Monday, April 02, 2007
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- The UK Daily Record has reported that Amir Khan was forced to flee an amateur boxing tournament in Liverpool, England after being threatened by a group of fans over the weekend. Khan was apparently at the tournament to watch his younger brother compete. After his brother lost to James Deakin, about 20 fans walked over to Khan and started verbally assaulting him with racial slurs and threats. It was then that Khan was forced to quickly leave the building.
Khan’s manager Asif Vali gave an account of what happened:
“It was horrible and in my mind somewhat racist. Apart from the horrible insults, they were goading him saying things like, ‘Come on, have a go with us’ and ‘Come on if you fancy yourself’. It was very intimidating. I had specifically decided that we shouldn’t take any security with us because, after all, it was an amateur event,” Vali said. “Thankfully, we escaped without being hurt. Who knows what could have happened if they had attacked us?”
- Don King has reportedly gone into the baby product industry along with Mike Tyson and Zab Judah. God help us…
- HBO Boxing After Dark play-by-play announcer Fran Charles has stepped down from his position in order to focus on his other broadcasting job with the NFL Network.
- Jhonny Gonzalez retained his WBO bantamweight title on Friday, defeating Irene Pacheco by TKO. The fight was stopped in the ninth round when a flurry of punches sent a visibly hurt Pacheco nearly through the ropes and out of the ring. After the fight Pacheco announced his retirement.
- Eddie Sanchez won a unanimous decision over Carlos Bojorquez on Friday, moving him up the rankings ladder at junior middleweight. The judges’ scorecards only had Bojorquez winning two rounds of the entire fight.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Joan Guzman outclassed Jorge Barrios and pulled out a split decision Saturday in a fight that many thought he dominated. Guzman also won the vacant WBO Super Featherweight title - the belt was stripped from Barrios one day earlier after he did not make the required weight limit set for the bout.
Former heavyweight title contender Joe Mesi continued his comeback on Friday night, winning a four-round decision over Jason Weiss. Mesi has won four fights since his medical suspension was lifted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after Mesi had recovered from two subdural hematomas in his brain.
Junior Witter won the WBC Light-Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over DeMarcus Corley.
“I was up against a hell of a fighter, with a great chin,” Witter said. “But it was just a case of making sure I won, and I never felt in any trouble whatsoever.
“Now I am world champion, and I am on top of the world. A lot of people did not have faith in me, from before I turned pro - but I have proved them all wrong.”
Israel Vazquez retained his WBC Junior Featherweight belt with a 10th round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez. There were a total of five knockdowns in the fight: Vazquez was knocked twice in the first six rounds but managed to regain his composure and give Gonzalez a taste of his own medicine.