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Paladins of Power: Houston Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman

 

Jose "Gaby Canizales

Jose “Gaby Canizales

 

HOUSTON, TX — The results are in for this year’s Houston Boxing Hall of Fame inductions.

Jose “Gaby” Canizales

The former WBA and WBO Bantanweight Champion originally from Laredo was a destructive body puncher and frenetic fighting machine that compiled a record of 48-8-1 with 36 knockouts. Canizales took Jeff Chandler 15 hard fought rounds his first world title opportunity, but came up on the short end of a unanimous decision loss. But on March 10, 1986, Gaby pulled off the upset when he knocked then WBA Bantamweight titleholder Richie Sandoval out at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to capture his first professional world championship. History repeated itself again on Mach 12, 1991 when he knocked out Miguel “Happy” Lora in the second round of a knockdown filled abbreviated punch out to capture the vacant WBO Bantamweight Championship in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Touching Gloves with…Gaby Canizales

by on Sep.03, 2012, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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The first time I saw Jose ‘Gaby’ Canizales fight, he fought as a sub for a national title. At that time, a co-worker of mine – who was as avid on the leather-slinging trade as I was – and I would compare notes on any contender, prospect or grizzled granny wielding a rolling pin that came to our attention. The morning after I viewed the undraping of Canizales, I hurriedly sidled up to my fistic comrade and unashamedly exclaimed before the first cup of java hit my lips, “Dude, I saw a bantamweight version of Sonny Liston last night!” And to tell you the truth, allowing the vivacity of my youth, my view hasn’t wavered much over the years.

DH: Gaby, where are you from originally?

GC: I was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. (continue reading…)

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