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Updated: April 30, 2008, 4:23 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Wednesday, 9 a.m. ET -- A bit of history

Seeing as I spend most of my time at fights covering cards at casinos that are 15 years old at most, it's nice to get a bit of a change.

The Biltmore Hotel, which is the center of activities for fight week, is one of the grand old hotels of Los Angeles. Its lobby is spectacularly ornate, although, personally, I always miss the clinging clanging sound of a casino floor. The Biltmore has plenty of Los Angeles history, too: It was one of the venues for the Academy Awards during the 1930s and early 1940s.

That ceremony is now held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, but this week the Biltmore will be reliving its glory days with the Boxing Writers Association of America annual awards. Who needs Clark Gable or Spencer Tracy when you have Dan Rafael and Kieran Mulvaney … right? -- Kieran Mulvaney

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