Archive for May, 2012
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LOS ANGELES, May 30 – Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan makes his 2012 ring debut when he returns to the venue of perhaps his most accomplished professional triumphwhen he meets undefeated phenom and current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia Saturday, July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a fight televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
In the co-main event, two of the United States’ top hopes for heavyweight world championship glory will face one another when undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and once-beaten Johnathon Banks fight in a 12-round contest. (continue reading…)
By Katherine Dunn
Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in Playboy in 2003 and is re-printed in her book of boxing pieces, One Ring Circus: Dispatches From the World of Boxing.
The desert siege ended after the Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies backed an armored truck up to the house trailer outside Kingman, Arizona, hooked a tow rope to the door, and yanked it open. It was the summer of 2002 when that trailer was surrounded by cops with drawn guns.
Inside, the five-time world champion, boxer Johnny Tapia was holed up with two of his cousins. The police were after one of the cousins, Raymond “Bones” Whiting, who was wanted on aggravated assault and car-jacking charges. When the woman driver resisted his demands he tried to cut her throat. Johnny Tapia was involved because Bones, already a convicted murderer, came to Tapia’s luxurious Las Vegas home asking for help. Without hesitation, Tapia went on the run with him, ending at this trailer where yet another of their cousins lived. The Sheriffs’ office got a tip that a BMW with Nevada plates was parked in front of the trailer, and surrounded the place. (continue reading…)
Archived interview and fight report revisited in light of sad news
By Juan C. Ayllon
CHICAGO — According to Yahoo!News, former five-time champion Johnny Tapia, 45, has died. His turbulent life and boxing career was pockmarked with bouts of depression, addiction to cocaine and alcohol, and trouble with the law.
Along the way, Mr. Tapia had become a man of faith. However, as with many addled with addition, his storied struggles have racked him for many years. On May 27th, his lifeless body was discovered in his Albuquerque home. No official cause of death was reported. (continue reading…)
By Jim Glen at ringside
Just back from Nottingham and as the saying goes, “you’re only as good as your last fight!”
Well, me basing Carl Froch’s ‘probable’ loss on his last three performances was a big mistake, no, a HUGE one!
Froch’s performance not only defied the experts, it defied the Froch of late. Froch didn’t just take command of last nights show before a packed Nottingham Venue, it would have sent the Sherriff himself running, as Robin Hood in the guise of Carl Froch, stole Bute’s title, the bookie’s money and the critic’s score!
The first round opened in the usual fashion, two top lads feeling out one another for a chance and a way to move in, score and break the other man down. The first half of the round was like this, but it finished with some good exchanges, Froch the busier and more aggressive, though Bute got him a nice one. 10 -9 Froch.
The second round was more of the latter half of the first, with both fighters landing, Bute catching Froch coming in, and though I have no doubt Froch offered him respect, “you could see it,” Bute just didn’t penetrate enough. Back and forth exchanges, and one wouldn’t have been faulted in calling it an even round, I gave it to Froch as a matter of a continuation of the same as in the end of the first round, 10-9 Froch.
It would be Bute’s best, and only real good strong round. (continue reading…)
Fres Oquendo Stays Sharp in Hard-Fought Victory, Up and Coming Boxers Fight Hard for Their “0’s”
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
HAMMOND, IN, May 25, 2012 — Chicago’s Fres Oquendo (219.5 lbs., now 34-7, 22 KO’s) was back in action at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana this evening after more than a year off and suffering a series of heartbreaking and controversial losses in his last attempts to get back into the title race. If Oquendo was hoping to prove he is still a contender, he did so against the game and dangerous Joey Abell (240 lbs., 28-6, 27 KO’s) from Coon Rapids, MI. Oquendo has lost some of his speed, but his smarts took over when he found himself in trouble against the hard-punching but less skilled southpaw Abell. Nevertheless, Abell did not give him a moment’s rest as long as the bout lasted. The two were fighting for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Title, so Oquendo now has some hardware to offer in his quest for a major fight.
The other action of the evening featured a series of pitched battles between up-and-comers and would-be spoilers. Nick Ramirez was unimpressive in his professional debut. Meegal Harper struggled to keep his undefeated record intact against the crafty veteran Guy Packer. Donatas Bondorovas stayed calm under heavy fire before launching his own brutal counter-attack against Ramon Valenzuela Jr. David Martin III found a surprisingly durable opponent in Tim Washington. Elijah McCall had a tough time with the larger and surprisingly active Stan Allen. Phillip Triantfillo struggled to launch a consistent offense against the light-punching but busier Emerson Chasing Bear. Mike Jimenez took some heavy shots against granite-chinned Adrian Hermann before finally wearing him down enough to finish. If the hometown fighters were looking for easy wins, they did not get their wishes. There were no opponents on this card; everyone lacing on the gloves came to fight. (continue reading…)