Frankie Duarte may get a chance to realize a lifelong dream in front of the people who have watched him fight all his life.
Negotiations are under way for Duarte to fight World Boxing Assn. bantamweight champion Bernardo Pinango of Panama on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles, according to Dan Goossen, Duarte's manager. According to another source, the fight would be held at the Forum.
The matter under debate now is the size of the prizes. Bantamweight fights, even title fights, have never been big money makers. The hope is that Duarte, fighting for the championship in his hometown, will be an exception.
Duarte (40-6-1, 30 knockouts) lives in Venice but fights out of the Ten Goose Boxing Club of North Hollywood. The 31-year-old fighter won the North American Boxing Federation bantamweight championship last month, his first title since he began fighting professionally in 1973.