Ricky: I'm no Rocky (DEC 30) Comedian
Ricky Gervais admitted today that he winced at his "gruesome"
boxing victory over Grant Bovey after watching it on TV. The unlikely
contest ended in a win on points for the 41-year-old star of BBC2 comedy The
Office. It involved three hard-fought rounds of one and a half minutes each
with Anthea Turner's 40-year-old husband. Link
to copyrighted story on thisislondon.com
mentor to kids dies in Santa Fe skiing accident -By Aubrey Hovey, Tribune Reporter A trainer who encouraged young
Albuquerque boxers to succeed in and out of the ring died after striking a
tree while skiing in Santa Fe. Jim Johnson, 48, died at the Ski Santa
Fe area Friday after skiing over a patch of ice and hitting a tree on an
expert trail, Maj. Ron Madrid of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department
story on www.abqtrib.com
A "Boxing" Robot…Sometimes
Truth is stranger than fiction! (DEC 30,
2002) According to news sources (ABC News Online) they have reported that
Chinese scientists have constructed a boxing robot. Apparently a team of
scientists from Beijing University have constructed a life size robot
capable of playing China’s traditional for of shadow boxing – TaiChi.
The robot has 32 joints and walks at one kilometre per hour.
World Heavyweight Boxing Champ returns
home for a heroes salute Saturday was Chris Byrd day in Flint -By Courtney Chamberlin –
(DEC 29) -It was an afternoon of excitement and celebration as Flint
saluted a hometown Heavyweight Champion. World Boxing Champ Chris Byrd won
the title about Full
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Hopkins title defense with Hakkar has
been postponed! (DEC 29) According to the
Sun-Sentinel (dated Dec. 29) they have reported thatBernard
"The Executioner" Hopkins' title defense against Morrade
Hakkar has been postponed. Apparently, it was a scheduling conflict
and it forced a postponement.
"Macho" Camacho to headline Jan.
18th Card! (DEC 29) In what is being labeled, "The Backyard Brawl", 40-year
old Hector "Macho" Camacho, will be head lining this eight-bout
card, that will be held at the Seminole Okalee Native Village. The card will
also host three fighters from Roy Jones Jr.’s stable, and he is expected
to make an appearance. There will also be a women’s bout on the card
featuring top contender Belinda Laracuente.
McCarter fights Hallback
after pulling out earlier…
By Sue TL Fox
December 29, 2002
(DEC 29) Last night at the Johnny Mercer Theater, in Savannah,
Georgia, Chevelle Hallback won a 10-round unanimous decision
over Layla McCarter in a non-titled 10 rounder. This was NOT for the
IBA World title defense for Hallback as reported on other Internet news
sources that have it listed as a "title" fight. Earlier this week,
as reported on WBAN, McCarter pulled out of the IBA World 10-round title
fight when she claimed a hand injury. The promoter was trying
frantically to find a competent replacement for McCarter to fight Hallback
on this night's card. Then McCarter did take the fight, but it was made a
non-title 10 rounder. Final scores for this bout was 98-91, 97-95, 100-90.
WBAN spoke with IBA president Dean Chance and confirmed that this fight was
a non-title fight, and was not a title defense for his organization.
City considers naming street
for boxing promoter (DEC 28)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- In a city that already has a street named for a
famous King, officials are considering naming a street for boxing promoter
Don King. The city council is scheduled to take an initial vote Monday on
Councilman William Marsh's proposal Full
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for Toney when Jirov pulls
out due to injury! (DEC 27) James Toney, 34, 65-4-2 (42KO) will NOT be fighting Vassily
Jirov, 31-0 (27KO)the IBF Cruiserweight Champion on January 25, 2003 at the
Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California and was to have been
televised on HBO.. Jirov received a rib injury during a sparring
session, and had to pull out. There is talk that Toney will still be
on the card and HBN will keep boxing fans posted on updates.
Boxing Champ Simon Hurt in Car Accident WINDHOEK, Namibia - (DEC 25) WBO middleweight champion Harry Simon broke an arm
and a leg during a head-on collision last month in an accident in which
three Belgian tourists died. The 30-year-old Namibian has been charged
with culpable homicide in the Nov. 21 accident near the beach resort of
event in Florida!
Photo and report
by Sue TL Fox
(DEC 23) On January 24, 2003,
at the "Fight Club Ovation" in Boynton Beach, Florida, Elite
Sports Promotions, returns with another championship card, this time
from Delray Beach, FL. One of the top female fighters
pound-for-pound in the world today, world champion Melissa
"Honey Girl" DelValle, will be fighting for the WIBC
Super- Featherweight title.
Tickets: 561-586-5510. According to news sources, In attendance will be
the following fighters Elite Sports Promotions promotes: Ada Velez, Kathy
Rivers, Ann Wolfe, Marianne Chubirka, Yvonne Reis, as well as many top
ranked male fighters.
just in! Velez retains her IBA belt!
By Sue TL Fox
(DEC 21) Last night
Ada "The Ace" Velez, 118, won by a 10-round
unanimous decision over Lakeysha "The Total Package"
William, 118, at the at the American
Airlines Arena, in Miami, Florida. ESPN2 "Friday Night
Fights" televised the fight from the fifth round
on. This was the first time that Williams had fought
past the six round, and according to ESPN2 commentators, Velez
controlled the action throughout most of the fight.
There were no knockdowns. Velez retained her IBA Bantamweight
World title belt. On all scorecards the score by judges
was 100-90. In the men's main event current
IBA World Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor stopped Yoni Vargas
in the fifth round!
to face Gasio (DEC
19) Paula Mataele takes on Bob Gasio in his second professional bout
in one of the features of the final Auckland Boxing Association promotion of
the year. Two-time national amateur superheavyweight champion Mataele will
tackle Gasio - a former New Zealand...
Copyrighted Story -New Zealand Herald
Gatti-Ward highlights uneventful year in
boxing (DEC 18) JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Ticker) - With boxing's undisputed
champions facing mainly overmatched competition, a pair of veterans without
titles provided the most exciting bout of 2002.
De La Hoya will bring
Lazcano back home
Bill Knight -El Paso Times
December 17, 2002
Two of El Paso's favorite boxing sons -- one
adopted, one home grown -- will be in the Don Haskins Center on Feb. 13.
Oscar De La Hoya, El Paso's adopted one, will be in the city for a few days
before the fight and will be ringside for his Golden Boy Promotions fight
card, a card featuring former El Pasoan Juan Lazcano in the main event. Copyrighted
story on El Paso Online
Casamayor at the IBA
Photos by Rick Pineda and Story by Tony Rila
(DEC 15) At the IBA
Champions gym, Joel Casamayor worked earlier today.
Casamayor, 27-1, is preparing for his fight against Yoni Vargas, that
will take place on December 20, at the American Airlines Arena, in
Miami, Florida on an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" card. . Ada
"The Ace" Velez will also be on this card, and was told that
it will be TELEVISED. Velez will be fighting a 10-round IBA World
title. Casamayor trained until about 12:30 pm, and then
headed off to the airport to go back to California. Casamayor
had made a special
trip to Las Vegas yesterday to have his child baptized
at St. Anne's Church.