August 26, 1991 |
PASSIVE PUGILISM: Don Fraser knows it's hard to get started. Few attended his first cards at the Irvine Marriott seven years ago. But an average of 1,000 fans now show up for the monthly event in the smoke-free room. . . . Unpopular decisions here evoke boos rather than the riots at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and the Olympic Auditorium. "It's a nice family crowd," says comedian Joey Bishop, a regular at the bouts.
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May 25, 2012 |
Raul Rojas, a tough former gang member who turned to boxing and became a world featherweight champion, died Sunday of natural causes at a Los Angeles convalescent home, said his daughter Rebecca. He was 70. Rojas claimed the World Boxing Assn. belt on March 28, 1968, beating Colombian Enrique Higgins by decision at the historic Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. He surrendered the belt six months later, losing by unanimous decision against Japan's Shozo Saijo at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
March 28, 2005 |
Don Fraser, longtime boxing publicist and promoter who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., on June 12, was honored at a gala event Saturday at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. Councilman Bernard Parks presented Fraser with a proclamation from the city of Los Angeles. Many prominent people from the L.A. boxing scene also were there, and a big-band jazz group entertained. "I'm glad this is not a memorial," said the 78-year-old Fraser.
May 26, 2005 |
Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert, speaking to college students from across the country at the recent Los Angeles Times Jim Murray Sports Journalism Workshop at Hollywood Park, pointed out one advantage of working with horses. "They don't talk, thank God," Baffert said. Jim Armstrong, in his AOL Sports column, pointed out a few other advantages of working with horses: "They don't demand to renegotiate their contracts. They've never made a 'roids run to Tijuana.
January 7, 2005 |
The little guys made it big Thursday in the International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2005. Headlining this year's group of 15 inductees in Canastota, N.Y., were two-time featherweight champion Bobby Chacon, junior-middleweight champion Terry Norris, two-time junior welterweight champion Duilio Loi of Italy, and Ireland's popular featherweight champion Barry McGuigan. Non-boxers to be enshrined included matchmaker Don Fraser and writer Bert Sugar in the Non-Participant and Observer classes.
November 8, 1987 |
He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame on Saturday night, the first fighter ever to make it with an 0-5 career record. 0-5? He wasn't a great force in the ring, but for more than three decades Don Fraser has certainly been a force in Southland boxing as a promoter-matchmaker-publicist. He even spent a few years as an executive officer with the California State Athletic Commission.