Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Andrzej Fonfara wins by TKO to highlight night of boxing at U.S. Cellular Field ]]> Lead story image

Local promoter Frank Mugnolo might have provided the impetus for the rare outdoor boxing card on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But Gov. Pat Quinn and the promoter’s father, Tony “Muggs” Mugnolo, were better equipped to put the night into perspective. Quinn recalled the last fight at a Chicago baseball stadium, when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson at Comiskey Park on Sept. 25, 1962. What stands out most in Quinn’s mind is how quickly that fight ended. “At that time they allowed smoking, so you could see the haze and Liston came into the ring, Patterson arrived and … ]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 06:16:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago-area’s Eddie Wineland to fight on UFC card at United Center ]]> Lead story image

For the third straight January, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to the United Center and the UFC is loading up the card with local talent. The Sun-Times has learned that Eddie Wineland, who fights out of Chesterton, Ind., will face Canadian bantamweight Yves Jabouin on the main card of the “UFC on Fox 10” card on Jan. 25. Wineland (20-9-1) will seek to make another run at the title. The former WEC bantamweight champion is coming off a loss against Renan Barao in a match for the interim UFC bantamweight title. Jabouin is coming off a split-decision win against … ]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:06:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manny Pacquiao mulls retirement ]]> Lead story image

Manny Pacquiao’s trainer says the Filipino boxer will contemplate retirement if he fails to perform well against Brandon Rios this month. ]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Manny Pacquiao dedicates next fight to typhoon victims ]]> Lead story image

Manny Pacquiao believes the best way to bring inspiration and hope to the victims of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in his native Philippines is to win his comeback fight against Brandon Rios. ]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ken Norton, former heavyweight boxing champion, dead at 70 ]]> Lead story image

Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility. ]]> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge C.J. Ross decides to step away after Mayweather controversy ]]>

A veteran Nevada boxing judge who drew widespread criticism after scoring a weekend title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a draw said Wednesday she’s giving up her ringside job, at least temporarily. ]]> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ NSAC’s Kizer defends judge CJ Ross after controversial call on Mayweather-Canelo ]]> Lead story image

Since scoring the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez super welterweight title fight a 114-114 draw, judge Cynthia J. “CJ” Ross has taken harsh criticism from all corners of the boxing world. But the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t have an issue with the controversial scorecard. Members of the news media, fighters, ex-fighters, celebrities, promoters and many on social media have called for Ross’ head, saying the 64-year-old veteran boxing judge should never work another big fight. Keith Kizer, the NSAC executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday he did not think Ross’ scoring was an egregious error, or … ]]> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:03:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Floyd Mayweather improves to 45-0 after majority decision over Canelo Alvarez ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez proved nothing more than easy money for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather turned one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday Saturday night, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance that left no doubt who the best fighter of his era is. Fighting off his shortest layoff in years, Mayweather was sharp, efficient and sometimes brutal in dismantling an unbeaten fighter who was bigger and was supposed to punch harder. He frustrated Alvarez early, pounded him with big right hands in the middle rounds, … ]]> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:41:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-heavyweight champ Tommy Morrison dead at 44 ]]> Lead story image

Tommy Morrison’s career reached its pinnacle on a hot June night in Las Vegas, when he stepped into the ring and beat George Foreman to become heavyweight champion. It reached its nadir when he tested positive for HIV three years later. ]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44 ]]> Lead story image

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tommy Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie “Rocky V,” has died. He was 44. Morrison’s former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital. The family would not disclose the cause of death. Morrison tested positive for HIV in 1996. ]]> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 11:18:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Tyson finally defeats Glass Joe in ‘Punch-Out!!’ ]]> Lead story image

Mike Tyson was one of the most dominant heavyweight champions of all time. But one fighter Iron Mike couldn’t get past? Glass Joe. Tyson was recently asked by TMZ about his skills playing “Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!” a landmark boxing video game released by Nintendo in 1987, the year Tyson became the undisputed heavyweight champion. “I couldn’t even beat Glass (expletive) Joe,” Tyson said. “I couldn’t beat Glass Joe. I couldn’t even play the game.” For those who didn’t play, Glass Joe was the first and weakest fighter a player faced when playing “Punch-Out!!” In the game, Joe’s record was shown … ]]> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 06:29:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ McGRATH: Muhammad Ali’s exploits helped 13-year-old navigate tough times ]]> Lead story image

I don’t remember the name of the half-blind ex-fighter who sold us pencils to go with our scorecards outside Comiskey Park when I was a kid, but my father knew him. They were ordinary pencils, but Pops always slipped the guy a few bucks for them. My father worked security at ballparks, racetracks and boxing venues to augment his modest policeman’s salary. He had a soft spot for the fighters, a guilty pleasure passed on to me. I was all over the young Cassius Clay, his flash and dazzle a fun diversion in a grim, humorless game. My father voiced … ]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 06:48:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe gets TKO’d in Thai kickboxing ]]> Lead story image

Wincing in pain and clutching his shins, Riddick Bowe ended his debut in Thai kickboxing with a thud in the second round. The 45-year-old former world heavyweight boxing champion came to a rude awakening on Friday that Muay Thai is just as punishing. ]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Tyson to appear in Adult Swim cartoon as a detective ]]> Lead story image

Adult Swim says it’s turning Mike Tyson into a cartoon detective. The network announced a new animated series Friday called “Mike Tyson Mysteries” that will feature the retired boxing champ. ]]> Fri, 10 May 2013 14:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Floyd, Guerrero ready to battle ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. admitted this week what many long have suspected — that he hand-picks every opponent who enters the ring with him. He also decides how much they get paid and what the contract details will be. So Robert Guerrero was somewhat prepared when Mayweather picked him to be the opponent for his first fight in a year Saturday at the MGM Grand. What he wasn’t prepared for was what Mayweather’s camp insisted on putting in the contract. ‘‘He asked for a rematch clause,’’ Guerrero said. ‘‘That was the very first thing. It just shows me … ]]> Sun, 05 May 2013 00:16:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ VIDEO: WBC lightweight champ Adrien Broner flushes money down toilet ]]>

Less than a week after the 23-year-old was arrested for battery, stemming from a Miami nightclub fight, WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner posted a YouTube video featuring himself tearing up three $20 bills and flushing them down a toilet. The video shows Broner thumbing through a stack of $100 bills and letting them drop to the floor. … ]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:56:42 -0500