December 11, 1986 |
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.
February 15, 1986 |
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.
May 12, 1989 |
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)
March 16, 1994 |
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.
March 1, 2003 |
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.
November 8, 2014 |
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.
March 12, 1993 |
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.
December 2, 1997 |
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.
March 15, 2014 |
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.
September 12, 2013 |
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.