November 25, 1989 |
It was never supposed to turn out like this. They're booing Paul Gonzales in his own town. Yep, that Paul Gonzales--the kid from East L.A. who not only won a gold medal boxing at the 1984 Olympics but won the most-outstanding-boxer award, as well. He tries to hide the hurt, but you know there has to be some pain, underneath. Five years ago, Gonzales emerged from the Olympics with his light-flyweight gold medal and a smile from here to East L.A. There were no frontiers to his future then.
August 12, 1985 |
The professional boxing career of Paul Gonzales began the same way he finished as an amateur exactly one year ago when he won an Olympic gold medal at the Sports Arena. Inside the red, white and blue ring ropes at the Hollywood Palladium Sunday, a scene somewhat different from the Olympics, Gonzales scored a unanimous six-round decision over Jose (Pulga) Torres in a flyweight bout.
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August 26, 1988 |
He ran 5 miles every morning. He pounded the heavy bag every night. And in between, when he wasn't working undercover narcotics or patrolling the barrio, Los Angeles Police Officer George Lopez was sparring, doing sit-ups or skipping rope. Now, after four years of sweating and dreaming, Lopez, 28, is going to the Olympic Games in South Korea next month. He has made the boxing team--the boxing team from Argentina, that is.
December 15, 1990 |
When Julio Cesar Chavez walked out of Bob Arum's Las Vegas office Thursday night, he had a contract calling for $15 million for six fights spanning 18 months, and a bonus check for $300,000. On Friday, New York promoter Don King claimed that Chavez still owes him four fights under their old contract, and said that he would put together a multifight package for Chavez worth $30 million. Also on Friday, Burbank attorney Mark MacCarley said that U.S.
November 14, 1989 |
In the fighter's locker room, a world class heavyweight, about 25 pounds overweight, sits slumped on his stool, bleeding from two deep cuts over his right eye and looking embarrassed. Michael Dokes had just pulled a victory out of a fight some thought he might be on the way to losing Monday night at the Forum. Being embarrassed by a guy everyone expected him to flatten, Lionell Washington, was bad enough. But for Dokes, the worst was yet to come.
September 13, 1990 |
At first glance, Oscar De La Hoya looks like the type of guy you could pelt with sand at the beach. With only 125 pounds spread over a 5-foot, 11-inch frame, the soft-spoken 17-year-old from East Los Angeles is not exactly rail-thin like the character in the old Charles Atlas body-building ads, but he is no All-American gladiator either. However, here's a bullies-beware warning presented as a public service announcement: Don't mess with him. . .
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April 15, 1990 |
Ernesto (E.T.) Tobias, a 139-pound super-lightweight, bobs and weaves across the Spartan locker room of the Forum. His dark almond eyes glare above his boxing gloves. He shuffles quickly toward the big red mitts--targets--that cover the hands of his manager, Al Stankie. Punches echo in the concrete room: Wham! Wham! Wham! Half a dozen men--other fighters and a few trainers with lined, haggard faces--scrutinize the warm-up drill.
May 16, 1992 |
Last Saturday's Terry Norris-Meldrick Taylor fight in Las Vegas confirmed two salient points about boxing, both of which have held up for about 10 years: --If you're a promoter and you want to sell a lot of tickets to a fight, make sure the participants are heavyweights. --Often, courage is a fighter's worst enemy. First point: Paid attendance for the junior-middleweight fight, an attractive matchup of two young, talented champions, was 7,000 in the Mirage's 15,000-seat outdoor stadium.
August 9, 1985 |
There have been no main events for Paul Gonzales for a year, ever since he won a gold medal at the Olympics when he fought four times with a broken hand. Gonzales, who claims his right hand now is "210%" will make his professional boxing debut Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium as part of a made-for-TV fight card that also features two other Olympic gold-medal winners, Henry Tillman and Frank Tate. For Gonzales, 21, from East Los Angeles, much appears to be at stake.
August 11, 1990 |
The recent imprisonment of Pete Rose and the partial banishment from baseball of George Steinbrenner were noted with some sadness by a Florida man whose favorite sport is boxing. John Branca, chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission in 1983-84, saw the two baseball developments as graphic examples of how firmly baseball and other American professional sports can govern themselves while professional boxing remains in anarchy.