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Back on August 5, 2016, 5’3″ tall, 18-year-old, super flyweight Danny Andujo from San Diego, Calif. made his Pro Debut against 32-year-old Israel Cortes Hernandez on a Ringside Ticket/Greg Cohen Promotions show at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The excitement came early after Andujo went hard to the body and then delivered the perfect roundhouse right to Hernandez’s chin to secure the knockout victory.
Four wins and three losses later, a split decision loss to Pedro Rodriguez in 2018, a mixed decision loss to Sergio Lopez in 2017 and a unanimous decision loss to Saul Sanchez (12-0, 7 KOs), appear to be the bouts that ended up breaking the camel’s back.

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Next, we have Dewayne “Mr. Stop Running” Beamon (16-2-1, 11 KOs) from San Diego, Calif. by way of Goldsboro, North Carolina who has put great faith in his loyal friend and confidant, coach Joe Vargas from The Arena Gym in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif.

After training long and hard at a local training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, Beamon believed he was ready for the biggest fight of his career, the WBC World Super Flyweight Title fight versus one of the best ever, Juan Francisco Estrada now (40-3, 27 KOs). On August 24th, the championship fight was contested at the 12,000 seats, multiple-use, Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, which happens to be located in Juan Francisco Estrada’s hometown.

Things did not go well for Beamon who soon became the victim of some dirty tactics which included six rabbit punches to the back of his head, plus a seventh to the back of the head after he had already touched the canvas with first his knee and then his glove. Beamon persevered until the 51-second mark of Round #9, at which point, the referee legitimately called a halt to this one-sided thrashing. The earlier, uncontested, illegal blows which led to the TKO victory, had the WBC International title going to the hometown favorite satisfying his 12,000 deliriously exuberant fans.

Since Bareknuckle fighting (boxing without gloves) is now permitted in multiple states, we get to include the 37-year-old dynamo Joey Beltran MMA (18-15, 1 NC, 12 KOs) Bareknuckle Fighting (2-1-1, 1 KO).
José Felipe Beltran of Carlsbad, Calif. (left) made his professional debut at 25 years of age back on February 10, 2007, at Strikeforce Young Guns and lost by way of a unanimous decision. Never a quitter, he then went on to compile a record of 6–2 before being signed by Bellator. In May of 2008, the 6’1″ tall Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran (Box Rec Global ID#851859) had his first meeting with the big guy to his right, 6’5″ tall Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez of Yucaipa, Calif. They fought in a King of the Cage MMA bout. Coming up short, Beltran suffered a submission loss in the first round. Fast forward to 2009, the pair met again. Though a much closer fight, Lopez again came away with the victory. Beltran, who trains with the Blackline Fight Group/Alliance MMA group continued to persevere and went on to fight for Strikeforce, the UFC and finally Bellator MMA.

In 2018, Beltran was approached about an opportunity to fight on a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship fight card at the Ice and Events Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, an event which was to take place Saturday, June 2, 2018, and of all the possible opponents, the promoter matched him up with the 6’5″ tall, 243 lb. giant, Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez of Yucaipa, Calif. whose MMA record by this time had ballooned to (60 wins – 28 losses, 25 wins by knockout).

Their last memorable bout went right up until the final bell.

When talking about courageous fighters with an indomitable spirit, you’d have to include Joey Beltran. Back in 2009, Beltran (l) faced the giant Tony Lopez and lost. Then, in May of 2018, the promoter decided to match him up with the same giant. Beltran, known for his spunk accepted the match versus the bigger man in a Bare Knuckle contest to be held on June 2, 2018. Their bloody, five-round, back-and-forth struggle ended with Beltran winning a unanimous decision. By the 5th round, both of these legendary fighters, Beltran (l) and Lopez (r) had become a bloody mess.

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Homeported in San Diego, seaman Chris Chatman decided to workout at City Boxing with their respected coaches Manny Melchor, Vernon Lee, Denis Grachev and owner Mark Dion.
We would be remiss if we didn’t add the classic photos of Chris Chatman.

Going into their championship bout, both Chris Chatman (left) and Lester Gonzalez (right) had tremendous respect for one another’s ability but at the same time, each was abundantly confident they would come out victorious.

After the announcement of his (77-75, 79-73 and 78-74) unanimous decision victory to win the California State Super Welterweight title, Chris Chatman with the assist of Jiu-Jitsu coach Carlos “Baruch” Ferreira went skyward.

(l to r) boxing coaches Vernon Lee, Aluche Jimenez, Chatman, former City Boxing owner Mark Dion, and present City Boxing owner Carlos Ferreira.

Chris Chatman has had his photo taken with some of the best ever boxers to include (top) Mike Tyson, and bottom left Roy Jones Jr., bottom right, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
From the looks of this photo, it appears the trio may have been invited to a very fashionable wedding or perhaps Chris Chatman and his buddies were invited to this year’s 2019 ESPY awards held July 10th in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater.  
Of course, everyone has their favorite photo and this one of Chris Chatman with one of his best buddies, Denis Grachev, has to rank up there in the top photos ever.
Over the past few years, the Chatman clan has had to move several times.

In his formative years, the 35-year-old southpaw, who now lives in Villa Park, Illinois with his wife and numerous children, not only trained but coached at City Boxing in San Diego’s Downtown under the tutelage of Vernon Lee, Manny Melchor, and the former owner Mark Dion who managed his career until Dion’s premature death. Chatman’s most memorable bouts have been fought against the elite in his division: Jermell Charlo, Charles Hatley, Lester Gonzalez, Jarrett Hurd, Demetrius Andrade, Mark DeLuca, etc., etc.

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Elias “Ingles” Diaz of National City, Calif. (6-0, 4 KOs) along with his older brother, Emmanuel Diaz are a pair of well-schooled USA Amateurs who benefitted big-time from their father’s experience in the sport tore up the competition as USA Amateurs and now after either graduating from college or getting married and settling down, they may or may not be focused on their careers in the Pro Ranks.

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Back on August 22, 2019, boxer James Franco added this message on Facebook.

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The Hooker camp is busy reassessing their strengths and weaknesses as Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker has decided to move up in weight to 147. In his last match, a loss to , it became obvious that losing all that weight to stay at 140 lbs. was sapping his strength and making him weaker.

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Felipe Leon, the long-time boxing scribe of Fight News, then popular Boxing Commentator and podcast Host of Leave It In the Ring Network, has now made his way to live TV.

While on a recent visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, the above photo was taken of Leon with the popular cartoon character Barney Gumble (Homer Simpson’s best friend since high school). Of course, back in high school, Barney was sober and Homer had hair. Nowadays, Barney is usually drunk and belching in that popular TV series The Simpsons. Interesting to note: Barney’s father, Arnie Gumble, who died in a 1979 parade float accident along with Sheldon Skinner, Etch Westgrin, Iggy Wiggum, and Griff McDonald, all served in Abe Simpson’s WWII squad, the Flying Hellfish.

In keeping with his often jocular persona, Leon added the following caption to the above photo: “Dios nos hace, y nosotros solos nos encontramos.” Translation: “God makes us, and we alone find ourselves.” If Leon wasn’t so wrapped up in Boxing, he may well have been a philosopher or without exaggeration a comedy writer for one of the late-night TV shows.

(photos bottom, left to right) A dated photo of the former rock star Felipe Leon. Next, a visit with the WBA’s #1 ranked Light Flyweight Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles of Tijuana and finally, the unmistakeable button open, zipper down look from the 39-year-old WBC World Female Bantamweight Champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez who cozied up to Felipe Leon when he was visiting Mexico City.

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Nico Marchan: could he be, the next best thing out of the Philippines?

For most, a boxer’s Pro Debut can be nerve-racking and for local favorite Nico Marchan, Global ID# 892348, it appeared to be. But from that opening bell on August 17, 2019, there was no doubt who was in charge as Marchan went non-stop pummeling Rigo Cruz Cebreros.
This left hook to Cebreros’ midsection from Marchan was devastating.
Putting on this unique hat after his early second-round TKO victory of Rigo Cruz Cebreros was a first. The boxing world should expect a lot more firsts from this exciting fighter who for his debut weighed just 110 3/4 lbs. allowing his opponent to out-weigh him by four pounds. As a local USA Amateur who trained long and hard with the Barragan family at the House of Boxing in Paradise Hills, San Diego, Calif., the 5’0 1/2″ tall, Marchan was always doing the exceptional.

Boxing writer extraordinaire: Miguel Angel Maravilla

The local Commerce Baseball Team with the help of their coach has gotten an opportunity to go to both Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine and Petco Park in San Diego’s Downtown.

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Back on March 27, 2015, we witnessed Sandra Chanel Nevarez (right) rushing over to console her man, a 26-year-old, orthodox, welterweight, Brian Nevarez from Vista, Calif., after he had just suffered his first loss as a Pro. The loss came at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to the 5’11” tall, southpaw Daureen Niyazbayev, another of the extremely tough warriors coming our way from Kazakstan, which had gained so much respect and prominence after the exploits of the 31-0 Gennady Golovkin, who at that time appeared to be invincible while in possession of three major titles.

After getting married, Brian and Sandra decided they’d be better suited to opening their own gym. Along with Brian’s father, they did just that and soon had themselves a dandy location in Vista, Calif. on the second floor of this huge World Gym. The building, on Thibolt Court, is just a block and a half off the main thoroughfare, Route 78. After renting such a large space in this facility, they were now under a lot of pressure to sign up members. So once again, the fighter, this time with the help of his partner, his beloved Sandra, were forced to become an overnight success story.

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Up until his death on May 31, 1970, the 53-year-old, former Bantamweight Champion of the World, 5’4″ tall Manuel Ortiz (100-28-3, 54 KOs), Global ID 000001, was a resident of El Centro, Calif. After defeating Lou Salica on August 7, 1942, to win the World Bantamweight Title, Ortiz went on to win 20 straight fights before losing to Willie Pep (74-1) by a unanimous decision on July 17, 1944. Then on September 12, 1944, he regained that crown by defeating Luis Castillo. He then fought 15 bouts going 14-0-1, before losing back to back matches to Carlos Chavez and then what many considered a major upset loss to Harold Dade. Two months later, in his rematch with Dade, Ortiz regained his title and reputation. From that point on, he went 24-14, with a record of 4-1 in title fights. On December 10, 1955, after losing to Enrique Esqueda in Mexico City, the 39-year-old finally called it quits.

Ortiz, who owned and operated a 442-acre farm near El Centro, Calif., said that his farm had been responsible for keeping him in tip-top shape. In his prime, 1940-1946, Ortiz lost just 3 times in 62 fights. His 8 title defenses in one year is tops in his division, as is his total of 21 in his career with 19 successful defenses. Only Henry Armstrong is ahead of Ortiz when it comes to title defenses within a year. Armstrong defended his welterweight crown 11 times. Boxing historians might also question how many more bouts would Ortiz have won if he hadn’t been called up by Uncle Sam to fulfill his Military duty in the U. S. Army?

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Angel L. Mendez Ramos must like to travel. This accomplished referee has worked for three separate organizations: USA Amateur Boxing, the Tijuana Boxing Commission, and the California State Athletic Commission.
In August of 2019, Angel L. Mendez Ramos proudly posted a photo of his first child, daughter Giana, who might be putting a crimp into his busy travel schedule. Together with his lovely wife, they have traveled extensively from Baja California to San Francisco, from Angel’s birthplace of Puerto Rico to the Bahamas, from Niagara Falls and the New England states down to Tampa Bay, from metropolises like New York City and Philadelphia to Las Vegas, Nevada.
After just three-plus years as a pro boxer, Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller’s support group believes she can beat anyone, even the recognized World Champion Claressa Shields.

And you talk about busy, well-traveled people! Where does this 34-year-old, 5’8″ tall middleweight Raquel Miller (9-0, 4 KOs), find the time to train at The Arena Gym in San Diego, Calif. under the guidance of her devoted, long-time coach Basheer Abdullah (r)?
In her last bout on May 18, 2018, the 158 3/4 lb. Miller stopped Erin Toughill to win the vacant NABF Female Middleweight Title.
As an Olympic back-up, this home-based San Franciscan had the misfortune of being in the same, wide-ranging weight class as teammate Claressa Shields who is 10 years younger and usually weighs substantially more than Miller with a walk-around weight of 170-175 lbs.
And, you talk about people known for their versatility, Miller fits that description as well. One moment she’s this top model and the next she’s ready to pound somebody’s face in.
They also say she’s fearless. Who do you know goes into a cage with a huge, Royal Bengal Tiger for a photo op and then while in the cage with this big kitty, decides to grab its tail?
Raquel Miller knows a lot about marketing and how to get your message across.
What is the Parisian model (left) thinking about? Could it be all those memorable experiences she’s had, especially with the youngsters who attend her “Fight Like a Girl” training camps?
Pro boxer, elitist Dilan “El Rey” Miranda (5-2, with 4 KOs)

The 23-year-old, 5’7″ tall, super bantamweight boxer Dilan “El Rey” Miranda is from San Diego, Calif. by way of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. Only recently, Miranda had been training to make his return to the ring on August 24, 2019, at the Viejas Casino and Resort, Alpine, Calif., where on January 31, 2019, he suffered a mixed decision loss to Daniel Constantino (3-3-2, 1 KO). This time around, Miranda, who had slimmed down to fight as a Super Flyweight when facing the 32-year-old, 5’4″ tall, orthodox boxer Ming Freeman (1-4-1, 1 KO) from Northridge, Calif., appeared better prepared. And since Miranda was better prepared, Freeman had no chance. Freeman ended up being stopped in the third round of their scheduled four-round bout.

The great Archie Moore’s nickname, “The Old Mongoose,” alluded to his legendary ability as a counter puncher. The 5’11” tall Moore, the longest-reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time, had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport after competing from 1935 to 1963 (28 years). During his career, Moore won 185 fights, lost 22 and had 11 draws. The San Diego Boxing gym on Market St. which bears his name, ABC (Any Body Can) Mongoose Gym is run by his son Billie Moore. In Moore’s long and legendary career, he fought Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, and in 1962, was ko’d by a young man by the name of Cassius Clay (later changed to Mohammad Ali) in the fourth round.

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Ex-Pro Boxer, Global Sports Streaming/Best in Boxing color commentator and now marketing guru, Kevin Ottley has turned the page.

Baltimore-born super welterweight Kevin “KO” Ottley, who as an Amateur fought in the Washington D. C. Beltway area, made his way to San Diego in 2015 and soon after turned Professional in 2016 under the watchful eye of well-respected trainer Berlin Kerney IV at the newly opened Bomber’s Squad Academy in El Cajon, California. After a total of nine professional fights in Southern California, Tijuana, B. C., Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada, Ottley announced his retirement from the ring. After his last professional fight on September 7, 2018, his record now stands at 6 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, with 5 victories by way of knockout.

Ottley’s explanation or last hurrah: “BOXING FOR ME WAS TOO SELF SERVING. EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT ME. I WASN’T TAUGHT THAT MENTALITY BEFORE AND SO OVER TIME IT CHANGED ME AND PUSHED ME AGAINST MY CORE VALUES. IT TOOK TIME FOR GOD TO REVEAL THAT TO ME AND WHY HE REMOVED ME FROM THE SPORT. BUT I’m GRATEFUL HE DID. AN ISOLATED LIFE ISN’T A LIFE TRULY LIVED. I LOVE BOXING AND HOW IT HAS HELPED ME AS A MAN AND I BELIEVE GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH KO SPORTSWEAR TO ALWAYS BE CONNECTED TO THE SPORT THROUGH THE LENS OF SERVICE, WHICH FITS ME COMPLETELY.” Kevin “KO” Ottley

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All the hard work is beginning to pay off for San Diego’s Mario “Matador” Ramos who at the young age of 19 now has 9 victories, 7 knockouts after only two years as a professional.
Now that Mario Ramos (r) has nine solid victories, he is no longer just another opponent, he has become a force to be reckoned with.

After a win back on , we see boxer Roque Ramos having his arm raised in victory by referee ? Working Ramos’ corner were Hall of Fame Boxer Bumpy Parra with his son, well-known trainer Vince Parra who at this time trains the former lightweight Champion of the World, Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker.

You talk about memorable photos. This photo was taken on . When Emmanuel Robles defeated Ugas at the Hotle in Mission Valley.
Back on August , Hall of Fame boxing judge Alejandro Rochin added this photo to his Facebook page.

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He has to be homesick. Away in New York is boxer Ulises Sierra who had been solicited for his services as a sparring partner.

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Now retired from the sport, here we have Kealani Vanderleest shown throwing hands with ?

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