Antics of Terence Crawford’s trainer riles foe’s connections

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Dierry Jean couldn’t find his passport, so he wasn’t able to travel from Canada to appear at Monday’s news conference announcing his October fight against unbeaten WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford.

But Jean’s image made it to Nebraska. Crawford co-manager and trainer Bryan McIntyre held up a poster of the fighter, scribbled over his face and laid the poster on the floor.

“That’s what I think of Dierry Jean. For real,” McIntyre said.

Crawford, 26-0 with 18 knockouts, will be making his first defense of his junior welterweight title in the Oct. 24 HBO bout at CenturyLink Center. Crawford also holds the WBO lightweight belt.

Jean, 29-1 with 20 knockouts, has won four straight since losing a 12-round decision to Lamont Peterson last year.

Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Promotions said Jean asked for the fight, and he welcomes the opportunity to come to Crawford’s hometown. Estephan noted that he himself has visited the CenturyLink Center for investor Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, and he expects another enjoyable evening in two months.

Jean’s trainer, Mike Moffa, said that while Crawford is a great champion, he is beatable.

“You’ve got speed, you’re intelligent, you’ve got power, you’re slick,” Moffa said, looking at Crawford. “I would say you’re even more complete than (Floyd) Mayweather. It’s the truth, man. Sometimes you get a little too excited in that ring and put (out) too much for the fans. That’s why HBO loves you. We’ve been watching you, some videos, and we’ll find a way to leave with that belt, Terence.”

Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti then took a playful jab of his own.

“This is what he looks like,” Moretti said, holding up the Jean poster and then laying it on the floor to look like a knocked-out boxer, “and this is what he might look like on Oct. 24.”

Moffa yelled, “Never did he go down in his life.”

When McIntyre picked up the poster, scrawled over Jean’s face and put it back on the floor, Estephan took umbrage.

“You made it personal, putting this paper on the ground. Big mistake, buddy. Karma is going to get you, I’m going to make sure of that,” Estephan said.

Crawford said Jean will be in for a long night.

“Yeah, he’s a good fighter. I take nothing away from any fighter,” Crawford said. “Oct. 24, I’ll be 100 percent ready, probably more than 100 percent. But mark my words, he will lose.”

This story corrects the spelling of Mike Moffa’s last name.

Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ dies at 95

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MIAMI (AP) Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” has died at the age of 95.

His fiancee, Denise Baker, says LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia.

The Bronx Bull, as he was known in his fighting days, compiled an 83-19-4 record with 30 knockouts.

LaMotta fought Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson his first defeat. He lost the middleweight title to him in what became known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

In his previous fight, LaMotta saved the championship in movie-script fashion against Laurent Dauthuille. Trailing badly, LaMotta knocked out the challenger with 13 seconds left.

LaMotta threw a fight against Billy Fox, which he admitted in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. He said he was promised a shot at a title.

On June 16, 1949, he became middleweight champion when Marcel Cerdan couldn’t continue after the 10th round.

The 1980 film “Raging Bull” was based on LaMotta’s memoir. Actor Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award for it.

Canelo and Golovkin fight to controversial draw

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gennady Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a draw with Canelo Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters with their hands aloft in victory.

The middleweight showdown lived up to its hype as the two fighters traded huge punches and went after each other for 12 rounds. Neither fighter was down and neither appeared seriously hurt but both landed some huge punches to the head that had the crowd screaming in excitement.

Golovkin was the aggressor throughout and landed punches that had put other fighters to the canvas. But he couldn’t put Alvarez down, and the Mexican star more than stood his own in exchanges with Triple G, from Kazakhstan. The two were still brawling as the final seconds ticked down and the fight went to the scorecards.

One judge had Alvarez winning 118-110, a second had it 115-113 in Golovkin’s favor while the third had it 114-114. The Associated Press scored it 114-114.

Golovkin, who has never lost in 38 fights, retained his middleweight titles with the draw. But Alvarez showed that he could not only take Golovkin’s punches but land telling punches of his own.

A frenzied crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena roared throughout the fight as the two middleweights put on the kind of show that boxing purists had anticipated. They brawled, used sharp jabs and counter-punched at times, with neither one willing to give the other much ground.

“Congratulations all my friends from Mexico,” Golovkin said. “I want a true fight. I want a big drama show.”

There was plenty of drama late in the fight as Alvarez seemed to rally and rocked Golovkin with uppercuts and big right hands. But just as soon as he landed he often took one back from the slugger so feared that most other fighter avoided him.

“I won seven-eight rounds easily,” Alvarez said.

It was a battle from the opening bell as Golovkin tried to walk Alvarez down but often found himself getting hit from sharp counter punches.

“Today, people give me draw. I focus on boxing,” Golovkin said. “Look my belts, I’m still champion. I’ve not lost.”

Golovkin predicted before the fight that the late rounds would resemble a street fight, and in a way they did. Both fighters were willing to trade, and both had no problems landing hard shots to the head.

Golovkin had chased Alvarez for nearly two years, trying to get the signature fight that would pay him millions and make him a pay-per-view draw on his own. Alvarez finally agreed after Golovkin looked vulnerable earlier this year against Daniel Jacobs in a decision win that stopped his knockout streak at 23 fights.