May 9, 2015 |
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has always been a fan of 1970s middleweight contender and Philadelphia native Eugene "Cyclone" Hart. Turns out he's also a fan of his son, super-middleweight contender Jesse Hart. So much so that Arum has initiated talks to give Hart, who shined on the undercard of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight last week, a chance to headline a card here, possibly in the summer or fall. The fight will be on TruTV, Top Rank's television partner, Arum told Hart and his representatives, Alfred "Doc" Nowicki and David Price.
August 17, 2000 |
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said he's learned his lesson. And he hopes the rest of the boxing world takes note. It will be six months before Arum enters a ring at a fight in Nevada. He also will pay a $125,000 fine for offering a payoff for the IBF to sanction a George Foreman fight. "Lessons can be learned, not only by us, but by the commission and everyone in boxing," Arum said yesterday after the Nevada Athletic Commission imposed the penalties as part of a negotiated agreement of allegations involving the boxing promoter.
September 30, 2014 |
MOST FIGHT FANS didn't know his real name, which is just as well because they probably wouldn't have been able to spell or pronounce it in any case. So the man with the velvety-smooth tones who came into this world as Setrha Ejdaharian - he was proud of his Armenian heritage and never considered legally changing his name - chose to call himself Ed Derian for professional purposes. For the better part of 4 decades, Ed Derian, who was 77 when he passed away Friday at Kindred Hospital in Havertown, was the distinctive voice of Philadelphia boxing, the longest tenured and most cherished ring announcer to have graced local rings.
June 29, 1995 |
George Foreman has decided to relinquish his International Boxing Federation heavyweight championship and not give Germany's Axel Schulz a rematch, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move would leave Foreman, who won the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles last November when he knocked out Michael Moorer, without a major title. Foreman, 46, was stripped of the WBA title because he wouldn't sign for a mandatory defense against No. 1 contender Tony Tucker. Instead, he fought Schulz in Las Vegas on April 22 and won a controversial majority decision.
March 25, 1997 |
Olympic marathon gold medalist Mamo Wolde was among 73 people arraigned yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on charges of participating in mass killings and torture in the 1970s during the military regime. Wolde, 65, the 1968 Olympic champion, has been imprisoned since 1992. He is accused of involvement in the killings of some 2,000 political opponents of Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam from 1974 to 1978. The accused will be asked to enter pleas April 14. Wolde was a captain in the former imperial guard when Mariam overthrew Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974.
August 16, 1992 |
It was like holding high tea for the wise guy set. Cigar breath, everywhere, as a parade of Armani suits and Gucci loafers all stood before a somber group of U.S. senators and promised to tell them the whole truth about the world of boxing. Scary thought. For two days last week, there was talk of the mob owning fighters, of fixed fights and corruption and bribes, of strong-arming, and petty, backbiting wars between the high lords of the sport. Throughout it all, two old men sat in the third row, providing each other - and those close enough to hear their stage whispers - with a running commentary on everything that was said.
June 6, 2000 |
Juan Montoya, the recent Indianapolis 500 winner who was driving for Chip Ganassi, gave the Toyota Champ car engine its first-ever CART victory and put himself squarely back in the championship battle with a victory yesterday in the rain-postponed Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. Michael Andretti, who won earlier this year in Japan, steadily cut into Montoya's lead late in the race but finished second, just 1.015 seconds...
February 7, 1991 |
About six months after disclosing a grand scheme involving the greatest fighters of the era, promoter Dan Duva is beginning to see his plan take shape. Duva wants to ignite the kind of interest in the welterweight and junior- welterweight divisions that the middleweight division enjoyed in the 1980s, when fighters such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran made careers out of fighting each other. The modern-day versions of those boxers are Meldrick Taylor, Julio Cesar Chavez, Hector "Macho" Camacho and Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker.
August 30, 1989 |
Almost two years after his comeback began amidst laughter, former heavyweight champion George Foreman has lost weight but gained credibility. How much credibility is still in question, but certainly the response to his pugilistic rebirth, in which he is 19-0 with 18 knockouts, has become less derisive and more serious. Well, the skepticism may return if a proposed match against Gerry Cooney actually comes off. Foreman, 41, has signed an agreement to meet Cooney, 32, but the former No. 1 contender, who retired after his fifth-round knockout loss to Michael Spinks two years ago, has not agreed to terms yet. "Cooney wants to fight," said promoter Bob Arum.
June 27, 1988 |
Joe Hand Sr. has been involved in boxing for nearly 20 years, but you won't find him in a ringside seat for tonight's Michael Spinks-Mike Tyson heavyweight title fight. You see, despite a vested interest in the fight, Hand isn't a fan of boxing. "I hate boxing," he said rather nonchalantly. "It's a brutal sport. It's not my idea of fun to watch two guys beat each other up. " When the bell rings, Hand, whose company is handling the area closed circuit and pay-per-view television broadcasts of the fight, will be at his Far Northeast office, doing business as usual.