June 11, 2015 |
FRANK CAPPUCCINO was humbled. He was about to referee one of the most important heavyweight boxing matches of the '80s, and he recalled looking out over the sold-out crowd in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall and being dazzled. "I remember thinking, here I am a guy from Kensington, and I'm in the ring, looking out in the crowd, and I see people like Charlie Sheen, Jack Nicholson and Martin Sheen. It was really something special. " However, fans hardly got comfortable in their seats when the fight was over.
November 6, 2014 |
The two push-button house phones outside the main entrance of the vacant Trump Plaza hotel in Atlantic City remain. A sign outlining access rules concludes with "Trespassers will be prosecuted. " They may as well also take down the "Valet Only" sign. Nobody's allowed in the driveway. There's a big fight next door at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Bernard Hopkins against Sergey Kovalev for the light-heavyweight title. There will be a strong crowd. It just won't be quite like the old days, certainly not next door.
May 5, 2013 |
In the ring, Mike Tyson obliterated opponents in the blink of an eye. The thunder-and-lightning pugilist once set a Junior Olympic record by knocking out an opponent in 8 seconds, and at 20 he was the youngest heavyweight champion in history. On stage at the Academy of Music on Thursday night, the 46-year-old Tyson had a daunting task before him that required more endurance than power and speed. In his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," the ex-champ was charged with entertaining an opera house crowd full of fight fans for nearly two hours, with only his life story to propel him. So how'd he do?
November 15, 2011 |
He fought his way up from humble beginnings as the son of a sharecropper in South Carolina to achieve worldwide fame. And on Monday morning, the life of the plainspoken and reserved Joe Frazier was remembered with eloquence and passion in a two-hour ceremony at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in East Mount Airy. Mr. Frazier, who moved to Philadelphia as a teenager, died Nov. 7 of liver cancer. He was 67. Three-time adversary Muhammad Ali paid his respects to the former heavyweight champion, as did fellow boxers Bernard Hopkins, Larry Holmes, and Michael Spinks, among others.
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.
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.
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.
June 8, 1991 |
There's not much chance that Butch Lewis, flashy fight promoter turned bombastic music mogul, will lose his shirt on Monday's James Brown pay-per- view concert. But if he does, it won't be the first time. Nearly as well-known for strutting around in a tuxedo without a shirt as he is for his multimillion-dollar deals as manager/promoter for boxer Michael Spinks, Lewis is betting he won't take it on the chin in his first musical venture when the Godfather of Soul mounts the stage at Hollywood's Wiltern Theater.
August 23, 1989 |
The district attorney's office decided not to come out for the first round against former heavyweight boxing champion Michael Spinks. Assistant District Attorney Martin A. Durkin yesterday won a one-year delay in the start of Spinks' assault and harassment trial. The case had previously been listed five times and postponed for various reasons. When Spinks said he was satisfied not to be tried now, he signed a waiver of his right to a speedy trial. The new date is Aug. 22, 1990.
July 21, 1989 |
Given the economics of heavyweight title fights - at least heavyweight title fights involving Mike Tyson - tonight's scheduled 12-round bout between Tyson and Carl "The Truth" Williams almost qualifies as a charity affair. Tyson is receiving $4 million, Williams $1 million. Although the purse is by far the largest of Williams's career, and nearly six times the $175,000 he received for an unsuccessful challenge of then- heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in 1985, "The Truth" does not consider himself overpaid.