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April 13, 1990 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While his friends grew up battling rival gang members on the streets of East Los Angeles, Joey Olivo fought for his barrio another way. Olivo's bouts were in the ring. At age 15, he put aside gang life and launched a successful career in professional boxing, becoming the only U.S. fighter ever to hold a world junior-flyweight title. In the neighborhood, he quickly rose to legendary status. On Thursday, the legend returned home.
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April 13, 1990 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While his friends grew up battling rival gang members on the streets of East Los Angeles, Joey Olivo fought for his barrio another way. Olivo's bouts were in the ring. At age 15, he put aside gang life and launched a successful career in professional boxing, becoming the only U.S. fighter ever to hold a world junior-flyweight title. In the neighborhood, he quickly rose to legendary status. On Thursday, the legend returned home.
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