By Gene Aguilera
Welcome to the colourful, flamboyant, and beautiful global of Mexican American boxing in l. a.. From the minute they stepped into the hoop, Mexican American opponents have electrified enthusiasts with their explosiveness and braveness. those old pictures convey to lifestyles a sociological tradition such as knockouts, the most highway health club, the Olympic Auditorium, local rivalries, Mexican idols, posters, and promoters. Like a winding thread, the Golden Boy artwork Aragon bobs and weaves in the course of the booklet. From Mexican Joe Rivers to Oscar De l. a. Hoya, the real tales in their sensational ring wars are instructed whereas holding alive the spirit and legacy of Mexican American boxing from the higher l. a. sector.
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Ramos still won a close 10-round unanimous decision over Navarro at the Olympic Auditorium on September 30, 1971. ) 64 Rodolfo “El Gato” Gonzalez, from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, began boxing in his native country by winning his first 33 bouts by knockout. Not satisfied with the pay scale in Mexico, Rodolfo migrated to Long Beach in 1963, arriving at the Seaside Gym (near the old Pike) under Bill Fields. After 76 fights, the career of “El Gato” (“The Cat”) turned around when he signed with new manager Jackie McCoy in August 1971.
While employed at the Forum, the shrewd 73-year-old, white-haired Parnassus staged more title bouts than any man in history and brought in the biggest gates ever seen in California. ) 51 George Parnassus, “The Golden Greek,” became matchmaker at the Olympic Auditorium in 1957 (under promoter Cal Eaton) and, within a year, the Olympic experienced sharp increases at the gate due to his understanding that smaller weight classes were huge attractions to the blossoming Mexican American population. Parnassus was revered by many in the Latino community.
Housing projects where he was raised. A top lightweight contender, he ended with a record of 33 wins (15 knockouts), 8 losses, and 2 draws while fighting from 1967 to 1974. Navarro loved the nightlife as much as boxing. “I had everything a guy could want . . booze, broads, anything money could buy,” he told the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. 47 Top welterweight contenders Ernie “Indian Red” Lopez of Arcadia and Hedgemon Lewis of Los Angeles, by way of Detroit, engaged in a three-fight battle. Boxing writers call Lopez’s two victories over Lewis the best showings of his career.