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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.
SPORTS
March 27, 1987 | By ELMER SMITH, Daily News Sports Writer
Butch Lewis was between stops in his shuttle negotiations with casino operators who want to host the Michael Spinks-Gerry Cooney fight when Donald Trump made Lewis an offer he couldn't refuse. Lewis had listened to offers from Trump Plaza president Steve Hyde and got a better offer from Caesars Palace vice president Bob Halloran. And then the phone rang. "In his inimitable style," Lewis said last night, "Donald Trump ended all the negotiating with one offer. He was determined to be the one to bring Atlantic City the biggest fight in its history.
SPORTS
January 18, 1986 | By Sarajane Freligh, Inquirer Staff Writer
Promoters Don King and Butch Lewis yesterday agreed to stage a series of eight heavyweight title fights - including a Michael Spinks-Larry Holmes rematch in April - leading to an undisputed champion in the summer of 1987. The series will open with a fight pitting World Boxing Council titlist Pinklon Thomas against Trevor Berbick on March 22 at a site to be announced. It will continue in April with a rematch between Spinks and Holmes for the International Boxing Federation title.
SPORTS
February 27, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Michael Spinks has been stripped of his International Boxing Federation world heavyweight title for refusing to fight top-ranked contender Tony Tucker, IBF president Robert W. Lee said yesterday. The action was taken after a vote by the IBF's championship committee, a seven-member international body. In a statement released by the IBF's office in Newark, Lee said the vacant title would be filled in an "immediate elimination series" between Tucker and No. 4 contender James "Buster" Douglas.
SPORTS
June 16, 1987 | By ELMER SMITH, Daily News Sports Writer
Gerry Cooney was about 4 1/2 rounds into his return last night when Michael Spinks reminded him why he had retired in the first place. Spinks provided the rude reminder about midway through the fifth round with a looping right hand that landed in the middle of what could have been Cooney's best punch of the night. Cooney saw an opening, drew back the fabled left hook. But Spinks stepped inside it and snapped Cooney's head back with a jolting right hand. Before Cooney knew what had hit him, Spinks peppered him with a fast flurry of unanswered left hooks and looping right hands.
SPORTS
February 26, 1988 | By Robert Seltzer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks fight may end up being more competitive than the battle among the casinos to land the bout. That battle was not very competitive. It was won by Donald Trump, who formally announced yesterday that the fight will be held June 27 at Convention Hall, next door to Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City. Trump will pay $11 million for the rights to the fight, almost $4 million more than the $6.8 million that Caesars Palace paid for the Sugar Ray Leonard- Marvelous Marvin Hagler bout last spring in Las Vegas.
SPORTS
June 17, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
The University of Oklahoma, prodded by lawsuits from two media organizations, released a five-page list of 16 alleged NCAA rules violations by the Sooners football program. The NCAA charged that from fall 1983 through spring 1986, athletic department employees scalped season tickets for two players; offered a recruit an envelope containing $1,000 cash; operated a slush fund that padded staff salaries and bankrolled other improprieties; and provided players, recruits or both with airline tickets, rental cars, free or discounted clothing and shoes.
SPORTS
June 13, 1987 | By ELMER SMITH, Daily News Sports Writer
If they had followed their first feelings, Eddie Futch and Victor Valle wouldn't be leading Michael Spinks and Gerry Cooney into battle Monday night. Futch and Valle, who train Spinks and Cooney, respectively, would have walked away from two of the best moneymakers they ever had if the fighters' managers had let them. Valle, whose percentages of Gerry Cooney's gross purses would be enough to retire on, took one look at the skinny amateur from Huntingdon, N.Y., and saw no reason to tie up any time with him. "Eleven years ago," Valle recalled, "Dennis Rappaport (Cooney's manager)
SPORTS
June 13, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
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.
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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.
SPORTS
August 2, 2011 | By Tim Rohan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
July 25, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com P
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...
SPORTS
September 17, 1998 | By Ray Glier, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
April 10, 1996 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
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.
SPORTS
August 9, 1995 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
August 9, 1995 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
June 13, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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