Frankie Duarte – Tough as Nails

FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on on November 17, 2011

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / a contributor to since 2008 with outstanding expertise and loyalty – thank you, Jimbo!

In the 1970’s and 80’s the bantamweight division was loaded with talent. Great champions like Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate, Daniel Zaragoza and Jeff Chandler forged their Hall Of Fame careers in that era. So did Lupe Pintor who should be in the Hall Of Fame. There were also fine champions like Rafael Herrera, Chucho Castillo, Rodolfo Martinez, Romeo Anaya and Alberto Davila.

One tough hombre from that era just missed being crowned a world champion. Nevertheless his all out action style repeatedly drew big crowds to the Olympic Auditorium and the Inglewood Forum. His name was Frankie Duarte.

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Lee Espinoza: The Unsung Hero of the Coachella Valley Boxing Club

By Gene Aguilera / Boxing Hall of Fame Author, East LA Music Historian, University of Southern California Graduate

(l to r) Boxing author Gene Aguilera, Manager Lee Espinoza, and
Mexican boxing great Carlos Zarate / Lee’s office (8-21-19)

Lee Espinoza, 71, is one of those special people in boxing.  When you first meet him, it feels like you’ve known him forever.  Mr. Espinoza has spent the last 42 years in boxing as a manager and trainer in the Coachella Valley, which is in the middle of the desert in Southern California, close to Indio and Palm Springs.  Today, he is proud of the 9,000 square foot Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club (named after him with all due respect) that serves the professional and amateur boxing world in the Coachella Valley.  Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Lee has travelled the world faithfully working the corners of his boxers that come out of his famed gym.       

Lee’s boxing club (complete with two boxing rings) has a true vision of producing world champions as well as keeping the bad boys of the neighborhood off the streets and in the ring; local politicians (of Riverside County) truly appreciate the work Lee does for the youth.  The walls of his office and gym make you feel like you are in a boxing hall of fame museum, as they are filled with posters and photographs of boxing’s all-time greats.           

Inside the Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club
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RING TRIVIA for September 2019

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia.  This began back when I was a kid in 1961.  I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself.  It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone.  On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

1 – While living in Chula Vista (San Diego), California, Archie Moore had a swimming pool shaped like a boxing?

a – Ring

b – Speed bag

c – Glove

d – Medicine ball

2 – In boxing, the term “Third Man” refers to the?

a – Trainer

b – Corner man

c – Promoter

d – Referee

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It’s Lomachenko in Dominant Win Over Campbell

By David Martinez /

Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1 / 10 by KO) added the vacant WBC title belt to his current WBA/WBO lightweight title belts, in defeating Luke Campbell (20-3 / 16 by KO) by a twelve round unanimous decision in an entertaining fight with 20,000 watching at the 02 Arena in London, England.

After a feel out first round, won by Campbell, Lomachenko would control every round thereafter, with some of those early rounds being close. Round five was defining for Lomachenko who won that round huge.

The British fighter Campbell certainly fought as well as he could and stunned Lomachenko in round seven, but the Ukranian fighter Lomachenko asserted himself and turned it around to finish the round strong.

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Knockout Over Yarde… Kovalev Comes Through; Now What?

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Sergey Kovalev faced Andrew Yarde but it also appears that he was facing Father Time as an opponent for at 36, he has been involved in a few wars recently and in the eighth round, he nearly saw his boxing career ended.  The eighth round was the dramatic round of the fight as Kovalev came within a punch or two as former champion and Andre Ward observed from being stopped.  Yarde dominated the round and hurt Kovalev with a series of punches including body shots.

Kovalev used his jab effectively in the beginning of the fight but as the fight wore on, Yarde used a body shot, a strategy that worked for Ward in his two fights against Kovalev, and started to make an impact.

The eighth round looked like a repeat of his first fight with Eleider Alvarez who won by a stoppage in their first bout, but Kovalev survived the round. Buddy McGirt told his fighter, either show signs of life in the next round or he stops the fight.  Kovalev went on the attack and it was the older fighter who started to wear out the younger challenger as a left jab in the eleventh round stopped Yarde.  From the ninth to the end, Kovalev looked like the Kovalev of old, using his jab to set up punches and it was a slam hammer left jab that ended the fight.

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Jose Napoles (R.I.P.)

By David Martinez /

On August 16, 2019 the boxing world lost one of their finest. Jose Napoles, passed away at the age of 79. He was born in Santiago de Cuba, Oriente, Cuba on April 13, 1940.

Napoles earned the nick-name “Mantequilla”, Spanish for butter, because of his smooth style in the ring.

As an amateur Napoles was trained by his uncles and compiled an incredible record of 114 wins against only 1 loss! He turned professional in 1958 and in the early years campaigned as a featherweight (126), junior lightweight (130), lightweight (135) and junior welterweight (140).

After Fidel Castro banned professional boxing in 1961, Napoles fled Cuba the next year to continue his boxing career in Mexico City. Later he became a Mexican citizen.

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Ring 10 of New York … 9th Annual Gala / Fundraiser Event 2019

Boxing fans, mark this date down for a great event and for a great cause. Ring 10 of New York’s 9th Annual Gala/Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 11am to 4 pm, at the fabulous Marina Del Rey, 1 Marina Drive, Bronx, NY.

Tickets are $135 with ticket prices increasing to $150 after September 1st. This event will sell out!

Enjoy brunch, cocktail hour, coffee, and dessert… including top shelf open bar with a live and silent auction of boxing memorabilia. 99% of all funds raised will go towards helping ex-fighters in need of assistance.

A great lineup of six outstanding award honorees will be featured – Shelly Finkel, Ted Sares, Mickey Ward, Andre Rozier, Steve Willis, and Mark Taffet.

Also, invited attendees include: Michael Nunn, Thomas Hearns, Buster Douglas, Gerald McClellan, Tim Witherspoon, and many other champions.

Make checks payable to Ring 10 and send to Matt Farrago, 14123 85th Road, Apt. 1F, Briarwood, NY 11435. Don’t miss out and hope to see you there.

Billy Papke

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

One of the most underrated middleweights, and one that had a quadrilogy of memorable bouts with Stanley Ketchel, was William Herman Papke.

Born in Spring Valley, Illinois on September 17, 1886, he was the son of German immigrants, and was nicknamed  the “Kewanee Thunderbolt” and the “Illinois Thunderbolt”.

He was as tough as nails and a true competitor in the ring, winning the world middleweight championship during his career.

The four-bout series with Ketchel was one of the most grueling collection of fights in middleweight history.

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