Outside the Ring
Thursday, February 08, 2007
David Chesnoff, one of Mike Tyson’s lawyers, stated yesterday that their client has checked himself into a rehab program that will help him deal with various addictions while he awaits his upcoming trial…
“He needed to get involved in something that would help him with his addiction,” said David Chesnoff of Las Vegas. Chesnoff wouldn’t describe Tyson’s addictions, but police said the boxer told officers that he used cocaine frequently.
We semi-reported this last month but should have definitely made a post on it. No word on whether or not Lindsay Lohan is still at the same facility.
Tyson checked himself into a rehab facility directly after pleading not guilty. The pre-trial hearing has been set for February 26th. His lawyer stated that he may or may not be at the hearing, dependent on whether or not the rehab facility will allow him to attend.
This seems a little odd to me considering that I’ve read the facility Lohan was at allowed patients to check themselves in and out at any time. How about just coming out and saying that we aren’t going to see Mike until the trial?
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Two boxers arrested in one day? Impossible…
Former WBC Junior Middleweight Champion Ricardo Mayorga was arrested on Tuesday in Nicaragua on charges of fraud.
Mayorga was picked up by police while he was boarding a plane that was headed for the United States.
He was arrested for apparently failing to pay back Ramiro Sandino, a popular used car salesman in the country, $56,000 for four cars Mayorga has purchased in December 2005. Mayorga had promised to pay the full amount for the vehicles right after his fight with Oscar De La Hoya on May 6th of last year. However months went by and Mayorga never gave Sandino the payment.
Guess who else was arrested? That’s right, former WBO Featherweight Champ Scott Harrison was arrested AGAIN on drug charges in Scotland.
Harrison has a busy week ahead of him - He will have to appear in court tomorrow to deal with his newly acquired drug charges and on Friday again in Spain for charges of grand theft auto.
Comebacking former two-time world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will be in Miami for Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears.
“I am very excited about the game and looking forward to seeing it live,” the ex-World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight titleholder said. “This will be my second Super Bowl. I also went to the big game in Houston in 2004.’’
Monday, January 22, 2007
Mike Tyson pleaded not guilty earlier today to DUI and drug possession charges.
Tyson didn’t speak very much at the hearing, mostly standing still with his arms crossed while his attorney did the rest of the work. He also declined to speak with reporters as he was leaving the courthouse.
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence of drugs.
David Chesnoff, one of Tyson’s lawyers has said that Tyson is seeking help for his drug problems and is going to do whatever it takes to stay out o fprison.
“Drug addiction is a victimless crime,” Chesnoff said. “We believe this is the kind of crime where you shouldn’t go to prison.”
Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas has already said that he is going to pursue jail time for Tyson. As we already reported before, Tyson could be sentenced up to 7 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted of all charges.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Trust me, I can’t believe it either…
Ten years after first testing positive for HIV, former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison has now tested negative for HIV.
Arizona State Boxing Commissioner John Mantano oversaw a blood test at a Phoenix laboratory and announced the official results today that Morrison tested negative for the virus.
However Morrison will not be fighting this weekend as originally planned. Morrison injured his hand during a recent training session and will not be allowed to fight this weekend by doctors.
He’s not out of the woods yet either when it comes to getting his license - Mantano will watch Morrison spar in the gym once his hand injury heals and will determine whether or not he is fit enough to continue his boxing career.
Update 2:53 AM: Apparently this whole may be bogus afterall - It’s a thought that crossed my mind but I didn’t actually take it seriously until a few minutes ago.
I did a little research and I found that the Arizona State Boxing Commission hasn’t always been the most truthful of organizations so there could be the possibility that they are just trying to make a buck and don’t have a care in the world for the health of Morrison’s opponent. Also, I found that the virus can sometimes go dormant and that a test may come back negative for a couple of months while the person may still have the virus.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Muhammad Ali, in cooperation with the famous Mars candy corporation, will be releasing new varieties of snack foods under a new company named G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time. The snacks will hit shelves on Wednesday, the same day that Ali turns 65 years old.
This is most likely the first of many attempts to use Ali’s name to market products since Ali sold the rights to his name, image, and many other details for $50 Million last year.
The snacks, which include fruit crumbles, crunchy mixes and flavored crisps, are given boxing-related names such as Rumble, Shuffle and Jabs. The flavors include “Fruit Fight,” “Thrill-A-Dill-A” and “Slammin’ Salsa.” The snacks are shaped like boxing gloves, medicine balls, ropes, speed bags and body shields.
The snacks will go on sale this week at five colleges: Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Yale, and right here in my hometown of Philadelphia at Penn. The snacks could also be in as many as 20 more colleges by the beginning of next month along with a few new flavors.
Is there going to be any significant impact on boxing? Personally, I’m seeing nothing but positive things coming from this. The snacks are healthy of course - that’s only going to be a good thing in the minds of the health food population as well as athletes.
Plus I’m also hearing that Bill Clinton will be endorsing these snacks as well. Let’s just say they are going to be getting a lot of publicity and in turn, boxing may get some as well.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Mike Tyson was indicted Friday afternoon on charges of drug possession, drug paraphernalia possession, and DUI.
If Tyson is convicted of all charges, he could face a maximum of 7 1/2 years in prison.
For anyone that hasn’t heard about this already - Tyson was pulled over by police on December 29th and they found multiple bags of cocaine on Tyson and in his car. They also determined that Tyson was on the drugs while he was driving as well.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is planning on seeking the most severe punishment allowed for Tyson. Showing no mercy here people…
“Tyson endangered the public and himself and must be held accountable for his actions,” Thomas said. “It’s my hope that a conviction and prison time will help him to break his addictions and learn to comply with the law.”
Friday, January 12, 2007
A little update for you…
The scheduled arraignment for Lampley has been postponed in order to give prosecutors more time to investigate the matters according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s spokesman, Paul Levikow.
As of right now, nothing has been rescheduled…
There is a hearing scheduled however for next Thursday in which a ruling will come down concerning the extension of a temporary restraining order between Lampley and his accuser.
The current order prohibits Lampley from coming within 100 yards of Candice Sanders and it also includes her home, place of work, and her car. Lampley also cannot call her on the phone, e-mail her, basically can’t contact her at all.
Lampley has also been ordered to return a 2007 BMW 750 that Sanders says she owns…
Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Arizona Republic is reporting that Tommy Morrison is waiting for the results of a blood test he recently took for the Arizona State Boxing Commission in an attempt to get a license to fight.
Even if the results are negative for HIV, ASBC boss John Montano still wants to watch Morrison workout in a gym to prove he is still physically fit to compete. This will be followed by multiple commission meetings featuring boxing experts, doctors, and various other officials.
Morrison’s possible return could actually happen on January 19th as promoter Peter McKinn would like to compete on a Top Rank and Bob Arum card to start things off.
If the blood work produces a negative result, commission head John Montano wants to watch Morrison sparring in the gym.
Local Phoenix promoter Peter McKinn is shooting to have Morrison return in a four-round bout on a Jan. 19 Top Rank-promoted card and two opponents are apparently ready to fight him on that date if necessary.
Friday, December 15, 2006
An important international event occurred in Italy, inspired by a young man who loves the sport of boxing and who wanted to do something for the retired fighters who had fallen on hard times. Peter Lerner (Age 26) – a young Englishman who moved to Rome two years ago – completed a grueling 24-hour walk to show his support for the great warriors of the Sweet Science. With the help of his family, friends, his girlfriend, their friends and school children, this young man made an historical humanitarian effort on behalf of people he has never met - retired professional boxers.