By Gene Aguilera
Welcome to the colourful, flamboyant, and beautiful international of Mexican American boxing in la. From the minute they stepped into the hoop, Mexican American opponents have electrified lovers with their explosiveness and braveness. those historic photographs convey to existence a sociological tradition such as knockouts, the most road gymnasium, the Olympic Auditorium, local rivalries, Mexican idols, posters, and promoters. Like a winding thread, the Golden Boy artwork Aragon bobs and weaves in the course of the ebook. From Mexican Joe Rivers to Oscar De los angeles Hoya, the real tales in their sensational ring wars are instructed whereas preserving alive the spirit and legacy of Mexican American boxing from the larger la region.
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What in the hell are you doing? ” Ramos KO’d Rojas in six. 62 Previously, Ruben Navarro had challenged Rene Barrientos, of the Philippines, for the vacant WBC super featherweight title on February 15, 1969, in Manila, but lost by a 15-round unanimous decision. When challenger Mando Ramos pulled out of his title shot against lightweight champion Ken Buchanan of Scotland due to a groin injury, No. 3 contender “The Maravilla Kid” Ruben Navarro got the nod to fight for the title. Navarro had been in training camp the past two weeks preparing for an upcoming scheduled bout with Jimmy Robertson and was in good condition.
Y toda la Madre, hands down . . ” 45 Mando Ramos grew up quickly in front of a vast Southern California television viewing audience during the 1960s. Rich Roberts of the Los Angeles Times called Ramos “a wide-eyed assassin on spindly legs, he could rip off combinations like a machine gun, slip punches like a fencing master, render an opponent senseless with either hand and then dance the rest of the night away. Life was an endless party, and the party was wherever Ramos happened to be. Many nights, it was the Olympic Auditorium which he filled to the rafters.
Ramos became one of the greatest sports stars in Los Angeles. Lopez and Chacon and even Aragon before them were tremendous box-office attractions, but what was really incredible was that by the age of eighteen, Mando virtually owned the Olympic. Ramos became the youngest man in history ever to win the lightweight title, but life in the fast lane took it away just as quickly. Things came too easy for Ramos: fame, good looks, charisma, and natural boxing ability. Winning the title only provided fuel for the mischievous angel of Long Beach.
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