Southern California, with its burgeoning Latino population, marked the spot as the proving ground for world-class boxers from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, Nicaragua, and El Salvador to showcase their talent with exciting and unforgettable bouts. Latino Boxing in Southern California tells the true, heartfelt stories of Latino and Mexican ring idols who did battle on the West Coast, while exploring the mythical devotion boxing purists and fans have for their boxers. This colorful tribute to the sweet science, Los Angeles-style, keeps the memory alive of when boxing in this town revolved around the beloved Olympic Auditorium, Main St. Gym, and the Forum.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.31(d)|
About the Author
Latino Boxing in Southern California is the essential sequel to Gene Aguilera's first book, Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles. Aguilera, born and raised in East Los Angeles, is a University of Southern California graduate, bank vice president, songwriter, and East Los Angeles music historian. In the Aguilera household, Saturday night boxing is a must-see at home; in addition, his lifelong passion to the sport has earned him awards and induction into several boxing hall of fame societies. For this book, Aguilera excavated his preserved boxing ephemera (posters, magazines, programs, photographs, and flyers) to ensure the boxers' legacies will never be forgotten for generations to come.
Table of Contents
1 The 1900s-1940s: Their Lives Mingled Easily with Myth 9
2 The 1950s: The Mouse That Roared 13
3 The 1960s: Bloody Battle in a Bullring 27
4 The 1970s: The Gold-Toothed Mexico City Playboy 39
5 The 1980s: The Battle of the Little Giants 63
6 The 1990s: The Pride of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico 77
7 The 2000s: Mexican Turf Wars 87