March 6, 2000 |
Undisputed champion Lennox Lewis will never again fight for a World Boxing Association belt if the organization strips him of its version of the world heavyweight title today at a hearing in Philadelphia, his promoter, Panos Eliades, said yesterday. "If he's stripped, then, obviously, we won't be fighting for the WBA ever again," Eliades told BBC radio yesterday. "My gut feeling is that he will be stripped, but I hope that they actually prevail and do the right thing. " Eliades said that if the WBA decides to take back the title, "there will be an almighty publicity campaign in America, and the WBA will also be brought into disrepute.
March 7, 2000 |
Boxing's Gypsy Rose Lee department is at it again. In an often-contentious, 51/2-hour meeting of the WBA's championship committee yesterday at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, arguments were heard as to why the WBA should or should not strip England's Lennox Lewis of its version of the heavyweight championship before his April 29 defense against Norristown-based Michael Grant. After the five-member committee (two voting members were not present) took statements from interested parties on both sides of the issue, Philadelphia attorney Jimmy Binns, the WBA's legal counsel, said a decision likely would be handed down "in the next week or two. " In question is whether Lewis (35-1-1, 27 knockouts)
March 2, 1990 |
NBC will no longer recognize the World Boxing Association in its boxing telecasts because of what network officials say is unfair treatment of fighters, NBC's boxing coordinator announced yesterday in New York. Kevin Monaghan, who buys fights for the network, said he was tired of dealing with the WBA's politics. As an example, he cited the WBA's withdrawing sanction from two title bouts scheduled to air on NBC. Jimmy Binns, the WBA's legal counsel, said NBC's action would have little effect.
October 4, 2012 |
THE FIFTH ANNUAL Briscoe Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Boxers Association Ring One building at 2733 East Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Danny "Swift" Garcia will be honored as the Philly fighter of the year. Garcia, of Juniata Park, is the WBC/WBA light welterweight champion. He has a record of 24-0, with 15 knockouts. Garcia will defend his titles on Oct. 20 in a rematch with Mexico's Erik Morales at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. On March 24 in Houston, Garcia won the WBA 140-pound title on a 12-round, unanimous decision over Morales.
September 19, 1998 |
Evander Holyfield will meet the personification of backroom boxing tonight against Vaughn Bean. Bean has been fighting in back rooms and small clubs against guys named Riff and Raff but somehow is ranked No. 1 in the world by the IBF, which, along with the WBA, sanctions tonight's Holyfield homecoming at the Georgia Dome. Bean is not ranked by the WBA or the WBC. But because Bean is the IBF's No. 1 contender, Holyfield would be stripped of that organization's title if he did not take the fight.
October 28, 2011 |
SOUTH Philadelphia's Gerald "The Jedi" Nobles possibly was on his way to becoming a big deal in the heavyweight division when his career took a downward turn around the same time his poundage began to go up. Way, way up. Nobles, 40, ends a 4 1/2-year absence from the ring tonight when he takes on journeyman Joseph Rabotte in the six-round main event of a professional boxing card at Harrah's Chester promoted by Joey Eye. The bout was bumped...
October 16, 1997 |
The Buffalo Bills waived backup quarterback Billy Joe Hobert yesterday, two days after he admitted he was unprepared for an injury to starter Todd Collins. Hobert told the Associated Press earlier this week that he glanced over the passing plays and was not ready last week when Collins sustained a strained shoulder in a loss to the New England Patriots. "It's not the dumbest thing I've ever said in my life," Hobert told the Empire Sports Network, a local cable station. "I think it was a gut feeling for Coach [Marv]
December 6, 2000 |
Mills Lane, who gained prominence refereeing the infamous Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield ear-bite fight, said yesterday he was becoming a boxing promoter. Lane will team with Oklahoma promoter Tony Holden in a new company called "Let's Get It On Promotions. " "We're going to try and do things a little better than they've been done before," Lane said. "I think we can be upfront with fighters and I think we can do it the right way. " Lane was a referee for 31 years before retiring in 1998.
August 22, 1994 |
Steve Lowery, earning his first victory in seven seasons on the PGA Tour, used two dramatic eagles on the back nine to vault into a tie and then beat Rick Fehr in a playoff to win the International in Castle Rock, Colo. Lowery, 33, prevailed on the first playoff hole when Fehr drove into a pond on the right side of the fairway. Lowery made a routine par on the hole to win the $252,000 top prize. Lowery, as many as 10 points off the pace after two bogeys in his first five holes, eagled both of the par-5s on the back nine - worth 5 points apiece under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this tournament.
June 17, 2015 |
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.