Bobby Chacon and Rosie
1950s middleweight, Willie Vaughn
Willie was the gate-keeper at the Forum's tunnel (the entrance where the boxing people enter) during the Forum's glory days
Alfredo Zuany was one of the first Mexican heavyweights.
I seen Zuany fight live early in his career, when he was still fighting prelims.
In the '60 Zuany trained young kids at the Resurrection Gym in East Los Angeles
Art Aragon (R) v Raul Perez, Stockton, Cal. April, 1956
The Eastside Arena, located at East Ninth and Lenora, opened for business in 1930. By all accounts the arena was nice facility. But it is apparent that there were difficulties staging cards here. The Great Depression had something to do with the lack of success when this arena opened for business.
Babe McCoy staged some cards here, circa early 1940s, but only for a very short time. The arena was used a final time in December 1954/January 1955 by Cal Eaton and his group, while the Olympic Auditorium was undergoing repairs.
Eddie Chavez from San Jose, California, was a very good boxer and was top ten rated in the early 1950s.
I seeing Chavez and Enrique Bolanos fight live in 1951 at the Hollywood Legion. Bolanos winning a 12 D
On the same card Keeny Teran and Gil Cadilli fought to a 6 round draw
That night in 1951 was one of my most memorable nights in all my years of watching fights
Al Cruz was national Golden Glove champion...Circa 1950
I see these Knockout Magazine covers and I can understand why I feel cheated when I watch boxing now days.
I grew up watching boxing in the later 1940s-early Ď50s. It was an era when topnotch prospects fought each other on the under cards and top ranked fighters fought each other in the main events at the Olympic and the Hollywood Legion and other Southern California venues. Case in point, the Kenny Davis v Al Cruz fight, here we had two of the top amateur fighters and top pro prospects of their era fighting each other to see which one would move up the ladder of their chosen profession. Sometime we would have a winner and a loser, sometime a fight would ended up a draw, and when it did there would be a rematch.
That is why, in my opinion, the greatest fighters in the sports history ca...me from those years. Not saying we donít have great fighters now days, we do, but we had more of them back in those bygone years
This is not a put-down on to-days fighters they fight who their promoters pick. Now days managers donít play an important part as they once did back in those years. When a fighter sign up with a promoter itís the promoter calling the shot and said promoter is just concern with the bottom line.
My rant for the day on todayís boxing.
I was at this outdoor fight, Martinez gave the Golden Boy a boxing lesson
Art Aragon (L) v Vince Martinez, July,1.1954, Gilmore Field.
Knockout magazine 1954
Art Aragon with Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe...1955
Aragon quickly became a fixture on the nightclub scene, palling around with Bob Hope, golfing with Mickey Rooney and frequenting the Coconut Grove, Mocambo and Brown Derby, often with a well-known starlet. "I knew Jane Russell pretty good and when she was doing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she told me to go to Marilyn's dressing room and introduce myself. Bein' a dumb fighter I just opened the door and there she was, sitting in a chair, naked. Nothing on. Of course, like a schmuck, I covered my eyes but she just giggled and put a robe on. I was more embarrassed then she was. Even though I covered my eyes pretty quick, I'll never forget that, Seeing Marilyn Monroe naked.
Art Aragon and a former wife re-marry. When asked what was the best thing he'd done during his time in L.A. Art replied "divorce my third wife"
Could this be the one?