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.
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.
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 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...
September 13, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS -- Timothy Bradley has never lost in a professional boxing ring, and he took his Wednesday defeat outside the ring like a man. Three months after Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao by a controversial decision, the Filipino superstar passed over Bradley and selected Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez for his next opponent Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I'm straight, I'm good, I'm not tripping,” Bradley told The Times on Thursday morning by telephone while driving around the Coachella Valley.
September 12, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - In what would be a main event on almost any other card, world junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia will fight Lucas Matthysse of Argentina just before the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight Saturday night at MGM Grand. The bout is a fight-of-the-year candidate, matching unbeaten Garcia's strong boxing skills against the power punching of Matthysse. For added effect, there's Garcia's controversial father-trainer Angel Garcia, who Wednesday told reporters he would cut off his own head if his son lost to Matthysse, and then Thursday expressed outrage at those supporting Matthysse (34-2, 32 knockouts)
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.).
June 24, 2001 |
Lindsay Davenport completed a strong tuneup for Wimbledon, sweeping Spain's Magui Serna, 6-2, 6-0, in only 43 minutes Saturday to win the Eastbourne, England, grass-court tournament. "It's not just a warmup for Wimbledon. . . . It's also a tournament victory and a return to the tour," Davenport said. "After you've played so well the day before, you're never sure if you can keep it going, but I was able to do that. I've got to be ecstatic going into Wimbledon now. I can't wait to get back there.