Hector & Tonya 

Boxing's odd couple fills out a card at the Arena

SAT 3/20

Back in the 1980s, boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho was a one-of-a-kind peacock/hot dog who may have thrown punches for a living, but lived to wear leopard-print hot pants. Not surprisingly Hector Jr., 25, does not cut quite as wide a swath through life as his more famous fighting father, and he has yet to land a marquee bout like his dad's classic Reno rumble with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in the late '80s. But boxing insiders say that Hector Jr. -- whose initial fights were on the dirt lots of the Bronx against street toughs whom Hector Sr. would pay $20 -- is a more technically sound fighter than pop. Now 30-0 with seventeen knockouts as a pro, Camacho Jr. -- the reigning WBA North American super lightweight champion, whatever that means -- is closing in on a big payday. It won't happen this Saturday at the Oakland Arena. But when Camacho Jr. battles an undetermined opponent at the Oakland Arena, the fight promises to be fueled with plenty of emotion. It was here in 1996 that the heavily favored Hector Jr. lost his bid to make the US Olympic team with two disappointing losses at the amateur trials. Meanwhile Tonya Harding -- a former ice-show visitor to the Arena --makes her Bay Area boxing debut on the under card. Yes, that Tonya Harding, of the Nancy Kerrigan knee-whacking melodrama, has gone legit in her pugilistic endeavors. She has already pummeled Amy Fisher and Paula Jones. And she'll exchange blows with another poor sap. Tickets: 106KMEL.com/boxing.html -- A. J. Hayes

SUN 3/21

Chomp!

Feeding time

If you're going to swim with the San Jose Sharks, better wear your teeth-proof headgear. The Bay Area's NHL team is riding high atop the league's Pacific Division, and several Sharks players are having a standout season -- notably goalie Evgeni Nabokov, center Mike Ricci, and left wing Marco Sturm. This week the Sharks host the struggling Edmonton Oilers of the Northwest Division (Sunday at 5 p.m. at SJ's HP Pavilion) and the lordly Detroit Red Wings, leaders of the Central Division, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets for each game range from $19 to $112, from Ticketmaster.com -- Kelly Vance

3/17-3/23

There and Bark

Forget Iditarod. Even if you've never managed more dogs than little Fritzie on her nightly walk around the block, if you've ever dreamed of packing onto a dog sled (preferably with a loved one) and mushing through snowy woods, the experience can be yours. Mammoth Lakes ski resort can hook you up with Mammoth Dog Teams for such outings as a trek across Smokey Bear Flats, a moonlight ride to Minaret Vista, or other trips in and around the area, in a sled pulled by a team of trained dogs. Check out the details at Mammoth Lakes City Concierge (CityConcierge.com) for details, then pack your woollies and mukluks. -- Kelly Vance

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