By Juan C. Ayllon
CHICAGO, February 18, 2012 – There is something to be said for hard physical labor. It toughens a person, inside and out. Working the fields and farmlands, one learns the importance of getting the job done – you don’t work, you don’t eat. It’s not glorious; it’s humbling. It’s demanding. It requires discipline. What’s more, bad weather can erase a season’s yields and send one scrambling to salvage what’s left for another go. You learn to make do with resources stretched thin, day-in and day-out, in hopes of reaping a robust harvest.
Even the apostle Paul tipped his hat to such endeavors when he said, “a man reaps what he sows.” (continue reading…)
PORTLAND, ORE – “We got our historic [boxing] ring ripped off this weekend,” said Fred Ryan, manager of the historic Grand Avenue Boxing Club.
“It was [stored] in a dual axle trailer at our gym,” he continued. “We thought it was secure with locks on the hitch, as well as the rear and side door. Not to be – it went missing.”
According to Fox 12 Oregon (kptv.com), Portland Police say that the theft occurred this last weekend.
The stolen boxing ring was used by boxing celebrities such as Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ronald “Winky” Wright, and Bronco McCart, says Ryan.
“It’s a major loss to us. We [used it for] the Golden Gloves and Diamond Belt, as well as numerous club shows and smokers. We are devastated.” Ryan said. “We’d like the ring returned.”
Established in 1949, Grand Avenue Boxing Gym moved from its original location on Grand Avenue to 8333 N.E. Russell in 2000. Having managed the gym since 1990, Ryan sees the missing boxing ring as an irreplaceable icon that saw them through some lean years.
“It was our survival item that supported us, our platform for events to help keep our gym open over the bad years, he said. “Please help us.”
Grand Avenue Boxing Club
424 S.E. Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97220
by John Martinez
September 4, 2011
While in the midst of busily training for his upcoming bout with Mexican powerhouse and WBC Welterweight title-holder Victor Ortiz (29-2-22KO), the undefeated six-time world champion of five weight classes, Floyd Mayweather Jr (41-0, 25KO), temporarily set aside his preparations holding a candid, yet lighthearted, Skype session on Friday with United States Soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Despite his training schedule, Mayweather Jr. found the time to hold nearly two-hour discussion in which he appeared relaxed, confident, and in good humor prior to his September 17 HBO PPV fight.
By Juan C. Ayllon
CHICAGO, January 27, 2011 – Tomorrow, former WBC Lightweight champion David Diaz will climb through the ropes at the UIC Pavilion in hopes of earning another shot at his former championship. In his way stands upset minded contender Robert Frankel (27-9-1, 4 knockouts).
Having won the WBC Lightweight Interim title with a come-from-behind 10th round technical knockout of Jose Armando Santa Cruz in August 2006, he won a gutsy victory over legendary Erik Morales in August 2007, and a majority decision win over Ramon Montana in March of the same year before losing his title to the Pound-for-Pound kingpin Manny Pacquiao via ninth round technical knockout in June 2008. Defeating former champion Jesus Chavez in Chicago in September 2009, he lost a unanimous decision to Humberto Soto in March 2010. Standing at 35-3-1 and 17 knockouts, the way he figures it, this Chicago native has another good shot left at a world title, and tomorrow, he aims to gain traction toward that goal. (continue reading…)
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