May 17, 2013 |
THE BROKEN bones have healed. He no longer is confined to a wheelchair. But the wounds to Rock Allen's mind and spirit aren't quite as visible, and they continue to hurt him in ways that may be beyond absolute repair. Allen, the North Philadelphian who was the 140-pound representative on the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing team that competed in Athens, Greece, was 15-0 with seven knockouts as a professional when he was involved in a horrific automobile accident on June 7, 2011, that nearly killed him. He has not fought since he scored a unanimous, six-round decision over Adan Hernandez on April 10, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz., and, although he has not officially announced his retirement from boxing, it seems highly likely that he never again will be seen doing his thing in the ring.
April 9, 2009 |
Memphis assistant coach Lamont Peterson yesterday disputed a published report that Tigers guard Tyreke Evans has decided whether he will enter his name in the NBA draft. "That report was incorrect," Peterson said when asked about a story by FoxSports.com in which Evans was quoted as saying he was leaving school after coach John Calipari moved on to Kentucky. "No decision has been made. " The 6-foot-6 Evans, a native of Chester who attended American Christian, averaged 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists as Memphis went 33-4 this past season.
February 25, 2004 |
Eric Hunter and Rock Allen, both of Philadelphia, have qualified for the 2004 Olympic box-offs in Cleveland by winning their brackets at the team trials last weekend in Tunica, Miss. Hunter qualified in the bantamweight division (119 pounds), while Allen advanced in the light-welterweight division (141 pounds). Hunter beat Kevin Hudgins of Pensacola, Fla., 20-12, in the opening round of the tournament to move into the champions' bracket. He then lost on points to Torrence Daniels of Fort Carson, Colo.
June 5, 2012 |
IN THE IMMEDIATE aftermath of North Philadelphia's Danny Garcia winning the WBC super lightweight title in March, his promoters talked of Garcia's desire to unify the titles. That chance might come sooner than expected, depending on a ruling from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As of now, Garcia will make his first WBC title defense when he faces Amir Khan on July 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. A news conference is scheduled for Monday in Los Angeles to announce the bout.
June 29, 2013 |
Before the first fan in line plopped his red Everlast boxing glove onto the table, he had a question for world champion Danny Garcia. "What's next for you?" he asked as Garcia signed autographs Thursday afternoon at Dr. Denim on South Street. It is one of boxing's burning questions after reports circulated this week that Garcia would defend his unified light-welterweight titles in a rematch with Zab Judah instead of meeting Lucas Matthysse. Garcia, a 25-year-old from Juniata Park, said he had no idea where those reports came from.
July 14, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA native Danny Garcia will look to show he is the world's best 140-pound fighter when he takes on Lucas Matthysse for the WBC junior welterweight title on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas. The two have agreed to terms for their much anticipated matchup, several media outlets reported yesterday. Garcia, the current WBC, WBA and The Ring champion, is looking for his fourth title defense, and his 27th win. He has 16 knockouts, and has yet to lose. He has been the WBC champ in his weight class since March 24, 2012, when he beat Erik Morales to capture the vacant title.
May 7, 2001 |
Most Philadelphia high school students took advantage of the weekend's glorious weather by attending family cookouts, playing basketball in the schoolyard or simply hanging with their friends. Rashiem Jefferson, a senior at Strawberry Mansion High, did something a little more significant: He made history. Using superior speed and busy hands, Jefferson outlasted Terry Gladden, of Cincinnati, at 119 pounds to win his second consecutive National Golden Gloves championship Saturday night in Reno, Nev. Jefferson joins a select list of two-time national titlists that includes Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay)
May 19, 2013
Lucas Matthysse stopped Lamont Peterson in the third round Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in a matchup of junior-welterweight champions. Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) had two knockdowns in the third round. IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander earned a convincing victory over Lee Purdy at Boardwalk Hall in a non-title bout. Referee David Fields stopped the fight on the advice of Purdy's corner at the end of the seventh round. Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs)
May 18, 2013
Top-ranked Serena Williams extended her winning streak to a career-best 22 matches and reached the Italian Open semifinals by beating C arla Suarez Navarro , 6-2, 6-0, Friday in Rome. Defending champion Maria Sharapova withdrew before her quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Sara Errani because of illness. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was beaten, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, by sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. BOXING: Alexander Povetkin stopped Andrzej Wawrzyk by a technical knockout at 2 minutes, 29 seconds of the third round in Moscow to retain his WBA heavyweight title.
July 20, 2013 |
Lucas Matthysse speaks little English and does not have a Twitter account. He prefers to communicate with his right hand. And the 30-year-old Argentine has ridden it to become boxing's most powerful puncher. Nobody wants to fight him, said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. Nobody except for Juniata Park's Danny Garcia, who will defend his unified light-welterweight world titles against Matthysse on Sept. 14 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand. "Danny Garcia stepped up and said, 'I want to be the one who beats this guy,' " Ellerbe said.