear the International Boxing Federation belt at MGM Grand, as long as he could avoid the big right hand of Bailey. Jones admitted - "no doubt" - that he was tentative in going after power-puncher Bailey, winning rounds, but otherwise failing to impress the large pay-per-view and arena audience.
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June 8, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
The three preliminary fights on the pay-per-view portion of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley card include two world championship fights that could rightly be seen as a proving ground for the four boxers involved. Cuban defector Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic champion hailed as the greatest amateur in history, is putting an unbeaten record and his World Boxing Council title on the line in a super bantamweight matchup with once-beaten Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia. The knock on Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 knockouts)
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October 15, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
It was more than three hours before the main event at Staples Center, and Dewey Bozella may have already produced the best moment. The sole spotlight was to be on Bernard Hopkins, who was to defend his world light-heavyweight title against Chad Dawson. Hopkins' journey as the oldest fighter to win a title, at age 46 supplanting George Foreman by beating Jean Pascal in Montreal on May 21, was to be the big headline. But the promoters also liked the Bozella story line — who wouldn't?
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October 12, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Dewey Bozella is an inspirational speaker these days, reminding America why it should believe in innocence until proven guilty. Two years after walking out of New York's Sing Sing prison a free man following a 26-year prison stint for a murder he did not commit, Bozella will spend Saturday living out one of the wishes he held close as his life withered behind bars. An aspiring boxer as a youth, Bozella, now 52, has earned a spot as a cruiserweight on the undercard of the fight between world light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson at Staples Center.
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June 4, 1992 | THOMAS BONK
There is nothing like a little brawl to liven up the game of baseball, but the recent fracas between the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays may have caused a serious rift between Blue Jay Manager Cito Gaston and Brewer pitching coach Don Rowe. Gaston, 48, claimed the 56-year-old Rowe sucker-punched him: "I'd like to get that little weasel some day." Rowe said his involvement was a misunderstanding: "I ran out there too fast.
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July 22, 1985
On the undercard of the Bert Lee-Sean Mannion middleweight fight at the Irvine Marriott tonight will be the Weaver triplets, the brothers of former heavyweight champion Mike Weaver. A total of seven fights are on the card, with the first bout starting at 8 p.m. The card: Francisco Sequeroa (Pomona) vs. Martin Escobar (Santa Monica), 130 pounds, 4-rounds. Floyd Weaver (Pomona) vs. Roderick Sparks (Cypress), 147 pounds, 4-round fight. Nick DeLong (Long Beach) vs. Dee Jay (Pomona), Hwy.
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October 10, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Think of boxing's quest for fame and fortune as a game of musical chairs. Recently, the song stopped and Tim Bradley quickly sat down. The 28-year-old fire hydrant, a 140-pounder from Palm Springs with lightning-quick hands and feet, signed with Top Rank Promotions. That's Bob Arum's company, and 46 years after he quit being a Harvard lawyer and found Muhammad Ali, Arum's is still the logo you want on your boxing gloves. Bradley had been with Gary Shaw's promotions, but when his contract ran out this summer, Bradley ran out too. Right to Arum.
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May 15, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Cris Arreola has removed himself from the downtime and food and drinking binges that were stopping him from winning his biggest fights, including the world heavyweight championship two years ago. Saturday, raising his arms at the Home Depot Center in a post-fight victory display that cried, "How do you like me now?" the newly slimmed Riverside heavyweight produced a convincing third-round technical knockout of New York's Nagy Aguilera. "I feel like speed kills now; pressure and speed," Arreola said.
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