December 3, 1995 |
Nearly seven months after the title fight in which his punches caused the death of Jimmy Garcia, Gabriel Ruelas faced Garcia in the ring once again Friday night. Saturday morning, Ruelas offered a possible explanation for the vision he saw of Garcia while Ruelas was losing his World Boxing Council super-featherweight title to Azumah Nelson on a fifth-round knockout.
November 30, 1995 |
In the summer of 1947, when Sugar Ray Robinson fought Cleveland's Jimmy Doyle, he beat him so badly Doyle collapsed and died. Some days later, at the hearing into the death, the district attorney turned to Ray and asked accusingly, "Couldn't you see he was hurt?" Sugar Ray looked at him resentfully. "Sir," he told him, "it's my business to hurt people." It was, unfortunately, too true. The business of boxing is hurting.
November 30, 1995 |
No, Gabriel Ruelas kept telling himself, it was all wrong. Jimmy Garcia wasn't supposed to die. He, Ruelas, was the one who was supposed to die young. That's the way it had always been in the dreams. Night after night they would come to him in his restless sleep. The circumstances were different, but the result was always the same. Gabe Ruelas dead before his time. Although he has been a boxer since age 12, he never died in the ring in the dreams. Often it would be in a car accident.
July 29, 1995 |
They are linked by their last name and their profession but nothing more, said Oxnard boxer Robert Garcia of the late Jimmy Garcia, a Colombian junior lightweight who died after suffering head injuries in a May 6 loss to Gabe Ruelas of Sylmar. Robert Garcia sat at ringside and watched as Ruelas hammered Jimmy Garcia for nearly 11 rounds before the fight was stopped. Garcia, 23, collapsed after leaving the ring, immediately underwent surgery and lay in a coma for 13 days before succumbing.
June 13, 1995 |
Boxer Jimmy Garcia could have survived his fight with Gabriel Ruelas if doctors had a way to tell earlier that he was bleeding in the brain, his neurosurgeon said. Because doctors didn't know of the bleeding, the fight continued to the point where there was a massive shift in Garcia's brain, Al Capanna said. "If we would have known that 20 minutes earlier we could have operated and maybe there would have been no damage," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1995
Jimmy Garcia died of a brain injury this month, 13 days after his title fight with super-featherweight champion Gabriel Ruelas of Sylmar. Because the Colombian was the fourth boxer to die of head injuries in the last 14 months, there has been a renewed chorus of demands that boxing be banned. We have a different perspective: Maybe this lopsided fight should never have taken place.