June 4, 2012
For Philadelphia boxing fans of a certain age, the 1970s were not just about Watergate, Vietnam, and really ugly leisure suits. The decade was the last golden era of Philly boxing, and arguably the most gilded stretch of sustained excellence for what many still consider to be America's finest fight town. At one point in the mid-1970s, four of the world's 10 highest-rated middleweights — Bennie Briscoe, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, Bobby "Boogaloo" Watts and Willie "The Worm" Monroe — were based in Philly.
June 8, 2012
AGENDA Who: Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts) vs. Timothy Bradley (28-0-0, 12 KOs) What: WBO welterweight championship fight Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas When: 9 p.m. Saturday TV: HBO Pay-Per-View Undercard: Three Philadelphia boxers are also fighting that night: Mike Jones (26-0-0, 19 Kos) vs. Randall Bailey (42-7-0, 36 Kos), for vacant IBF welterweight title; Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0-0, 7 KOs)
December 15, 2011 |
PHILADELPHIA'S DANNY Garcia will fight Erik Morales for the WBC super lightweight championship on Jan. 25 in Houston. The bout officially will be announced at a news conference today. Garcia (22-0, 14 knockouts) won the WBO junior welterweight title with a split-decision victory over Kendall Holt in October in Los Angeles. It was Garcia's first appearance on a pay-per-view telecast. Garcia, 23, is from the Juniata section and is part of a young group of Philadelphia fighters, including welterweight Mike Jones, rising to the next level.
April 2, 2013 |
MANNY PACQUIAO might meet an old foe in a new place in September. Promoter Bob Arum said he is trying to put together a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and shopping it to casinos in Macau and Singapore. Marquez would be the most likely opponent for Pacquiao, though Arum indicated earlier that Timothy Bradley - who won a disputed decision over Pacquiao last year - is another possibility. Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round in December, flattening the Filipino fighter with a right hand that left him face down on the canvas for 2 minutes.
February 19, 2009 |
More than 900 people have joined the search for Lance Armstrong's stolen bike. The custom Trek Livestrong 1274 was taken after Armstrong used it during Saturday's time trial before the first stage of the Tour of California. Those hunting for the bike enlisted through the Facebook group "1 Million Citizens Looking for Lance Armstrong's Stolen Bike. " The search was set up by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's communications office. The editor of Cycling News says the bike is worth $10,000 and calls this the biggest bike theft ever.
June 9, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Three times in a 30-minute sit-down with reporters Wednesday, Manny Pacquiao assured the media he is not underestimating Timothy Bradley before their welterweight world-title fight Saturday night. "I know what Timothy is feeling now, how he's trained hard, thinking this is his big break," Pacquiao said. The unsettling fact for the 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts), as he finalizes preparations for his 60th pro fight, is that the underdog spirit he relates to in Bradley is what helped push the champ to breakthrough victories years ago over Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Oscar De La Hoya.
April 23, 2012
EIGHT WEEKS AGO, after a controversial double-tiebreaker loss to Terrell Gausha at the USA National Championships in Fort Carson, Colo., ended his dream of representing his country at this summer's London Olympics, a bitterly disappointed Jesse Hart hinted that he might be through with boxing forever. "Right now, I don't think I'll ever fight again," said the 22-year-old North Philadelphian. "I don't even know about the pros. " But they say that time heals all wounds, and the signing of a lucrative contract and a chance to make your professional debut on one of boxing's biggest stages make a great salve.
May 8, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally found himself in a real fight, complete with a bloody nose and an opponent, in Miguel Cotto, who was never going to quit. As usual, he found a way to win. Mayweather used his speed and accuracy Saturday night to take a unanimous decision over a game Cotto in a bruising bout to win a piece of the 154-pound title. But it wasn't easy, as Cotto landed some hard punches and kept attacking all the way to the final bell. "You're a hell of a champion," Mayweather told Cotto in the ring afterward.
December 15, 2008 |
It ended with a birdie, a standing ovation and a seventh-place finish for Annika Sorenstam, leaving the Hall of Fame golfer with no regrets after the final stroke of her career. The Swedish star shot a 1-under 71 yesterday at the Dubai Ladies Masters in the United Arab Emirates, finishing 6 shots behind winner Anja Monke after an eight-foot birdie at No. 18 drew a standing ovation from the packed gallery. Sorenstam, 38, is retiring to focus on family and business interests.
March 8, 2008 |
For all the tough losses he has endured on the golf course the last few years, Ernie Els found perspective at home in the blue eyes of 5-year-old Ben. His son was diagnosed with autism, which Els and his wife coped with privately until the Big Easy showed up on the PGA Tour this week with an "Autism Speaks" logo on his golf bag and a message he wanted to get out. "I feel comfortable talking about it now," Els told the Associated Press after...