October 16, 2011
The U.S. rugby team defeated South Africa, 40-4, on Saturday at Campbell's Field in the first of three round-robin World Cup qualifying matches there this week. At stake for the winner of this group is a spot in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. The United States next plays Jamaica, the other team in this group, next Sunday. South Africa plays Jamaica on Wednesday. GOLF: Fred Couples birdied six of the first seven holes and finished with a course-record 10-under 62 to take a 7-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.
August 2, 2011 |
WILMINGTON - Butch Lewis promoted his first fight in the fourth grade, his sister Anita recalled. Lewis had convinced one of his friends to fight another kid in the school yard. It was in his DNA. Talented people gravitated to him. Then he made them stick. So it comes as no surprise that the little fourth grader became one of the greatest boxing promoters, having worked for more than 30 years with the likes of Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and Michael and Leon Spinks. At the celebration of Lewis' life on Monday afternoon, there was a parade of people who painted a picture of this unique man. More than 1,000 friends and family members attended the service after learning that Lewis died of natural causes on July 23 at the age of 65. They came to laugh at these stories.
July 28, 2011
A service for boxing promoter and manager Butch Lewis will be held Monday at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St., Wilmington. The viewing and repast will be from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The service will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. Mr. Lewis died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Bethany Beach, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family will accept donations to the Butch Lewis Foundation, 250 W. 57th St., Suite 311, New York, N.Y. 10107.
July 26, 2011
NEWS REPORTS say that legendary boxing promoter Butch Lewis died of a massive heart attack. That sounds about right to me. Because Butch had a massive heart. He was a paradox, a contradiction in terms. He was the original little big man, a fierce boardroom brawler who could strip you clean in a bargaining session, then become your most trusted partner when the deal was done. When he carried the shield for one of the fighters or entertainers he represented, Butch could be tough as nails.
July 25, 2011 |
ROFESSIONAL BOXING is a sport in which it's possible to figuratively lose one's shirt, so one of the more flamboyant fight figures of the 1970s and '80s flaunted fate by simply not wearing one. You can debate whether Philadelphia native Ronald "Butch" Lewis, who was 65 when he died of a massive heart attack Saturday morning at his Delaware home, is better known as the promoter of former world champions Leon and Michael Spinks or as the guy who frequently...
September 17, 1998 |
Vaughn Bean is covered beneath layers of hype and the company he keeps. There's fight promoter Don King in the center of the room, holding his own news conference. There's Butch Lewis, Bean's dutiful promoter, telling Evander Holyfield that "we're bringing something to get something. " There's Smokin' Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion and one of Bean's training advisers, being interviewed by Atlanta TV stations. Michael Spinks, another training adviser, is rolling out sound bites.
April 10, 1996 |
Bringing warm, wholesome family entertainment to theaters takes a special kind of person, especially when the movie is made by and mostly for African-Americans, an audience underserved by mainstream Hollywood. The makers of the pastoral family drama "Once Upon a Time . . . When We Were Colored," then, are lucky to have found that special person, a man sensitive enough to nurture a lovely little movie like this, a man like . . . Butch Lewis? Yes, the flamboyant boxing promoter who has mounted a one-man attempt to popularize the tuxedo-with-no-shirt look is indeed the same Butch Lewis listed in the "Once Upon a Time" credits as executive producer.
August 9, 1995 |
International Boxing Federation middleweight champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins has declared himself a free agent. Hopkins's promoter of record is Butch Lewis, whose contract with the Germantown fighter remains in effect until April 1998 (according to Hopkins) or April 1999 (according to Lewis) or eight title defenses, whichever comes first. But, at a press conference yesterday morning at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza, the first Philadelphia-born middleweight champion announced he was "severing my relationship with Butch Lewis because of alleged improprieties being investigated by the law firm of Crawford, Leftwich and Douglas.
August 9, 1995 |
Bernard Hopkins, the International Boxing Federation middleweight champion from Philadelphia, announced yesterday that he was severing ties with promoter Butch Lewis in spite of a contract that has more than three years to run. Hopkins, 30, who rose from prison and a floor-scrubbing job to win the IBF title in April, under the Lewis banner, said his decision was based on "alleged improprieties" and he would not elaborate. He was accompanied by his new attorney, Timothy A. Crawford of Philadelphia, and a consultant, Ronald Salahuddin, at a news conference at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel.
June 13, 1994 |
Michael Spinks stunned the boxing world in 1985 when he outfought undefeated Larry Holmes to become the first light-heavyweight to win a heavyweight title. That upset, along with Spinks' domination of the light-heavyweight ranks between 1981 and 1985, carried him into the International Boxing Hall of Fame yesterday in Canastota, N.Y. At 37, he became the youngest member of the Hall. "He was one of the greatest champions," said his onetime trainer, Eddie Futch, who was enshrined along with Spinks and 12 other former ring personalities.