October 21, 2005 |
Boxing comes to Trenton tonight with a seven-bout card at the Sovereign Bank Arena that includes Terrance Cauthen, a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist. Cauthen, who trains at Joe Frazier's Gym in North Philadelphia, was part of a trio of Philadelphia fighters who competed in the Atlanta Olympics. Of the two others, David Reid went on to win a title belt as a professional before retiring in 2001 for health reasons. Zahir Raheem spent years as a pro looking for a break, then scored a massive upset of Erik Morales on HBO last month.
September 12, 2005 |
North Philadelphia's Zahir Raheem was supposed to be another stop on Erik Morales' road to a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Instead, Raheem is the new WBC lightweight champion. The 1996 Olympian won a unanimous, 12-round decision over Morales, a world champion at three weight classes, in an HBO-televised bout Saturday night at the Staples Center. "I beat a legend tonight," said Raheem, 28, who now fights out of Tulsa, Okla. "I've always believed in myself. I have just always needed an opportunity like this.
February 11, 2000 |
Then there was one. Out of eight Philadelphia-area entrants in the U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials, only one - relative long-shot 165-pounder Randy Griffin - remains unbeaten and in the championship bracket of the double-elimination tournament. One is eliminated. Twins Rock and Tiger Allen are waiting for word on their grievance after being eliminated at the weigh-in. The other four have no room for error, with one loss each through last night's semifinals. It is not what the Philadelphia contingent envisioned.
April 24, 1999 |
Years ago, it seemed every Philadelphia community had a crop of young boxers jabbing toward recognition and a neighborhood hall with a ring as its centerpiece. There were the Cambria and the Alhambra and the old Arena at 48th and Market. Local kids could punch their way out of the clubs and into the spotlight, even if only for a few minutes. Henry A. Ortlieb, president of the Northern Liberties brewery that produces Poor Henry's beer and Dock Street ale, wants to rekindle that neighborhood feel the way he resuscitated his family's brewery business.
November 20, 1998 |
Sugar Ray Leonard is contemplating another comeback. "This reminds me of my youth foundation in Los Angeles," Leonard, the former five-division world champion, said of his first guest appearance at the Boxers Ball. "If my schedule permits, I'll be here every year. " Should Leonard become an annual visitor, he'd join a long list of boxing notables who have made the Boxers Ball, which was held for the fourth time last night, a unique part of the city's social and sporting landscape.
April 20, 1998 |
Saeed Hawkins survived Alfred Kinsey and fatigue to capture the Open Division 156-pound championship in the Pennsylvania Eastern Region Golden Gloves tournament. "I've been in the gym since September," Hawkins, of the Athletic Recreation Center, said after the four-week event wrapped up Saturday night at the Joe Hand Gym in Fishtown. "I'm tired right now. I can't wait for this thing to be over. " Hawkins and the other Eastern Region winners won't have much time to celebrate or rest, however.
March 15, 1998 |
It took Keith Mullings nine hard rounds to win the WBC super welterweight title from Terry Norris, and it took just five easy rounds to defend it last night at the Trump Taj Mahal. Mullings completely dominated previously unbeaten and No. 1 contender David Ciarlante, cutting his eye, mouth and fracturing his nose so badly that ringside doctor Howard Taylor stopped the fight after the fifth round. Mullings, 16-4-1, had Ciarlante's left eye cut and bleeding by the end of the the second round but did most of his damage in the fourth.
December 13, 1996 |
Last spring, when Terrence Cauthen was in California for the Olympic boxing trials, a strange woman claiming to be clairvoyant stopped him on a street in San Francisco. "There's something unusual about you," she said. "You're filled with gold and wealth. " Cauthen, a prayerful, church-going young man who had dreamed of winning the Olympics for years, brushed it off at first, but later thought it might have been a sign from God. Olympic gold, maybe? And wealth from a pro boxing career?
November 18, 1996 |
As his harshest critic, Zahir Raheem has been a tormented soul in search of the only thing that will satisfy his all-consuming competitiveness: a flawless performance. Raheem, one of three Philadelphians on the 1996 U.S. Olympic boxing team, said his second-round Olympic loss to Cuba's Arnaldo Mesa was "like losing a family member," so perhaps it is understandable that he was not content with his professional debut Saturday night at Bally's Park Place, even if it did bring him a fourth-round technical knockout of fellow rookie Cliff Watford (0-1)
November 17, 1996 |
Zahir Raheem, still healing from a dream-shattering loss in the Olympic Games this summer, began chasing a new dream here last night - the world super-bantamweight title. Raheem, a former national amateur champion who rolled up a 101-4 record in nine years, launched his professional career with a fourth-round technical knockout that pleased everyone in his camp except himself. He stopped Cliff Watford, 24, a Bally's check-in clerk, who also was making his pro debut, but it was less spectacular than Raheem had hoped.