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Roach Humbled by Attention, But Having Fun [VIDEO]

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., trainer Freddie Roach is in the middle of it all these days, and loving every minute. He was ringside for the unbelievable Manny Pacquiao decision, but we chose to look ahead -- and talk about Roach's life after HBO's "24/7".

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Duke Keith
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Boxing’s Brightest Lights Shine In — and For — El Paso [OPINION/VIDEO]

Reflecting some of boxing's brightest lights, El Paso's bling sparkled that much brighter Wednesday.

The Plaza Theater's organ belted out old time movie music as the grand old theater itself provided an artistic backdrop to what is usually a testosterone-drenched affair -- a boxing press conference. It was an interesting departure from the sterile conference rooms where these events are usually held.

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What Would Cigarroa’s Beer Ban Do to Stop Cartel Violence? [VIDEO]

Under pressure, UT System Chancellor, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, allowed the Chavez-Lee championship fight to go on in the Sun Bowl, but oddly banned the sale of beer in the stadium. If the threat of violence from the cartels was real, just what does Dr. Cigarroa think banning beer will do to stop them?

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Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao with a 2-1 judges decision.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao with a 2-1 judges decision. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Timothy Bradley Defeats Manny Pacquiao in Head-Scratching, Controversial Decision

Judge Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao.  Judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford gave Bradley a 115-113 edge to give Timothy Bradley the WBO welterweight title.  The $64,000 dollar question was, 'What fight were they watching?'

For twelve rounds, Manny Pacquiao toyed with Timothy Bradley, smiling every time Bradley landed one of his punches

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UT System Chancellor
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (Photo courtesey of utsystem.edu)
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Chavez Jr. Fight Update: UT System Chancellor Makes Sun Bowl Available

The June 16th Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. boxing match has taken more twists and turns than most soap operas. In a wild turn of events, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarro will now allow the Sun Bowl to host the June 16th boxing event

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Cohen Stadium
Cohen Stadium, built in 1990 and home of the El Paso Diablos. Photo courtesy of diablos.com
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Chavez Jr. Fight Update: Cohen Stadium Looking Good

As of 10:30 am Thursday, no decision has been made on the site for June 16th's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. title defense. However, El Paso's chances of keeping the fight still look promising. This morning, I spoke with boxing marketer Lester Bedford, and he reiterated El Paso's fight to keep the event in town.

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Oscaar De La Hoya
The Sun Bowl packed more than 40,000 fans for the Oscar De La Hoya fight against Patrick Charpantier on June 13th 1998. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn, Getty Images)
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UT System Cancels Julio Cesar Chavez Fight at Sun Bowl

For a split second, it appeared that boxing was experiencing a rebirth in El Paso. Last Saturday night, Golden Boy Promotions brought an exciting nationally televised card to the Don Haskins Center

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ESPN El Paso’s Andy Lee Interviews Boxer Andy Lee

It was a bittersweet day for me today at the Sun Bowl.  I got to interview the boxer that shares my name, but shortly after I learned that the June 16th fight will not take place in El Paso.

An hour before the press conference, fight promoters learned that the University of Texas Officials deemed the Sun Bowl and the UTEP campus as 'not the appropriate venue for the event

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Escalante vs. Griffin
Tony Escalante (right) has won his last two fights, including Rynell Griffin (left) on December 3rd 2011. (Photo by Steve Kaplowitz)
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El Paso Boxer Antonio Escalante Returns to Ring [AUDIO]

Not too long ago, El Paso boxer Antonio Escalante appeared headed for stardom. He was on track for a world title shot and delivered some of the most memorable in-ring performances El Paso fight fans had seen in years.

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World Welterweight Championship: Julio Cesar Chavez V Grover Wiley
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (right) will fight Andy Lee on June 16th at the Sun Bowl. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Fighting At Sun Bowl June 16th!

Earlier this afternoon, Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum announced via conference call that World Middleweight Champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would headline a big night of boxing at the Sun Bowl on June 16th.

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