Author Archives: David A. Avila

Sugar Shane Mosley’s Retirement Closes the Book on a Special Era

Sugar Shane Mosley’s Retirement Closes the Book on a Special Era

Pomona’s Sugar Shane Mosley announced he was retiring from the boxing game after 24 years as a professional. At one time he was considered the best pound for pound fighter in the game. “I know this is the time to announce my retirement,” said Mosley during an event in Las Vegas. Mosley, ...

Upset Time for Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai in L.A.?

Upset Time for Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai in L.A.?

Sixteen years have passed since Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto stepped foot in a prize ring in the Los Angeles area. In 2001, Cotto was unknown to the Southern Californians. Most only knew he participated in the Olympics in Australia. His former promoter boldly claimed he would be one of the greats...

Daniel Franco Update: The Struggle Continues

Daniel Franco Update: The Struggle Continues

Daniel Franco remains battling in a Pomona hospital after several brain surgeries and a recent bout against infection. It’s been two months since Rancho Cucamonga’s Franco was rushed to a hospital after suffering a knockout loss against Utah’s Jose Haro and a subsequent “brain bleed” in...

A Sudden Surge of Retirements: Uchiyama, Miura, and Juan Manuel Marquez

A Sudden Surge of Retirements: Uchiyama, Miura, and Juan Manuel Marquez

No other sport or entertainment industry compares to prizefighting. When its participants retire it’s a time for celebration of their noble contributions. Every year a few even give their lives for the sport. Across the globe three professional boxers hung up their gloves this past week, two...

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins a Rough and Tumble Fight

Ringside at the Belasco: Charles Huerta Wins a Rough and Tumble Fight

LOS ANGELES-Charles Huerta emerged from a foul infested brawl as the technical decision winner over Mexico’s Miguel Gonzalez on Thursday evening. A mostly pro-Huerta crowd saw their favorite fighter return to the ring as the victor in the main event once again at Belasco Theater. But the fight ...

Nevada Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas: Hearns, McCarter, Porter

Nevada Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas: Hearns, McCarter, Porter

Thomas “Hitman” Hearns leads a heavy duty roster of greats into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend in Las Vegas. Detroit’s Hearns will be joined in the Hall of Fame along with departed inductees including Salvador Sanchez, Ken Norton and referee Davey Pearl. Several others will als...

The Return of Charles Huerta at Belasco Theater in L.A.

The Return of Charles Huerta at Belasco Theater in L.A.

A favorite son returns to the spotlight when Charles Huerta faces Miguel Gonzalez in a super featherweight main event on Thursday in the City of Angels. Fresh off a knockout victory, Huerta (19-5, 12 KOs) attempts to maintain the momentum when he faces the hard-hitting Gonzalez (20-2, 17 KOs) of ...

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley Retires After 13 Years as a Pro

Corona is a small town that once was home to one of the greatest bantamweights who ever lived back in the 1940s. But one sweltering hot summer day another boxer stepped foot in a boxing ring there to make his pro debut. Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley entered the prize ring on Aug. 20, 2004 an...

Ringside in L.A.: Lomachenko Bedazzles Overmatched Marriaga

Ringside in L.A.: Lomachenko Bedazzles Overmatched Marriaga

LOS ANGELES-Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko bedazzled the technically challenged Miguel Marriaga to win by technical knockout and retain the WBO junior lightweight world title on Saturday before an adoring crowd. Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) defused Colombia’s Marriaga (25-3, 21 KOs) with his speed...

Herrera and Soto Karass Awaken Ghosts of the Old Olympic Auditorium

Herrera and Soto Karass Awaken Ghosts of the Old Olympic Auditorium

INDIO, Ca.-Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera won the welterweight battle on Friday and Jesus Soto Karass captured the hearts of fans in a back and forth skirmish that harkened back to the smoky nights of the old Olympic Auditorium. It was like entering a time warp 50 years ago. Riverside’s H...