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Mexican American Boxing In LA

Mexican American Boxing In LA

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 Los Angeles used to be a major venue for championship boxing.  From the 1930s through the 1970s, there were prize fights nearly every night in metropolitan Los Angeles, primarily at the Olympic Auditorium in Downtown Los Angeles, and in later years, The Forum in Inglewood.  Los Angeles was known as the place where many  Mexican American boxers launched their careers.  It happened in the same way that New York City was where many Italian, Jewish and African-American fighters started, hoping that they could literally box their way out of poverty.  The list of the most famous Mexican American boxers in Los Angeles includes Art "The Golden Boy" Aragon, Bert Colima, Bobby Chaón, Armando Muñiz, Enrique Bolaños, Mando Ramos, Rubén Navarro, Manuel Ortiz and Oscar de la Hoya.

Today's guest is Gene Aguilera, the author of Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles, a historical look at boxing's Golden Era in southern California.  Joining him will be Carlos Palomino, the former World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion and a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in New York City.  Mr. Palomino is now a well-known film and television actor.

Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles is published by Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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