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August 7, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine o'clock on a recent Saturday morning. The half-dozen boxers and trainers standing or seated on the sidewalk outside the Azusa Youth Boxing Club are scowling. Big problem here: No one can find the key that opens the half-pound padlock on the door. Drivers are rolling through nearby neighborhoods, ringing doorbells of Azusa boxing people, trying to find the guy with the key. Of those waiting outside the little gym, heavyweight Joe Falzone is wearing the meanest scowl.
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August 7, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nine o'clock on a recent Saturday morning. The half-dozen boxers and trainers standing or seated on the sidewalk outside the Azusa Youth Boxing Club are scowling. Big problem here: No one can find the key that opens the half-pound padlock on the door. Drivers are rolling through nearby neighborhoods, ringing doorbells of Azusa boxing people, trying to find the guy with the key. Of those waiting outside the little gym, heavyweight Joe Falzone is wearing the meanest scowl.
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June 6, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
Late on the night of Nov. 6, 1992, boxer Johnny Chavez left the Forum with his girlfriend, Michelle Wilhelm, and his sister, Donna Valenzuela. Chavez didn't know it then, but he had become an ex-boxer. He was walking away from the last bout of his promising boxing career, an eight-round decision over Gabriel Castro. "I knew something was wrong with my eyes because they felt like they had Vaseline or something in them," he said recently.
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June 6, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
Late on the night of Nov. 6, 1992, boxer Johnny Chavez left the Forum with his girlfriend, Michelle Wilhelm, and his sister, Donna Valenzuela. Chavez didn't know it then, but he had become an ex-boxer. He was walking away from the last bout of his promising boxing career, an eight-round decision over Gabriel Castro. "I knew something was wrong with my eyes because they felt like they had Vaseline or something in them," he said recently.
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December 27, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Chavez weathered his first knockout at age 6. He was zooming around on his Big Wheel in front of his family's Azusa home when he lost control of the tricycle and slammed, head first, into a parked car. "I was thrown flat on my back," the 25-year-old professional boxer recalled. "That was the first time I ever had the wind knocked out of me. My dad took me inside. I was crying. I kept asking him, 'Am I going to die?' "My brother Dean just stood there watching--laughing at me.
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July 6, 1989 | PAUL OLSON, Special to the Times
After being unable to stage fights the past two months because of scheduling problems, LBA Associates has announced a tentative card of five professional bouts starting 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ventura Theatre. Paul Konapelsky, president of LBA, said that he hopes the scheduling difficulties are behind him and he is optimistic about the future of boxing in Ventura.
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June 15, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Picture this: Michael Jordan drives through the lane in the NBA playoffs and takes a vicious, though unintentional, blow to the head from Charles Barkley's elbow. Jordan is knocked to the floor. Teammates and trainers gather around him. Jordan rises to his feet, walks slowly off the court . . . and finds he has clouded vision. He is taken to the locker room and then to a hospital, where doctors discover he has suffered retinal injuries to both eyes.
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November 21, 2003 | William Overend and Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writers
A British tabloid dubbed it "The Day of the Jacko," while a journalism expert proclaimed it the ultimate celebrity news story -- a perfect tale of sex, pop music and plastic surgery. As music star Michael Jackson surrendered to authorities on suspicion of child molestation Thursday, and then bailed out of custody, an international swarm of news gatherers did what they do best in such circumstances: tagged along for the ride.
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June 26, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
He stresses that no deal has been cut, but Las Vegas promoter Bob Arum says that he has his eye on Los Angeles' fabled Olympic Auditorium. Arum, who is Oscar De La Hoya's promoter, would like to turn the Olympic--undergoing restoration--into not only a showcase theater for De La Hoya, but all of his other boxers as well. Arum and his Beverly Hills father-in-law, retired businessman Morrie Hazan, are talking with the building's owner, Jack Needleman, about a possible lease.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Robert Abele
The SoCal indie "Bro" sends its college-age protagonist, Johnny (Will Chavez), tumbling into seductive illegality with the efficiency of those Direct TV commercials that paint exaggerated worst-case scenarios for cable customers. In this case, it'd be, "When you ask out the cute girl at the gym, you go to her tattooed brother's motocross practice. When you go to motocross practice, you party with gang members who ply you with easy women and drugs. When you cavort with easy women and take drugs …" and before you can blink, Johnny is a straight-up hoodlum.
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December 27, 1992 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Chavez weathered his first knockout at age 6. He was zooming around on his Big Wheel in front of his family's Azusa home when he lost control of the tricycle and slammed, head first, into a parked car. "I was thrown flat on my back," the 25-year-old professional boxer recalled. "That was the first time I ever had the wind knocked out of me. My dad took me inside. I was crying. I kept asking him, 'Am I going to die?' "My brother Dean just stood there watching--laughing at me.
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June 12, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
Victor Valenzuela, the manager of junior-welterweight champion Zack Padilla, spoke volumes about the state of boxing in a couple of sentences Friday. Padilla was going nowhere six months ago. The 30-year-old from Azusa had quit boxing for four years, then started a comeback a year ago. Now, since April, he has won two fights in a row, each time as a 3-1 underdog. Padilla is short on style and hitting power, but long on courage.
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