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July 25, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raul Franco, a promising welterweight from Long Beach, will make his six-round debut tonight at the Irvine Marriott against Santiago Franco of San Pedro in the semi-main event. Franco, 20, has won all five of his four-round fights, beginning with an impressive third-round knockout of Roy Pegues of San Diego in his debut 11 months ago at the Marriott. Santiago Franco is 6-11-1 with five knockouts.
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May 19, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The once-promising career of Raul Franco is suddenly not so promising. After 14 consecutive victories, Franco lost his second consecutive bout Thursday night. He was defeated by Danny Perez of El Cajon in a unanimous 10-round decision before a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Irvine Marriott. Perez (19-2, 12 knockouts) started cautiously, but he took control in the third round and had Franco in trouble several times in the last five rounds.
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July 26, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The managers of Long Beach welterweight Raul Franco say their young fighter isn't ready to sign with a promoter. But if Franco keeps throwing left hooks like the one he threw Friday night at the Marriott in front of 1,189, he may not be able to keep the promoters away. Raul Franco took a low blow and a couple elbows from Santiago Franco before he unloaded a clean left hook to Santiago Franco's chin 2 minutes 6 seconds into the fight in a scheduled six-rounder.
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May 18, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California welterweight title isn't the belt Raul Franco hoped to be fighting for at this point in his career. But these days, any title would be a positive step for Long Beach's Franco, who fights Danny Perez of El Cajon in the 10-round main event tonight at the Irvine Marriott. A highly regarded amateur when he turned pro four years ago, Franco's professional career has been beset by managerial problems, inactivity and unspectacular performances.
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May 18, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California welterweight title isn't the belt Raul Franco hoped to be fighting for at this point in his career. But these days, any title would be a positive step for Long Beach's Franco, who fights Danny Perez of El Cajon in the 10-round main event tonight at the Irvine Marriott. A highly regarded amateur when he turned pro four years ago, Franco's professional career has been beset by managerial problems, inactivity and unspectacular performances.
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May 19, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The once-promising career of Raul Franco is suddenly not so promising. After 14 consecutive victories, Franco lost his second consecutive bout Thursday night. He was defeated by Danny Perez of El Cajon in a unanimous 10-round decision before a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Irvine Marriott. Perez (19-2, 12 knockouts) started cautiously, but he took control in the third round and had Franco in trouble several times in the last five rounds.
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February 3, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By this stage of his career, Raul Franco thought he would be preparing for a world title fight, or at least a large pay day with a top-ranked contender. But after four years and only 14 fights, the promising Long Beach welterweight finds himself preparing for a rematch tonight with journeyman Miguel Avila at the Irvine Marriott's ballroom. Franco, 23, is still undefeated and there are no visible marks on his baby face.
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February 4, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raul Franco is a promoter's dream. He's bright and polite with boyish good looks that boxing fans love. His boxing repertoire is just as appealing. He throws beautiful combinations, his punches are powerful and accurate. In 12 fights, Franco has 12 victories--eight by knockout. But thus far, the Long Beach welterweight's legend hasn't extended much beyond Southern California.
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February 5, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raul Franco was going to show promoters and Irvine Marriott fans that he ready to move into the upper echelon of the welterweight division. But those hopes were dashed when Franco's highly touted opponent, Jose Cruz of Guadalajara, Mexico, didn't have his paperwork in order and was refused entry into the United States.
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July 31, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Chasing Raul. Sounds like a catchy title for a movie, but it's actually what promoter Roy Englebrecht has been doing since Long Beach welterweight Raul Franco turned professional three years ago. "I already told him he shouldn't be fighting, he should be on [Beverly Hills] 90210 with his looks, " Englebrecht said after Franco's pro debut, a knockout of San Diego's Roy Pegues at the Irvine Marriott. "Technically, he was sound for 19 years old. I was surprised by his power.
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February 3, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By this stage of his career, Raul Franco thought he would be preparing for a world title fight, or at least a large pay day with a top-ranked contender. But after four years and only 14 fights, the promising Long Beach welterweight finds himself preparing for a rematch tonight with journeyman Miguel Avila at the Irvine Marriott's ballroom. Franco, 23, is still undefeated and there are no visible marks on his baby face.
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July 31, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Chasing Raul. Sounds like a catchy title for a movie, but it's actually what promoter Roy Englebrecht has been doing since Long Beach welterweight Raul Franco turned professional three years ago. "I already told him he shouldn't be fighting, he should be on [Beverly Hills] 90210 with his looks, " Englebrecht said after Franco's pro debut, a knockout of San Diego's Roy Pegues at the Irvine Marriott. "Technically, he was sound for 19 years old. I was surprised by his power.
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February 5, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raul Franco was going to show promoters and Irvine Marriott fans that he ready to move into the upper echelon of the welterweight division. But those hopes were dashed when Franco's highly touted opponent, Jose Cruz of Guadalajara, Mexico, didn't have his paperwork in order and was refused entry into the United States.
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February 4, 1999 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raul Franco is a promoter's dream. He's bright and polite with boyish good looks that boxing fans love. His boxing repertoire is just as appealing. He throws beautiful combinations, his punches are powerful and accurate. In 12 fights, Franco has 12 victories--eight by knockout. But thus far, the Long Beach welterweight's legend hasn't extended much beyond Southern California.
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July 30, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fights fall out all the time in boxing, for a variety of reasons. But fighters seem to be falling all over themselves trying to avoid meeting Long Beach's undefeated welterweight Raul Franco in the ring. On Sunday, Sacramento's Horatio Garcia pulled out of tonight's scheduled eight-round bout with Franco at the Irvine Marriott because he came down with spinal meningitis.
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July 26, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The managers of Long Beach welterweight Raul Franco say their young fighter isn't ready to sign with a promoter. But if Franco keeps throwing left hooks like the one he threw Friday night at the Marriott in front of 1,189, he may not be able to keep the promoters away. Raul Franco took a low blow and a couple elbows from Santiago Franco before he unloaded a clean left hook to Santiago Franco's chin 2 minutes 6 seconds into the fight in a scheduled six-rounder.
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July 30, 1998 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fights fall out all the time in boxing, for a variety of reasons. But fighters seem to be falling all over themselves trying to avoid meeting Long Beach's undefeated welterweight Raul Franco in the ring. On Sunday, Sacramento's Horatio Garcia pulled out of tonight's scheduled eight-round bout with Franco at the Irvine Marriott because he came down with spinal meningitis.
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June 12, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN
Marriott boxing promoter Roy Englebrecht announced Wednesday that featherweight Marcos Licona of Westminster will put his 10-0 record on the line against Azusa's Ricardo Fuentes in the 10-round main event of the June 27 card. Fuentes won his first 13 fights before being knocked out in April by Pacoima's Sergio Macias in the fourth round of the main event. Also on the card will be Long Beach super welterweight Raul Franco (5-0) and Huntington Beach light heavyweight Julio Gonzales (3-0).
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July 25, 1997 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raul Franco, a promising welterweight from Long Beach, will make his six-round debut tonight at the Irvine Marriott against Santiago Franco of San Pedro in the semi-main event. Franco, 20, has won all five of his four-round fights, beginning with an impressive third-round knockout of Roy Pegues of San Diego in his debut 11 months ago at the Marriott. Santiago Franco is 6-11-1 with five knockouts.
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