December 9, 2011 |
It's usually a contender who begrudgingly accepts a fight in a champion's hometown for the sake of having a title shot. Amir Khan has flipped tradition, going to Washington for a World Boxing Assn. junior-welterweight bout against challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 knockouts), a native of the District of Columbia. "The home crowd is a lot of pressure," Khan, 25, said this week of his sixth title defense, which will be televised by HBO (6:45 p.m. PST). "He might crack. I think he'll fight with his heart and all his dreams will go out the window.
July 20, 2011 |
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...
April 10, 2004 |
Lamon Brewster has already taken the first swing of tonight's fight against Wladimir Klitschko. He threw it last month at a news conference in Los Angeles, aiming it not at Klitschko but at a microphone. Poised to address the media, an emotional Brewster, tears in his eyes, sent the microphone flying, then fled the dais. The obvious reaction would be to take note of this fight's promoter and figure it's yet another Don King stunt. In this case, however, King's histrionics weren't necessary.
January 11, 2010 |
The official end of hope for a super-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. came Sunday when Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum announced he had signed a deal to stage an alternate Pacquiao bout against Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Arum said Pacquiao will earn somewhere between $10 million and $20 million for the welterweight fight against Clottey (35-3), who lost a split decision to Miguel Cotto in his most recent fight in June. Cotto later suffered a 12th-round technical knockout loss to Pacquiao in November, as the Filipino star won his record seventh weight-division world title and probably clinched for the second straight time the honor of fighter of the year.
September 27, 2008 |
Ten months ago, in the despair of a hard-fought unanimous-decision loss to then-world welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Pomona's Shane Mosley admitted retirement crossed his mind. He resolved instead to fight on, insisting he'd restrict his future bouts only to major events. Mosley (44-5, 37 knockouts) was pitted in a non-title fight against another veteran beaten by Cotto, Zab Judah. But when Judah was injured in a training camp tantrum, Mosley's May bout was canceled.
July 13, 2003 |
Vernon Forrest stood on the ropes in the corner, arms raised toward the ceiling of Orleans Arena on Saturday night, and waited for ring announcer Jimmy Lennon to certify Forrest had indeed beaten Ricardo Mayorga. When Lennon instead announced Mayorga had defended the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Assn.
December 14, 2003 |
He clowned, he rabbit punched, he hit after the bell, he hit while holding and it cost Ricardo Mayorga on Saturday night. Not one, but perhaps two huge fights. Not one, but three belts. With referee Tony Orlando subtracting two critical points from Mayorga, the Nicaraguan fighter lost a majority decision to Cory Spinks in front of 12,346 in one of eight title fights held at Boardwalk Hall. Mayorga had already signed to fight Shane Mosley on March 13, contingent on Mayorga winning Saturday night.
November 3, 2001 |
Ever heard of Paul Fujii? Didn't think so. He's a Hawaiian of Japanese descent who was the last undisputed 140-pound champion, gaining that distinction in 1968. Kostya Tszyu and Zab Judah can relate to the forgotten Fujii. Tszyu and Judah are magnificent fighters with one loss between them in 57 fights. They will be battling to match Fujii's feat in tonight's main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Showtime, 10 p.m.).
December 15, 2012 |
Since his last fight, Amir Khan has fired his famed trainer Freddie Roach and altered his fighting mind-set — he vows it's all for the better. The crowd Saturday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena will see if Khan is right. "It's in my blood to get into wars, but I can make it so much easier on myself by just sticking to the boxing, to the game plan," said Khan (26-3, 18 knockouts) this week. A year and a half ago Khan's aggressive style established him as one of boxing's new stars.
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)