Outside the Ring
Friday, March 24, 2006
Former heavyweight boxer Clifford Etienne, who learned the sport while serving a prison sentence in Louisiana, has been convicted of an Aug. 10 crime spree that included robbery and an attempt to shoot two police officers.
Anytime you see the word “spree” in the same sentence as “convicted”, there’s a good chance nothing short is coming from it.
Friday, March 17, 2006
For the last 20 years, Harold Lederman has been scoring some of boxing’s biggest bouts on HBO - all while filling prescriptions at the nearby pharmacy. Lederman has never quit his full-time job as a pharmacist, even though 25 annual trips to boxing events around the country sometimes force companies to make the decision for him. The only former pro boxing judge to currently score televised boxing will be on hand Saturday night to lend his help with the Toney-Rahman title bout.
The storylines surrounding the upcoming Rahman-Toney fight continue to pile up as Saturday night draws nearer. Banking on the sudden popularity of the bout, HBO is expecting a viewing audience that will rival some of the largest in history to view a heavyweight title bout. This weekend also happens to be one of HBO’s free preview weekends, meaning viewers who normally do not subscribe to HBO will have the opportunity to watch the fight. The expectations for an exciting match are high - a standard that is usually customary in the lower weight class divisions.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has settled yet another lawsuit against him. Sources say that Tyson has agreed to pay close to $300,000 to Isadore Bolton after being accused of punching Bolton in the face and biting his leg during an incident on I-95 in Florida almost three years ago. After watching Tyson walk up and down the highway screaming, Bolton attempted to persuade Tyson to return to the vehicle when he was attacked. Bolton suffered a broken bone in his face and a laceration on his leg.