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David Diaz Edges Jesus Chavez in Chi-Town Thriller

by on Sep.27, 2009, under Boxing News, Juan Ayllon

Photos and story by Juan C. Ayllon at ringside
Diaz (right) and Chavez mix it up in close

Diaz (right) and Chavez mix it up in close

CHICAGO – They grew up buddies in the amateur boxing system in Chicago. Born and raised here, Diaz was the golden boy who went to the 1996 Olympics, fought a lot of his professional bouts in town, and became the World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion in spectacular, come from behind fashion, stopping Jose Armando Santa Cruz in suddenly in 10 rounds on August 12, 2006.

Jesus Chavez wasn’t so golden. Born in Hidalgo del Parral of Chihuahua, Mexico, he was convicted as an accessory to armed robbery at age 16, served four years in prison, and was deported back to Mexico. He built up a boxing career fighting across the border and, after years seeking to regain legal U.S. citizenship, he succeeded and moved to Austin, Texas. Having won the WBC Super Featherweight title and, later, the International Boxing Federation Lightweight championship, he’d never fought in Chicago. (continue reading…)

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Undercard Photos and Report to ‘Windy City Fight Night 5′ Now Posted

by on Aug.22, 2009, under Boxing News, Juan Ayllon

Ramiro Carrillo dumps Jamar Hampton into the corner (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).

Ramiro Carrillo dumps Jamar Hampton into the corner (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).

CHICAGO — The photos and coverage of the undercard of the undercard to Friday’s battle between “King” David Estrada vs. Chris Gray at the UIC Pavilion on Friday are now up. 

You can view the report by clicking on the link below:

http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/blog/?p=2476#more-2476

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‘King’ David Estrada Overcomes Rust, Halts Gray in Chicago

by on Aug.22, 2009, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists, Juan Ayllon

Report and photos by Juan C. Ayllon at ringside
Estrada (right) bounces a glancing right off the head of Gray as referee John O'Brien looks on.

Estrada (right) bounces a glancing right off the head of Gray as referee John O'Brien looks on.

CHICAGO, Ill., August 21, 2009 – Tonight at the UIC Pavilion, welterweight contender “King” David Estrada (152 lbs., 22-6, 13 KO’s) looked every bit the fighter who hadn’t fought in eight months. 

His timing was off, and capitalizing on that fault was Vero Beach, Florida’s Christopher Gray (12-9, 1 KO), who squirmed, dodged and ran for several rounds before taking an ill-fated stand. (continue reading…)

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‘One in a Million’ Boxing Promoter Octavius James Passes in the Night

by on Jul.25, 2009, under Boxing News, Juan Ayllon, Obituaries

By Juan C. Ayllon

A video interview of the late Octavius James
 

MERRILLVILLE, Indiana, July 25, 2009 – Indiana boxing promoter Octavius James, 36, passed away suddenly last night, purportedly in his sleep. 

Indiana Boxing Commissioner Jake Hall first informed me of the news, adding sadly, “He was the best promoter in the state of Indiana.” (continue reading…)

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Fres Oquendo Vanquishes Ex-Champ Seldon in Nine

by on Jul.25, 2009, under Boxing News, Juan Ayllon

Photos and report by Juan C. Ayllon at ringside
Oquendo (right) bounces a right off the top of Seldon's head (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Oquendo (right) bounces a right off the top of Seldon's head (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

CHICAGO – It started with a flourish and ended with a bang. In between while whacking away, Carol Stream, Illinois’ resident heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo found his hands full against a faded former world champ who still packed zip and oomph behind his punches at the UIC Pavilion. 

Fighting for the Interim North American Boxing Association Heavyweight Title, Oquendo, 36, was banking on the notion that this fight would grease his path to a third shot at a world heavyweight title.  However his opponent, former World Boxing Association champion Bruce Seldon, 42, had other ideas. (continue reading…)

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