By Tracy Callis and Chuck Johnston

417 photographs
162 pages
Softcover (8.5 x 11)
Price : $24.95

Los Angeles has been regarded as one of the greatest boxing cities in the world for over a century. With a large fan base, Los Angeles has also been the home of many of the best and most exciting boxers.

Los Angeles area boxers such as Jim Jeffries, Solomon “Solly” Smith, “Mexican” Joe Rivers, Bert Colima, Fidel La Barba, Ace Hudkins, Jimmy McLarnin, Henry Armstrong, Enrique Bolanos, Art Aragon, Armando “Mando” Ramos, Bobby Chacon, Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Armando Muniz, Oscar De La Hoya and “Sugar” Shane Mosley became famous both locally and throughout the rest of the world.

In addition, there were many boxers who were not residents of the Los Angeles area who became popular among local fans. They included Tommy Burns, George Godfrey, Alberto “Baby” Arizmendi, Ricardo “Pajarito” Moreno, Jose Becerra, Raymundo “Battling” Torres, Ruben Olivares, Jose Napoles, Carlos Zarate, Jose “Pipino” Cuevas and Julio Cesar Chavez.

The Los Angeles area has been the site for a number of notable bouts. In 1906, Tommy Burns won the heavyweight title from Marvin Hart. Ad Wolgast retained the lightweight title when he won a very controversial bout from “Mexican” Joe Rivers in 1912. In a bout of local boxers during 2000, "Sugar" Shane Mosley won the welterweight title from Oscar De La Hoya.

Boxing in the Los Angeles Area 1880-2005 is a general history of the sport in Los Angeles County and features the mentioned boxers and boxing events in a book with many great illustrations.

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Tracy Callis has been researching boxing history and the records of boxers for 45 years and has produced rare, updated records for many boxers. He possesses an outstanding knowledge of boxing history and has a strong interest in boxers of all weight classes from every historical period.

 Callis is the Director of Historical Research for The Cyber Boxing Zone ( internet website and an Elector for the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and a contributor to the British Boxing Board of Control Yearbook.

In the past, he was a contributing editor to the Ring Record Book for a number of years and a member of the World Boxing Historians Association (WBHA). In 2002, Tracy co-authored the book, Philadelphia’s Boxing Heritage 1876-1976, and was a historical consultant on the Jim Jeffries book, A Man Among Men.

Charles E. “Chuck” Johnston developed a strong interest in boxing and its history when Muhammad Ali made his storied comeback during the early 1970s. While attending the University of California at Santa Barbara in the middle 1970s, Chuck became interested in doing research on the history of boxing with a great emphasis on his home state of California. He would go on to find unrecorded bouts of numerous boxers who were active from 1880 to 1945.

Chuck is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and an editor on the Boxing Records internet website ( In the past, he was a contributing editor to the Ring Record Book for a number of years and a historical consultant on the Jack Johnson biography, Unforgivable Blackness, The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, by Geoffrey C. Ward.


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