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August 21, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Baldwin Park boxer Rico Velazquez, who collapsed immediately after his bout Friday night, died Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage in a hospital in San Jose. Velazquez, 22, who was defending his California lightweight championship for the third time, collapsed in the eighth round Friday, seconds after the referee had stopped the bout and awarded a technical knockout to Velazquez's opponent, David Gonzales of San Jose.
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August 23, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The California Athletic Commission began an investigation Monday into the state's third boxing fatality since 1980, the death of Baldwin Park boxer Rico Velazquez on Saturday. Velazquez collapsed Friday night, immediately after he lost his state lightweight championship to David Gonzales of San Jose at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. Velazquez died later of a cerebral hemorrhage.
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August 23, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
The California Athletic Commission began an investigation Monday into the state's third boxing fatality since 1980, the death of Baldwin Park boxer Rico Velazquez on Saturday. Velazquez collapsed Friday night, immediately after he lost his state lightweight championship to David Gonzales of San Jose at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. Velazquez died later of a cerebral hemorrhage.
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August 21, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Baldwin Park boxer Rico Velazquez, who collapsed immediately after his bout Friday night, died Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage in a hospital in San Jose. Velazquez, 22, who was defending his California lightweight championship for the third time, collapsed in the eighth round Friday, seconds after the referee had stopped the bout and awarded a technical knockout to Velazquez's opponent, David Gonzales of San Jose.
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August 27, 1988 | Earl Gustkey
On the night of March 10, 1986, Richie Sandoval entered a boxing ring at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as the World Boxing Assn.'s bantamweight champion. When they carried him out on a stretcher about 30 minutes later, he was not only an ex-champion, he was almost dead. Sandoval, 25, absorbed a fearful beating by Gaby Canizales that night. Canizales knocked Sandoval down five times--three times in the seventh and final round. When three ringside physicians reached him, he wasn't breathing.
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May 7, 1988 | Earl Gustkey
Steve Lott, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's assistant manager, said Friday that under certain conditions, he would make his guy a favorite over King Kong. "Mike's at his best when we first go to training camp," he said. "The part about boxing he likes the least is all the interviews, the promotional part of it. He'd rather just walk into a gym off the street and fight someone. So, when we first get to training camp, he's got all kinds of enthusiasm.
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September 3, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY
Think the $34.5-million purse for the 91-second fight between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks was a big number? How about $75 or $100 million? It may be closer than you think. Bob Arum was throwing around some cable TV numbers the other day, while hyping his Nov. 4 triple title fight card at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel.
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July 6, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The first time Angel Cordero saw John Velazquez ride, the Hall of Fame jockey wasn't impressed. "I saw a kid who had been riding for about two weeks," recalled Cordero, who was sent tapes of a teenage Velazquez riding at El Comandante in his native Puerto Rico. A longtime friend of Cordero's also watched the tapes and had a different opinion. Former major league baseball player and horse racing fan Richie Allen saw ability. "Richie said to me, 'That kid has talent,' " Cordero said.
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October 31, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Johnny Owen died Nov. 3, 1980, 45 days after Lupe Pintor had knocked him out in the 12th round of a bantamweight championship fight at the Olympic Auditorium. Owen was 24. Kiko Bejines died Sept. 4, 1983, three days after Albert Davila had floored him in the 12th round of their bantamweight title bout at the Olympic. Bejines was 20. Rico Velazquez died Aug. 20, 1988, one day after he had collapsed in Round 8 of a lightweight fight against David Gonzales in San Jose. Velazquez was 22.
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