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May 5, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching Joe Goossen unpack, you imagine this is what Engelbert Humperdinck's suitcase should look like, not one belonging to the trainer for Rafael Ruelas, International Boxing Federation lightweight champion. Out come the water pick and the tanning lotions, the hair creams, oils and gels. Out come the pressed European suits and stack of new pants, each ceremoniously stripped of their labels. Out come his special striped pajamas, purchased in Hong Kong.
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March 31, 2004 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
In 1978, trainer Joe Goossen was in the corner of his first fighter, Randy Shields, as Shields faced Sugar Ray Leonard. A quarter-century later, Goossen finally has his own Sugar. An agreement was reached Tuesday for Goossen to become the trainer of Sugar Shane Mosley, a former champion in three weight divisions. "It's the dream of every trainer out there," Goossen said. "We all watch the big fights and say to ourselves, 'Boy, what we could do with this guy, or that guy.'
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September 22, 1990 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nineteen years ago, a tough kid from Grant High, a senior on the football team who in his 18 years had not found many other kids that he could not beat up, went looking for a fight. His quest took him all the way to North Hollywood High, where he roamed the campus and the halls for three days. Finally, Joe Goossen found his man. Well, his kid. He found Randy Shields, a 15-year-old sophomore who weighed 115 pounds. Goossen had heard the kid was tough. He wanted to see just how tough.
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March 6, 2004 | STEVE SPRINGER
It was a scene that left boxing fans with a bad taste, yet hungering for more. Fighting on the undercard of the James Toney-Evander Holyfield heavyweight match at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center last October, junior-lightweights Joel Casamayor and Diego Corrales waged a fierce battle. After six rounds, Corrales had been knocked down twice, Casamayor once.
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May 6, 1988 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Gabriel Ruelas was just a 12-year-old selling candy door to door when he first saw the gym. It didn't look like a gym. Not from the outside. It looked instead like any of the other homes on the residential North Hollywood cul-de-sac where Ruelas was making his spiel and pushing his chocolates. It was only upon looking through the sliding glass door that Ruelas saw this house was like no other.
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May 13, 1995 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Nunn, who began his professional boxing career by training at a makeshift gym set on an otherwise vacant lot on a North Hollywood cul-de-sac, could soon be training under his original mentor at the new Ten Goose Boxing Club. Nunn, who split with Ten Goose in March, 1990, after a six-year association, has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Inc. and is expected to be reunited with trainer Joe Goossen.
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May 17, 1986 | STEVE SPRINGER
His trainer, Joe Goossen, told him. As respected a boxer as Sugar Ray Leonard told him. But still, middleweight Michael Nunn could not seem to change his style enough to get more leverage, and thus more power, behind his punches. He just couldn't shift his body and his hips into the lefts and rights he threw at opponents. As a result, he was connecting with his knuckles rather than the meaty part of his fist. Some of his punches would better be described as slaps.
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October 16, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stablemates under trainer Joe Goossen will enter the ring in separate bouts Thursday night at the Olympic Auditorium. Carlos Martinez, a former resident of Oxnard now living in Van Nuys and a member of the Mexican Olympic team in Atlanta, will make his professional debut against Marcial Canas (1-1-1) in a four-round super-welterweight bout. Bantamweight Arnulfo Bravo (2-0) of San Pedro, who trains with Martinez at Goossen's Van Nuys gym, will fight Joe Ramirez.
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April 9, 1994 | KENNEDY COSGROVE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Longtime Valley boxing promoter Dan Goossen now works from a small office in the posh home of Bob Arum, one of the most influential figures in the sport. Goossen's daily commute ends when he drives through a chrome and steel gate at the base of Arum's steep driveway and parks near the twin black Jaguars in the carport. He approaches the front door by way of stepping stones set in the middle of a man-made pond, while Japanese carp swim languidly by his feet.
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November 13, 1992 | LARRY STEWART
Pay-per-view boxing was on the ropes after the Evander Holyfield-Larry Holmes fight in June. TVKO took a $3-million hit on that one, raising the 14-month-old company's losses to nearly $10 million. TVKO was launched in April of 1991 with the Holyfield-George Foreman fight, and things went downhill after that. In the fallout, TVKO scrapped its monthly shows. But it refused to take a 10-count.
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March 17, 2001 | STEVE SPRINGER
David Tua calls him Moses. The Ruelas brothers called him their surrogate father. Over the years, however, not enough big-name fighters have called on trainer Joe Goossen. As knowledgeable and personable and effective as he has been, Goossen has been unable to slip the verbal jabs of those who dismissed him as the kid from the Valley, the kid who never had fought in the ring, the kid who worked in dingy little gyms, the kid who depended on his brother, promoter Dan Goossen, to get him work.
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August 15, 1999 | STEVE SPRINGER
Those who were hoping and praying that the fighting Ruelas brothers would return to retirement are not going to want to read this: There will be no retirement. Not now. And not for the foreseeable future. Yes, 29-year-old Gabriel Ruelas, a former World Boxing Council super-featherweight champion, went the distance Aug. 7 and beat Jose Rodriguez, a fighter who has four losses and two draws in his 17 fights, an opponent Gabriel would have quickly battered into submission in his prime.
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July 4, 1998 | VINCE KOWALICK
Joe Goossen's gym in Van Nuys may be small, but it is big enough for Gabriel Ruelas and Azumah Nelson. After two intense title fights, the gloves are off and hands extended between the onetime lightweight rivals, who suddenly are stablemates under Goossen in the twilight of their careers.
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February 27, 1998 | VINCE KOWALICK
Effi Schneider's mettle was tested long before he turned to prizefighting. Schneider, 27, a native of Tel Aviv, served three years in the Israeli army, his tour of duty placing him squarely in harm's way during the 1991 Gulf War. Schneider recalls vividly the image of Scud missiles launched by Iraq streaking across the Tel Aviv sky. "I was right there where they were bombing," Schneider recalled. "I saw them coming. I could feel them a couple of times. People were scared in Israel."
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October 16, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stablemates under trainer Joe Goossen will enter the ring in separate bouts Thursday night at the Olympic Auditorium. Carlos Martinez, a former resident of Oxnard now living in Van Nuys and a member of the Mexican Olympic team in Atlanta, will make his professional debut against Marcial Canas (1-1-1) in a four-round super-welterweight bout. Bantamweight Arnulfo Bravo (2-0) of San Pedro, who trains with Martinez at Goossen's Van Nuys gym, will fight Joe Ramirez.
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May 13, 1995 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Nunn, who began his professional boxing career by training at a makeshift gym set on an otherwise vacant lot on a North Hollywood cul-de-sac, could soon be training under his original mentor at the new Ten Goose Boxing Club. Nunn, who split with Ten Goose in March, 1990, after a six-year association, has signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Inc. and is expected to be reunited with trainer Joe Goossen.
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May 26, 1991 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Contrary to previous reports, the two world championship fights to be held June 1 on a tennis court in Palm Springs will not mark the first time promoter Dan Goossen has staged an outdoor boxing event. It will, however, be the first time he's done it without having to personally sweep leaves from the ring. And this time, Goossen will not have to use discarded garden hoses to keep the fighters from tumbling from the ring. This time, he gets to use real rope to encircle the ring.
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July 10, 1986 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Let's play a word game. If you see the words boxing trainer , what do you think of? An overweight, cigar-chomping, middle-aged man with food stains on his shirt, tobacco stains on his teeth and the ability to talk out of the side of his mouth in an unintelligible manner, right? Kind of like Burgess Meredith in the Rocky movies. Take a look at Joe Goossen and then think again. He is none of the above.
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May 5, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Watching Joe Goossen unpack, you imagine this is what Engelbert Humperdinck's suitcase should look like, not one belonging to the trainer for Rafael Ruelas, International Boxing Federation lightweight champion. Out come the water pick and the tanning lotions, the hair creams, oils and gels. Out come the pressed European suits and stack of new pants, each ceremoniously stripped of their labels. Out come his special striped pajamas, purchased in Hong Kong.
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April 19, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Gabriel Ruelas, it was just another day of selling candy door to door, just another San Fernando Valley street on which to ply his trade. Little did he dream that when he knocked on the door of the house at the end of the North Hollywood cul-de-sac his life would change forever. Although 12-year-old Ruelas knew this was the headquarters of the Ten Goose Boxing Club--his brother, Juan, had trained there once for a month--the house held a special fascination.
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