March 20, 1997 |
Ruben Castillo has never been a world champion and he's hungry for a title fight. He should feel right at home tonight at the Reseda Country Club, where he will fight Rudy Zavala in a 10-round lightweight bout. However, unlike the unheralded fighters on the card he will headline, Castillo, 39, has had his shot at glory. A few shots, in fact. Castillo, 69-9-2 with 37 knockouts, suggests he might be the best fighter never to have won a world title. He makes a strong case.
July 23, 1992 |
More than a few people have questioned junior featherweight Rudy Zavala's sanity for fighting Jesus Salud, especially since Zavala is venturing into the former World Boxing Assn. champion's hometown. They've told Zavala and his manager, Herb Stone, there's nothing to gain and plenty to lose by risking Zavala's 17-0-1 record, his No. 1 ranking (World Boxing Council) and his North American Boxing Federation title against an ornery, hard-hitting boxer who's ranked 13th by the WBC.
February 26, 1993 |
Rudy Zavala combined a training session with a main event and came away with a fifth-round knockout of Hector Diaz in the junior featherweight bout Thursday at the Irvine Marriott. Zavala (20-1-1), of Costa Mesa, was in command from the first serious punch, a right uppercut that drew blood from the nose of Diaz of Sonora, Mexico. Zavala knocked down Diaz (25-21) later in the first with a sharp left to the body. "I kind of felt sorry for him," Zavala said. "It was like he was going to fall apart.
March 21, 1997 |
Father Time or the fast fists of Rudy Zavala? Perhaps both figured in the falling of Ruben Castillo smack in the middle of his comeback trail Thursday night at the Reseda Country Club. Zavala spoiled Castillo's first appearance at the Country Club by stopping the 39-year-old former lightweight contender at 2:20 of the third round in their scheduled 10-round lightweight main event before about 700.
July 13, 1993 |
When the ring of the phone broke the 6 a.m. silence at Herb Stone's house last summer, there was no way he expected the caller to be Rudy Zavala. Zavala, a super bantamweight (122 pounds) who trains at the Westminster Boxing Club, had suffered an eighth-round knockout the previous night against Jesus Salud in San Diego. The loss on July 24 was the first of Zavala's professional career. But despite getting home to Costa Mesa at about 12:30 a.m., he was in no mood to take time off.
December 12, 1991 |
At 23, Rudy Zavala looks at his boxing future and pretty much likes what he sees. He sees lots of money, maybe a championship or two, some fame to dress it all in. He also sees a lot less of something. Traffic. Zavala used to arise at 5:30 a.m. each day in Rosemead and drive to Huntington Beach, where he ran six miles on the beach. Then he drove back to Rosemead. Then at 11:15, he drove to Westminster for a two-hour gym workout with his trainer and manager.