IT was in the late 1970’s when Madison Square Garden matchmaker Teddy Brenner boasted that the east coast boxers of the United States were superior to those on the west coast. Being that Madison Square Garden was the mecca of boxing at the time Brenner’s claim went largely unchallenged.
On reflection Brenner’s analysis might have been accurate, but what was left unsaid was that the gap was rapidly closing. And in subsequent years the majority of the mega fights would be fought in the new capital of the boxing world Las Vegas, Nevada. But the best fights and fighters often displayed their wares in arguably boxing’s greatest hotbed, Southern California.
Olivares, Palomino, Canto, Barrera, De La Hoya, Chavez, Morales, Cuevas, Ramos, Arguello, Sanchez, Napoles, Lopez, and so on. The names jump out at you fast and furious in Gene Aguilera’s new book Latino Boxing in Southern California. It brings back to life some of the greatest contests and rivalries the ring has seen. The wording is descriptive and the photos are outstanding.