CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1991 |
A black college student who said he and some friends were roughed up and insulted by Foothill Division police officers has been subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury investigating the beating of motorist Rodney G. King. John Bray, 22, of Lake View Terrace, said district attorney's investigators interviewed him at his home Wednesday evening. "They (the investigators) said it was on the King incident," said Bray's sister-in-law, Alberta Bray, 34, who was also interviewed.
June 14, 1989
Heavyweight Viktor Akshonov of the Soviet Union won a unanimous 3-0 decision over John Bray of Van Nuys on Tuesday, helping the U.S.S.R. to a 5-5 tie with the United States in the USA-USSR Amateur Boxing Dual in Orlando, Fla. Akshonov, 199 pounds, was able to cut off the ring and peppered Bray, 201, with left jabs and hooks. There were no knockdowns in the three-round bout, but an Akshonov left jab snapped Bray's head back and a standing eight count was ordered with 12 seconds left in the final round.
September 23, 1989 |
John Bray still has a world to conquer. The Van Nuys resident is the top-ranked U.S. amateur heavyweight boxer but has yet to prove himself against Eastern European fighters, who along with the Cubans have traditionally dominated international amateur boxing. East Germany's Axel Schulz decisioned Bray on Friday night, 20-5, in a first-round bout in the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow.
January 29, 1992 |
Growing up in a tough Van Nuys neighborhood amid ethnic friction, John Bray learned to recognize racism when he saw it. Today, Bray is the national amateur heavyweight boxing champion and the favorite to represent the United States in that division at the Barcelona Olympics later this year. And he says he sees racism again. On the U.S. boxing team. "It isn't even a subtle thing," Bray said. "It's right there for anyone to see.
April 8, 1995
John Bray, the former national amateur heavyweight champion from Van Nuys, has been taken off Wednesday's boxing card at the Warner Center Marriott. John Hernandez, Bray's trainer, said Friday the 1991 U.S. champion will spend the next month training in Big Bear and serving as sparring partner for heavyweight contender Lennox Lewis.
June 10, 1990 |
On Friday night, heavyweight John Bray was knocked down by 23-year-old James Johnson and had to rally for the victory that gave him a berth on the U.S. boxing team in the Goodwill Games. And on Saturday, Bray, 19, of Van Nuys, was pounded once again. This time the attack was launched by a short man in his early 70s with a foul-smelling cigar clenched between his teeth. The man is Pat Nappi, the United States' amateur boxing coach since 1979 and a three-time U.S. Olympic coach.