Category Archives: California Boxing

Upcoming Fight Card – Orange County

 Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Fight Club OC
Last Show Of The Year
Two Weeks Away!
What better way to end the 5th year of Fight Club OC shows than by giving So Cal fight fans 15 bouts on Thursday, December 3rd in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.
With this mega card The Hangar doors will open at 4pm for a full afternoon and evening of action! So come early if you want to enjoy a full six hours of combative sports!
Yes, you read it correct, 15 pro bouts and 80 rounds of fighting and look at the fighters in action:
Nine fighters are undefeated!
Combined record of these nine fighters is 51-0 with 27 knockouts
Long Beach’s Malcolm McAllister looking to go to 7-0 all by KO
Adan Mares back to score another 1st round KO
Ruslan Madiyev looking to go to 7-0 – Ruslan trains with GGG
Fullerton’s MMA 1-1 fighter Trevor Clapper will return to Fight Club OC to face Murrieta’s Edward “Scissorhands” Hyman currently at 2-2.
Don’t forget (weather permitting) to pack your cigar or you can always purchase some great cigars for the Paradise Cigar truck as the cigar lounge will be in full effect on December 3rd.
With the 15 bouts scheduled Fight Club OC will bump up the show start time to 4:00pm.
All ticket prices at $55 and are available at
Thanks To Our 2015 Sponsors!


Thursday – Dec 3, 2015
 Doors 3:45pm – First Bout 4:00pm
 88 Fair Dr 

Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

Henry Calles – next fight

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By David Martinez /

On November 28, this month, our local Santa Barbara boxer Henry Calles (1-0-2) has his upcoming fight in Los Angeles, California against Lucius Johnson (2-0) in a middleweight / super middleweight bout at a catch weight of 165 pounds and scheduled for four rounds. NOTE: middleweights fight at 160 lbs. and super middleweights fight a 168 – so this fight is in between and agreed upon by both fighters.

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Upcoming Fight Card – Los Angeles

Nov 28

On behalf of Duke’s Boxing and Our Team – Veronica Calles, Sarah Cammann, Oscar Gracia Jr., Oscar Gracia Sr., and yours truly, we would like to alert everyone that our professional boxer Henry Calles (1-0-2) has a scheduled 4 round middleweight / super middleweight fight at a catch weight of 165 pounds vs. Lucius Johnson (2-0) on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The fight card will take place at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, California 90071.

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Saturday Night at The Fights

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By David Martinez /
An exciting, entertaining, and action packed night of boxing was at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California on September 19, 2015.

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All Star Boxing is promoted by Ed Holmes, with Danny Lujan assisting on the floor. Ed has successfully been staging professional boxing shows in the Southern California area for 16 years. He strives to give fight fans the best in boxing, and I can personally attest that he accomplishes this and then some.

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How I Discovered Boxing

by Desiree D’Alessandro

The following video documents how I discovered boxing, who were (and still are!) my influences and mentors, and where I plan to take it. Amongst the influential mentors mentioned in the work, I am especially glad it highlights some of the collaborations between me and David Martinez and Henry Calles of Santa Barbara, California. Boxing is art and women’s boxing debuting in the 2012 Olympics is truly inspirational. I am delighted to share here on

Artistic Performance, Amateur Boxing, and “A People to Come”
by Desiree D’Alessandro, Contemporary Artist, Amateur Boxer

Digital (De-)(Re-) Territorializations
Hosted by Bowling Green State University
and BGSU’s Association for Textual and Literary Analysis Students


Los Angeles Boxing Legends: Frank Baltazar, Sr.

Rick and Frank (September 22, 2007)
By Rick Farris
a former professional boxer and boxing historian )


By the end of WWII, a new era in Los Angeles boxing had taken life. In the eyes of California boxing historians, such as Gabriel “Hap” Navarro, former promoter and matchmaker at the legendary Hollywood Legion Stadium, the post war years thru the 1950’s, are considered the “Golden Era” of Los Angeles boxing.

At the time, L.A. headliners such as Enrique Bolanos, Manuel Ortiz, Art Aragon and dozens more, set box office records at the Olympic Auditorium, Hollywood Legion Stadium and Wrigley Field. In addition, the “City of Angeles” had a number of smaller clubs putting on regular shows, such as Ocean Park in Santa Monica, South Gate Arena and San Bernardino, to name a few.

A couple years after the war, a skinny 12-year-old would get his first taste of boxing from inside the ropes. This would be the birth of a life long journey for young Frank Baltazar, and it would take it’s first breath at the beginning of Los Angeles boxing’s toughest, most competitive era.

Today, six decades later, the skinny kid isn’t quite as skinny, and the thick black hair not quite as dark, as when we first met, however, Frank Baltazar Sr. looks pretty much the same. Frank’s handsome latino features contradict his seventy-plus years.

The first time I saw Frank was in the mid-1960’s, shortly after he’d hung up the gloves, after a sixteen year amateur career. Frank’s education in prizrfighting took place during the sports most glorious period in California, lessons learned in countless gyms, arenas and clubs thruout the Southland. His teachers were hardened “old school” veterans, and he practiced his skills in the ring, trading blows with some of the greats of the era
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Ray White-crop

Ray “Windmill” White / California Boxing Hall of Fame

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

Last year in a conversation with Don Fraser, President of the California Boxing Hall of Fame, I mentioned to him, “Why isn’t Ray White in your select group of inductees?” Don’s reply was simple, “I have thought of that, but I have no idea how to reach him.” My reply to that was simple, “Don, because of my involvement with USA Amateur Boxing, I see and talk with Ray at various southern California shows and I will gladly take care of this for you.”

So late last year at a boxing show, I made that connection for Mr. Fraser, and now the rest of the story will take place later this month when Ray White will officially be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.

My memories of Ray White are fun ones, as I watched him box several times at Southland venues. He was a colorful light heavyweight in the 60’s and early 70’s.

A carpenter by trade, White took up boxing in 1958. His flamboyant clowning style included his unique “rooster” with others being the behind the back punch and the back hand bolo punch. Those antics gave him the nickname of “Windmill.” He was also referred to as the “Clown Prince of Boxing.”
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RING TRIVIA for April 2011

( a monthly feature from )

1) On July 4, 1912 in Vernon, California, Joe Rivers lost his bid for the lightweight title vs. Ad Wolgast when the bout ended in one of the most controversial finishes in boxing history … the outcome was ?

a) double low blow

b) knockout after the bell

c) double knockout

d) knockout before the bell


2) When Larry Holmes won the WBC heavyweight championship (vs. Ken Norton) on June 9, 1978 … his manager and trainer was ?

a) Eddie Futch

b) Emanuel Steward

c) Richie Giachetti

d) Teddy Atlas


3) What former heavyweight champion was the referee for the lightweight title fight between Joe Gans vs. George Memsic on September 27, 1907 ?

a) John L. Sullivan

b) James J. Corbett

c) Bob Fitzsimmons

d) James J. Jeffries


answers will be available for viewing in about three weeks