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Paladins of Power: Houston Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

by on Mar.11, 2014, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman


Jose "Gaby Canizales

Jose “Gaby Canizales


HOUSTON, TX — The results are in for this year’s Houston Boxing Hall of Fame inductions.

Jose “Gaby” Canizales

The former WBA and WBO Bantanweight Champion originally from Laredo was a destructive body puncher and frenetic fighting machine that compiled a record of 48-8-1 with 36 knockouts. Canizales took Jeff Chandler 15 hard fought rounds his first world title opportunity, but came up on the short end of a unanimous decision loss. But on March 10, 1986, Gaby pulled off the upset when he knocked then WBA Bantamweight titleholder Richie Sandoval out at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to capture his first professional world championship. History repeated itself again on Mach 12, 1991 when he knocked out Miguel “Happy” Lora in the second round of a knockdown filled abbreviated punch out to capture the vacant WBO Bantamweight Championship in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Houston Hwt. Fantasy Showdown: ‘Big’ Lou Savarese Vs. Cleveland ‘Big Cat’ Williams

by on Oct.04, 2012, under Boxing News

Hard Hitting Contenders Collide in the Bayou City

By Karl Hegman

Lou Savarese

Lou Savarese

Greetings from a packed Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas as two of the hardest punching heavyweights on the planet are set to do battle as IBA Heavyweight Champion “Big” Lou Savarese squares off against the dynamite punching Cleveland “Big Cat” Williams in a fight between two big guys that all of the fistic prognosticators are claiming won’t go the limit.

Savarese is coming off of a disputed decision to George Foreman and he feels he was cheated out of that victory by the officials and has promised that he is not going to let this fight go to the cards. Williams is fresh off of a knockout victory over Ernie Terrell and has vowed to “Beat the stuffing out of Savarese!” as there are hard feelings between the two gladiators after a heated sparring session got out of hand between the pair a couple of years ago at the famed Benbow Gymnasium on Congress Ave.

The duo are clothed classically in their boxing attire with Williams wearing the black trunks with the white striping while Savarese dons the white Everlast trunks with the black trim as the opening bell is about to sound the start of this brawl that may wind up being one of the best action fights of the year. (continue reading…)

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