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October 3, 1995 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a month before he is scheduled to fight for his first world amateur title, light-welterweight Fernando Vargas of Oxnard has been suspended indefinitely by USA Boxing officials while they investigate whether he has violated eligibility rules.
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August 11, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter and Lance Pugmire
- It wasn't all that long ago that U.S. amateur boxers ruled the world. Going into the London Games, the U.S. had won 108 Olympic medals in the sport, 45 more than Cuba, the next-closest nation. And never had it come home from a Games without at least one medal. But that world has changed. The U.S. men's team of nine boxers in these Olympics combined to win just five bouts, no medals and qualified only one boxer, welterweight Errol Spence, for the quarterfinals - and he got there only after an appeals panel overturned a loss in the ring.
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March 13, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
USA Boxing is switching from the controversial computerized scoring system to a more-traditional points format. The federation voted to shelve the computer scoring system in favor of the 20-point must format, even though the computer system is used by AIBA, boxing's international federation, at all international events. The computers still will be used at the Olympics and world championships. But for now, the three major U.S. boxing championships--this week's U.S.
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July 20, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
With an overflow crowd buzzing, the bass bumping to "We Will Rock You" and a moment with far-reaching consequences just seconds away, 16-year-old Dallas Malloy took a deep breath and entered the boxing ring. Time slowed and her aggressiveness took over as she pummeled 21-year-old Heather Poyner in three efficient rounds for a unanimous victory. "It wasn't close at all," Malloy said of the bout, which took place on Oct. 30, 1993 in Lynnwood, Wash. "I pursued her for three rounds, and she got in punches, but I clearly landed more.
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May 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Many days, Dan Campbell can be found standing, arms folded, in the center of the noisy boxing gym at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The smack of leather gloves against raw flesh has been the soundtrack of his career, so even though Campbell retired nearly four years ago, he still shows up to watch the fighters train. "It took me awhile to stop missing the gym," Campbell, who turns 69 this month, said by phone. "Unless the girls and guys come and ask something, I don't give any kind of advice.
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September 6, 1996 | TIM KAWAKAMI
A routine U.S. Olympic Committee audit has discovered that USA Boxing misappropriated more than $2 million in USOC grant money from 1991 to 1996, USA Boxing acknowledged Thursday. "It's a big hit to us--it's huge," said Kurt Stenerson, a spokesman for USA Boxing, which underwent an executive overhaul this year.
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June 28, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pat Nappi's Olympic coaching career appeared to expire during a two-hour USA Boxing board meeting Saturday. Nappi, 73, whose U.S. Olympic teams in 1976 and 1984 won 13 gold medals, had sought to become an "adviser" to the Olympic staff of Coach Joe Byrd and assistants Roosevelt Sanders and Osmar Alaniz.
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February 22, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Confronted with a formal complaint filed with the U.S. Olympic Committee and informed that it had exceeded its authority, USA Boxing reversed itself for the fourth time in a week, ruling that the 152-pound division of the U.S. boxing trials would go forward with the four survivors. Not here, where the rest of the trials concluded Saturday night at the Tunica Arena and Exposition Center, but at the Olympic box-offs in Cleveland next week. The box-offs, which will determine the 2004 U.S.
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August 29, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children. The position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society argues that the high risk of concussion could damage young brains while they're still developing. "Pediatricians should strongly discourage boxing participation among their patients and guide them toward alternative sport and recreational activities that do not encourage intentional head injuries," coauthors Laura Purcell and Claire LeBlanc, both doctors affiliated with the Canadian Paediatric Society, wrote in the journal Pediatrics.
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June 29, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY
Famed former Olympic boxing coach Pat Nappi resigned Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of a bitter board of directors meeting Saturday. Nappi, 73, coached 13 gold medal winners at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics. Billy Dove, USA Boxing president, had attempted to force Nappi--who coached three U.S. Olympic boxing teams--onto the 1992 team's coaching staff as an adviser, and also to have team manager Buzz Buzalsky replaced.
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June 20, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
LAS VEGAS — Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparza are standing in a hotel suite 12 floors above the Las Vegas Strip, posing for publicity shots for USA Boxing, when a photographer asks the two Olympians to face each other and try to look mean. Bad idea. Because before anyone can say "cheese," the fighters are laughing uncontrollably, bringing the photo shoot to an end. Yet that laugh is one of the few things the two women share. Well, that and a footnote in history since Shields and Esparza — along with middleweight Queen Underwood of Seattle — will make up the first U.S. Olympic boxing team for women this summer in London.
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May 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Jon Jones, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's light-heavyweight champion, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday morning in New York, his agent confirmed. Jones last defended his belt in April, defeating former training partner and ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in Atlanta. UFC President Dana White said he was waiting for more details before releasing a statement on the matter. Jones is scheduled to next fight Temecula's Dan Henderson.
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May 2, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Many days, Dan Campbell can be found standing, arms folded, in the center of the noisy boxing gym at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The smack of leather gloves against raw flesh has been the soundtrack of his career, so even though Campbell retired nearly four years ago, he still shows up to watch the fighters train. "It took me awhile to stop missing the gym," Campbell, who turns 69 this month, said by phone. "Unless the girls and guys come and ask something, I don't give any kind of advice.
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August 29, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Youth boxing is getting pummeled by pediatricians in a new policy statement opposing such pugilism as too dangerous of an athletic activity for children. The position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society argues that the high risk of concussion could damage young brains while they're still developing. "Pediatricians should strongly discourage boxing participation among their patients and guide them toward alternative sport and recreational activities that do not encourage intentional head injuries," coauthors Laura Purcell and Claire LeBlanc, both doctors affiliated with the Canadian Paediatric Society, wrote in the journal Pediatrics.
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July 20, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
USA Boxing, trying to pick itself off the canvas, has embraced the wisdom of the sport's most celebrated trainer. Freddie Roach has begun his work as a consultant to the downtrodden U.S. boxing program, which will stage its 2012 Olympic-qualifying trials from July 31 to Aug. 6 in Mobile, Ala. "I'm willing to listen to whatever he has to say," said Rau'shee Warren, 24, of Cincinnati, a returning Olympian from the 2008 U.S. team, which failed...
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May 18, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Sugar Ray Leonard alleges in his upcoming autobiography that he was sexually abused as a teenager in the 1970s by an unnamed "prominent Olympic boxing coach," a stunning claim by the former U.S. Olympic and world champion fighter who became one of the most popular fighters in the sport's history. "I'm baffled by all of this coming out now, I had no idea," said veteran fight promoter Bob Arum, who promoted Leonard's victory over Marvin Hagler in 1987. "That's horrible. He never told me, but my experience with Ray is that he's an honest guy. " Leonard's book, "The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring," depicts significant family trauma, including his parents' domestic problems, his own cocaine and alcohol use and becoming a parent as a teenager.
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August 11, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The quadrennial dispute between those who run amateur boxing in the United States and professional boxing managers, trainers and promoters has begun again. This time, the finger-pointing is over who is responsible for the U.S. Olympic boxing team winning only three medals, the lowest American medal count since the 1956 team won three at Melbourne. Only East Los Angeles lightweight Oscar De La Hoya won an Olympic championship.
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October 21, 2007 | Philip Hersh, Special to The Times
In the sad farce that Olympic-style boxing has become over the last two decades, globally and domestically, it would be hard to determine which of the organizations responsible was the bigger joke. Was it USA Boxing, with its financial improprieties of the 1990s, its seven temporary or full-time executive directors since 2001, its takeover by the U.S. Olympic Committee in 2002 and the consistently declining performance of its athletes? Or was it the International Boxing Assn.
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July 10, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
In the current world of big-time boxing, Andre Ward doesn't even make the radar screen. He is an undercard guy, somebody who fights so early that he can shower and leave before the main-event boxers arrive in their limos. Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, on a card that is headlined by the Antonio Margarito-Paul Williams welterweight match, Ward will be fighting mostly for the entertainment of the ushers.
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