June 27, 1992 |
The blazing Arizona sun is setting this week on one of the great coaching careers in American Olympic sports, and it's not pretty. In the Olympics, Pat Nappi coached every prominent U.S. boxer from Sugar Ray Leonard and the Spinks brothers to Pernell Whitaker, Mark Breland and Evander Holyfield. But this week in Phoenix, where 24 boxers are gathered for the Olympic team boxoffs, Nappi, 73, is a man scorned.
September 30, 1995 |
One of the United States' most promising hopes for a boxing gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics, light-welterweight Fernando Vargas of Oxnard, might have jeopardized his amateur status by agreeing to a contract with the sports agent accused of giving money to three USC football players.
February 20, 2004 |
Reversing itself for the second time in three days by forming a second grievance committee to overrule the first, USA Boxing officials disqualified 152-pounder Andre Berto from the U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials on Thursday for a flagrant foul that injured his opponent. Officials also again declined to reinstate that opponent, Juan McPherson, on medical grounds, knocking arguably the two best fighters on the U.S. squad out of contention for this year's Olympic Games in Athens.
June 12, 1992 |
The medical disqualification of Shannon Briggs at the Olympic trials Wednesday raised anew the question of why John Bray, the heavyweight from Van Nuys, was not given an at-large invitation to the trials. Bray was instead required to try to qualify at the Western Olympic trials at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., last month. Bray, 21, was the 1991 national champion and the most experienced U.S. amateur heavyweight at the start of the year.
February 15, 1997 |
One legacy of the lengthy controversy involving USA Boxing's finances will be increased institutional control. What started as a routine audit on July 17 developed into a fiscal disaster as it was alleged that $3.18 million in U.S. Olympic Committee grants to USA Boxing had been misappropriated, according to records from 1989 to 1995.
October 31, 1993 |
Sixteen-year-old Dallas Malloy, who fought to open amateur boxing to women and gave herself a fast ride to fame, pounded her opponent relentlessly Saturday night and won the nation's first sanctioned bout between females.
February 29, 2004 |
It took an extra week because of the controversy that wound up in an arbitrator's hands, but the U.S. Olympic Trials for the 152-pound division finally ended Saturday afternoon in Cleveland when Austin Trout defeated Cory Jones, 24-15, at the Cleveland State University Convocation Center. After an arbitrator ruled that Juan McPherson and Andre Berto were justifiably eliminated from the competition by USA Boxing officials, the 152-pound competition, which had been suspended, was concluded.
March 27, 1993
In the misty hills at West Point, N.Y., above the Hudson River, a cold rain fell steadily on the small group of people who bore Pat Nappi to his grave. It was a full military service. From a nearby hill, a bugler played. A volley was fired in tribute as the most successful Olympic boxing coach in U.S. history was lowered into the ground. Among those who watched from beneath umbrellas were family members, close friends and two representatives from amateur boxing, Col. Don Hull and Rolly Schwartz.
November 18, 1991 |
U.S. boxing Coach Pat Nappi has seen enough. "I'm telling these people (the U.S. team) 'let's go home,' " said Nappi, angered to tears at scoring he believes cost Ivan Robinson a victory in the 125-pound class at the World Amateur Championships. "We're tired of being cheated," said Billy Dove, president of USA Boxing. "With the referees and the (five) judges, we've got to beat seven people." Robinson a 49-47 decision to Park Duk-Kyu of South Korea in a bout the American dominated.