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April 28, 1995 | JIM MURRAY
There's an axiom in the fight game, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." To which, some comedian once rejoined, "No, no! The bigger they are, the harder they hit !" Jorge Luis Gonzalez is a case in point. If he wins the heavyweight championship of the world, not a longshot, by any means, he will be the biggest, at least the tallest, heavyweight champion in history. Primo Carnera, otherwise known as "the Ambling Alp," was 6 feet 5. Jess Willard, "the Pottawatomie Giant," was 6-6.
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April 28, 1995 | JIM MURRAY
There's an axiom in the fight game, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." To which, some comedian once rejoined, "No, no! The bigger they are, the harder they hit !" Jorge Luis Gonzalez is a case in point. If he wins the heavyweight championship of the world, not a longshot, by any means, he will be the biggest, at least the tallest, heavyweight champion in history. Primo Carnera, otherwise known as "the Ambling Alp," was 6 feet 5. Jess Willard, "the Pottawatomie Giant," was 6-6.
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June 17, 1995 | From Associated Press
Riddick Bowe talks the talk, but he has to beat Jorge Luis Gonzalez tonight in the MGM Grand Garden to show that he can walk the walk fast enough to run in the Mike Tyson sweepstakes. "Most people know I'm the best heavyweight out there," said Bowe, but those who disagree are legion since he lost the World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation titles to Evander Holyfield on Nov. 6, 1993. Since then, the Bowe and Buster Mathis Jr.
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April 17, 2003 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
To hear Jose Navarro tell it, he has been "busy but patient." A world title shot is a ways off for the super flyweight but he is picking up fringe championships along the way. And he'll defend his International Boxing Assn. Continental Americas belt tonight against Jorge Luis Gonzalez in the 12-round main event of an HBO Latino card at the Olympic Auditorium.
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June 18, 1995 | From Associated Press
Riddick Bowe, coolly efficient instead of boiling mad, bolstered his claim of being the best heavyweight in the world with a devastating performance against Jorge Luis Gonzalez on Saturday night. Avenging an amateur loss to Gonzalez in 1987, Bowe battered the 6-foot-7 Cuban for five rounds and then knocked him out with a right to the head at 1:50 of the sixth round to retain his World Boxing Organization championship at the MGM Grand Garden. "I'm sorry for him," Bowe said. "I'm not mad anymore."
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November 7, 1993 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Thomas Hearns may talk like a 35-year-old and walk like a 35-year-old, but for one, skull-jarring round Saturday night, he revisited the knockout glory of his prime in the night's main undercard bout. Emerging from a 1 1/2-year layoff and surgery on his right hand, Hearns lashed Andrew Maynard with hard right hands before a looping right to the side of his head put Maynard down for the 10-count. The knockout came at 2:34 of the first round.
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April 18, 2003 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Just because it's uncharted territory doesn't mean it's terrain too tough to navigate. Fighting 12 rounds for the first time in his career, Jose Navarro successfully defended his International Boxing Assn. Continental Americas super-flyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Jorge Luis Gonzalez before 4,056 at the Olympic Auditorium on Thursday night. All three judges scored the bout, 118-110, as did The Times.
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June 16, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
In Japan, the Dodgers' Hideo Nomo is a hero. Nomo's every appearance has become a matter of national concern, and the results of each game he pitches a fixture on the evening news. One major paper, the Nikkan Sports, dedicated its whole front page to Nomo and gushed, "Nomo On His Way To All-Star Game." * Add Nomo: A commentary in the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's nationally circulated newspapers, showed concern for the young pitcher.
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May 11, 1996 | From Associated Press
First Lennox Lewis took punches from Ray Mercer then he was booed by the fans at Madison Square Garden, after the former WBC heavyweight champion stumbled to a majority decision over Mercer on Friday night. In the second of three 10-round bouts, Lewis, 30, of Britain, couldn't rid himself of the 35-year-old Mercer, and showed poorly in what was touted as a tuneup for a proposed fight with Mike Tyson.
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April 27, 1995 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A twisted ankle knocked Pete Sampras out of the Monte Carlo Open on Wednesday and dimmed his chances of being in top clay-court form for next month's French Open. "My foot just got stuck to the court," said Sampras, thwarted at least temporarily in his bid to regain the No. 1 ranking from Andre Agassi. He is expected to be sidelined at least two weeks.
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August 16, 1998 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The boxing career of Rafael Ruelas, which included the International Boxing Federation lightweight title, may well have come to an end at the El Paso County Coliseum on Saturday night. No one who saw him get beaten and battered by Kostya Tszyu, who scored a ninth-round technical knockout, could make a case for the 27-year-old San Fernando Valley-based fighter continuing his ring career.
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