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Touching Gloves with…Rafael Herrera

by on Mar.22, 2012, under Boxing News, CBZ Columnists

by Dan Hanley

Rafael Herrera hitting the speed bag.

Rafael Herrera hitting the speed bag.

Over the years, as I would rummage my addled brain over fighters of yesteryear, I would dwell on Rafael Herrera and would always think of him in terms of, ‘the Gene Tunney of the bantamweights’. Like the Fighting Marine, here was an exceptional talent who had the audacity to dethrone a beloved champion and endured life amidst the shadow of his titular predecessor, despite brandishing his own style of mayhem on the fighters of his day. With the help of Rafael’s wonderful bi-lingual wife, Leticia, we touched gloves.

DH: Rafael, tell me a little of your background as a boy.

RH: Well, I was born in Huascato, Jalisco, Mexico. We were not wealthy and with 5 boys and 3 girls in the family, things were tight. (continue reading…)

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