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From Sun staff reports | January 11, 2014
Former Baltimore heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died Thursday at age 71. Middleton won 23 bouts, including 14 by knockout, lost 10 and drew 10 in a career that started in 1965 and ended in 1978. Fighting out of Baltimore-based trainer Mack Lewis' gym, he won 19 straight bouts from 1966 to 1972, including a decision over eventual champion Joe Bugner in 1971. Middleton also fought other prominent heavyweights, including Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick, Ken Norton and Jerry Quarry.
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By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Sunday night's Money In The Bank ended with a familiar sight: John Cena celebrating as he became the WWE world heavyweight champion. Cena outlasted seven other men to achieve his goal this time. The match was actually fairly brutal, even for a ladder match. Randy Orton took a shot to the top of his head early in the match which ripped open a cut. By the end of the match, the blood was freely running down his face. While it wasn't a true Crimson Mask, it was as close to one as we've seen in quite a while in the WWE. There was also a fantastic spot where a ladder was forced through the rungs of another ladder, which led the ladder to be tilted without falling and caused Sheamus and Cesaro to have to climb around to stay up. It was a very cool visual spot that, to my knowledge, had never been done before.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | March 6, 1994
In the early '80s, the late Cus D'Amato and his assistant trainer, Kevin Rooney, were busy in their Catskill gym grooming a young heavyweight named Mike Tyson for the amateur championships and a possible spot on the 1984 United States Olympic boxing team.Tyson, who fought too much like a pro to suit amateur judges, fell short of both goals only to become heavyweight champion of the world in 1986, before his 21st birthday.Now, a decade later, Rooney is back in that same Catskill gym tutoring another promising amateur heavyweight -- Hasim Rahman of Baltimore -- with the same goals in mind.
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By Aaron Oster | June 10, 2014
As mentioned in yesterday's column , Daniel Bryan's rehab wasn't going as well as hoped.  On Monday's RAW, that was made official when the Authority vacated the title and announced it would be put on the line in a seven-man ladder match. They announced the first two participants of the match quickly, saying Alberto Del Rio earned his shot last week, and also put Randy Orton into the match.  Later in the night, Sheamus and Cesaro also earned their shots in qualifying matches.  You can read about my early thoughts on who should win the match in yesterday's column, but there are two questions that remain after RAW. The first is who will the three remaining competitors be?
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2002
John Shkor Jr., who as a professional heavyweight fought some of the world's most notable boxers, including Joe Louis, Jersey Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano, died Sunday of dementia at his Edgemere home. He was 82. Mr. Shkor, whose name is pronounced "score," was born and raised in Edgemere, the son of Russian immigrants. He attended Sparrows Point High School, where he played soccer, football and baseball, and was working in a restaurant part time when he became friendly with Johnny "Kid" Williams, a former world champion bantamweight fighter from Baltimore.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 11, 2004
LOS ANGELES - A heavyweight boxer said in an affidavit that he fought "as hard as I could and did nothing to intentionally lose" a March 2000 bout that a boxing manager has admitted fixing, a lawyer said yesterday. Attorney Michael Marley, in a letter to the U.S. Attorney's office in Las Vegas, called boxing manager Robert Mittleman "a vicious liar" for claiming that heavyweight Thomas Williams deliberately lost the match, held in Denmark. Marley represents Mogens Palle, the Danish promoter of that fight.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1996
Brian Neal is a lot of wrestler.The 5-foot-11 Howard junior weighed in at 269 pounds for Thursday's Westminster match. That's six pounds below the heavyweight limit of 275 pounds.But Neal's not only big. He's good. He pinned Randy Stull, his Westminster opponent in 58 seconds, improving his record to 18-1 with 15 pins.Neal's so good he's hoping to win a state championship."He's capable of winning a state title if he works at it," Howard coach Joe Thomas said. "He's the best heavyweight I've coached."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | January 24, 1997
Unbeaten heavyweight Don Steele of Columbia, S.C., stretched his knockout streak to 33 straight last night by stopping Mike Sams of Cleveland at 1: 25 of the second round in the scheduled main event at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.But is Steele, 27, who was a flappy 244 pounds, a legitimate heavyweight hope?We will never know if he continues to fight the likes of Sams and such obscure past foes as Slech Slavinki, Casey Truesdale and Chris Cole. Sams (9-4) appeared ready to quit after the first round when he slumped down on his stool, prompting a visit from ring physician Hamid Towhidian.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | January 9, 1996
Last summer in Las Vegas, Joe Hipp had a chance to make boxing history as the first native American to challenge for the heavyweight title.But Hipp, a member of the Blackfeet tribe, entered the ring with a layer of flab around his waistband and performed listlessly before being stopped on cuts by World Boxing Association champion Bruce Seldon in the 10th round."
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1997
Unbeaten Baltimore heavyweight Hasim Rahman (23-0) has been offered a non-title bout with two-time former champion George Foreman on the HBO cable television network this fall.Contract terms have been settled, save for a definite date and site. HBO prefers a November match, but wants to avoid a conflict with the proposed Evander Holyfield-Michael Moorer heavyweight unification match tentatively scheduled for November.The fight site will reportedly be The Summit in Houston -- Foreman's hometown -- or Las Vegas.
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By Aaron Oster and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
The question of what to do with the world heavyweight title has been hanging over the WWE since Daniel Bryan announced two weeks ago that he needed surgery. While it seemed like there might be a resolution on Raw, the decision on the belt was postponed, and the lack of a title feud had a ripple effect over the entire show. The previous week, Stephanie McMahon said that Bryan needed to surrender the title on Raw this week. And yes, he did show up. He said that his injury was worse than expected (which I believe is a work, and was just used to get a reaction from the crowd)
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Sports Digest | January 11, 2014
Major League Lacrosse Loyola's Fletcher drafted third overall; Bayhawks take Harris Loyola Maryland defenseman Joe Fletcher was selected third overall in the Major League Lacrosse college draft Friday night by the New York Lizards. Fletcher is the Greyhounds' highest pick ever; Gavin Prout was selected sixth in 2001. The Ohio Machine selected Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber No. 1 overall. Schreiber ranks first all time among Tigers midfielders with 76 career goals and 73 assists.
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From Sun staff reports | January 11, 2014
Former Baltimore heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died Thursday at age 71. Middleton won 23 bouts, including 14 by knockout, lost 10 and drew 10 in a career that started in 1965 and ended in 1978. Fighting out of Baltimore-based trainer Mack Lewis' gym, he won 19 straight bouts from 1966 to 1972, including a decision over eventual champion Joe Bugner in 1971. Middleton also fought other prominent heavyweights, including Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick, Ken Norton and Jerry Quarry.
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By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
Mixed martial arts star Jon "Bones" Jones said Friday that he has been told he will headline UFC 172 in Baltimore, raising the possibility of the city's first hosting of a pay-per-view Ultimate Fighting Championship event. In an interview with Fox Sports' Ariel Helwani, Jones, the brother of Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones and UFC's defending light-heavyweight champion, said he would fight next in Baltimore. "My brother's a Raven, so this is going to work out great for me," he said.
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Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Christoph Waltz, fresh off winning one of the most competetive Oscar categories in recent memory -- all five Supporting Actor nominees were previous Oscar winners -- was admittedly caught off guard when he heard his name called from the Oscar stage. Asked how he felt about winning his second Supprting Actor Oscar in three years, Waltz said simply, "Guess. " Then, he paid tribute to the competition. "I was on a list with the greatest actors around," he said backstage. "How do you think someone feels when his name is called in that context?"
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By Gene Wang and The Washington Post | January 11, 2013
After losing two months ago for the first time in his career, Seth Mitchell is set for a rematch against Johnathon Banks on Feb. 16 in Atlantic City, N.J., a fight that's a virtual must-win for the boxer from Brandywine in Prince George's County if he is to continue his pursuit of the unified heavyweight championship of the world. Banks-Mitchell II will take place at Boardwalk Hall, the site of their bout Nov.17, in which Banks knocked down his heavily favored opponent three times.
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By Alan Goldstein | October 17, 1991
Mention Evander Holyfield, and his title of undisputed heavyweight champion is sure to follow.But one man who disputes this claim is Ray Mercer, reigning champion of the World Boxing Organization, who defends his obscure title against unbeaten Tommy Morrison at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center tomorrow night."In my my mind, I am the heavyweight champion of the world, and I have a belt to prove it," said Mercer, 30, a former Army sergeant who won the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | November 17, 1993
Canadian promoter Don Arnott only seems to be half-joking when he says his two homes and life savings are at risk in the carnival-like, $1 million-plus heavyweight tournament, a pay-per-view television event to be held at Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, Miss., on Dec. 3.Heretofore mainly a promoter of low-budget, kick-boxing tournaments in his native British Columbia, Arnott, with financial partners Trevor Wallden and Helena Lines, is gambling that fight fans will buy into his three hours of non-stop heavyweight action, featuring a pair of former champions in James "Bonecrusher" Smith and Tony Tubbs and familiar title contenders Tyrell Biggs and Bert Cooper.
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By Arda Ocal | October 25, 2012
Dolph Ziggler is ready for Hell in a Cell this Sunday, for many reasons. He's ready to steal the show, despite not having an official match on the card. He's ready to dispose of his Money in the Bank briefcase. He's ready to become World Heavyweight Champion. In fact, he is so confident that his time has come, he gave me an exclusive: his first comments as World Heavyweight champion ... before actually winning the title. "I would like to say that I owe a lot of people and that hard work paid off, that nice guys eventually get their shot, but I'm not going to say any of that stuff," boasted Ziggler in a phone interview Thursday.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Shaquil and Kevin Barrett were so close growing up that when one went to the bathroom, the other would wait outside for him to finish. Neighbors in East Baltimore, where the boys grew up, used to mistake them for twins. Kevin, almost two years older than Shaquil, was the troublemaker. Shaquil was quiet; Kevin was not. Shaquil always did well in school; Kevin did not. They both wrestled and played football, but Kevin was a better wrestler, and Shaquil the better football player. The boys were inseparable growing up, especially as they moved around the east side of the city.
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