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Judging from appearances, Gary Folgner could be a comfortable denizen of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. At 49, he looks like an aging, mellowed, '60s throwback, outfitted in an ever-present Hawaiian shirt, a mixed-breed dog for his constant companion, a two-room apartment in a decaying, 1929-vintage motel in Dana Point for his address.
September 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
It's personal, it's business, it's boxing. Saturday night, the two most popular Mexican fighters will headline opposing cards in Las Vegas as rival promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy continue to duke it out. Top Rank's world middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1) will have his greatest test, meeting Argentina's former champion and 2010 fighter of the year Sergio Martinez at Thomas & Mack Center. Down Tropicana Avenue at MGM Grand, Golden Boy's super-welterweight champion, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (40-0-1)
January 16, 2003 | Mike Terry, Times Staff Writer
With his stellar pro career winding down, Oscar De La Hoya is looking for other ways to stay in the fight game. Now he will try promoting fighters instead of knocking them out. Tonight De La Hoya, through his recently formed Golden Boy Promotions company, will have a six-fight card at the Olympic Auditorium. The main event features World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Oscar Larios (46-3-1) against Marcos Licona (19-2-1) in a 10-round, nontitle fight.
November 12, 1991
A sports memorabilia show promoter, who was charged with writing bad checks to such sports celebrities as Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks and the Dodgers' Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, has pleaded guilty. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, who called himself Ernest Dent when he organized a memorabilia show that attracted thousands of fans to the Pasadena Center in September, 1990, entered the plea Friday in Pasadena Superior Court to 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor.
November 18, 1989 | EARL GUSTKEY
LeRoy Irvin, the Rams' 10-year veteran at cornerback, will get a head start on his post-football career as a boxing promoter Tuesday night at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. His first main event is an interesting heavyweight bout, matching Tony Tubbs, a contender until Mike Tyson knocked him out in Tokyo, against Orlin Norris, ranked in the top 10 by all three of boxing's governing bodies. The California Athletic Commission issued Irvin a one-show-only promoter's license.
August 23, 1990
Jury selection began in Los Angeles Tuesday in the trial of a former major independent music promoter and two business associates charged in a cash-and-cocaine payola scam to get radio air play for records.
September 29, 1993 | From Associated Press
Rick (Elvis) Parker, an Orlando, Fla., boxing promoter, has been accused by one of his fighters of fixing up to 12 bouts for such heavyweights as Randall (Tex) Cobb and Mark Gastineau, the former pro football player. According to a story in this week's Sports Illustrated, among the fights fixed by Parker of Orlando were Cobb's first-round knockout of journeyman Sonny Barch on Sept. 15, 1992, and Gastineau's first-round victory against Rick Hoard on the same card. Barch made the accusation.
December 2, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A former record promoter indicted on racketeering, fraud and other charges for making "payola" payments to radio station programmers has allegedly threatened a former employee expected to testify against him, a federal prosecutor said Friday. Justice Department attorney Drew Pitt also told a federal magistrate that authorities believe that Joseph Isgro, 42, has Mafia connections that might be employed to make good on the alleged threats.
May 31, 1990 | LARRY STEWART
Jerry Quarry's right eye was apparently cut by a punch from fight promoter John Ellis, not by a kitchen cabinet door, as was reported Wednesday. Ellis planned to stage a fight between Quarry, 45, and a journeyman named Paul Bradshaw in Lake Geneva, Wis., June 9. According to Billy Gray, Quarry's adviser, and other sources, a dispute erupted Monday between Quarry's trainer, Guy Ditmars, and Ellis. Ditmars reportedly was upset that Ellis had given Quarry's sparring partners the day off.
A former Encino resident Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that he failed to disclose making payments to radio station program directors so they would air the records he was promoting. Independent promoter William Craig, 44, was among four people indicted on payola charges by a Los Angeles federal grand jury in February, 1988. It is the failure to disclose payola, not the paying of it, that is a violation of federal law. At the time of the indictment, U.S. Atty.
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