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Old 08-11-2007, 09:28 PM   #16
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Before HBO and PPV took over boxing the 1970s was a great era for watching up and comers. In San Diego broadcast TV carried lots of boxing featuring Hispanics from L.A., Tijuana and elsewhere. So it was apparent early on that Alfonso Zamora, Carlos Zarate, Danny "Little Red" Lopez and others would be recognized as greats (altho' Zamora may have been a bit of a disappointment compared with the others). Same with Wilfredo Gomez, Salvador Sanchez, etc.

The first time I watched an unbelievably skinny kid named Erik Morales, a few fights before winning his first title. I only had to watch a couple of rounds to realize he was gonna be a great champ.

When I saw Bruce Curry as a teenager fighting in the open division at the Golden Gloves in Fort Worth. Slick guy with a style reminiscent of a small Joe Louis, quick shuffling and rapid fire jabs followed by whistling combinations. He was one of the best amateur light welterweights in an era of great amateur light welterweights, including Ronnie Shields and Sugar Ray Leonard. Bruce's pro career turned out to be fraught with frustrations, especially when he was ripped off for two decisions after whipping Wilfred Benitez. But he finally won the light welter title.
There's no way in hell he beat Benitez the second time maybe the first time but not the second. He got schooled by Benitez the second time.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:13 PM   #17
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Arguello against Limon
Duran against Palomeno
Hagler against Seals
Pryor against Cervantes
Sanchez against Little Red
these come to mind right away. Theres many many more though.
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:22 AM   #19
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There's no way in hell he beat Benitez the second time maybe the first time but not the second. He got schooled by Benitez the second time.
You actually saw that fight? So that's, like, what? You, me and Bruce's family?

Yeh, Benitez prolly nabbed the rematch. But Bruce is a sentimental fave of mine 'cause I was acquainted with him. We sparred a couple of times. He was damned good, underrated and just didn't get the breaks in life.
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