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December 11, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
A contract dispute between champion Tim Witherspoon and promoter Don King has placed tomorrow night's World Boxing Association heavyweight title fight in jeopardy. Yesterday, King said Witherspoon's lawyer, Dennis Richard, claimed the contract to fight James "Bonecrusher" Smith is invalid, and Witherspoon would not fight. After further negotiations with the champion last night, King said the card at Madison Square Garden will be held regardless, and Witherspoon will be suspended if he fails to attend today's weigh-in.
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February 15, 1986 | By ELMER SMITH, Daily News Sports Writer
The best bet on the Livingstone Bramble-Tyrone Crawley lightweight title fight tomorrow is that it will draw one of the smallest crowds in title fight history. As of Friday night, the MGM-Grand ticket office and other local ticket outlets had sold fewer than 2,000 of the 5,500 seats in the Goldwyn Theater. And that was despite the presence of more than 2,200 delegates to two major conventions. The problem appears to be the fact that the fight has been postponed three times, twice after tickets had gone on sale.
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May 12, 1989 | By Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
A mix-up in communications is being blamed for the 11th-hour pullout of challenger Anthony "Two Guns" Fletcher from tonight's Pennsylvania junior welterweight championship bout with "Rockin' " Rodney Moore at the Blue Horizon. Fletcher said he was forced to withdraw from the scheduled 12-round bout when a knife wound he sustained May 2 proved more serious than he had been led to believe. The main event of the five-fight card (Channel 3 coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.) now finds Moore (18-6-2, 8 knockouts)
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March 16, 1994 | By Robert Seltzer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now that he is a world champion, Steve Little wants to bring a title fight to a small portion of that world - his home town of Reading. Little upset Michael Nunn for the super-middleweight title on Feb. 26, and he did it in London, thousands of miles from his friends and relatives. Especially his relatives. He is one of 18 children, and he has five of his own. "Everybody in town has treated me very well," said Little, who captured the World Boxing Association version of the title with his split decision over Nunn.
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March 1, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Roy Jones Jr. will finally take the chance his critics said he wouldn't, fighting John Ruiz in Las Vegas tonight in an intriguing matchup of sizes and styles for the WBA heavyweight title. History indicates that Jones' task may be nearly impossible. Of the 13 light-heavyweight champions who challenged for the heavyweight title, only Michael Spinks was successful. And, unlike Jones, Spinks had the size of a heavyweight when he beat Larry Holmes in 1985. Ruiz will outweigh Jones by 33 pounds when they enter the Thomas and Mack Arena.
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November 8, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Hopkins dug into the pocket of his sweatshirt, grabbed a small, alien trinket, and placed it on the table. The news conference to promote the light-heavyweight title fight Saturday against Sergey Kovalev was in full swing. But Hopkins did not seem interested enough to listen. The 49-year-old fighter reached in again and lined up three more aliens. He offered the aliens a sip of his water. He told the toys to stop making so much noise. His trainer, Naazim Richardson, told Hopkins to behave.
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March 12, 1993 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Boxing on over-the-air networks is in a down cycle. But on ABC's "Wide World of Sports" tomorrow (Channel 6, 4:30 p.m.), fight fans can tune in a title bout. Tracy Patterson will attempt to defend his World Boxing Council super- bantamweight championship against Jesse Benavides in a scheduled 12-rounder in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Patterson, the adopted son of former heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson, has a 46-2-1 record with 34 knockouts. Benavides is 34-2-1 with 23 KOs. ABC analyst Alex Wallau is impressed by Tracy's boxing skills.
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December 2, 1997 | By Jay Searcy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's fight night at the Blue Horizon, that gamy old blood bucket of an arena that is quite possibly the most famous boxing building in the world. And as usual with a Russell Peltz promotion, there are no tickets. But tonight will be more than just another of Peltz's standing-room-only sellouts. What will make things extra special for that dark, scruffy auditorium on North Broad Street is a world title bout, the first in 36 years of boxing there. Charles Brewer, 28, the International Boxing Federation super-middleweight champion and leather-tough product of the Philadelphia gyms, and Joey DeGrandis, 28, the first Boston boxer to fight for a world title since welterweight Tony DeMarco in 1955, are scheduled to go 12 rounds.
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March 15, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Danny Garcia's black SUV pulled to the side of the highway Thursday afternoon as police lights flashed behind it. The car's driver was talking on his cellphone - illegal in Puerto Rico - and the officer was ready to nab him. "But we have the world champ in the car," said Garcia's father and trainer, Angel. The policeman asked to roll down the tinted window and there sat Danny Garcia in the backseat en route to an afternoon training session. The officer let the Garcias go with one instruction: Win Saturday's fight.
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September 12, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - The overflow crowd in the lobby of the MGM Grand already had its hero Tuesday afternoon. He was Lucas Matthysse, the one in the modest navy track suit. The one with the silver rosary beads hanging around his neck. The one the fans serenaded. "Ole, Ole, Ole, Luca, Luca," they sang while waving blue-and-white Argentina flags. But they needed a villain. And Juniata Park's Danny Garcia, Matthysse's opponent here on Saturday night, did not quite fit the bill. Garcia and Matthysse's 12-round bout will be on the undercard of the light-middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.
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April 15, 2016 | By Bernard Fernandez, CORRESPONDENT
ON SATURDAY night, two-time former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve "USS" Cunningham gets to come home again. In a way, he's actually doing it twice. At the relatively advanced age of 39, Cunningham (28-7-1, 13 KOs), the former bosun's mate from Southwest Philadelphia, challenges 10-years-younger WBO cruiserweight titlist (25-0, 16 KOs) Krzysztof Glowacki, of Poland, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is one of three bouts to be televised via Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The others are Marcus Browne (17-0, 13 KOs)
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March 11, 2016 | By Jeff Neiburg, CORRESPONDENT
WITH THE CAMERAS on and recorders out, North Philadelphia's Jesse Hart - with his infectious smile - couldn't help but boast about a variety of topics during his media workout Wednesday at Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Northern Liberties. Hart, 26, talked mostly about the subject of the workout: his March 18 fight at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia against Dashon Johnson of Escondido, Calif. But other topics included why he took himself off a Feb. 27 card in New York to headline his own card in Philly - "I did what I wanted to do," Hart said - and the realization that he'll likely be the mandatory challenger for the World Boxing Organization's super-middleweight title, which is being defended in an April 9 bout by champion Arthur Abraham against No. 1 challenger, Gilberto Ramirez.
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January 15, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Juniata Park's Danny Garcia spent more than two years as a world champion, prompting his father, Angel, to call him "Champ" so often that it seemed as if he might have forgotten his son's name. Needless to say, the last few months have been strange. The Garcias have been without a world title since June, when Danny Garcia was forced to relinquish his pair of light-welterweight championships when he moved up seven pounds to the 147-pound welterweight division. Those empty feelings could soon go away.
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June 17, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE LONG-ANTICIPATED jump from the junior welterweight division up to the welterweight class is finally here for Juniata Park's Danny "Swift" Garcia. Garcia, 27, had long been rumored to move up to the highly talented 147-pound class after fighting two non-title bouts at weights between the two classes. He hasn't defended his WBA or WBC junior welterweight world titles since March 2014. On Aug. 1, Garcia will at last make his welterweight debut after spending his eight-year career in the junior welterweight class.
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April 20, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even with his father's history as a boxer and manager in the sport, Dylan Price didn't immediately jump into the ring. He tried his hand at several sports as a youngster, including football. "I was pretty small, about 55 pounds, and was moving up to the 105-pound division," the 16-year-old said. "That's when my dad said to me, 'It's time for you to try something else.' " Price took his first competitive step in boxing when he was 9. "I knew on the first day that it was for me," he said.
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November 8, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Hopkins dug into the pocket of his sweatshirt, grabbed a small, alien trinket, and placed it on the table. The news conference to promote the light-heavyweight title fight Saturday against Sergey Kovalev was in full swing. But Hopkins did not seem interested enough to listen. The 49-year-old fighter reached in again and lined up three more aliens. He offered the aliens a sip of his water. He told the toys to stop making so much noise. His trainer, Naazim Richardson, told Hopkins to behave.
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November 8, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
AS THE DAYS leading to the biggest night of his year have waned, Bernard Hopkins has gradually ended his days later and later. He mixes in more naps, flips on the nightly news, does anything to stay awake in an effort to program his body. His entrance to the ring tomorrow night in Atlantic City to fight Sergey Kovalev won't come until the 11 o'clock hour, but Hopkins, calculated in everything he does, has spent the weeks before the fight acclimating himself to the time at which he will be fighting.
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August 8, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - In the weeks leading up to by far the biggest fight of his boxing career, Rod Salka has been retweeting many of the messages from his supporters. Over the weekend, one fan tweeted at him a photo of the movie poster for the 2006 "Rocky Balboa" film. Instead of the movie's title, the capitalized block letters above the picture of Sylvester Stallone atop the Art Museum steps read "Salka. " It's ironic, considering Salka's opponent, light welterweight world champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 knockouts)
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August 1, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE OPPONENT'S lack of a rating by the World Boxing Council or World Boxing Association will deny Danny Garcia a title defense on Aug. 9, but that doesn't seem to really bother the undefeated light-welterweight world champion from Juniata Park. "To me it doesn't even matter, title fight or not, because at the end of the day it's my show," Garcia said. "I'm going to put up a great performance. I'm going to go out there and give the fans a great fight. Don't worry about it not being a title fight because it's still a fight.
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August 1, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometime before he departs for New York on Tuesday night, a member of Danny Garcia's camp will reach into the boxing champion's glass trophy case and grab his title belts. The belts will be packed into a duffel bag before they leave Garcia's Bensalem home. They will be flaunted at news conferences, workouts, and autograph signings leading up to the Aug. 9 fight against Rod Salka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The belts will be carried into the ring by Garcia's cornermen, but they won't be on the line.
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