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March 6, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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March 7, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
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March 2, 1990 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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October 4, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
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September 19, 1998 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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May 24, 2012 | By Matt Breen, For The Inquirer
Wearing a pair of dark-rimmed glasses and a backward snapback hat, Teon Kennedy strolled into Joe Hand's Gym on Tuesday afternoon wheeling his equipment bag at his side. Just 25 years old and 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Kennedy's youthful appearance might fool you. But in the ring, the North Philly boxer stakes his claim with an aggressive style that often turns fights into brawls. By the final rounds of a fight last year in Atlantic City, his eyes were swollen shut but he still battled.
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October 16, 1997 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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]
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December 6, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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August 22, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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June 10, 2012 | By Matt Breen, For The Inquirer
It took Mike Jones three years to score a win by decision. He had 13 wins by stoppage, an unblemished record, and a reputation as a knockout artist. Only one of his opponents reached the fourth round, and Jones quickly became feared for his quick, right hand. It was not a bad start to a career, but the label was a bit unfair - Mike Jones is much more than just a one-punch slugger. The 29-year old Mount Airy native and Frankford resident has proven that he can use his 6-foot frame to maneuver around the ring and be a complete boxer.
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March 18, 2014 | BY BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM, For the Daily News
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico - A pair of designer sunglasses concealed Danny Garcia's bruised, swollen eyes early yesterday morning as he assessed the night that nearly derailed his promising ascent. It was less than an hour after the 25-year-old from Juniata Park had escaped with a majority decision over Mauricio Herrera to retain his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine light welterweight titles before 10,152 rollicking fans at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez. Two of the ringside judges had Garcia winning 116-112, while the third scored it 114-114.
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January 28, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The general question for situations like this is, "OK, so what's next?" The answer is not yet known, but for Philadelphia heavyweight contender Bryant "By-By" Jennings and rising light heavyweight Jesse "Hard Work" Hart, it's going to be a positive one. The next better opportunity is what Jennings and Hart secured on Saturday when they turned a freezing New York night into a hot Philadelphia block party by posting decisive victories...
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January 17, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard Hopkins returned to his Center City apartment Wednesday morning still reeling from his morning run down Columbus Boulevard. It was the IBF light- heavyweight champion's 49th birthday. And when he looked into his bathroom mirror, he saw the gray hairs he allows to penetrate his spotty black beard. "And then I'm thinking I'm almost 50," Hopkins said. "Who would dream that? And still be active? And still be relevant?" He plans to stay relevant by fighting twice this year in hopes of unifying the light-heavyweight titles.
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October 4, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
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June 10, 2012 | By Matt Breen, For The Inquirer
It took Mike Jones three years to score a win by decision. He had 13 wins by stoppage, an unblemished record, and a reputation as a knockout artist. Only one of his opponents reached the fourth round, and Jones quickly became feared for his quick, right hand. It was not a bad start to a career, but the label was a bit unfair - Mike Jones is much more than just a one-punch slugger. The 29-year old Mount Airy native and Frankford resident has proven that he can use his 6-foot frame to maneuver around the ring and be a complete boxer.
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May 24, 2012 | By Matt Breen, For The Inquirer
Wearing a pair of dark-rimmed glasses and a backward snapback hat, Teon Kennedy strolled into Joe Hand's Gym on Tuesday afternoon wheeling his equipment bag at his side. Just 25 years old and 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Kennedy's youthful appearance might fool you. But in the ring, the North Philly boxer stakes his claim with an aggressive style that often turns fights into brawls. By the final rounds of a fight last year in Atlantic City, his eyes were swollen shut but he still battled.
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March 6, 2012
SGT. STEVE Little Jr.'s voice was filled with the kind of pride befitting a United States Marine. But then, the 24-year-old son of the late former WBA super middleweight champion always sounds that way when speaking about his father, who was only 34 when he died of colon cancer on Jan. 30, 2000, leaving behind a grieving wife and six children. "Obviously, I wasn't around, or was very young, when he was boxing," Steve Jr. said of his dad, whose professional career spanned from 1983 to '98. "But from what I've heard from people who knew him then, and seen for myself on DVDs of his fights I was able to obtain, he was a real technician in the ring.
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February 2, 2012
Seven-time world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs) will fight Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) on May 5 in Las Vegas, after Nevada's athletic commission granted him a conditional license for one fight before he goes to jail. Mayweather is scheduled to begin serving 90 days in June after a conviction for criminal domestic violence. The seven-time world champion in five weight classes will turn 35 this month. A longtime welterweight, Mayweather will step up to 154 pounds against Cotto for the WBA super-welterweight belt.
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October 28, 2011 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
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...
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