Month: May 2012

31 May

johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

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“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 Golden Gloves titles, 66 pro fights (59-5-2, 30 KOs), 473 rounds, innumerable minor belts and no less than five bonafide world championships during a career dating back to 1981 . . . |more|

18 May

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

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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 feature category.

Congrats to other winners Naoki Fukuda, Will Hart, Tom Casino, Tom Hogan, Marty Rosengarten, Miguel Salazar and Al Bello!

12 May

tyson still a show-stealer

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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 fight look almost legit. Poor Alexander Brand came all the way from Bogota, Colombia, to put on a boxing clinic over Jack, only to get jacked by the judges.

06 May

mayweather-cotto: closer than the cards

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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 not have Justin Bieber in his corner.

02 May

mayweather, cotto laugh it off

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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 history and respect of the green brand, Floyd stifled a yawn and stretched. (Below).