March 6, 1989 |
This town, which bills itself as "The Biggest Little City in the World," is playing host to what might turn out to be the smallest big fight of the year. Tonight's 12-round bout between former lightweight champions Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini (29-3, 23 knockouts) and Hector "Macho" Camacho (34-0, 17 KOs), for the vacant World Boxing Organization junior welterweight title, appears to qualify as a big fight on several counts. It ostensibly is for a world championship, although the fledgling WBO is not as widely accepted as boxing's other three sanctioning bodies.
July 12, 2015 |
Charles Ramey had grown weary of his former boxer sending emissaries to speak for him, so when "Hammerin' " Hank Lundy finally showed up at the Marion Anderson Recreational center at 740 S. 17th St. to speak to him, he was all ears. "I needed to talk with him, I needed to clear the air," said Lundy, 31. "We were really good together. " That they were. Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) won his first 16 professional fights with Ramey as his trainer before they parted ways. They'll reunite this weekend as Lundy takes on Mauricio Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs)
May 4, 2007 |
Late tomorrow night, a little after 11 Eastern time, the super-fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. - finally - will be about the actual sport of boxing. Up until now it's been about everything else. It's been about the paydays the fighters will receive - at least $25 million for De La Hoya and $10 million for Mayweather. It's been about the massive revenue the event will produce. The $19 million in ticket sales at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the biggest live gate in boxing history, and a potential record pay-per-view audience expected to near two million buyers at $54.95 each would add $109 million, for a total that in one night would surpass Spider-Man 3's opening weekend.
February 12, 1989 |
On good days, Gypsy Joe Harris remembers what it felt like to be a phenomenon. Harris was 21, wild and dapper and armed with the most potent weapon against the despair of the streets - a dream. He was going to be welterweight champion of the world, no doubt about it. "Hey, I'm Gypsy Joe," he would tell his friends, as if the title were his by birthright. "I'm Gypsy Joe. " Harris is 43 now, and the good days do not last very long. The dream of becoming champ died on Oct. 11, 1968.
October 29, 1995 |
Wesley McGavock, chief executive officer of Misericordia Hospital in West Philadelphia, yesterday reacted to the proposed federal budget plans as if a scalpel were being waved in his face. "These are tremendously important votes, and I think they will have a tremendous and very negative impact on the ability of this hospital to provide high-quality services in this community," the hospital chief said, estimating cuts of $3 million to $6 million over seven years - as much as 10 percent of the hospital's operating budget.
February 2, 1998 |
It was a feel-good Saturday night for Philadelphia. Bernard Hopkins brought his International Boxing Federation middleweight championship back home, staged a one-man coup before he left the arena, and claimed to be the best fighter in the entire middleweight division. "I da man," he declared simply after stopping former world champion Simon Brown a little before 2 a.m. yesterday in the ballroom of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. And everyone tended to agree. Even Roy Jones Jr. Olympic champion David Reid of Philadelphia turned the corner in his career, answered a lot of questions about himself and took a giant step toward the top-10 list of 154-pound professionals.
November 6, 2014 |
The two push-button house phones outside the main entrance of the vacant Trump Plaza hotel in Atlantic City remain. A sign outlining access rules concludes with "Trespassers will be prosecuted. " They may as well also take down the "Valet Only" sign. Nobody's allowed in the driveway. There's a big fight next door at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Bernard Hopkins against Sergey Kovalev for the light-heavyweight title. There will be a strong crowd. It just won't be quite like the old days, certainly not next door.
June 12, 1989 |
Thomas Hearns' 22-year-old brother faces a hearing this afternoon on an open charge of murder in the Saturday night shooting death of his girlfriend in the boxer's suburban Detroit home, according to promoter Bob Arum and the brother's attorney. Police in Southfield, Mich., refused to identify either the suspect or the victim. Arum and Detroit television station WDIV-TV both said the suspect was Henry Hearns. Another Detroit television station, WXYZ-TV, identified the victim as his girlfriend, Nancy Barile, 20. Henry Hearns, 22, was scheduled to be arraigned today just hours before Thomas Hearns' scheduled title fight with Sugar Ray Leonard in Las Vegas, Henry Hearns' attorney, Neil Fink, said.
January 22, 1988 |
If you were planning on taking in tonight's Mike Tyson-Larry Holmes heavyweight title fight, here's hoping you either have HBO or know somebody who does. That old reliable standby, the closed circuit broadcast, is hard to find when the bout is also on TV. Joe Hand Jr., whose family usually contracts for a number of closed-circuit outlets in the area when a big fight comes along, said he only knows of three official commercial locations that are showing the fight; all are restaurant-bars with limited seating.
July 1, 2002 |
After retaining his World Boxing Organization heavyweight title Saturday by pummeling aging Ray Mercer into submission, Wladimir Klitschko made it known whom he wants next: Lennox Lewis, the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation champion. "From my side, I'm ready to fight," said the 6-foot-7 Klitschko, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, whose weight was listed at 243 on fight night. "Now, we have to take counsel from the guys who can do it, and bring it to life. " Saturday's nationally televised bout at the Trump Taj Mahal ended at the 1-minute, 8-second mark of the sixth round.