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February 7, 1990 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Martial arts film star Chuck Norris said this week he will help pay for the funeral of a Sylmar teen-ager--the son of international kick-boxing champions--who was killed Saturday in a gang-related drive-by shooting. Sonny Rodriguez, 16, was fatally shot in the chest while riding with friends in a car in the 12900 block of Borden Avenue in Sylmar.
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NEWS
September 17, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
The guys down at the Jet Center gym in Van Nuys won't admit that their beloved sport of kick-boxing has gone Hollywood. But they don't deny that recent events have brought some glitz to the ancient Thai fighting style that had previously been thought of in terms of blood, sweat and toenails.
NEWS
September 14, 1989 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
The guys down at the Jet Center gym in Van Nuys won't admit that their beloved sport of kick-boxing has gone Hollywood. But they don't deny that recent events have brought some glitz to the ancient Thai fighting style that had previously been thought of in terms of blood, sweat and toenails.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1989 | CHRIS WILLMAN
In lieu of John Cusack mastering the art of kickboxing over in England in "Say Anything II," which may not be forthcoming for a while, alas, fans of the brutal sport have to make do for now with Jean-Claude Van Damme kicking some nasty Thailand booty in the egregiously dull "Kickboxer" (citywide, MPAA-rated R). This may not be the dumbest action picture of the year, but it's not for lack of trying.
SPORTS
July 4, 1989 | STEVE KRESAL, Times Staff Writer
Don Wilson was very patient and Mariano Liano was not, but the results were the same Monday night as professional kickboxing came to Costa Mesa for the first time. Wilson, the World Kickboxing Assn. light-heavyweight champion, stopped Mike Winkeljohn with an overpowering left hook late in the 10th and final round of the non-title main event at the Red Lion Inn in front of about 800.
SPORTS
June 30, 1989
World champion Don Wilson will face Mike Winkejohn in a 10-round, 180-pound division kickboxing match at 7 p.m. Monday at the Red Lion Hotel in Costa Mesa. A 12-round match between bantamweight champion Lawrence Miera and Kirk Stengle will be featured to decide the junior featherweight champion. Ray Rodriguez will fight Phillip Medina in a five-round match to decide the World Karate Assn. California light-heavyweight championship. Tom Jones will meet Jim Mitchell in a five-round match for the WKA California super-welterweight championship and Dao Le will face John Rimbert for the WKA super-lightweight championship.
SPORTS
May 11, 1989
Seven national championships in savate--French kick-boxing--will be decided tonight when the European martial art makes its competitive West Coast debut at The Strand, 1700 Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. There will be 10 bouts beginning at 7:30. Seven will be for U.S. titles in internationally recognized amateur weight classes. The bouts have the sanction of the California Athletic Commission and will be officiated by a French Federation referee under European rules. Among contestants is Trent Suzuki, a trainer and physical therapist in the Los Angeles area.
SPORTS
February 24, 1989 | RICH TOSCHES, Times Staff Writer
The long-awaited fight between ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard and kickboxer Benny (The Jet) Urquidez is finally, undeniably, definitely . . . pretty unlikely. A lavish press conference conducted by Urquidez's manager and the owner of a local public-relations firm was held in Van Nuys on Thursday to announce the upcoming match. Urquidez was there, too, explaining how he was going to land so many kicks to the head that Leonard's ears were going to look like Leonard Nimoy's ears.
SPORTS
November 17, 1985 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Benny (the Jet) Urquidez won his fourth kick-boxing title Saturday night. And he may have done so with a broken left hand. Urquidez won a unanimous 12-round decision over Tom La Roche at North Campus Hall on the Cal State Northridge campus before an estimated crowd of 3,000. Urquidez believed he injured the hand on a punch thrown in the fifth round. Medical tests to be taken later Saturday night were required before the extent of the injury could be determined.
SPORTS
August 17, 1985 | STEVE HENSON, Times Staff Writer
In a nation saturated with sports, how does a newcomer like full-contact karate kick its way into the public eye? Howard Hanson, president of the World Karate Assn., believes that kick boxing could gain widespread popularity in this country if a few major sponsors would commit to the sport. "We're not used to playing the Don King/Bob Arum game," Hanson said, referring to two of the top promoters in professional boxing.
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