Outside the Ring
Sunday, September 02, 2007
IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham almost wrote his name down the history books on Saturday night when he attempted to break the speed rope skipping world record. Featuring in front of a live national TV audience in the “Guinness World Records” show, Abraham managed 237 speed skips within 60 seconds - just four shy of the old mark of 241. “I would have loved to set a new record,” the 27-year-old said afterwards. “It would have been an honour to find my name in the Guinness Book of Records. I got quite close.”
With Ulli Wegner as head coach, Abraham is no stranger to rope skipping at all. “I´ve been doing it a lot in practice and also during the preparation for the fight against Khoren Gevor. I knew it was hard to set a new record, but I really wanted to give it a shot.”
After Abraham tried his luck, 23-year-old fitness coach Olga Berberich set a new record of 251 skips in one minute. “It was a lot of fun and very interesting,” added Abraham, who had retained his IBF belt with an 11th-round KO victory over Gevor a fortnight ago.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former undisputed boxing welterweight champion Zab Judah discuss their respective sports of mixed martial arts and boxing during an ESPN: The Magazine interview session.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Yeah, I’m serious. You can buy some of Mike Tyson’s shit for 31 bucks.
Los Angeles-based Celebrity Skin and Bodily Fluids collects the fecal matter, urine, saliva, and dried skin of celebrities from around the world. Don’t believe me? Check out their official site.
Here is the description and warning they give when purchasing either urine or fecal matter:
For fecal and urine specimens, you will receive 2.0-3.0 cubic centimeters of specimen packaged in a hermetically-sealed transparent plastic cylinder (about the size of a film canister). The contents will be clearly visible through the cylinder. We do not recommend opening the cylinder after purchase, and we cannot be held liable for any injuries you sustain from engaging in this highly risky behavior.
I’m not surprised that someone actually thought of this. Hysterical.
Hat tip to Deadspin.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Las Vegas Police released a statement yesterday stating that Diego Corrales had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he crashed his motorcycle and died.
“It’s quite possible that had he not been impaired, he could have prevented his accident,” Las Vegas police Sgt. Tracy McDonald said after toxicology tests showed Corrales’ blood-alcohol content was 0.25 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Nevada is 0.08 percent.
“Bottom line, no one else did anything wrong,” McDonald said of an investigation that found speed was a factor and no drugs were in Corrales’ system when he died May 7 at age 29. “He basically killed himself.”
The Las Vegas Department of Motor Vehicles also said that Corrales had a history of driving drunk and was riding the motorcycle without a valid license.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Former IBF Lightweight Champion Paul Spadafora is now apparently back in prison after supposedly violating his parole…
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora is back in prison for allegedly violating his parole.
Spadafora, 31, was arrested May 30 and is being held in the state prison at Albion, Leo Dunn, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, said Friday. Dunn said the alleged parole violations are not public record at this point in the process, nor are the terms of Spadafora’s parole.
“In general, parolees could have conditions to keep them away from certain people, and to not use drugs or alcohol,” Dunn said. “Those are conditions the vast majority of parolees have.”
Spadafora spent seven months in state prison followed by six months in a boot camp after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons violation for shooting his girlfriend in October 2003. Spadafora, an admitted alcoholic with a history of booze-related scrapes with the law, was drunk when he shot Nadine Russo, 23.
Spadafora (40-0-1) has lived and trained in Erie since he was paroled in April 2006. He won both fights in a post-release comeback engineered by Erie boxing promoter Michael Acri. A hearing for Spadafora was scheduled for June 13. If probable cause exists that a parole violation occurred, Spadafora will remain jailed until a violation hearing is held within four months, Dunn said. Spadafora could remain behind bars for the rest of his 21-month-to-five-year prison sentence if he is found to have violated parole. The boxer was arrested on the parole violation the same day he asked an Erie County judge to issue a protection-from-abuse order against Russo.
The judge denied Spadafora’s request when he didn’t show up at a hearing on Thursday.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Well that was quick…
Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier told his lawyer to drop the impending lawsuit against his daughter yesterday after they reconciled and she agreed to help him locate his missing business records.
“I talked to my father today and he asked me how I was doing and I told him that I loved him,” Frazier-Lyde said at a press conference that focused on her campaign for city judge.
Frazier’s lawyer said that he eventually agreed to drop the case after a lot of persuasion. However there is still the stipulation that if Frazier’s daughter does not continue with her promise to help her father, the lawsuit will be slapped back on…
“This is about a father’s love for his daughter,” lawyer Michael P. Kelly said. “We’re giving her a chance to live up to her word,” he said. “If we’re not fully satisfied, I’ll be right back, quicker than a Joe Frazier left hook.”
Thursday, April 19, 2007
It’s looks like this war of words is going to continue between WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and UFC President Dana White…
Earlier this month they exchanged some verbal blows where Mayweather bashed on Chuck Liddell, stated he would give Liddell a million dollars if he beat a heavyweight boxer from his promotion, and said that the UFC “ain’t shit”. White came back with a challenge of having one of Mayweather Promotions’ heavyweights fight Liddell under MMA rules. White also said that he would give Mayweather a million bucks out of his own pockets if he would be able to sell more than 10 tickets without Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather was asked about the UFC once again during an open workout this past Tuesday and once again he didn’t shy away from giving his thoughts on the subject:
“UFC’s champions can’t handle boxing. That’s why they are in UFC.” Mayweather said. “Put one of our guys in UFC and he’d be the champion. Any good fighter, he’d straight knock them out. Take Chuck Liddell. Put him in the ring with a (boxer) who is just 10-0 and Chuck Liddell would get punished. They wouldn’t have a chance to grapple (us) because we’d knock them out.”
White was given the opportunity to fire back at a press conference on Wednesday and he certainly delivered:
“Boxers couldn’t become mixed martial artists. That’s why they’re boxers,” White. “They are one trick ponies. Our guys can do everything. They can box, they can kick box, they can wrestle and do jiu-jitsu. They are much better athletes than boxers.
I used to talk like Floyd Mayweather when I was involved in boxing,” White said. “I talked just like him, until I educated myself about this sport. These guys are amazing athletes, Floyd Mayweather is one of the best boxers ever, (and) Sean Sherk will whoop his ass in under two minutes.
Any day that Mayweather wants to put his money and his ass where his mouth is, I’m ready,” White continued. “If he wants to step up, let’s do it.”
Mayweather caught wind of White’s comments about Sherk and responded…
“I’ll beat him and come home and watch basketball. Why would I go into a sport paying hundreds of thousands when I’m in a sport paying $20 million?” Mayweather said.
Does Mayweather have a point? Comparing the money that boxers are making and what the top fighters in the UFC are bringing in, why should Mayweather settle for something that is much less at the moment?
White says however that he can offer Mayweather the type of money he would be interested in…
“I’m willing to put together a fight for Sean Sherk and Floyd Mayweather with numbers that would make sense for Floyd,” White said. “And I guarantee you he would not accept it. Floyd Mayweather would never fight in the UFC because he would get his head ripped off.”
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was given an August 20th trial date earlier today on charges of driving under the influence as well as charges of drug possession as well.
For those who aren’t aware of what is going on, Tyson was originally arrested on December 29th of last year. He was pulled over by police after leaving a nightclub and an officer proceeded to find bags and cigarette packs of cocaine on Tyson. Tyson also pleaded not guilty on January 22nd.
Tyson’s lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, stated that Tyson was released from a California rehabilitation facility earlier this week and that he has been sober for 72 straight days.
Just like we reported with our earlier reports on the Tyson DUI case, Mesa, Arizona County Attorney Andrew Thomas is continuing to say that prosecutors will pursue prison time for Tyson as they feel that he has run out of second chances. If convicted on all charges, Tyson could face up to 7 years in jail…
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
A suspension and a signing highlight today’s EEC…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Former IBF Junior Flyweight Champion Will Grigsby has tested positive for marijuana following a post-fight screening after his loss to Ulises Solis in January.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission will issue Grigsby a suspension during a meeting on Friday in which Grigsby will be asked to appear before the commission and then help set a date for a hearing. Grigsby will most likely also be fined.
Commission director Keith Kizer gave some details on what Grigsby’s punishment might be like:
“The last few guys who have been busted [for marijuana use] have gotten six-month suspensions and a minor fine,” Kizer said.
This is the second time in his career in which Grigsby has failed a post-fight drug test…
- Newly crowned Women’s WBC Heavyweight Champion Vonda Ward has signed a contract to play for the NWFL’s Cleveland Fusion this spring..
Some Good Reads:
Boxing Scene: “Fighting Words” – Shane Mosley: Back up that Mountain
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Two women have filed lawsuits in the Pulaski County Circuit Court system accusing WBA and WBC Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor of physically touching them at a recent performance by comedian Katt Williams at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The plaintiffs are asking for at least $75,000, as well as punitive damages and attorney’s fees…
Jermain Taylor has denied he has done anything wrong:
“I have been falsely accused of improper behavior,” Taylor said. “It’s a shame that people will go this far for financial gain and try to damage my name. I have always conducted myself with others in the most respectful way.”
However the attorney of the two women, Stephanie Chamberlin, believes otherwise…
“My feeling is every woman has a right to not have her body assaulted, no matter who it is,” Chamberlin said. “Neither one of these women knew of (Taylor’s) celebrity status. This isn’t about money. We are in the position where we feel like if he is going to be represented like a hometown hero, he needs to act like one.”
Chamberlain also stated that she tried to come to terms on a settlement with Taylor and his lawyers but that they denied the offer.
It was confirmed that Taylor was his wife for the duration of the performance. No word on whether or not Taylor will countersue at this time…