One Caribbean Radio Sports Recap for Thursday, June 14, 2012, by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s request to be released from jail because the low-quality food and water have threatened his health was denied. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa wrote in her late Wednesday decision that water has been made available to Mayweather around the clock and the only reason he isn’t eating properly is because he refuses to eat the provided meals. Saragosa said Mayweather’s complaints that he is unable to exercise in jail are also unfounded. “While the physical training areas and times provided to (Mayweather) may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses,” Saragosa wrote. A mere 10 days after Mayweather turned himself in to begin his three-month sentence, his legal team filed an emergency motion Monday asking the court to put him under house arrest or move him into the general jail population. The motion claimed the undefeated champion might never fight again because he was getting out of shape in solitary confinement. Mayweather lawyer Richard Wright said earlier this week that he was not seeking special treatment for the 35-year-old fighter. Mayweather pleaded guilty last year to reduced domestic battery charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend while two of their children watched. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten Mayweather up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. Mayweather was sentenced Dec. 22, but was allowed to remain free long enough to make a Cinco de Mayo weekend fight, which he won against Miguel Cotto.

Teófilo Stevenson, the winner of three Olympic gold medals for Cuba who shunned the prospect of turning pro, died on Monday in Havana. He was 60. The cause of death was a heart attack. Stevenson was a formidable heavyweight fighter, standing 6 feet 5 inches, weighing 220 pounds and wielding a powerful right hand. In the 1970s and early ’80s, when Cuba emerged as a power in international boxing, he dominated worldwide amateur boxing in the heavyweight division, winning three world amateur championships. Stevenson won the heavyweight title at the 1972 Games in Munich, the 1976 Games in Montreal and the 1980 Games in Moscow, which were boycotted by the United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He became the first Olympic boxer to capture three gold medals in the same division. American boxing promoters could have profited hugely from a cold war-era matchup pitting Stevenson, the product of a Communist sports system, against Ali. There were reports that Stevenson was offered millions to fight in the United States. But the Castro government banned Cuban athletes from competing professionally, so he would have had to defect to take on Ali. “No, I will not leave my country for one million dollars or for much more than that,” Stevenson was quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated in 1974 in an article headlined “He’d Rather Be Red Than Rich.” “What is a million dollars,” he added, “against eight million Cubans who love me?” Stevenson retired in 1987. He had 301 victories in 321 bouts over a 20-year career. He was later vice president of Cuba’s boxing federation and its national sports institute and lived in a suburb of Havana.

In winning Sunday’s Eastern Credit Union Granny Luces 5K Road Race in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana’s premier female distance athlete Alika Morgan sent an ominous warning to her rivals ahead of the upcoming CARICOM 10K Race which will be held in St. Lucia next month. Morgan, who has been the most dominant female distance athlete in Guyana for quite a while posted her fastest time of the year over the distance with a time of 19:06. Morgan, who suffered a series of injuries last season, said she feels she is back to her best and is predicting victory in the regional event despite the composition of the field. “I finished third last year after being beaten by fellow Guyanese Euleen Josiah-Tanner and Grenadian Kenisha Pascal, but providing I get sponsorship to compete I will be going there to retain my title which I last won two years ago,” Morgan said. She continued “I feel much stronger this year and because I’m injury free I’ve been able to train much better and my confidence has been improving.”

Barbadian cyclist Darren Matthews carried his impressive form overseas last weekend, finishing third overall in the KW Classic Road Race in Ontario, Canada. The 21 year-old pedal pusher was strong enough in the early stages of the 128.8 km road race to be part of a three-man break away, which included eventual winner Anton Varabei and second place finisher Chris Freeland, who was bested by Varabei in the sprint to the line. Matthews, representing his local club G4S/CGI Team Swift, finished in a time of 3:18.02, around four minutes behind Varabei. After dominating last month’s point-to-point 100 km road race staged by the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU), Matthews enters this month’s National Championships as the overwhelming favorite to defend both the national road race and time trial jerseys.

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