June 11, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - The outcry in this gambling city was so loud Floyd Mayweather Jr. could have heard it in his jail cell. On the other side of the world, people cried in the streets in Manila, and the presidential palace issued a statement praying for the quick return of their hero's strength and fervor. Through it all, Manny Pacquiao was a model of serenity. "I hope you're not dismayed or discouraged," Pacquiao said. "I can fight. I can still fight. " That much was evident Saturday night in a fight Pacquiao seemed to have under control up until the time the judges' scorecards were announced.
October 16, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Philadelphia's Danny Garcia remained unbeaten with a split decision over veteran Kendall Holt and won the WBO junior welterweight title at Staples Center on Saturday night. The fight was on the undercard of the main event between WBC light-heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins and former champ Chad Dawson. Garcia (22-0) practically closed Holt's left eye and gained strength as the 12-rounder went on. The surprise was that he didn't win unanimously, considering that he was ahead by six points on two judges' cards.
December 23, 2012 |
West Philadelphia's Steve Cunnigham trotted to the center of the ring as the bell sounded Saturday afternoon and threw his arms in the air. The heavyweight boxer's opponent, Tomasz Adamek, retreated to his corner at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa. and met his trainer. But Cunningham's jubilation turned to frustration as ring announcer Michael Buffer announced that the 12-round fight was ruled a split-decision draw. Buffer then corrected himself and announced the fight was a split decision in favor of Adamek.
March 3, 1996 |
South African Thulane "Sugar Boy" Malinga took Nigel Benn's WBC super-middleweight title yesterday on a 12-round split decision in Newcastle, England. Malinga, 36, won the title in his fourth try. Benn, 32, lost in his 10th defense and said he would retire. Benn won the title on Oct. 3, 1992, against Mauro Galvano on a third-round TKO. TENNIS Goran Ivanisevic reached his fifth ATP tour final of the year, defeating French veteran Guy Forget in a dramatic third set tiebreaker at the Italian Indoors in Milan.
August 1, 2011 |
MOBILE, Ala. -It was a split decision for Philly fighters at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Mobile, Ala., yesterday. Jesse Hart won his 165-pound test with an 18-6 decision over Chris Pearson, of Trotwood, Ohio. However, fellow Philadelphian Damon Allen failed to advance. Allen was defeated by Raynell Williams, of Cleveland, 18-12 in the 132-pound class. Hart, the son of former boxer Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, will fight D'mitrius Ballard of Temple Hills, Md. in today's semifinals.
March 15, 2013 |
Tyson Fury, Britain's heavyweight boxing star, had finished his brief remarks on Thursday afternoon and sat down at Jack Demsey's Pub in Manhattan before he said he had one more thought: Has anyone sponsored the bottom of Steve Cunningham's boots? If not, Fury said he would like to put his Twitter handle on the bottom so he can gain more followers after he knocks out the West Philadelphian on April 20 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in a match televised on NBC. Cunningham dismissed Fury and said he had no interest in talking.
June 26, 2004 |
Mike Tyson will have to fight - and fight often - to get out of debt, despite the prospect of a $14 million payment from Don King to settle his claims against the promoter. Tyson will drop his $100 million suit against King in exchange for the payment, his lawyers said yesterday. But the former heavyweight champion will see none of the money. It will go toward paying some of the $38.4 million Tyson owes to creditors, the Internal Revenue Service and his ex-wife, Monica. The Blue Horizon championships concluded last night with a series of four-round bouts.
February 22, 1993 |
While the snow fell outside the Blue Horizon, the punches descended inside, sharp and swift and painful. And most of them landed on the bruised and bloodied face of Troy Dorsey. In a battle of former champions, Calvin Grove scored a unanimous decision over Dorsey in a 10-round junior-lightweight bout last night. Grove, of Coatesville, improved his record to 42-5; Dorsey, of Dallas, fell to 14-7-1. Judge Myra Grant scored it 100-89, while Ron Greenley had it 99-91 and Mercedes Medina, 99-95.
October 7, 1995 |
So much for the home-ring advantage. Veteran Germantown welterweight Tony Martin, accustomed to noisy, supportive crowds whenever he has fought in Philadelphia, had to admit the 200 or so North Jersey residents who came to the Blue Horizon last night to cheer his opponent, "Sizzlin' " Sal Lopez, raised such a ruckus, the decibel duel could be judged a draw. If only Martin had caught as much of a break in the judging. Lopez (16-1-1, 10 knockouts), from Old Bridge Township, N.J., continued his hex over Philly fighters by rallying for a 12-round split decision over the 34-year-old Martin (30-5-1, 10 KOs)
April 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Bernard Hopkins continues on his relentless march, adding more to his place in boxing history. The 49-year-old Philadelphia native added another several blocks on his career legacy Saturday night by giving Beibut Shumenov a boxing lesson and winning a 12-round split decision to unify three light-heavyweight title belts. The announcement of a split decision sent gasps through the crowd. Judge Gustavo Padilla of Panama had Shumenov in front, 114-113. But two judges, Dave Moretti of Las Vegas and Jerry Roth of Las Vegas, each had it 116-111 for Hopkins.