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February 25, 1996 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
South African Frans Botha will be allowed to keep his heavyweight crown despite testing positive for steroids after his title fight with Axel Schulz in December, the International Boxing Federation ruled yesterday. Botha received what amounts to a slap on the wrist in the big-money world of heavyweight boxing: He was fined $50,000 and ordered to fight a rematch with the German within 180 days. Ten members of the IBF championship and executive committees made the ruling after hearing nearly three hours of testimony regarding Botha's use of steroids before his victory over Schulz for the vacant heavyweight title Dec. 9 in Stuttgart.
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May 16, 1993 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They stood toe-to-toe for 36 brutal minutes, two skinny guys with hearts that threatened to bust out of their frail bodies. But, in the end, it was skill that won the match, not courage. Charles Murray, overpowering his opponent with jabs to the head and hooks to the body, scored a unanimous decision over Philadelphian "Rockin' " Rodney Moore in a 12-round junior-welterweight title bout yesterday afternoon at Trump Castle Casino Resort. Murray won the International Boxing Federation version of the title.
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February 23, 1997 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A little over two years after engaging in one of the best professional fights of 1995, Arturo Gatti Jr. and Tracy Patterson went at it again last night at the Atlantic City Convention Center. And once again, Gatti defeated Patterson for the IBF junior-lightweight title. In his first defense of the 130-pound title, Gotti scored a unanimous decision over Patterson, 118-108, 117-109 and 116-110. "I used my head more in this fight than I did the first time," Gatti said. Gatti, 23, a native of Jersey City, won for the 19th straight time to raise his record to 27-1 with 22 knockouts.
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April 4, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Julio Cesar Chavez, the International Boxing Federation junior-welterweight champion, must defend his title in a rematch with Philadelphia's Meldrick Taylor within six months, the boxing organization ruled yesterday. The IBF mandated the rematch by ranking Taylor as the No. 1 challenger. Taylor lost to Chavez in a controversial fight on March 17 in Las Vegas. Referee Richard Steele stopped the 12-round fight with two seconds remaining. Taylor was ahead on two of three judges' cards when he was knocked down by Chavez and the fight was halted.
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October 11, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Frank Tate, a 2-1 underdog, knocked down Michael Olajide Jr. twice and won the International Boxing Federation middleweight title on a 15-round unanimous decision yesterday in Las Vegas. In gaining the title, which had been vacant, Tate became the fourth member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team to win a world professional championship. Take knocked down Olajide in the 11th and again in the 12th round but was too arm-weary to put away his opponent. Judge Jerry Roth scored it 147-136, Judge Chuck Giampa saw it 146-135 and Judge Bill Graham 148-134, all for Tate.
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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.
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January 13, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
A federal judge appointed a New Jersey lawyer as monitor for the scandal-ridden International Boxing Federation, the first time a U.S. sports organization has come under a stewardship generally reserved for mob-riddled labor unions. U.S. District Judge John W. Bissell appointed Joseph A. Hayden Jr. to oversee the operations of the East Orange, N.J.-based IBF, one of the sport's three major governing organizations. United States Attorney Robert J. Cleary's prosecutors asked for a monitor in November after indicting and suing IBF founder Robert W. Lee Sr. on charges he took bribes to rig the rankings of boxers.
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June 29, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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August 15, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
THE ATMOSPHERE at Jazzy Shears Hair Studio in North Philly was abuzz about what happened nearly 2 decades ago. Inside the barbershop, amid barber chairs positioned beneath cherry-leather boxing gloves, fighters of yesterday talked about the past. On one side was Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, with his signature cowboy-esque capper. Buster "Demon" Drayton let out a wild laugh next to Kevin "The Spoiler" Howard and Wayne Samuels. Ivan Robinson and William "The Hammer" Jones filled the room, along with trainer Augie Scimeca.
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February 15, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
A federal judge sentenced the founder of the International Boxing Federation, Robert W. Lee, to 22 months in prison for operating a corrupt organization, and Lee agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport yesterday in Newark, N.J. The sentencing on Lee's criminal convictions and related settlement in a government lawsuit end a case in which prosecutors claimed Lee manipulated the IBF's influential rankings for 15 years in return for bribes....
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June 5, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Hopkins' next fight - and possibly his last - could be on the horizon. Whether the fight is made - and whether it is the swan song for the 50-year-old fighter - is up in the air. Hopkins, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, is angling for a fight against 168-pound IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale. "I'm interested in beating up a guy - the same guy that beat up Dirrell," Hopkins said. Last month, DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a unanimous, 12-round decision over Andre Dirrell for the vacant belt in Boston.
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June 4, 2015 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
IF ALL GOES according to plan, Philadelphia's ageless wonder, Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins, will end his 27-year career as a professional boxer by challenging IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale, in a bout that probably will be fought in October in London, and be televised by HBO. In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Hopkins said: "I'm interested in beating a guy up - the same guy that beat up [Andre] Dirrell. " DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF 168-pound title by scoring a unanimous, 12-round decision over Dirrell on May 23 in Boston.
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April 24, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
SINCE HE won a share of the world heavyweight championship in 2006, Wladimir Klitschko has successfully defended his title 17 times. His 9-year reign as heavyweight champion is second only to that of the legendary Joe Louis, who once held the title for 11 years, 8 months and 8 days. Unlike Louis, however, Klitschko has not done a lot of his title-defending in the United States. In fact, Klitschko has fought only twice in America since beating Chris Byrd for the International Boxing Federation title on April 22, 2006, in Germany.
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April 11, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
IBF junior-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson knows that he and Danny Garcia had vastly different outcomes against a common opponent, Lucas Matthyesse. Don't read anything into it heading into Saturday's non-title fight with Garcia, Peterson said. "At the end of the day it makes no difference," said Peterson (33-2-1, 17 knockouts). "You can match it up many different ways, different fighters - it never makes any sense. There are so many situations and incidents throughout boxing history that tell you that makes no sense.
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January 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Garcia, wearing a tailored blue suit, shrugged his shoulders as he entered Wednesday's news conference at NBC Studios in New York. It was a changed look from his designer sunglasses and polo shirts. And it was the start of a drastic change in Garcia's career. His next fight - April 11 against Lamont Peterson - will be the main event of a nationally televised prime-time boxing card on NBC10. The title fight will put Garcia's WBC and WBA light-welterweight belts, and Peterson's IBF belt on the line.
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November 10, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - At about a quarter to 2 yesterday morning, an hour after relinquishing his shiny IBF and WBA light heavyweight belts, the man who holds the record as the oldest world champion in boxing history emerged from his locker room at Boardwalk Hall. Flanked by a hoard of supporters, Bernard Hopkins made the short walk to the postfight news conference. He stepped behind the podium, offered opening remarks and then took the first question. It was the query on everyone's mind.
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November 10, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - Oscar De La Hoya was his typical promotional self after watching his business partner, friend and former adversary take a 12-round beatdown at the hands of Sergey Kovalev early yesterday morning. The Golden Boy Promotions leader congratulated Bernard Hopkins - a minority partner in the company - on surviving 12 rounds at the age of 49. De La Hoya fielded questions about future fights for boxers under the Golden Boy umbrella, including Juniata Park's own Danny Garcia.
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November 10, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
ATLANTIC CITY - Perhaps, Bernard Hopkins has finally realized he does not have to be like Mufasa. Not long after the Philadelphia boxing icon began this Yesterday Quest to twist and turn the standard theories of aging and world-class athletic competition upside down, I believed Hopkins, who will turn 50 in 2 months, would not stop fighting until he had to be carried out of the ring on boxing's version of his shield. As long as he could step into the ring with fighters 15 to 25 years younger than him and then walk out - win, lose or draw - without having been stretched out on the canvas or even seriously hurt, Hopkins, who took to calling himself "The Alien," would keep defying human physiology to prove that he might actually have something extraterrestrial in his DNA. Hopkins was thoroughly dominated by Sergey Kovalev in their light-heavyweight championship fight on Saturday night/Sunday morning at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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August 15, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
THE ATMOSPHERE at Jazzy Shears Hair Studio in North Philly was abuzz about what happened nearly 2 decades ago. Inside the barbershop, amid barber chairs positioned beneath cherry-leather boxing gloves, fighters of yesterday talked about the past. On one side was Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts, with his signature cowboy-esque capper. Buster "Demon" Drayton let out a wild laugh next to Kevin "The Spoiler" Howard and Wayne Samuels. Ivan Robinson and William "The Hammer" Jones filled the room, along with trainer Augie Scimeca.
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August 5, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ATLANTIC CITY - A day after sending shock waves through the boxing world, Bernard Hopkins arrived at Revel Casino sporting a light-blue sports jacket over a yellow V-neck, a main event on his mind. After obliging a throng of fans' requests to pose for photos, the North Philadelphia native took a seat in a brown fold-up chair, just a step or two from the blue canvas and black ropes constructed in the casino's 5,500-person amphitheater. Hopkins, 49 years young, was there to watch his next opponent.
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