On December 6, 2013, the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, California showcased a terrific night of boxing. The entire card was filled with action and it was the night that Henry Calles won his light-heavyweight rematch (vs. Zlatko Ledic ) by a four round unanimous decision.
Calles won three of the four rounds on my card (39-37 on points) as I viewed the fight at ringside working his corner.
At the opening bell, Calles came out on fire and twice came close to a first round knockout, winning that round big. He won rounds two and three, but there was concern about midway in round three, as Calles seemed to fade with his stamina. I would attribute that to maybe being over-trained, leaving the peak of his fitness in the gym. Just a week before the fight he was so pumped up that he stated “I’m so fired up I almost kicked my office door down today” which leads me to believe this was the case why Calles had his lapse in conditioning.
Here’s a news video report on Santa Barbara boxer Henry Calles. This story aired Sunday night on KEYT-TV news. Great job by Senior Reporter John Palminteri of KEYT. See you at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez this Friday for the bout!
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This popular game show ran on CBS-TV from 1950 to 1967. As a feature on dmboxing a different boxer will be displayed on a monthly basis for viewing. This month is Floyd Patterson – the show was shot on December 16, 1956.
This popular panel game show ran on CBS-TV from 1950 to 1967. As a feature on dmboxing a different boxer will be displayed on a monthly basis for viewing. This month is Jack Dempsey – the show was shot on April 1, 1951.
(L to R) Johnny Ortiz, Danny Lujan, David Martinez (June 23, 2001) reporting on ESPN radio from Las Vegas, Nevada prior to WBC Super Welterweight Championship: Oscar De La Hoya vs. Javier Castillejo
I would like to share an excellent video ( click on blue colored link below ) interview of one of my best friends and mentors Johnny Ortiz.
I have known Johnny for twenty years, and I consider him to be one of the most knowledgeable authorities in boxing that I have ever met. My fondest memories with him were the ten years we spent together in the World Boxing Hall of Fame as Board of Directors. Also, we both had parts in the movie “After the Last Round” in 2009, and just hanging out with Johnny is delightful with his wealth of wisdom of life.
His book “My Life Among The Icons” is a top seller and truly a great read. For information regarding to purchase the book, you may contact his publisher AuthorHouse, at (888) 728-8467, ext 5023 and they will be happy to assist you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Johnny Ortiz is a 2008 recipient of the California Boxing Hall of Fame and and has written many boxing related articles for publication. He hosted the very first boxing radio talk show “Ringside with Johnny Ortiz” in Los Angeles, California from 1992 to 2004. He was co-owner of the Main Street Gym, a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has many film credits on his resume. Johnny is an honored United States Army veteran who servered two years with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea.
video credit – Luke Benson
This popular panel game show ran on CBS-TV from 1950 to 1967. As a feature on dmboxing a different boxer will be displayed on a monthly basis for viewing. This month is Muhammad Ali – the show was shot on September 19, 1965.