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11-14-2008, 06:53 PM
Boxing in So. Calif
November 14, 2008 by Edgar Gonzalez

By Francisco Salazar,

Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, tickets are going fast for the fight card taking place on Saturday, November 29th, featuring Paul Williams (35-1, 26 KO’s) challenging for a world title held by Verno Phillips(42-10-1, 21 KO’s). In the supporting bout, unbeaten local Heavyweight Chris Arreola (25-0, 22 KO’s) will take on Travis Walker (28-1-1, 22 KO’s) in a 12 round bout. Local fighters Josesito Lopez, Rico Ramos, Michael Franco, and Shawn Estrada, who will make his professional debut, will be featured on the card. Tickets are priced as low as $25 to $200 for ringside. For tickets, contact Ticketmaster. HBO will televise.

As if fight fans in the Inland Empire could not have asked for more on November 29th, a fight card will take place the night before. One day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 28th, boxing returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. Thompson Boxing Promotions presents its final card of the year featuring the return of Welterweight contender Antonio Diaz. The fighter from Coachella, CA will return from his eight round unanimous decision victory over Juan Pablo Montes de Oca in August and will face a fighter to be determined. Also on the card will be a intriguing 140-pound fight between Pavel Miranda against unbeaten Mauricio Herrera. Unbeaten Featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos will also be featured. For tickets and information, contact Thompson Boxing Promotions at (714) 935-0900.

As reported by Fightnews.com earlier, Super Middleweight Andre Ward will face a fighter to be determined in a 10 round bout at the Morongo Resort Spa & Casino in Cabazon, CA on Saturday, September 13th. The bout will precede the James Toney - Tony Thompson 12 round Heavyweight bout. 2008 Olympian Shawn Estrada will also fight on the card, two weeks after making his professional debut on November 29th.

Four-time world title challenger Jose Navarro (26-4, 12 KO’s) returns from a nine-month layoff on Friday, November 21st as he takes on Alex Becerra (19-7, 9 KO’s) in an eight round Bantamweight bout at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. The longtime Super Flyweight contender lost a split-decision to Cristian Mijares in February. All Star Boxing Promotions will also feature six more bouts including Super Flyweight prospect Manuel Roman taking Jose Luis Cardenas in an eight round bout. For tickets and information, contact All Star Boxing at (323) 781-4871 or (323) 816-6200.

Also on this evening and about 75 miles to the east of Montebello, Golden Boy Promotions presents another solid card at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA. Bantamweights Michael Domingo (37-14-2, 16 KO’s) and Nestor Rocha (20-1, 7 KO’s) will battle in a 10 round bout. Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (39-6, 33 KO’s) will take on Reynaldo Lopez (30-5-2, 21 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Bantamweight bout. Telefutura will televise this portion of the card. Other notable bouts are unbeaten Middleweight Craig McEwan (12-0, 7 KO’s) will face hard-hitting Ivan Stovall (10-2, 7 KO’s) in an eight round bout. In a battle of unbeaten prospects, Super Bantamweight Cortez Bey (8-0, 5 KO’s) will take on Demetrio Soto in a six round bout.

Boxing returns Thursday, November 20th to the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, CA just west of San Bernardino. Unbeaten John Molina (13-0, 9 KO’s) will be featured in the main event, as he faced an opponent to be determined in an eight round bout. Also on the card will be unbeaten Welterweight prospect Aaron Martinez (8-0-1, 3 KO’s) taking on Hilario Lopez (10-6, 7 KO’s) in a six round bout. In an intriguing women’s bout, Lightweights Rhonda Luna (12-1-1, 1 KO) and Kina Malpartida (8-2-1, 1 KO) will battle in a six round bout.

Boxing returns to the Central Coast of California as Gary Shaw Productions presents another edition of “ShoBox: the New Generation” card at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA on Friday, December 5th . Unbeaten Welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (24-0, 21 KO’s) will take on a fighter to be determined in a 10 round bout. In the co-feature, Ricardo Williams (13-2, 7 KO’s) continues his comeback as he faces unbeaten Raymond Biggs (9-0, 6 KO’s) in an eight round Welterweight bout. For tickets, which start at $25, and information, contact the Chumash Casino Resort at 1-800-CHUMASH.

12-12-2008, 07:22 PM
Fighting names from a half century ago:

After dozens of "Kids","Youngs", "Sailors", "Battlings" and "K.O.s" had trod the California rings a new generation of leather pushers emerged in our state and in the west. Here are a few of the "descriptive" names as they appeared on weekly boxing cards in those days:

Cadillac Clemmons
Torpedo Reed
Bomber Graves
Cannonball Green
Dynamite Jackson
TNT Robleto
Little Pancho
Llittle Giant
Mr. Boston
TNT Robleto
Speedy Dado
Shorty Hogue
Big Boy Hogue
Tuffy Pierpont
Small Montana
General Padilla
Soldier Stanley
Baby Dutch Culbertson
Baby Face Mathes
Windmill Pierce
Turkey Thompson
Rocky Haro
Jumping Joe Keyes
Chief Whitewater
Chick Delaney
Pee Wee LaSalle
Sonny Hill
Sonny Boy Walker
Slugger White
Newsboy Gavras
Pinky Peralta
Bulldog Macias
Fitzie Fitspatrick
Cyclone Frakes
Junior Munsell
Mickey Mouse Ramirez
Silent Joe Hill
Dummy Mahan
Fancy Pants Requejo
Corky Gonzalez
El Conscripto (The draftee)

There were dozens more, of course, but all of the above were active in my time. The California State Commissioners cast a blind eye on these billings except when they drew the line on the much-abused "Killer" nickname and actually banned its use in the local fight game in the late 1930s.

hap navarro

12-12-2008, 07:46 PM
Incidentally the last boxer to use the "Killer" tag as a fighting name was Charley "Killer" Coates, a hard-hitting protege of Manager Suey Welch and a contender for the state lightheavyweight championship in the late 1930s.

hap navarro

12-15-2008, 08:24 PM
You're a real old timer if you can remember when:

(1) The referee would raise both hands over his head and flick his fingers skyward at the end of a fight to signify it was a draw.

(2) Gloves for the main event were brought into the ring, in sealed boxes, to be opened and donned on the contestants. Only the prelim fighters had their gloves put on in the dressing room.

(3) Referee Lt. Jack Kennedy would stand in the center of the ring at the end of each round and point to the corner of the fighter who won the round. When he stopped doing that, he would wait until the end of the eigth round, stand in center ring, point at each fighter while counting out the number of rounds they had won thus far. A human scoreboard no less.

(4) A two-foot square box containing resin chunks was a fixture at a neutral corner of the ring. It was used by the fighters to gain traction on their feet before the first bell sounded.

(5) The announcer carried a round cardboard disc into the ring, black on one side, white on the other, which he would toss into the air to determine the respective corners occupied by the fighters.

If you remember seeing any of this you are, indeed, an old timer.

hap navarro

12-17-2008, 04:45 PM
Hap, my absolute favorite nickname from that period was "BLIMP" WILLIAMS, the massive heavy from Fresno (?) and was the true forerunner to the obese heavyweights of the past 20 years.
Best to you my friend
Chuck Hasson

12-17-2008, 06:45 PM
Pal Chuck:

Thanks for reminding me of the big fella. It seems I remember Johnny Romero spotting him about 80 pounds and then stopping Blimp. I don't have my research stuff handy in my new abode, but I believe Williams showed at the L.A. Olympic in the 1940s.

hap navarro

12-21-2008, 01:35 PM
To be a really, old, old-timer one has to remember the times when you could buy a jar containing live leeches at the corner drug store. Trainers would apply the little blood suckers to their fighters' badly bruised face to drain out the clogged, darkened areas. Nasty, you might say, but they did the job okay.

hap navarro

01-06-2009, 06:44 PM
Holiday from hygiene:

Following is a California Athletic Commission decree issued on April 3, 1939:

"In the future when a boxer's mouthpiece falls to the floor, the referee shall pick it up and hold it until the round is completed and then return it to the chief second of the boxer who lost it."

Some contestants had been complaining for months that mouthpieces they dropped during a fight had been lost. The reason: the refs had been kicking them out into the audience!

The Commissioners thought that was a lousy practice---not so much because the protector could become lost, but because booting it into the laps of the paying customers seemed a wee bit offensive.

hap navarro

02-25-2009, 01:39 PM


02-28-2009, 12:16 PM
Chavez Sr. talks smack on Beltran
February 28, 2009 by Edgar Gonzalez

According to a recent post by pasiondeportiva.info, the legendary Julio Cesar Chaves Sr. stated that his sons Omar and Julio Cesar Jr. will not continune their careers with Tijuana promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions. Chavez Sr. went as far as to cancel the March 28th fight of Chavez Jr. in Tijuana, MX.

“Beltran is a fraud and my sons will no longer fight in his fight cards,” JC commented as he took part of the weekly meeting between the media and the WBC orchastrated by Mr. Jose Sulaiman.

Zanfer promotions, thru their Director of Public Relations Guillermo Brito declared that the March 28th fight card continues as programmed and that JC Chavez Sr.’s comments will not alter the plans.

“The fight is going to happen, in fact Julio Jr. has intensified his training for the mega fight that we are staging in Tijuana,” Brito declared. “We are ready for the fight card on March 28th, as far as for Chavez Sr., we hope that his comments are spur of the moment and I hope that in the coming days the relantionship is back to normal.”

Not only did Chavez Sr. announce that his sons will not fight in Zanfer Promotions fight cards but also spoke badly about how the Mexican promoter conducts business.

“He has the fighters standing in line at his office for weeks at a time and he has never shown me any respect. Young fighters that are starting out fighting four rounds, he only pays him 1000 pesos (US$70),” he accused.

Chavez Sr. was obviously upset with Beltran and accused him of living of the fighters.

“It is not just how he treats me and there is a lot of promoters so that is why my sons will not continue their careers with him.

He mentioned that on the trips that he made as a color analyst on TV Azteca on Beltran shows, he had to pay for his room and board, “nobody will be there for me at the airport, I had to look for my own taxis and Fernando never said anything.”

Obviously, Zanfer Promotions are not happy with the recent declarations but they are confident the the March 28th fight card will go as planned.

“The sons of Julio Cesar are happy with the way that we have handled their careers, this is just a passing thing and I am sure we will go back to being ok,” Brito affirmed.

None the less, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. did state that he didn’t care that Fernando Beltran had his son Jr. under contract.

“My sons will no longer be in his promotions,” he assured.

Chavez Sr. did emphasize that he did not have any issues with Top Rank or with its CEO Bob Arum, the U.S. promoter of his sons, he clairified that the problem was with Beltran and not Arum.

03-11-2009, 08:13 PM
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