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Champion of the World Marlen Esparza Wins ‘Houston Fighter Of The Year Award’ for 2014

by on Dec.01, 2014, under Boxing News

Marlen Esparza

By Karl Hegman

The Bayou City’s International Roving Warrior, Marlen Esparza, capped off a phenomenal campaign in 2014 by capturing the AIBA Women’s World Flyweight Boxing Championship in Jeju, South Korea on November 24th.

Esparza won a total of five fights in eight days to capture amateur boxing’s most prestigious tournament. She fought more times in one week than most Houston professional boxers fight in two years or more. (continue reading…)

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2014 Gulf Gloves Junior Championships Results

by on Nov.24, 2014, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman

From left to right: Jesse Garcia, Coach Rudy Silva, Rogelio Ortega and Romalin Martinez of the Elite Boxing Club

From left to right: Jesse Garcia, Coach Rudy Silva, Rogelio Ortega and Romalin Martinez of the Elite Boxing Club

The 2014 Gulf Gloves Junior Championships were held this past Saturday at Fighter Nation Gymnasium in Houston and produced some exciting and competitive fights. The event was sanctioned by USA Boxing Gulf LBC (Local Boxing Committee) and produced a total of eleven bouts in nine different weight divisions. (continue reading…)

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Houston Boxing Prospect Of The Month: Carmen Vargas

by on Oct.24, 2014, under Boxing News



Marquez Boxing Gym featherweight Carmen Vargas has been named the October prospect of the month for the Bayou City. This award is presented by the editorial staff of the cyberboxingzone (the first and most respected historical boxing website on the internet) and it encompasses both professional and amateur fighters.

Vargas is currently ranked Number 5 in the nation at 125 lbs. by USA Boxing and has compiled a record of 17 – 3 with several TKO’s to her credit. She is trained by Arturo Marquez, the father of former IBF light middleweight champion Raul “El Diamante” Marquez. (continue reading…)

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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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