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    Joe Gans

    There are 2 books about the first Afro-American fighter to win a world title. Aycock & Scott brought out a biography & The Longest Fight by William Gildea The Longest Fight : NPR Welcome To The Glory Days of Boxing ***** Joe Gans: The Timeless Master By Mike Casey The Old Master: Analyzing The Subtle Sophistication Of Joe Gans ***** Monte Cox the historian has done some good articles Joe Gans, The Old Master....“He Could Lick Them All On Their Best Day!” Research Articles Joe Gans, The Old Master: Was He The Greatest of Alltime? Joe Gans Championship Years: Setting the Record Straight Joe Gans vs. Roberto Duran- What IF by Sam Gregory - Joe Gans versus Roberto Duran Goldfield's Golden Battle: 100 Year Anniversary of Gans-Nelson 1 - Goldfield's Golden Battle ***** A century after his death, boxer Joe Gans finally getting his due - Baltimore Sun ***** Babe Herman Fight Video Terry McGovern Fight Video ***** CBZ Record Boxrec Record ***** Some newspaper write up's of selected fights from an excellent blog Senya13: 1898-12-27 Joe Gans W-PTS25 Wilmington Jack Daly [Lenox Athletic Club, New York, NY, USA] Senya13: 1900-04-02 Joe Gans W-TKO5 Chicago Jack Daly [Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, PA, USA] Senya13: 1904-03-28 Joe Gans W-PTS10 Gus Gardner (Saginaw, MI, USA) Senya13: 1904-04-21 Joe Gans W-PTS15 Sam Bolen (Baltimore, MD, USA) Senya13: 1904-06-13 Joe Gans W-TKO4 Sammy Smith (Philadelphia, PA, USA) Senya13: 1906-01-19 Joe Gans W-KO15 Mike 'Twin' Sullivan [Hayes Valley Athletic Club, Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, CA, USA]
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    Lloyd Honeyghan

    Lloyd Honeyghan: Reflecting on the 'Ragamuffin Man' P1 By Terence Dooley Lloyd Honeyghan must have thought that he had seen it all going into his November 27 1985 contest against Sylvester Mittee. 'The Ragamuffin Man' had compiled a perfect 25-0 slate and was the EBU welterweight champion. There had been few surprises in Lloyd's career thus far but British and Commonwealth boss Mittee managed to throw the 25-year-old a curveball ahead of their clash by presenting Lloyd with a bunch of flowers. Mittee was riffing on the recent street scuffle between middleweights Mark Kaylor and Errol Christie. The St. Lucia-born boxer warned Honeyghan to steer clear of the thorns yet it was Mittee who was cut to shreds come fight night. Referee John Coyle stopped the bout at 1:39 of round eight on the advice of the ringside physician. Sylvester had been floored twice and despite a few bright spots was well beaten. Lloyd had successfully annexed Mittee’s British and Commonwealth titles; he was now on the brink of breaking new ground as a pro. Flora and fauna from Sylvester and now the possibility of world title garlands as news filtered through that both Don Curry and Milton McCrory were struggling to boil down to the 147lb weight limit for their December 6 unification fight. Whispers suggested that should both men would miss the weight the fight itself would still take place minus the WBC, WBA and IBF titles. Curry's manager, Dave Gorman, had previously insisted that his man was making the trip down to welterweight for the final time, leaving the winner of Honeyghan-Mittee free to fight for the vacant belts. Both men eventually made weight and Curry prevailed via a one-sided, two-round icing of his world title rival. However, the lure of defending the unified titles proved too much for the 'Lone City Cobra'. Don was riding high in the P4P rankings. Many US critics had him ahead of Marvin Hagler, no small feat when you consider that Marvin had the scalps of Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns on his slate. Honeyghan was rated highly in Europe yet his single-minded approach had turned a few people off him. Especially when he did the unthinkable and dispensed with the services of trainer Terry Lawless, claiming that, “Everywhere I went with Terry I got the feeling I was only there because Frank [Bruno] was. I wanted individual attention because I knew I would be a champion”, when announcing the split. Lawless was hugely respected. Honeyghan was perceived as headstrong, he did not care; the undefeated fighter employed Bobby Neill, a former British featherweight titlist, as his coach and moved on. The rest is history, Lloyd went over to Atlantic City in September 1986 and ripped the WBC, WBA and IBF titles from the undefeated pound-for-pound kingpin at a time when British fighters tended to fail on foreign soil. Lloyd joined Hagler as the sport's sole undisputed ruler after forcing Curry to withdraw after six rounds due to a cut to his left eye – the wound required twenty stitches. Lloyd gave his opponent a broken nose to boot, doing enough damage to prompt the ringside doctors, Paul Williams and Frank Doggett, to pull Curry from the firing line. Hey presto, Lloyd was now an international name and, in his mind, worthy of a spot in the record books. “I just walked along the boardwalk and someone recognised me,” said Lloyd (The Guardian, September 29 1986). “They said they were glad I'd beaten Curry because he was arrogant. I called my mum and dad in England and they said the papers there didn't give me a chance either, but they believed in me. The papers'll have to eat their words. I bet Donald Curry discovers now who his real friends are. But I'm not going to let it change me. I'll keep the friends I've always had.” Honeyghan, never shy when assessing his own ability, had the world at his feet yet he had been quick to remind the assembled press that he was also the ruler of Britain, Europe and the Commonwealth. He said, “That makes six championships in all. That should put me in the Guinness Book of Records.” Despite the nature of the win over Curry there was a certain amount of scepticism in the US. Curry had battled the scales in previous title contests, famously resorting to chewing gum to generate saliva when drying down to 147 for a WBA and IBF defence against Colin Jones in January 1985. Indeed, the champion was rumoured to have dropped 21lbs in three weeks ahead of the fight with Honeyghan, with 10lbs coming off during fight week. When winning contests, Curry's battle with the scales had added to his mystique, defeat turned everything on its head; the revisionists insisted that Don had been an accident waiting to happen. That it happened against an unknown and bolshie Brit was too much to bear. Lloyd, though, was now allegedly $170,000 richer, a figure he later denied, and could add the world title straps to his colourful wardrobe. He had also emulated his idol, Muhammad Ali. “When I was 12-years-old, I saw Muhammad Ali on television, and I said 'I want to be like that man, champion of the world'. I watched the tapes (of Curry) twice and gave them to my trainer. I've seen enough, I said. He fought the same way. He came straight ahead, and he held his hands up high. When I got inside, I turned on him and there was nothing he could do about it,” insisted Lloyd when speaking to the stunned media. “I am a quick learner. All the praise people have been giving to Curry, they can now give to me. All the talk coming into this fight was about how good he was. Now it's my turn to do the talking. I wanted to come over here and get the respect of the American people. I fought a couple times in America before and looked real lousy. I guess that's one reason they made the fight. Who would take me seriously?” (The Times, 29 September 1986) Lloyd's logic was easy to follow; he had beaten The Man so he was now The Man. American fight figures disagreed. “Honeyghan is a good fighter but it is hard to measure how good when he was fighting the ghost of Don Curry,” blasted Curry's business manager, Akhbar Muhammad (The Times, 1986). Top Rank's publicity director, Irving Rudd, was stunned, telling the same publication that, “We knew very little about Honeyghan before the fight and everyone tended to write him off though you can never write off a Mickey Duff fighter. But still it has all been so sudden and stunning that it has thrown all future matches into a cocked hat. We shall put up a couple of suggestions but it is up to Duff to approve.” Lloyd had kept his side of the bargain, he had been true to his pre-fight claim that he would “Punch his (Curry's) face in and take his title.” Now came the hard part, convincing the USA that it was not a fluke, a quest that would bring success, controversy and heartache for Britain's biggest upset king since Randy Turpin. Certainly, Lloyd was insightful when declaring that his victory would inspire a future generation of British fighters and fans. “All this stuff is good because young kids look up to me. I don't drink, smoke or take drugs. The occasional glass of wine doesn't hurt anyone. Kids these days need heroes and there aren't many around. They look up to me because I beat a legend. I'm a legend, the undisputed champion of the world,” (The Times, 1986). There were dissenting voices. It was hard to knock Honeyghan's in-ring form so his colourful personal life was often cited as a worry, the fighter was popular with women, fair enough when he was a contender, not quite as acceptable when you become a household name. The tabloids painted Lloyd as a wild womaniser, a charge that would dog Lloyd throughout his championship career and which led the boxer to successfully hit The Sun with a libel writ in 1988 after they ran an article entitled Big Headed Honeyghan which read as a character assassination. When hit with the accusations of lasciviousness in the wake of his win over Curry, Lloyd said, “Well, that's the Press for you. What can I do if they want to print things like that? Sure, I like women, just like everybody else. I love women. There's no two ways about it. When I was younger, yeah, sure I used to make love, go training, make love, fight and then make love when I'd finished. But now I'm champion of the world, I can't do that. I've got to set an example to young kids. But I'm not reformed. I'm the same Lloyd Honeyghan. I'm not changing for anyone, but I'm world champion now,” (The Times, 1986). There was always a truthfulness to Honeyghan, his swagger stretched way back to his amateur days, when he was billed as 'The Master of Disaster' and used to come to the ring in a swanky, personalised robe. Lloyd was clearly enjoying his time in the sunlight, if not the tabloids, honest to a fault, perhaps, but a million miles away from the robotic banality of many major sports stars. There was even time for a spot of political protest. Honeyghan was ordered to defend his WBA belt against Harold Volbrecht of South Africa. Apartheid was all over the headlines; Lloyd made it clear that he could not countenance the thought of defending against a white South African. “I would not fight Volbrecht for a million pounds – either here or in South Africa. How could I look myself in the mirror each morning or face my own people on the streets if I agreed?” declared Lloyd, although throwing the WBA belt into a bin would require a bit of PR repair work from manager Micky Duff further down the line (The Sunday Times, December 23 1986). Duff did have immediate plans for his latest champion. American idol Mark Breland was 16-0. Breland picked up the vacant WBA belt by defeating Volbrecht in Atlantic City on February 6 1987. His early paid career had failed to live up to his glittering 110-1 amateur slate but the Brooklyn-raised boxer was highly rated in the USA. First, though, there was the small matter of Honeyghan's maiden defence against Johnny Bumphus at Wembley's Grand Hall, London on February 22. A former WBA light-welterweight title-holder, Bumphus was an interesting character, the Nashville-based southpaw brought over an exotic entourage member for his first and last welterweight title tilt. Dominic Giacobbe may sound like a character from The Sopranos yet the New Jersey fight figure was not your regular camp member, he was Bumphus's secret weapon, an expert in meditation who would focus the challenger's mind and ensure that Lloyd was hit with a dose of instant Karma come fight night. “We meditate. It is a Zen type of meditation, 2,000 years old. It gives Johnny mental and physical flexibility when the going gets tough,” said Giacobbe when asked about his crucial role (The Times, February 17 1987). Bumphus had brought the guru into the fold after losing his WBA belt to Gene Hatcher, a future Honeyghan victim, in 1984. Dominic introduced Bumphus to Tang Soo Do; Johnny introduced the concept to his manager Lou Duva and before you know it five of the 1984 Olympic starlets – Meldrick Taylor, Evander Holyfield, Tyrell Biggs, Mark Breland and Pernell Whittaker – were part of the Tang Soo Do crew. “I knew Dominic could help me when I saw the kind of things he could do like put motorcycle spokes into his arm and hang cans of water on them,” explained the challenger. It certainly made for a strange pre-fight warm-up routine. “We get into the lotus position and focus on a candle and the fire power enters our bodies through the eyes. Concentration gives you internal power - ki - something I learned in the Orient,” revealed Giacobbe. A deputy sheriff in his hometown of Nashville, Bumphus listed the Smith & Wesson as his favourite firearm only to be undone by a machine gun-like start from Honeyghan, who knocked his man down in the first round before racing out as soon as the bell went for round two and scoring another knockdown at 0.72 of the session. A move that took everyone by surprise – including referee Sam Williams. Williams was engaged in a tussle with the BBC's cameraman and barely had time to register the fact that Lloyd had raced across the ring and hit his foe. Lloyd’s rush was within the rules but was deemed not in keeping with the spirit of the sport. “I felt this tugging at my trouser leg,” recalled a bemused Williams (All the Honeyghan-Bumphus quotes are taken from The Times, March 1 1987). “It was a gentleman from the BBC. He wanted me to move over to the other neutral corner. I was in the way of his camera, I was trying to explain to him that I didn't think this request was quite appropriate when suddenly out of the corner of my eye, I saw Honeyghan headed across the ring.” Or as Lloyd famously put it, “The bell went 'ding' and I went 'dong'.” Sam’s take was far more sober. “The offending blow didn't even land. It didn't hurt Bumphus. Honeyghan already had destroyed him,” argued the third man, who called a 'no knockdown'. Bumphus's team were upset. They made two things clear. Firstly, they were going to launch an appeal in order to obtain justice. Secondly, Duva insisted that his man would never again step into the ring with Honeyghan. “We only want to see justice done. We're not going back into the ring against that guy. In fact, Johnny may never fight again,” raged Lou, he was right, Bumphus called it a day Still, Lloyd's actions forced the BBBoC to implement the ten-second warning rule. Thereby giving the ref, the fighters and the cameramen an opportunity to brace themselves ahead of the next session. Not one to be shy with his opinions, Mills Lane – experienced referee, sheriff and Robert Duvall-alike – lumped all the blame on Williams, a fellow officer of the law (Williams worked the streets of Detroit as a policeman). “It should never have happened. The referee lost control of the fight and that's all there is to it,” blasted Lane. IBF president Bob Lee drew a line under the latest 'Ragamuffin' controversy. “I gave him [Honeyghan] a little whisper after the fight. I told him that for his own good, and others, he had better not do it again,” sighed Lee when asked for the IBF's official ruling on the incident. It was an eventful first defence, even by Lloyd's standards; the champion's rapid response went down in history as one of boxing's maddest moments whilst the fight itself joined the annals of one-sided beat-downs. Bumphus had been well and truly caught cold; perhaps he was still in a meditative state. It seemed that the British upstart was on his way to showing the entire world that he deserved his place on the P4P list. A further step towards universal acceptance came during a hard-fought points win over undefeated American challenger Maurice Blocker at London's Royal Albert Hall on the 18th of May 1987. Lloyd moved to the south of France ahead of the fight only to relocate as the date approached. Honeyghan had ran out of sparring partners – American imports Tony Montgomery and Mike Tynley left Cannes six days early – so the champion headed back to his London stomping ground in search of fresh meat. “I hired Montgomery to spar not less than three rounds and not more than six, but after a day he would not do any more than two. Tynley decided he was not getting enough money, asked for more, but I told him to catch the next plane home. It could have become serious if we had stayed in Cannes for another five or six days,” marvelled Duff when explaining the decision (The Times, April 2 1987). Lloyd was soon back on form, drafting in Kirkland Laing and James Cook for sessions. Laing had initially planned to join the champion over in France only to misplace his passport ahead of the trip, par for the course for Laing, himself a mercurial character. Outside the ropes, Lloyd was proving a model champion, literally – Duff netted his charge a six-figure deal with FU jeans ahead of the WBC and IBF title defence. Honeyghan, however, still had a few more surprises up his sleeve; the 26-year-old subjected the press to the equivalent of his second stanza mugging of Bumphus during a short, 45-seconds, press conference. Lloyd told the massed media that he was going to “surprise everyone”; he then outlined his future plans. “I'm cheesed off with boxing, and if my next fight is not against Sugar Ray Leonard or Duane Thomas, I am retiring,” he announced before exiting stage left (The Times, April 10 1987). The astonished writers broke the news to Bobby Neill, “He told me something about it last night, but I did not take it seriously,” shrugged the bemused trainer. As build-ups go, it was unusual and resulted in a mixed performance on the night as Lloyd went the twelve-round distance for the first in his career. Worryingly, the Jamaican-born boxer faded as the fight progressed. Bob Miles, trainer of Bumphus, believed that cracks were starting to appear. “I would never have believed that a man with Honeyghan's frame would start to fade from body shots as early as the sixth round. In the last round, why was Honeyghan, the pressure fighter, running? Did you see the lumps on Honeyghan's face?” asked Miles (The Times, April 20 1987). Lloyd did what any Brit would do – he blamed France. He said, “My strategy was right. The only trouble was my fitness. Working in the South of France was a good idea that went wrong. I only managed to spar four times.” Duff had seen enough, insisting that they would prepare for fights in the USA in future. Lloyd was now 30-0, the undisputed force at welterweight and on a 'Ray Leonard and retire' mission, his next outing would see him go from the circus of France to a bullring in Spain and, again, the 'Ragamuffin Man' made it a night to remember. The next part sees Honeyghan lose his title, regain a portion of it and finally net that elusive Breland showdown. http://www.boxingscene.com/lloyd-honeyghan-reflecting-on-ragamuffin-man-p1--35667
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    Fidel La Barba

    Name: Fidel LaBarba Born: 1905-09-29 Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA Died: 1981-10-02 (Age:76) Hometown: Los Angeles, California, USA Stance: Orthodox Height: 5′ 3″ / 160cm Reach: 66″ / 168cm Boxing Record: click Manager: George Blake Early Family History Fidel LaBarba was born September 29, 1905, at 452 Robbins Avenue, the Bronx, New York, to Domenico and Palmina (Cianci) LaBarba. Fidel eventually had four brothers and two sisters: Louis, born 1889; Ted (who would become a boxer, fighting as Ted Frenchie), 1899; Tony, 1902; Joe, 1903; Mary (sometimes spelled "Maria"), 1908; and Anna, 1912 (born in California). He also had five uncles who scattered from Italy to all over the world. According to a January 1927 published interview with Fidel, the only uncle to become "successful" was the one who had gone to South America. The LaBarba family had come from Abruzzi, Italy. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1910 to be near Fidel's first cousin, Danny Tullio (originally "DiTullio," but changed to "Tullio" at Ellis Island). Danny's parents, Corinto Cianci and Rocco DiTullio, were fruit peddlers in New York. Palmina LaBarba was Corinto's sister. The Tullios had lived next door to the LaBarbas in the Bronx, but moved to Los Angeles. The LaBarbas later followed sometime before 1912, in hopes of finding better job opportunities in California. Domenico worked as a construction laborer and at railroad yards, sometimes up north at Bakersfield, keeping him away from home much of the time. In 1914, Fidel's mother died. Thus, the five boys were left to fend for themselves. The two sisters had been sent to a Los Angeles convent to be raised until they each reached age twelve. LaBarba became a newspaper boy for the Los Angeles Express. "They would find a corner where the guy wouldn't handle our paper, only the Herald," he said. "Then they would let me out of the truck; the guy was always bigger than me. When a customer walked up, I would rush in with my paper, pushing the other guy back. The pushing match ended with me 'Bingo!' knocking him down. After that, the guy would leave us alone. This went on and on. They gave me $3.00 a week, plus the money I received from the papers." LaBarba's Start in Boxing LaBarba at age 16 LaBarba began boxing around age 12 or 13 in little amateur cards held weekly at places such as the Elks Club, which were promoted by Carlo Curtiss, who had been one of World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard's managers. "Sometimes we would have nude women at these events," he said. The first known mention of "Young Fidel" is September 18, 1920, by the Los Angeles Times, announcing a boxing/wrestling show at the Italian picnic the next day at Selig Zoo. Eventually, Central Junior High School boxing instructor Bob Howard saw his potential. According to an interview published January 28, 1927 in some United States newspapers, LaBarba mentioned that he defeated a boy named Dave Mariney (a.k.a. Marini) for the high school championship. Based upon this win, his friends suggested he join the amateurs, which he did. By this, he likely meant he joined the A.A.U. LaBarba found it ironic that his first "official" amateur opponent was none other than Dave Mariney. This was at a semi-monthly boxing show sponsored by the Los Angeles Athletic Club (L.A.A.C). "It looked like a crime to match the two," reported the Los Angeles Times November 4, 1920. LaBarba was about four feet tall, and his opponent a foot and a half taller. "But Barba [sic] soon showed he knew how to take care of himself." George Blake reportedly was the referee at that fight. He and Charles Keppen ran these L.A.A.C. shows. Blake had come to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1904. He had been a United States Army boxing instructor during World War I. By the early 1920s Blake was a well-known referee for boxing venues such as Jack Doyle's Vernon Arena, and would become the regular referee at the soon-to-be-built Hollywood Legion Stadium. He was much-respected, and known as a man of impeccable character. Blake took an interest in the young and talented Fidel LaBarba, and asked Bob Howard to have him come down to the club. " I was asked four or five times, but was embarrassed to go," LaBarba explained. He owned only one pair of torn tennis shoes. He finally mustered the fortitude to go see Blake; thus started a very long relationship. LaBarba continued to have many amateur bouts. "We would receive a gift worth $35.00," he noted. "Later, they would give us a gift certificate to buy clothes at places like the Broadway, or Sears." Meanwhile, LaBarba attended Central Jr. High School, and then Lincoln High School--both in Los Angeles. He enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, and especially football. He was the quarterback for the "lightweight" (midget) football team. While in high school, he sometimes worked nights until midnight, racking pins at a bowling alley, then sleeping on a cot in back of the building. In the morning he would grab a bite to eat at the local restaurant, then head off to school about a mile away. By 1924 LaBarba had lost only one bout after some 30-plus recorded contests. George Blake took eight of his L.A.A.C. boxers to Boston June 1924 for the Olympic trials, and LaBarba qualified. The young flyweight boxer won the Olympic Gold Medal in Paris that July. After the Games, Blake arranged an amateur card at Doyle's Vernon Arena with all the American Olympic fighters, at which LaBarba finished out his amateur career. Professional Boxing Highlights Fidel LaBarba turned pro later in 1924 while still attending high school. In only his third pro bout, LaBarba dropped a close decision to future hall of famer Jimmy McLarnin, whom he would face twice more, earning a draw and dropping a 10 round decision. Later, in 1925, LaBarba won the American Flyweight Title with a dominating decision over Frankie Genaro. Two years later, LaBarba claimed the World Flyweight Title, which had been vacant with the death of Pancho Villa in 1925, by a decision over Elky Clark. The following year LaBarba retired as champion, never having defended his title, to attend Stanford University. Returning a year later as a bantamweight, LaBarba was back in great form. He would split two decisions with Kid Chocolate before moving up to featherweight to challenge champion Battling Battalino. In a close, tough bout, Battalino took a hard fought decision over 15 rounds. While in training to meet Chocolate for the New York State Featherweight Title, LaBarba seriously injured his eye but fought Chocolate anyway, losing a close decision, despite his obscured vision. La Barba retired from boxing in 1927 to enter Stanford University. By that time, he said he had made $400,000. He saw most of it slip through his fingers in the stock market crash and subsequent years of the Depresssion. He returned to the ring in 1928 and fought through 1933. Post-Boxing Career Fidel LaBarba in the 1970s LaBarba pursued a career as a professional writer. He had begun to write articles for various magazines, such as Colliers magazine, even before he quit boxing. By the late 1930s, he was working for the 20th Century Fox motion picture company, directly under studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck, whom he had met while playing polo near the studios. While at 20th Century Fox Studios, LaBarba co-wrote the 1939 movie Susannah of the Mounties, starring Shirley Temple, and 1942's Footlight Serenade, with Victor Mature and Betty Grable. (The story loosely paralleled his life.) LaBarba took a break from this work to serve as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He met Luisa in Naples, Italy, in 1944. She became his third wife in 1945. (He first married in March 1928, to Marian De Beck--the ex-wife of noted cartoonist William De Beck, who is credited with coining the American slang terms "heebie-jeebies" and "hotsy-totsy." She later married actor Charles Ruggles. The LaBarbas divorced after two years. According to the Nov. 23, 1937 Tacoma News Tribune, a Ms. Betty Lou LaBarba had filed for divorce; they had married in 1935.) A daughter, Vicki Marie, was born in late 1945 to Fidel and Luisa. Their son, F. John, was born 1953 in Santa Monica, California. LaBarba returned to work for 20th Century Fox until around 1949. From 1949 to 1960 he was a sports writer for the Santa Monica Outlook. LaBarba worked various jobs after 1960, including a position with the California State Athletic Commission as an inspector--weighing in amateur boxers and wrestlers at the Olympic Auditorium, for example. He retired from the Athletic Commission after suffering a heart attack in 1966. LaBarba died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles October 2 (not the 3rd, as is often recorded), 1981, and is buried in Plot 4 0 1607 of the National Veterans Cemetery in Riverside, California, where his wife Luisa, who passed on Dec. 29, 1998, also rests. La Barba was survived by his son Fidel Jr.; daughter Victoria and a sister. Amateur Boxing Record (Considered incomplete) Sep 19, 1920: Battling Bennie @ Selig Zoo, Los Angeles, CA Scheduled: Result not reported Nov 4, 1920: Dave Mariney @ L.A.A.C , Los Angeles, CA W-3 Dec 17, 1920: Trifa Distarse @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA KO-3 Jan 20, 1921: James Piela @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Jul 13, 1921: Fred Kremis @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA Scheduled: No results published Jul 28, 1921: Fred Kremis @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA Scheduled (no results) Sep 29, 1921: Benny Marks @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Oct 20, 1921: Benny Marks @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Nov 21, 1921: Benny Marks @ Hollywood Legion Pavilion, CA D-4 Nov 29, 1921: Benny Marks @ Foresters Hall, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Jan 19, 1922: Joe (James?) Piela @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Jan 26, 1922: Young Joe Rivers @ Doyle's Arena, Vernon, CA W-3 Feb 9, 1922: Benny Marks @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Mar 9, 1922: Al Pimenthal @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA TKO-2 Apr 27, 1922: Mike Marijo @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 May 25, 1922: Rudy Ricco @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA TKO-1 Jul 19, 1922: Mike Marijo @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 (Southern California Amateur Tournament Preliminary -- George Blake, Organizer) Jul 20, 1922: Benny Marks @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 (Southern California Amateur 112-pound Championship) Aug 26, 1922: Young Joe Rivers @ Doyle's Pavilion, Vernon CA W-3 Sep 14, 1922: Mike Avita @ L.A.A.C., Los Angeles, CA KO-3 Oct 7, 1922: Joe Lizer @ Newsboys Club, Los Angeles, CA Scheduled Oct 25, 1922: Joe Cooper @ Newsboys Club, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Nov 9, 1922: Johnny Conroy @ L.A.A.C., Los Angeles, CA TKO-2 Jan 11, 1923: Rudy Ricco ("Reco") @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 Mar 8, 1923: Johnny Conroy @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA KO-3 (Southern California Amateur 112-pound Championship) April 9, 1923: Samuel Williams @ Boston, MA W-3 April 9, 1923: Harry Brown @ Boston, MA W-3 April 10?, 1923: Joseph A. Lazurus @ Boston, MA L-3 (National AAU Tournament, per the Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2, 1924.) May 23, 1923: Sailor Reyes @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA KO-2 (Semi-final for Pacific Coast Amateur Flyweight Championship) May 24, 1923: John Conroy? @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3? (Wins Pacific Coast Amateur Flyweight Championship.) Sep 6, 1923: Henry Garcia @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA KO-1 Sep 20, 1923: Sailor Rosenbaum @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA Canceled (Bout called off when Rosenbaum, champion of the U. S. S. Nevada, could not get shore leave.) Nov 8, 1923: Sailor Mullens @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA KO-2 Nov 29, 1923: Mike Salvint @ Newsboys Club, Los Angeles Scheduled (For the Newsboy 112-pound Championship) Dec 6, 1923: Sailor Navarro @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA TKO-1 Dec 13, 1923: Buddy Riggs @ Newsboys Club, Los Angeles, CA Canceled (LaBarba refused to fight when Riggs could not produce an A.A.U card. LaBarba did not want to jeopardize his amateur status.) Jan 10, 1924: Cecil Taylor @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA TKO-3 Feb 7, 1924: Maurice Jafe ("Jaffe"?) @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA KO-1 April 3, 1924: August Gotto @ L.A.A.C, Los Angeles, CA W-3 May 8, 1924: Harry Paza @ Doyle's Coliseum, Vernon, CA KO-1 (Southern California Olympic Try-outs) May 19, 1924: William G. Randeo @ Boston, MA W-3 (National AAU Flyweight Tournament and Olympic Trials; LaBarba-Randeo opened the tournament.) May 20, 1924: Petey Sarron @ Boston, MA W-3 (National AAU Flyweight Semi-final & Olympic Trials; LaBarba's opponent incorrectly reported as ?Phil Goldstein" by the Los Angeles Times. Source here: The New York Times.) May 21, 1924: Ray Fee @ Boston, MA TKO-3 (Referee stopped bout.)(National AAU Flyweight Championship; LaBarba qualifies for American Olympic Boxing Team) Jul 15, 1924: Ernest Warwick (England) @ Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France W-3 (First Round) Jul 16, 1924: Gaetano Lanzi (Italy) @ Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France TKO-2 (Second Round) Jul 18, 1924: Stephen Rennie (Canada) @ Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France W-3 (Quarter-Final Round) Jul 19?, 1924: Rinaldo Castellenghi @ Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France W-3 (Semi-Final Round) Jul 20, 1924: James McKenzie (G.B.) @ Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, France W-3 (photo)(Final: Wins Olympic Flyweight Championship -- Gold Medal) Sep 18, 1924: Pat Pringle @ Doyles's Coliseum, Vernon, CA KO-1 (Final amateur bout. The Pat Pringle bout is almost universally but incorrectly recorded as LaBarba's professional debut. It was not. The Frankie Grandetta bout was his first.) Source for all bouts: The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle & The New York Times. Virtually all of the above biography (from information provided by LaBarba's son, F. John LaBarba), and all of LaBarba's amateur record, is courtesy of Ric Kilmer: Member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and BoxRec Editor, from his article in IBRO Journal Issue No. 78, pp. 71-81 (June 22, 2003)(with updated edits). http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Human:12310 Further reading Fidel Labarba olympic and flyweight champion of the world Frankie Genaro Comparison Newsboy Brown Fight Report Elky Clark Fight Report 1 Elky Clark Fight Report 2 Bat Battalino Fight Report
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    Jimmy Goodrich

    2010 Inductee into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
  5. THE CRAZY WORLD OF LIVINGSTONE BRAMBLE : Snakes, Dogs, Voodoo--He Even Has His Manager a Little Punchy February 16, 1985 RICHARD HOFFER | Times Staff Writer RENO — Livingstone Bramble is angry with the media because all they want to do is write about an eccentric, a kid who trains with a boa constrictor named Dog around his neck and whose most beloved companion is a pit bull terrier named Snake. It's like this: You hire a witch doctor for just one fight--what if it does turn out that Dr. Doo was a high school basketball coach--and nobody lets you forget it for the rest of your life. Well, you can see what Bramble, 24, the World Boxing Assn. lightweight champion, is up against, even as he trained for tonight's rematch with Ray Mancini, 23. It's "Hey, Bramble, hear you've been sparring with a caged chicken." Or "Hey, Bramble, hear you've been shadow-boxing with bubbles." There is no letup. No wonder, then, the chip on his shoulder. No wonder he refused to tape a segment with CBS, which just happens to be providing part of his $750,000 purse. There is a serious side to Bramble that everybody chooses to ignore. The other day at a press conference, for instance, he unwrapped a voodoo doll and began probing the eyes with a needle. "Ray, tell me how your eyes feel. See how your eyes are jumping now." Then there was the solemn presentation of a ceramic skull--made in China and bought at a pet store. Bramble would like to know just what they mean by eccentric. "Don't believe it," said Wily Lou Duva, Bramble's long-suffering manager, when asked about these reported troubles with the media. "He loves it. I mean, what we have here is a nut, a real coconut head, a cuckoo." Duva, no stranger himself when it comes to promoting a fight--he nearly started a brawl with Mancini's manager, Dave Wolf, the other day--said he doesn't mind Bramble's zaniness, only his protests to the contrary. Duva's attitude is: Why should a man who plans to wear a skull and crossbones on his trunks complain about his coverage? Does the Pope whine because everywhere he goes people look on him as a religious figure? If Bramble is not, in fact, what the psychiatrists like to medically classify as a coconut head, he is at least showing many of the symptoms. Since winning the title from Mancini last June in a 14-round upset, Bramble has done little to change his image from the dread-locked Rastafarian who is full of that Virgin Islands voodoo. It is almost easy to forget that he is really a champion, an excellent counter-puncher with a 22-2-1 record whose strength was more than equal to that of the stand-up slugger, Mancini, whose record of 29-2 was forged largely by presenting his face and daring anyone to hit it. Bramble's activities outside the ring tend to overshadow those within. The glory of his reign, a reign that will be tested in Reno's Lawlor Events Center and will be televised nationally by HBO, has been obscured by a certain unpredictability, a behavior that has often veered onto a very low road, indeed, even beyond voodoo dolls. Before the first Mancini fight, for example, Bramble said he was going to sew the name of Duk Koo Kim on his trunks, in reference to the fighter who died after a title fight with Mancini. There is little doubt that all this had an effect on Mancini in that first fight. Mancini was somewhat psyched by those goings-on. "The Mancini people, they don't know how to hype a fight," Duva said. "They think everything is for real." Mancini, of Youngstown, Ohio, says it was more a case of overtraining for that fight, that he had absolutely nothing that night. All the same, those close to the promotion say Mancini has been working hard to stay above the fray this time, that he has resigned himself to whatever Bramble has up his sleeve. After Bramble had his way with the voodoo doll, Mancini simply asked if Bramble would be his valentine. Wolf, who put a recent press conference in high gear by tossing out some vague drug allegations, said Bramble's efforts for the rematch have been boring. "I have to fault them for their creativity," he said. "They should have done something better than this. This is supposed to be a psych-out?" To tell the truth, there is some question as to whether this is, indeed, supposed to be a psych-out. Duva ordinarily welcomes anything that gets his fighter attention, but Bramble's behavior has been getting even to him. And he's not sure it's all so calculated, either. "Some of it's BS," he said. "But you have to remember, he's a kook. I don't know from hour to hour what he's going to do. He doesn't either. I've been spending all my time here covering up for him, for the things he's been saying." In the beginning Duva could laugh it all off. It's been a standing joke when he said: "I've got an appointment already made. After any Bramble fight, I commit myself to a mental institution for 10 days." But it doesn't always make him laugh these days. In fact, he's at the point where he's ready to walk away from a champion. See, not all this bizarre behavior makes it to the press. http://articles.latimes.com/1985-02-16/sports/sp-2991_1_livingstone-bramble