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Full Circle: A Re-assessment of Ali’s Greatness

by on Apr.03, 2014, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman


Sam Ibrahim, at left, with "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania in 1980.

Sam Ibrahim, at left, with “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali at Deer Lake, Pennsylvania in 1980.

HOUSTON, TX — Spring has finally made its belated way to the Bayou City, replete with mosquitoes, junebugs, and the cockroaches that are part of life in the tropics. Being the rank sentimentalist that I am, I always get reflective during this time of the season that signifies change and second chances. I took a drive out to where I spent the majority of my teen years, to soak in the fresh air and take another look around where I spent some of the best years of my life.

I grew up and ran the streets in Quail Valley, a beautiful suburb that was constructed in the 70′s decade which featured a terrific golf course that hosted the Houston Open at the time. But my interests always concerned the Recreation Center where the boxing team was based out of. (continue reading…)

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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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Samurai Saga: The 2013 Houston Boxing Awards

by on Dec.10, 2013, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman

Marlen Esparza

Marlen Esparza


“All of my opponents were good fighters. I just made them look ordinary with my great boxing ability.”-Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles Welterweight Champion 1969 – 1975


Fighter of the Year: Marlen Esparza

The 2013 USA Boxing Women’s Flyweight National Champion and PAL National Champion. Gold Medalist Continental Championships and Silver Medalist World Combat Championships.

Those credentials make Esparza the winner of this award for the fourth consecutive year. Esparza was hard pressed to capture her seventh consecutive National Title with a close and controversial decision victory in April over Virginia Fuchs in Spokane.

Marlen left no doubt as to whom the better fighter between the two was in a rematch at the PAL Championships with a convincing points victory over Fuchs this past October in Oxnard, California. (continue reading…)

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Marlen Esparaza to fight on a Universal Boxing Federation Sponsored Event!

by on Nov.13, 2013, under Boxing News


Marlen Esparza

Marlen Esparza

A major boxing announcement came from Houston today where it was revealed that the 2012 Olympic Women’s Flyweight Bronze Medalist, Marlen Esparza is to fight on a Universal Boxing Federation sponsored event next spring in the nation’s fourth largest city.  

The fight will be offered on Webcast Pay Per View with a very reasonable buy rate according to the co-promoter of the event, the President of the Houston Boxing Hall of Fame, Karl Hegman. (continue reading…)

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Marc Torres to make Pro Debut Sept. 21st at Savarese Promotions’ ‘Rumble on The Bayou 7′!

by on Aug.30, 2013, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman


Marc Torres

Marc Torres

Highly decorated Houston amateur champion Marc Torres makes his highly anticipated professional boxing debut on Savarese Promotions’ “Rumble on the Bayou 7″ which will take place Saturday, September 21 at the Bayou City Event Center located at 9401 Knight Rd, Houston, TX. 77045.

Super Bantamweight Torres has long been regarded as one of the outstanding amateur boxers in the State of Texas for the past several years and plans on busting up and dismantling his opponent by giving him a painful boxing lesson and thorough beat down. (continue reading…)

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