May 26, 1989
Frankie Duarte, 34-year-old Venice bantamweight, has ended an eight-month retirement from boxing and signed to meet Jorge Ortega of Los Angeles (9-9-1, nine knockouts) on June 22 at the Hollywood Palladium in a 10-round main event. Duarte (44-7-1, 33 knockouts) is under new management, having switched from Dan Goossen of the Ten Goose Boxing Club of Van Nuys to local veteran boxing figure Benny Georgino. Duarte fought only twice in 1988.
September 28, 1988 |
Frankie Duarte, his face reddened by the fists of Miguel Juarez, was awarded a unanimous, 10-round decision Tuesday night in a bantamweight bout at the Country Club in Reseda. Duarte (44-7-1), of Venice, won by a single point on one scorecard and by three points on the other two. Duarte, 120, scored the only knockdown of the bout, decking Juarez, 120, with a left hook in the eighth round. But Juarez, of Los Angeles, had built an early lead in the fight, pounding Duarte for the first five rounds.
September 26, 1985 |
The fight mob calls them club fighters. They're good but not very. They're usually long on bravery and short on skill. Not for them the bright lights and hundred-dollar seats of the Garden, the outdoor ballparks, the instant stadiums of Vegas. They make their livings in the creaky arenas in the old neighborhoods, or sometimes in fancier places where the customers eat steak and drink beer. Their fights are mini-wars. They bleed like bad bulls but they never throw in a bad fight.
September 20, 1985 |
Bill Belcher, 43, an assistant football coach at Agoura High, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday evening at Westlake Community Hospital. He was stricken while tutoring a student in math. "I don't think it's something you overcome," Agoura Coach Frank Greminger said. "It's something you just have to accept. We'll just have to go along with what he would have expected from the team. We're certainly saddened. "It didn't make a difference if it was the classroom or the field.