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March 1, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Boxing took Paul Banke to more than a dozen foreign countries and, figuratively, to the top of the world. Life took him to hell and back. It's not been an easy ride. Banke is a former World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion who in 1995 became the first major U.S. boxer to publicly acknowledge that he had AIDS. Perhaps best known for his savage bouts with Daniel Zaragoza, he vowed to become a spokesman and a symbol, promised to venture into the community to speak about living with the disease in hopes of inspiring others.
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October 30, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
About halfway through Monday night's hilarious "Late Show with David Letterman," which was recorded without an audience due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy, Letterman cut to an image of the battered construction crane dangling over 57th Street. After a few erectile dysfunction jokes and Letterman asking whether the staff could “maybe send somebody over there” to help out, bandleader Paul Schaffer offered to do something heroic. “You want me to go over and just stand underneath it?
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September 26, 1995 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Banke, who used to grin when opponents landed their best punches, who still roars in approval when he watches a tape of one his savage struggles with Daniel Zaragoza, now worries when the wind blows. He lives a block from the ocean, though, and here the wind blows hard. At night, when he is in bed, awake, and frozen by fear, it seems it will never stop.
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March 1, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Boxing took Paul Banke to more than a dozen foreign countries and, figuratively, to the top of the world. Life took him to hell and back. It's not been an easy ride. Banke is a former World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion who in 1995 became the first major U.S. boxer to publicly acknowledge that he had AIDS. Perhaps best known for his savage bouts with Daniel Zaragoza, he vowed to become a spokesman and a symbol, promised to venture into the community to speak about living with the disease in hopes of inspiring others.
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April 12, 1989
The World Boxing Assn. super bantamweight title fight between champion Daniel Zaragoza and challenger Paul Banke, scheduled for April 25 at the Forum, has been postponed because of a damaged ear drum suffered by Zaragoza.
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November 5, 1990
Paul Banke will defend his World Boxing Council super-bantamweight championship for the second time tonight in a 12-round bout at the Forum against Pedro Decima of Argentina. In his only title defense, Banke (20-4) stopped Lee Ki-Jun Aug. 18 at Ichon, South Korea. In typical, come-from-behind Banke fashion, he was bleeding and down on points when he stopped Lee in the last round. Decima (25-2) is the No. 1-ranked WBC contender and the title fight will be his first.
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August 26, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
Kelcie Banks and Fidel Avendano meet tonight for the Forum's lightweight boxing tournament championship, with $65,000 going to the winner. Since 1983, the winners of four of the Forum's 20 boxing tournaments have moved on quickly to world championship bouts, and three have won world titles: Lindell Holmes (super-middleweight), J.B. Williamson (light-heavyweight) and Paul Banke (super-bantamweight). Banks, from Las Vegas, is 18-1-1 as a pro since his upset loss at the 1988 Olympics.
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April 25, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
Paul Banke of Quail Valley, the new World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion, must defend his title July 14 in Seoul, it was determined Tuesday. Banke (19-4) won the championship at the Forum Monday in dramatic fashion, stopping Daniel Zaragoza in the ninth round while behind on points. He inherited Zaragoza's mandatory WBC defense against top-ranked Lee Seung-hoon. Forum matchmaker Tony Curtis tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to get the Banke-Lee fight for the Forum.
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May 10, 1988
Lindell Holmes of Detroit registered his 33rd knockout in 42 bouts, flattening Stevie Darnell, also of Detroit, Monday in the second round at the Forum to retain his United States Boxing Assn. super-middleweight championship. After a slow first round, Holmes (36-5-1) knocked Darnell (25-2) down twice in the second. Holmes weighed 166 1/2, Darnell 168. In the Stroh's super-bantamweight tournament, Robert Shannon of Lynwood, Wash.
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June 22, 1989 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
A long-awaited boxer-slugger matchup shapes up at the Forum tonight when Paul Banke of Quail Valley challenges Mexico's Daniel Zaragoza. At stake is Zaragoza's World Boxing Council super-bantamweight championship. Banke, 25, one-time amateur standout from Azusa, is 16-3 and has eight knockouts. Zaragoza, 31, of Mexico City, is 36-4-1 with 18 knockouts. The bout was originally scheduled for last March, but Zaragoza suffered an eardrum injury during training. Another date was set, but the fight was postponed again when the ear injury was slow to heal.
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March 2, 1996 | STEVE SPRINGER
Magic Johnson is back in the headlines. Refusing to let his HIV-positive condition cramp his style any longer, Johnson is running up and down the court for the Lakers again. Heavyweight Tommy Morrison is also in the headlines. Having received a positive result on a test for HIV, which causes AIDS, just hours before a scheduled fight, Morrison has been telling his story to reporters from around the world. And Paul Banke?
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September 26, 1995 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Banke, who used to grin when opponents landed their best punches, who still roars in approval when he watches a tape of one his savage struggles with Daniel Zaragoza, now worries when the wind blows. He lives a block from the ocean, though, and here the wind blows hard. At night, when he is in bed, awake, and frozen by fear, it seems it will never stop.
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December 10, 1991 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are some things that Paul Banke does very well. Punch, for example. But there are other things that Banke does very poorly. Duck, for example. Monday night, against World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza at the Forum, Banke punched well, ducked hardly at all and lost a 12-round, unanimous decision. It was the third fight between Banke, of San Bernardino, and Zaragoza, of Mexico City. In 1989, Banke lost a split decision to Zaragoza.
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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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August 26, 1991 | EARL GUSTKEY
Kelcie Banks and Fidel Avendano meet tonight for the Forum's lightweight boxing tournament championship, with $65,000 going to the winner. Since 1983, the winners of four of the Forum's 20 boxing tournaments have moved on quickly to world championship bouts, and three have won world titles: Lindell Holmes (super-middleweight), J.B. Williamson (light-heavyweight) and Paul Banke (super-bantamweight). Banks, from Las Vegas, is 18-1-1 as a pro since his upset loss at the 1988 Olympics.
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November 6, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Argentina's Pedro Decima administered a four-round beating to Paul Banke and won the World Boxing Council super-bantamweight championship Monday night before 6,114 at the Forum. Decima hurt Banke in every minute of every round and knocked him down three times in the fourth round. Banke got up each time, but after the third knockdown, with 25 seconds left in the fourth, referee James Jen-Kin stopped the fight.
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September 14, 1988 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
Paul Banke, hoping to set himself up for a world title bout, won the Forum super-bantamweight tournament championship Tuesday night when opponent Carlos Romero unexpectedly stopped the fight himself 43 seconds into the 11th round. Banke, who won $75,000 for the bout and $100,000 total during the seven-month tournament, was looking good in the late rounds, especially the 10th.
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December 10, 1991 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are some things that Paul Banke does very well. Punch, for example. But there are other things that Banke does very poorly. Duck, for example. Monday night, against World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza at the Forum, Banke punched well, ducked hardly at all and lost a 12-round, unanimous decision. It was the third fight between Banke, of San Bernardino, and Zaragoza, of Mexico City. In 1989, Banke lost a split decision to Zaragoza.
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November 5, 1990
Paul Banke will defend his World Boxing Council super-bantamweight championship for the second time tonight in a 12-round bout at the Forum against Pedro Decima of Argentina. In his only title defense, Banke (20-4) stopped Lee Ki-Jun Aug. 18 at Ichon, South Korea. In typical, come-from-behind Banke fashion, he was bleeding and down on points when he stopped Lee in the last round. Decima (25-2) is the No. 1-ranked WBC contender and the title fight will be his first.
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November 3, 1990 | EARL GUSTKEY
Fans burdened by the unpleasantness of last week's one-punch fight for the heavyweight championship should get a lift Monday night at the Forum. The following are guaranteed to happen: --Paul Banke will show up fit and primed for battle. --If he goes down, he will get up. --Win or lose, fans will cheer his name when it's over. --Banke will be paid $60,000, not $19,075,000.
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