October 22, 1998 |
Orlando Canizales, longest-reigning bantamweight champion in history and among boxing's best pound-for-pound punchers, will fight for the first time in Southern California tonight at the Reseda Country Club. Canizales, 48-3-1 with 35 knockouts, will fight journeyman Tomas Valdez in a 10-round featherweight bout. Canizales, 32, won the bantamweight title in 1988 and made a record 16 successful defenses before relinquishing the belt in 1995 to move up in weight.
September 25, 1998
Orlando Canizales, former world bantamweight champion, and former NFL running back turned heavyweight boxer Alonzo Highsmith will headline an intriguing boxing program Oct. 22 at the Reseda Country Club. Highsmith, who played at the University of Miami and for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers, is 27-0 with 23 knockouts. He will fight Carl Chancellor of Odessa, Texas, who is 7 feet 2 and 425 pounds.
June 11, 1990 |
It took Paul Gonzales six years to get a shot at a world title after he was voted the outstanding fighter of the 1984 Olympic Games. It wasn't worth the wait. Gonzales' bid for the International Boxing Federation bantamweight championship ended unsuccessfully at 30 seconds of the second round Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum. However, it wasn't until 15 minutes later that the ring announcer finally declared champion Orlando Canizales the winner. Referee Barry Yeats had been advised by Dr.
September 23, 1991 |
Bantamweight boxer Fernie Morales underwent emergency surgery for removal of a blood clot on his brain Saturday night after he collapsed in an Indio parking lot following his loss in a championship fight. Morales, from El Paso, Tex., was listed in critical condition at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon, according to Ali Tahmouresie, who performed the operation.
September 22, 1991 |
Orlando Canizales extended his bantamweight championship reign to 38 months Saturday by beating Fernie Morales at Indio's Desert ExpoCentre. Canizales, from Laredo, Tex., was defending his International Boxing Federation title for the eighth time, and in the middle rounds Saturday it appeared he might lose it.
October 23, 1998 |
Orlando Canizales needed no introduction Thursday night at the Reseda Country Club. Alonzo Highsmith needed a football helmet. Canizales, the longest-reigning bantamweight champion in history and among the sport's finest technicians, rewarded a partisan crowd in his first Southern California appearance by scoring a third-round knockout against overmatched Tomas Valdez in a lightweight bout before about 750.