Monthly Archives: May 2012

johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

“Albuquerque, I’m still your hometown champion . . . .” Those were the words Johnny Tapia never failed to yell into the camera, in between the rounds of his countless TV fights. That and “I love you, Grandma, Grampa.” Those two sentences said more about the man than his 162 amateur bouts (150-12), two National [...]

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r.i.p. johnny tapia

New Mexico’s greatest hometown fighter has passed away. Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his home today.

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cozzone shots get 2nd, 3rd in this year’s ‘barneys’

  The BWAA (Boxing Writers Association of America) named two Cozzone shots second and third place winners in the 2011 “Barneys.” Capturing second in action was a shot of Mike Lee sending Gilbert Gastelum’s mouthpiece flying. A victory shot of Jorge Arce, with vanquished champ Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in the foreground, copped third in the [...]

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chavez jr. opens up vegas camp for el paso

Shots from 5.16.12 at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sets up camp for June 16 fight in El Paso with Andy Lee.

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tyson still a show-stealer

Still a show-stealer, former great Mike Tyson came out of the crowd to join another former legend, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, walk his fighter, Badou Jack, into the ring for last night’s co-main at the Texas Station in Las Vegas. Jack won a split decision in yet another controversial outcome that made the Brandon Rios-Richard Abril [...]

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opponents rise to the occasion at texas station

Surviving a devastating knockdown, a pro-Cuban crowd and judges who’d seen fit to ignore the boxing lesson given by the out-of-towner in the co-main, Cleveland’s Willie Nelson is back on the road again to contention after upsetting formerly undefeated, former Cuban Olympian Yudel Jhonson . . . Click here for full report & gallery from [...]

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mayweather-cotto: closer than the cards

Floyd “Money” Mayweather might’ve had the bigger payday, but $32M couldn’t buy rally a pro-Cotto crowd last night at the MGM Grand. Miguel Cotto might’ve lost his title, but bloodying Floyd and winning a full house that booed the decision just might entice the Powers-Dat-Be to think about another Pacquiao match-up.  Then again, Cotto did [...]

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ponce pounces on chucky

In a war of neighboring Mexicans, Daniel Ponce De Leon, of Chihuahua, battered Juarez pug Eduwardo “Chucky” Lazcano Friday night at the Hard Rock. For more shots, click here.

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mayweather, cotto laugh it off

Anyone hoping the drama would break out at today’s sleepy presser at the MGM were in for a disappointment. Though the two faced off with steel intent, before long, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto were smiling at one another. (Above) Earlier on, while WBC boss Jose Sulaiman droned on and on about the glory and [...]

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