July 21, 2011 |
This was supposed to be Timothy Bradley's weekend. Instead, the unbeaten WBC and WBO junior-welterweight champion from Palm Springs has been torched by critics for not accepting a Saturday title unification date against Amir Khan and a $1.5-million-plus payday. "I'm not hurting for money," Bradley said this week. "I've saved my money. I'm in a good position. " Britain's Khan, who'll instead fight veteran Zab Judah in an HBO-televised title bout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, has accused Bradley (27-0, 11 knockouts)
April 21, 2011 |
Abner Mares has built a boxing career on overcoming adversity. He survived a family migration from Mexico to L.A. led by his mother, withstood a childhood in poverty and then rebounded from a career-threatening detached retina in 2008. So when Mares' scheduled Saturday night opponent, Joseph Agbeko, withdrew from the world bantamweight title unification bout at Nokia Theatre, Mares knew what to do: look for the silver lining. "This is the worst, all the training and hard work put on hold," Hawaiian Gardens' Mares said Thursday at the L.A. Live news conference intended to hype the bout.
February 20, 2011 |
The standard line on the career of Luchino Visconti is that he went from being one of the founding fathers of Italian neorealism to a master orchestrator of sumptuous historical melodramas. This shift is often viewed as a contradiction ? one of several that defined Visconti, a bisexual Marxist aristocrat ? and some even called it a betrayal, a turn from the present-day, working-class environments in which such early films as "La Terra Trema" were set to the titled, moneyed world of the past from which he came.
January 30, 2011 |
Timothy Bradley was deprived of the dramatic ending he wanted to mark his weekend, but he did enough to announce "I proved I'm a force to be reckoned with," and now the scheduling of future reckonings begins. By roughing up previously unbeaten Devon Alexander in a unanimous-decision triumph shortened by an accidental 10th-round head butt that only hastened the inevitable, Bradley clinched another million-dollar payday with so much more possible. "I'm ready for any of them, let's go," Bradley, 27, said after the bout.
January 28, 2011 |
Three boys used to have the same routine inside the small North St. Louis gym. Train under the caring eyes of the former policeman trying to make a difference, stay off the street and aspire to a life beyond the fear, despair and violence outside. Terrance Barker was one. They buried him last year, after a domestic assault probe led police to surround his apartment complex and he committed suicide. Vaughn Alexander was another. He was involved in two robberies and is in prison. Devon Alexander, Vaughn's brother, was that third boy. Yet he survived living in that part of town ?
January 19, 2010 |
Unbeaten WBC welterweight boxing champion Andre Berto, saying he's "mentally and physically exhausted" from the devastation in his parents' earthquake-stricken home country Haiti, announced Monday he was withdrawing from his welterweight unification title bout against Shane Mosley, scheduled for Jan. 30 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. "I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi, and her daughter, Jessica, survived but were left homeless," Berto said in a statement.