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.
September 27, 1990 |
The Oct. 8 Forum rematch between Paul Banke, the World Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion, and Daniel Zaragoza was postponed indefinitely Wednesday after Zaragoza's physicians advised him not to fight, a Forum spokesman said. Zaragoza was examined in Mexico City after complaining of severe headaches and an earache. The bout was to have been the third meeting between the two.
June 17, 1992 |
Rudy Zavala, unbeaten super-bantamweight from Costa Mesa, will fight former champion Pedro Decima of Argentina Friday on the undercard of the Evander Holyfield-Larry Holmes heavyweight title fight at Caesars Palace. Zavala (16-0-1) replaces 1988 Olympic gold medalist Kennedy McKinney, who was pulled off the card Monday after skipping three recent training sessions. McKinney, according to matchmaker Bruce Trampler, skipped one workout last week, then missed workouts Saturday and Monday.
October 27, 1991 |
Former World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Paul Banke of San Bernardino won a unanimous 10-round decision over Antonio Ramirez of Mexico on Saturday night. Banke, who weighed 123 pounds, was fighting for the first time since losing his title to Pedro Decima of Argentina on Nov. 5, 1990 at the Forum. Ramirez was a last-minute replacement for Julio Barboa, who withdrew from the fight Friday to take a bout against Elio Dominguez in Las Vegas on Friday night.
December 10, 1991 |
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.
November 3, 1990 |
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.