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 -0600 <![CDATA[ WATCH: Mayweather vs. Maidana — Floyd takes over Chicago ]]>

Check out video of Floyd “Money” Mayweather as he visits Chicago on a press tour. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:46:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ TJ Dillashaw upsets Renan Barao at UFC 173 for bantamweight title ]]>

LAS VEGAS — TJ Dillashaw pulled off a stunning upset, dominating bantamweight champion Renan Barao until the fight was stopped at 2:26 of the fifth round at UFC 173 on Saturday night. “I’ve dreamed it for so long, it’s unbelievable,” Dillashaw said. “If you can dream it, it can happen.” Dillashaw, a 9-1 underdog entering the fight, ended Barao’s 35-fight unbeaten streak. “Barao is the best in the world in my eyes,” Dillashaw said. “I had to bring my ‘A’ game to become the champion.” The challenger utilized excellent footwork to attack from different angles, finding his range early and … ]]> Sun, 25 May 2014 22:39:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ex-heavyweight champ Jimmy Ellis dead at 74 ]]>

Former heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis, who trained with fellow Louisville fighter Muhammad Ali and squared off against some of his era’s best fighters, has died. He was 74. ]]> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:24:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76 ]]> Lead story image

TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a prison cell far away from the spotlight and the adulation of the boxing ring. But when he at last won his biggest fight — for exoneration — he betrayed little bitterness. Instead, Carter dedicated much of his remaining life to helping other prisoners and exposing other injustices. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:08:45 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![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 -0600