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.
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.
August 26, 1991 |
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.
April 25, 1990 |
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.
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.
June 22, 1989 |
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.