July 27, 1992 |
The U.S. boxing team put together an Olympic Games winning streak of two Sunday, with Eric Griffin and Pepe Reilly winning handily in the tournament's first session. On a day when a crowd of about 1,500 in the Joventut Pavilion included African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and pro heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, the U.S. team improved markedly on the first-day performance of the 1988 team.
June 28, 1992 |
Little Ceci De La Hoya didn't quite understand. Her big brother, Oscar, had made the U.S. Olympic boxing team, but the big, boisterous De La Hoya contingent of family and friends was shouting and cheering so loudly, she apparently figured something bad had happened. So Ceci, 9, burst into tears as she saw her brother seated at a table, speaking into a microphone to reporters. It must have seemed to her as if he was facing some sort of inquisition.
June 11, 1992 |
Oscar de la Hoya of East Los Angeles cruised to a routine opening-night victory, and Pepe Reilly of Glendale barely advanced with a 3-2 decision on the opening night of the U.S. Olympic team boxing trials Wednesday night. De la Hoya, the 1991 lightweight national champion and rated No. 2 in the world, is a solid favorite in the trials. He beat an overmatched Houston boxer, Lewis Wood, with a 5-0 verdict.
May 5, 1991 |
Outside Resurrection Gym, in a fierce East Los Angeles neighborhood, a young man named Pepe emerges from a car. Pepe is looking for a fight. But this kid carries no gang affiliation. Not a single tattoo mars his body. No red or blue or green bandanna is knotted around his head. The young man is Pepe Reilly, and the only fight he is looking for is inside the gym, inside the boxing ring and within the rules. His weapons will be a pair of heavily padded fists.
February 7, 1991 |
Pepe Reilly is proving, once again, that he can carry his weight in the boxing ring--even if that weight includes an extra 28 pounds. Reilly, 19, reached the USA/American Boxing Federation national amateur championships Feb. 24-March 3 at Colorado Springs, Colo., by winning twice in the 147-pound division last weekend at the regional finals at Azusa. Reilly, who lives in Glendale and attended Hoover High, reached the national finals in the 119-pound division last year.
February 14, 1990 |
For those who think all boxers derive their greatest pleasure from pummeling an opponent's face into an erupting hemoglobin volcano, meet Pepe Reilly, a lad who seems a mite sweet for the sweet science. Reilly's brown eyes are softer than a well-worn speed bag. His voice is softer still. He spends his spare time grooving to the reggae strains of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Art fascinates him; he would rather draw than draw blood.