Retired Fighters, You May Have Money Waiting For You In CA.

BY David A. Avila ON February 08, 2012
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Olympic Auditorium 1970sRetired fighters claim your money.

A large number of retired prizefighters are now eligible for pension money from the California State Athletic Commission pension fund. All those who fought between 1981 and 1995 in that state and no longer fighting professionally can claim their money that was set aside.

“It’s difficult to find out where they’re at,” said George Dodd, CSAC Executive Officer for the past several years. “We need to get the word out.”

Leading the list of boxers eligible for pension is Rafael “Bazooka” Limon, Lupe Pintor, Jose Luis Ramirez and Daniel Zaragoza, who are all former world champions from Mexico that fought in California a number of times during the 1980s and 1990s.

Limon engaged in some incredible wars with the likes of Bobby Chacon, Cornelius Boza-Edwards and Lionel Rose to name a few. Pintor was a former bantamweight and super bantamweight champion who warred with Puerto Rico’s great Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, fellow Mexico City warrior Carlos Zarate and many others. One sad win came against Great Britain’s Johnny Owen who died after fighting Pintor in September 1980 at the Olympic Auditorium. Ramirez fought more than 110 bouts and had big wins over Pernell Whitaker and Edwin Rosario. He also fought Julio Cesar Chavez.

Other notable fighters eligible include former world champions Alberto Davila, Jaime Garza and Richard Sandoval. Two of those are prizefighters were managed by Bennie Georgino of Sun City, California.

Davila and Sandoval fought out of Pomona and were both bantamweight world champions. Sandoval now lives in Las Vegas and works as a trainer for Top Rank Promotions. Garza is considered one of the most devastating punchers of all time.

A few others on the list were very recognizable prizefighters like Eddie “The Animal” Lopez, a heavyweight contender out of East Los Angeles. He once verbally challenged the great Muhammad Ali by saying he would fight him “for two dollars.” Lindell Holmes was a former super middleweight world champion out of Ohio who fought eight times in California prize rings including a win over Billy Robertson. Johnny Sato was a Filipino southpaw out of Stockton, Calif. who was a popular attraction and once fought Hector Camacho. Kelvin Lampkins was a talented featherweight who fought Ruben Castillo, Roger Mayweather and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini to name a few.

More than 100 former pugilists who fought in California prize rings are eligible for the California Pension Fund. Aside from an age requirement of 50 years old, pro boxers must have fought at least 10 rounds a year for four years without more than a three-year break. And, also they needed to have fought at least a total of 75 scheduled pro rounds without a three-year break.

Those fighters who want more information regarding qualifications can call CSAC at (916) 263-2195.

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Comment on this article

Radam G says:

Sad to say, but a lot of these pugilists, who haven't come forward, are demised. Others are in health facilities in bad health with little family or friends, and some are in the penitentary. A few just want to be left alone. I've run into some of these nowadays old cats in Cali, Texas, Nevada and Arizona and holla at them about the money, but they either didn't believe me or have mental and anger issues that were caused by all those years of getting hit.

It would be nice if the CSAC reach out to these cats. In this age of zoom info and dependable search-and-find sites, it is not like you cannot find these pugilists -- dead or alive. Holla!

GANZ says:

WOW, seeing that building takes me way way back. RICHMOND9-5171, I must have called that phone # 15-20 time a week as a kid. I was blessed to see some very good fights there. Both boxing and wrestling, I was there at least 3 times a week from the time I was 8 to about 16 years old and many many time after that, Great Place and Great Times. Im getting old!

dino da vinci says:

WOW, seeing that building takes me way way back. RICHMOND9-5171, I must have called that phone # 15-20 time a week as a kid. I was blessed to see some very good fights there. Both boxing and wrestling, I was there at least 3 times a week from the time I was 8 to about 16 years old and many many time after that, Great Place and Great Times. Im getting old!


Yeah Ganz, I know what you mean. And now it's a Korean Community Center. Somebody should notify Floyd.

Eddie the Animal Lopez says:

I want to thank those who are responsible for blessing us ex puggs who at this time need some kind of uplifting in life. I consider this a blessing and boxing has been good to me. (Managers are a different story :cool I have had my ups and downs in the past few years, including spending time in jail and at a homeless shelter (Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena California). I am now living in my own place and will use any money the Boxing Fund has for me to return to my acting career. Thank you David A. Avila for writing this report. If anyone else wants to give me any money, I am with it too.

Radam G says:

ALL RIGHT!!!! Yo' kno' dat you DA MAN, "The Animal!" Stay UP, babbeeee! You never know when life is going to come around and do sweet justice to you and give you a righteous award and reward. Me -- Da Funky Filipino -- will catch ya on da rebound.

Hey TSS West Coast Chiefy David-Double-A, you ought to write a human interest feature piece about "The Animal." Boxing fans abound just don't know how hard a lot of these pugilists have fallen. Much harder than ever that squared jungle. I syet you not. Give 'em da LUV!

And, YUP! You movie scouts and directors, you HEARD what "The Animal" said. Ringing him. He's available. Holla!

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