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    Los Angeles Golden Age of Boxing

    For the record I consider Los Angeles Golden Age of Boxing to have ended in 1959 with demise of the Hollywood Legion. Prior to that, we had boxing 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days. The boxing gyms were busting at the seams with talent ready to fill cards in the many venues in the southland. Starting in 1960 boxing was almost at a standstill. The Olympic became the only show in town but, at times would only go once a month. And lots of gym closed down. Things started to pick-up in the mid-60s with the emerging of Mando Ramos among others. With the opening of the Forum boxing in the southland became close to what it had been in the Golden Age of Boxing, but to me it didn’t feel the same, something was missing, something that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe my enthusiasm was waning? Could be.

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    Frankie Baltazar & Paul Gonzalez

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    Quote Originally Posted by kikibalt View Post
    Los Angeles Golden Age of Boxing

    For the record I consider Los Angeles Golden Age of Boxing to have ended in 1959 with demise of the Hollywood Legion. Prior to that, we had boxing 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days. The boxing gyms were busting at the seams with talent ready to fill cards in the many venues in the southland. Starting in 1960 boxing was almost at a standstill. The Olympic became the only show in town but, at times would only go once a month. And lots of gym closed down. Things started to pick-up in the mid-60s with the emerging of Mando Ramos among others. With the opening of the Forum boxing in the southland became close to what it had been in the Golden Age of Boxing, but to me it didn’t feel the same, something was missing, something that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe my enthusiasm was waning? Could be.
    That really is a sad thing to see.
    I wish I would have been around to see the golden days.
    Frank, you are blessed.

    Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wing master View Post
    That really is a sad thing to see.
    I wish I would have been around to see the golden days.
    Frank, you are blessed.

    Randy
    Thanks, Randy....Boxing wise it was a great time to be alive for sure. I got to see many of the great ones fight live or on free TV.

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    Frank,
    What are your thoughts on the atmosphere now? It seems a lot more about money now.
    Like you said, back in those days, you could watch heavyweight title fights on the Gillette sports Cavelcade. I can only imagine the atmosphere in a place like the Legion or the Olympic.
    Now with Pay-Per View and the promoters I can't see anything close to the "Golden Days" ever happening again.

    Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wing master View Post
    Frank,
    What are your thoughts on the atmosphere now? It seems a lot more about money now.
    Like you said, back in those days, you could watch heavyweight title fights on the Gillette sports Cavelcade. I can only imagine the atmosphere in a place like the Legion or the Olympic.
    Now with Pay-Per View and the promoters I can't see anything close to the "Golden Days" ever happening again.

    Randy
    Randy,

    Pro boxing has always been a business. But I think that the aspect of the sport of boxing was more ingrain into the business 50-60 years ago then than it is today. Today boxing is market more like wrestling, starting with ring entrance of the fighters, something I won’t watch.

    I haven’t been to a pro boxing show in about 20 years, and I don’t see myself going to one anytime soon.

    Unless you had experience the atmosphere at the legion and the Olympic back 40-50-60 years ago like I did, I think it’s hard to imagine what it was like to enter one of those smoke filled arenas.

    I agree with you that we will never see anything close to the “Golden Days”

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    Gil Cadilli & Ike Chestnut

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    Lena Horn-Joe Louis-Johnnie Flores

    The later Los Angeles boxing trainer, Johnnie “Mr. Golden Gloves” Flores once told me a story about how he met the beautiful Lena Horn. I was reminded of Johnnie’s story last night as I was watching Lena Horn in ‘Stormy Weather’

    Johnnie’s story: soon after WWII ended Johnnie was in a fancy restaurant in New York City with Joe Louis, long time heavyweight champ. I don’t know if this was in the late 1940s or early 1950s. According to Johnnie, both he and Louis were broke. They were sitting there trying to figure out how to pay for dinner when in walked Lena Horn with a friend. Louis stood up to invite Horn and her friend to his and Johnnie’s table, and as he was doing so he told Johnnie to order anything he wanted.

    They all had a fancy dinner with fancy drinks. After dinner Louis asked the waiter for the check, which he got, he then proceeded to check it out real good, making sure they were not over-charge, after making sure they were not, he handed the check to Lena Horn telling her “take care of this and don’t forget to add the tip to it”...

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    Oscar "Shotgun" Albarado

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    Lauro Salas
    The Lion of Monterrey

    Danny Garcia reminds me of Lauro Salas. Like Salas, the 1950s “Lion of Monterrey”, Garcia has minimal boxing skills, and like Salas he was still able to become a world champion nonetheless. Last night as I was watching Garcia dismember Khan, I was thinking ‘I seen Garcia fight in another life’. Than it came to me, “Lauro Salas”

    Lauro Salas fought all the top featherweights of the early 1950s, winning some, losing some. He then got in a bar fight with Art Aragon when the Golden Boy called him a “fucking Mexican”. There’re many different versions of that bar fight, as to who won and who lost, but that’s a story for another day.

    After the bar fight, which was played-up in the local press to epic portion, Aragon and Salas were sign by the Olympic Auditorium to a ten round fight. Salas lost a close decision. But Salas gave such a good account of himself that when the Olympic was looking for an opponent for lightweight champ Jimmy Carter they gave Salas the opportunity. Again Salas outdid himself; he gave Carter all he could handle in losing a close fifteen round decision. A rematch was in order, Carter and Salas fought the rematch and this time Salas was given the close decision. Salas was to lose the title back to Carter six months later

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    Vic Weiss, Louie Jauregui, Jake Horn and Mando Muniz

    Vic Weiss and Louie Jauregui were co-manager of Mando Muniz....At the start of his career Muniz was manages by Jauregui and Jake Horn...Jake got in a hassle with Aileen Eaton over money...Eaton froze out Muniz until he got rid of Jake....Weiss who owned a Ford dealership bought out Jake and Mando was able to fight at the Olympic again....Weiss who was a bagman for the Las Vegas mob was murder, his body was found shot in the trunk of his car at LAX.

    I worked two of Mando's fights when he was still with Horn and Jaurequi. The Ernie Red Lopez fight at the Olympic and the Manny Gonzalez fight in Arizona

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    A young Mike Quarry
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    History of California Boxing in Photos



    Mike Nixon & Mel Epstein

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    Chente (far right) doing time in San Quentin, 1940's. He manages the boxer standing next to him, in a prison sponsored boxing match.

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    Ken Norton v Muhammad Ali

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    Tony Baltazar v Roger Mayeather

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    Mando Muniz v Carlos Palomino

    Jan. 22, 1977-Olympic Auditorium

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    I have photo's of Johnny Newman, my father was his fight mgr.

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    Roberto Duran v Carlos Palomnio

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    Willie Pep v Gil Cadilli

    Check out Cadilli's thumb to Pep's eye
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    Mike Nino Gonzalez v Roberto Duran

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    Battling Torres and Carlos Ortiz

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    Jimmy Carter v Cisco Andarde

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    Enrique Bolanos, Fabela Chavez and Chalky Wright

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    Unbeaten young heavyweight contender Cassius Clay, showed up at City Hall to invite Mayor Sam Yorty to his bout with Argentina's Alejandro Lavorante at the Sports Area. Clay and Lavorante head the 20th annual City of Hope "Fight for Lives" boxing card. Photo dated: July 25, 1962.

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