October 28, 1987 |
There are prelims, and there are pre-prelims. "Pre-prelims" is a word that has been coined just now, right before your eyes, to describe what Milton McCrory is scheduled to fight tonight in Las Vegas. McCrory is defending his North American Boxing Federation super- welterweight title against Herman Cavesuela, in a 12-round bout at an outdoor stadium at the Las Vegas Hilton. The more boxing-conscious readers might be thinking that Thomas Hearns is scheduled to fight Juan Roldan in an outdoor stadium at the Las Vegas Hilton tomorrow night.
July 10, 1991 |
Viewers of last night's USA network cablecast from the Blue Horizon could be excused for thinking they were watching taped highlights of Mike Tyson's greatest hits. Of the card's eight fights, four ended in the first round. The main event was halted in the second round. There also were fourth- and fifth-round stoppages, plus a six-rounder that went the distance. Main-event winner Frankie Mitchell (26-1, 11 KOs), who won the vacant North American Boxing Federation lightweight championship by starching fill-in Kenny Vice (29-7, 24 KOs)
February 3, 1986 |
Meldrick Taylor of Philadelphia defeated Robin Blake yesterday in a 10- round lightweight bout in Lake Charles, La., winning a unanimous decision that is likely to make him the first 1984 Olympic gold medalist to break into the top 10 pro rankings. Taylor, 19, used speed and his aggressive style to keep the pressure on Blake, 23, and to repeatedly foil the southpaw's uppercuts. Blake, of Levelland, Texas, tried to take control in the fifth and sixth rounds, but Taylor, his lip bleeding profusely, picked up the pace in the seventh and dominated the rest of the bout.
April 5, 1995 |
And so a fight that promised a firestorm of action ended with an abrupt and unsatisfying resolution - a technical decision. Bryant Brannon captured that decision over Frank Rhodes after only four rounds of a scheduled 12-round super-middleweight bout last night at the Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia. The bizarre ending, which was booed by the capacity crowd, came about because Brannon, cut by an unintentional head butt in the first round, could not continue fighting beyond the fourth round - a situation that forced ringside officials to go to the scorecards to determine the winner.
August 2, 1995 |
Bryant "BB" Brannon of Trenton outpointed Eric Lucas of Montreal and retained the North American Boxing Federation supermiddleweight championship in a yawning, 12-round bout last night at the steamy Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia. The bout was the show-topper on a seven-fight card and the slowest of the night, judging by the hooting of the standing-room-only crowd of about 1,300. There were no knockdowns, and neither fighter was in trouble in the 12- rounder. The judges gave the fight to Brannon unanimously, 117-111, 118-110 and 119-109.
July 16, 2004 |
Former Olympian Zahir Raheem is one of two local boxers who will make their HBO boxing debuts tomorrow in Houston in televised 12-round bouts that will have title ramifications. Raheem, a 28-year-old featherweight from Philadelphia, will meet 2000 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez. The winner will be declared the IBF's No. 1-ranked contender and become the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Raheem, a member of the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, is 25-0 with 15 knockouts.
May 24, 1989 |
Everyone agreed that it was Terry Norris's most impressive performance since, uh, his last time out. "That's the thing about Terry," Norris's co-trainer, Abel Sanchez, said after the North American Boxing Federation middleweight champion pitched a 10- round shutout at Ralph Ward last night at the Showboat Hotel & Casino. "He just keeps getting better. " Off recent performances, there wouldn't seem to be much room for improvement for the San Diego-based Norris (21-2, 12 knockouts)
August 3, 1992 |
The weighty hands of Julio Cesar Chavez, the hands that have changed the course of many a career, stung Frankie Mitchell on Saturday night. But they did not make him run or hide, and they did not put his career in a slide. Philadelphia's Mitchell, inspired by the biggest fight of his life, succumbed to Chavez in a little more than three rounds at the Las Vegas Hilton. But he lost with his leather flying. "He's not going to run," Dean Rosenberg, one of the men who manage Mitchell, had said a day before the match.
August 5, 2005 |
Junior welterweight Rock Allen waited nearly a year for his professional boxing debut, but he wasted little time earning his first win. The 2004 U.S. Olympian from North Philadelphia cranked up a barrage of punches late in the first round to score a technical knockout over Damon Antoine last night at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. In the night's final fight, Philadelphia welterweight Demetrius Hopkins improved to 20-0-1, knocking Paul Delgado...
November 21, 1987 |
Andre McCall, a senior at Jesse H. Jones High in Houston, got a crash course in the proper deployment of the overhand right at Resorts International Casino Hotel. Instructing the formerly undefeated McCall, 18, was Sharon Hill's "Smokin" Bert Cooper, who bounced enough right hands off McCall's face last night to successfully defend his North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight championship with a sixth-round technical knockout in a bout nationally televised by ESPN. McCall (13-1-1)