Los Angeles Times

Lance Pugmire

Writer

Lance Pugmire is the Los Angeles Times' boxing/MMA/Ducks beat writer who also contributes enterprise Sports stories. He has provided Associated Press Sports Editors' prize-winning coverage on doping and the death of Northwestern football player Rashidi Wheeler and was also first on the scene in The Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage in 2003 of wildfires in the Inland Empire and San Diego. Raised in El Cajon and Glendale, Ariz., he graduated from Cal State Fullerton.

Recent Articles

  • Francisco Vargas knows what the audience wants

    Francisco Vargas knows what the audience wants

    Francisco Vargas would be best served in his first super-featherweight title defense by making quick work of veteran Mexican countryman Orlando Salido. After surviving November’s fight of the year — in which he got off the canvas, endured a nasty cut and was badly wobbled late by former World Boxing...

  • In lieu of belt, John Molina Jr. strives to entertain again

    In lieu of belt, John Molina Jr. strives to entertain again

    John Molina Jr.'s dream of becoming a world champion still reaches him at age 33, but the Covina-raised boxer is well aware of the profitable niche he has found as someone capable of staging a fight of the year. He shared the prize two years ago when he and Lucas Matthysse knocked each other down...

  • UFC's Paige VanZant takes solace in her 'Dancing With the Stars' runner-up showing

    UFC's Paige VanZant takes solace in her 'Dancing With the Stars' runner-up showing

    In the seconds before the “Dancing With the Stars” winner was identified Tuesday night, Paige VanZant stood, facing downward. Then, deaf model Nyle DiMarco was announced as the champion. “As I look back, if I was just watching the show on TV and I saw someone like Nyle on, I would vote for him,”...

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s trips to Manny Pacquiao's gym ignite rematch talk

    Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s trips to Manny Pacquiao's gym ignite rematch talk

    What would encourage Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay a visit to Manny Pacquiao’s Hollywood gym? Perhaps a rematch of the richest one-day sporting event in history? Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that the unbeaten and retired Mayweather (49-0) has paid two visits...

  • Lawsuit against Canelo Alvarez holds up talks on fight with Gennady Golovkin

    Lawsuit against Canelo Alvarez holds up talks on fight with Gennady Golovkin

    One of the reasons discussion about a Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin fight has gone cold is because Alvarez is in a Miami courtroom this week with his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, who’s arguing that he didn’t steal Alvarez from a smaller promoter years ago. In the civil trial that began Monday,...

  • Shawn Porter making best of extra time Keith Thurman gave him

    Shawn Porter making best of extra time Keith Thurman gave him

    A yearlong absence at a career peak is in no one’s interest, especially an athlete. Former welterweight boxing champion Shawn Porter, however, has found contentment now that he’s only one month away from ending the layoff that’s preceded his June 25 fight against unbeaten World Boxing Assn. welterweight...

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