July 27, 1991 |
On May 22, 1989, in Tijuana, boxer Hector Ruiz collapsed and later died after a bout with Cecilio Espino. Now, 26 months later, Espino fights on, learning to live with the memory. He sees Ruiz's face every day. He hears his voice every day. He sees him at the weigh-in every day. And every day he wonders when the memory will begin to fade. Espino, 20, sees Hector Ruiz standing in front of him, throwing punches. The memory is clear and sharp. At first, the punches are hard.
April 22, 1992
Cecilio Espino retained his North American Boxing Federation bantamweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout of Antonio Ramirez at the Forum. Ramirez, who was floored and hurt several times in the fifth, retired in his corner after the round. Espino (22-2) and Ramirez (12-3-1) are from Los Angeles. In another bout, Ysaias Zamudio of Blythe, Calif., kept his NABF flyweight title with a technical decision over Richard Clarke of Miami in the eighth round.
October 7, 1991 |
A familiar main-event fighter and a fast-rising newcomer headline tonight's Forum boxing show. Raul Perez of Tijuana, onetime world bantamweight champion, will try to take Luis Mendoza's World Boxing Assn. junior-featherweight title in a 12-rounder. And in a 10-round opener to the Forum's eight-boxer super-flyweight tournament, Cecilio Espino (18-1) of Los Angeles meets Abner Barajas (15-6) of Phoenix. Perez (47-2-1) hopes the recent Forum jinx on world champions works in his favor.
March 2, 1994 |
Boxer Miguel Mercedes was in serious condition late Tuesday night after a vein burst in his skull after a bout at the Forum. Mercedes was taken to Westside Hospital and later moved to Cedars Sinai, where a neurosurgeon was scheduled to meet with ringside physician Robert Karns and decide if surgery was needed immediately. Karns said that Mercedes did have swelling but that he was conscious.
May 25, 1989 |
Mexican boxer Hector Ruiz Coello, 20, died in Tijuana three days after being knocked out in a professional fight, news reports said today. The Mexico City newspaper Esto said Ruiz Coello, who had only 10 fights, some of them as an amateur, in three years, died Wednesday of complications stemming from a blood clot in the brain. Ruiz Coello, a flyweight, was knocked out in the sixth round by Cecilio (Torito) Espino, the report said. Minutes later, Ruiz Coello fell unconscious while walking to the dressing room.
June 12, 1992
Cecilio Espino of Monterey Park makes the second defense of his North American Boxing Federation bantamweight title when he meets Jose Valdez of Mexico on Monday night at the Forum. Espino (22-2, 19 knockouts) scored an 11th-round technical knockout of Luigi Camputaro in January to win the title. He is ranked No. 13 by the World Boxing Council but is expected to face a strong challenge from the experienced Valdez, who is 40-4-1 with 27 KOs. Valdez is ranked No. 18 by the WBC.