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November 25, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
The Times' investigation of alleged expense-check kickbacks at Forum boxing shows also turned up something else about Forum boxing--a smoldering resentment in Southland gyms. Many say the Forum favors out-of-town or foreign fighters over local boxers. If you are good and you are from Los Angeles, some say, you are a longshot to fight at the Forum.
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November 25, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
The Times' investigation of alleged expense-check kickbacks at Forum boxing shows also turned up something else about Forum boxing--a smoldering resentment in Southland gyms. Many say the Forum favors out-of-town or foreign fighters over local boxers. If you are good and you are from Los Angeles, some say, you are a longshot to fight at the Forum.
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April 13, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
Before World War II, there lived in Los Angeles a promising amateur featherweight named Johnny Flores. Couldn't miss, folks said. He had already won some amateur tournaments when war came. Flores wound up as an Army infantryman, landing at Salerno, Italy. Early one morning in 1944, Flores and five comrades sought refuge from German artillery fire in a small, abandoned farmhouse. But as the Germans began targeting the house, the six soldiers prepared to flee.
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October 26, 1988 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
It was a rough night at the Reseda Country Club. One bout was lost when a fighter couldn't make the weight. Another when a fighter failed to show. A third when one of the participants took off for work, unaware he was supposed to be fighting. Comedy of errors? Perhaps Mike Zena made the biggest error of all by being guilty of none of the above.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 1997 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eric Anders, co-owner of Wood Ranch BBQ restaurants in Moorpark and Agoura Hills, isn't afraid to express his confidence about a soon-to-open addition to his dinner-house family. "I believe overnight we'll become probably the nicest, most competitive restaurant in the city," Anders said of the future establishment in Camarillo. "Our business philosophy is simple. We try to absolutely wow our guests, employees, shareholders and managers."
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March 17, 1992 | EARL GUSTKEY
GooseVision can't be far away for the Goossens now. When Ten Goose Boxing chief Dan Goossen pondered a deal in which he would become a partner with New York pay-per-view syndicator Lou Falcigno on a Ray Mancini-Greg Haugen fight, there were sleepless nights. There would be no major corporations backing this deal, no Time-Warners or Showtimes to leanon. "We looked at the downside and the upside, and we liked the odds," said Goossen, who plans to call the pay-per-view service "GooseVision."
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December 6, 1990 | GARY KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Section 3-A Division does not always boast the best boys' basketball teams in Southern California, but it probably can lay claim to having the most competitive ones this season. The City 3-A is the only division that is not expanding its playoff format to include every team. Both the Southern Section 3-A and 4-A playoffs will include the top three qualifiers from each league and any other team from those divisions that petitions to participate.
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May 16, 1993 | TODD TRAUB, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A pair of surprising teen-agers from Los Angeles continued to surprise the field at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions here Friday night. Salvador Jasso, 17, a sophomore at Roosevelt High, and Carlos Navarro, 16, won their semifinal bouts and advanced to the finals in the first national appearance for both fighters. In the 132-pound division, Jasso took a decision from Anthony Christodoulou of Syracuse, N.Y., ranked No. 3 by USA Boxing, and Navarro outpointed Washington, D.C.'
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July 28, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
Once, they were a team. They shared gym time, fighting time, happy time . . . and then there were unhappy times. In the 1950s, Johnny Flores ran a little gym in Pacoima, where he taught kids how to box. Guys like Flores dreamed of the day when a future champion would walk through the door and ask: "Mister, could you teach me how to box?" Jerry Quarry was never a champion, but he came close.
NEWS
February 8, 1990 | MARY ANN SWISSLER, Swissler is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer.
High school freshman Scarlet Garcia says she wants to be a screenwriter. Monica Esparza wants to someday join the district attorney's office as a prosecutor. Nancy Martin Del Campo, Leilani Morales and Edward Brizo think computers look good. These youths are among a group of 62 students at Abraham Lincoln High School who are on a fast track toward college.
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November 22, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A cash kickback operation involving boxing expense checks and an assistant matchmaker has been operating at the Forum for several years, according to several boxing trainers and managers. A monthlong Times investigation has found at least 10 managers or trainers who have said they were coerced into kicking back Forum expense money to the Forum's assistant matchmaker, Merlin Petit. The expense checks, made out to managers or trainers, are intended to cover boxers' travel expenses.
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