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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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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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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.

Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

On August 22nd, The Fight Club OC show will once again take over The Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center! This August card will showcase the culmination of the first ever female Flyweight MMA tournament that started last April! The stacked card will also see the return of Fight Club OC fan favorite Malcolm McAllister! All the action happens in beautiful Costa Mesa, CA with tickets available at, All seats priced at the low, low price of $60 with some tickets available in our new Grandstands for only $50 a Seat!

Headlining this card will be the final bout in the first ever, female, flyweight tournament between Fullerton’s Laura Gallardo 1-0 and Los Angeles’s Natalie Morgan 1-0! These two warriors beat the odds to vanquish their two opponents, and now they meet in a 3 round MMA war to determine who is the Fight Club OC Flyweight Champion!

Long Beach’s hometown hero in Malcolm McAllister 9-3 (8KOs) returns to Fight Club OC and he’s better than ever as he goes up against Victorville’s Rowdy Montgomery 5-2-1 (4KOs)! “Mac” has been away for awhile and Montgomery would love nothing more than to make his homecoming as Rowdy as possible! Scheduled for 6 rounds this middleweight contest could very well end at any time…

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Current Champions

Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November offers this feature – the current Boxing Champions in each weight division.  They are shown in their respective world title belt organization, with their native country, and each champion’s professional ring record listed in following format: win-loss-draw-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.

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Pacquiao “Split Decision” Over Thurman

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Tom Brady, though past the age of 40, can still sling a football for the Patriots and may still be the best quarterback in the NFL, and a 40 year old Manny Pacquiao showed that he can still win a tough fight against an undefeated younger opponent. This was a close fight in which Keith Thurman reversed his usual M.O. of being a fast starter and often finding himself in pitched battles over the second half of fights.  Part of the reason for that was Pacquiao, who came out smoking, moved side to side while landing his jab which set up a right-hand hook that sent Thurman down in the first round.

Pacquiao dominated the early rounds and I had him winning the first three. Thurman’s jab was ineffectual throughout the bout and that is one of his key weapons.  By winning the early rounds, Pacquiao had a nice lead on the scorecards going into the second half.  In the fifth round, the Pac-Man nailed Thurman with vicious body shots. 

From the sixth, the momentum seemed to change as Thurman connected on power shots.  In the ninth round, Thurman forced Pacquiao briefly onto the ropes but Pacquiao landed a vicious left to Thurman’s body at the two-minute mark of the tenth round that hurt Thurman and forced him to retreat. This disrupted Thurman’s momentum and allowed Pacquiao to regain control of the fight. Both fighters landed a flurry of punches in the final round but Pacquiao won the round and clinched his victory.

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Garden Casino and Fight Club Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Cards … plus Mike Tyson’s Charity Golf Tournament

Fight Fans … prepare to supersize your summer with a Fight Show Doubleheader and a chance to golf with Mike Tyson. Now you can fill your August activities calendar with these three great events.

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