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DE LA HOYA vs. CHAVEZ

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June 08, 1996|GEORGE RAMOS and EARL GUSTKEY

At Paramount Ballroom in Boyle Heights, officials oversold about 300 tickets to the screening of the fight, said Los Angeles Fire Inspector Robert Gladden, who had inspected the ballroom. At Cal State Los Angeles, about 1,000 tickets were oversold, Gladen said.

At 7:45 p.m., with 10 police cars parked outside the Paramount, officials told about 300 people that they would not enter. The boxing fans calmed down when they learned that they would get refunds for their tickets. Some rushed to other venues to catch the much-anticipated bout.

Inside the Paramount, Chavez was clearly the favorite of the crowd of 890, which sang the Mexican anthem and booed when the camera zeroed in on De La Hoya, who grew up just a few miles away from the ballroom in East L.A.

When it was announced that the fight was over, the crowd starting booing and hissing. Then, they walked out.

De La Hoya fans, however, jumped on chairs, cheering and screaming that De La Hoya was "numero uno."

At the Rose Bowl, about 20,000 watched the fight and it was also a pro-Chavez crowd. There was heavy security, with fans patted down as they entered the stadium. There was one reported fight in the stands, but that was during the undercard.

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