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07 May

book review of “Boxing in New Mexico”

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Book review by David Finger of Fightnews.com:

Boxing fans can be forgiven if the idea of another regional boxing history book doesn’t excite them right off the bat. Most tend to fall into two categories: an overglossed pamphlet that rehashes well known boxing stories or a book long on facts but short on drama. A book that people buy only to look in the index to find what page “Uncle Charlie” appears on. But to lump the newest regional boxing book in that category would be a tremendous mistake. Boxing in New Mexico 1868-1940 isn’t just the best regional boxing history book to come out this century…it may very well be the best boxing history book period . . . |more|

26 Mar

cozzone picks up bwaa writing & photo honors

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The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has announced the winners of its annual Bernies (formerly “Barneys”) contest, which each year recognizes the best writing about boxing by BWAA members. The strong field of prize-winning works appeared during 2012 in a wide range of print and online outlets and shows that boxing journalism is as vital as ever.

Tying for second in the column category was Chris Cozzone’s “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” published in Fightnews.com and NewMexicoBoxing.com on June 1, 2012. The column praises the life and career of Johnny Tapia, who passed away last year on May 27.

Cozzone also received an honorable mention for his photography in the feature category. It is the second year that Cozzone has placed in, both, writing and photography. He remains the only journalist to do so since the BWAA started their awards in 1972.

26 Mar

book signing at local fights in albuquerque

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Anyone looking to pick up a copy of “Boxing in New Mexico: 1868-1940,” by Chris Cozzone and Jim Boggio, can do so at Friday night’s fights at the Wool Warehouse. Cozzone will have a table in the lobby in the hour before first bell. As a special for fight fans attending Friday’s card, the usually $45 price will be dropped to $36. Cozzone says he’s more interested in circulating the book than making the few bucks each copy yields. He also says that a minimum number of books must be sold before his publisher agrees to move forward with the second volume. Volume II, says Cozzone, will go from WW2 to the present era.

10 Feb

taking a break

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After 13 years of full-time boxing coverage, I’m downshifting to take care of business in other areas.  Call it what you will – boredom, a decline in the overall sport that doesn’t satisfy the way it used to, or the need to re-broaden my focus. While I will continue to cover some the bigger fights in Vegas, and the local shows where I’m, once again, residing, that being Albuquerque, N.M., expect to see my byline with less frequency.  New projects, a return to full-time teaching and grad school may keep me from every night at the fights, but my pen, camera and smart-ass comments will not gather rust.

Photo above: Prince Naseem Hamed makes his ring entrance against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001.

31 May

johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

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“Albuquerque, I’m still your hometown champion . . . .”

Those were the words Johnny Tapia never failed to yell into the camera, in between the rounds of his countless TV fights.

That and “I love you, Grandma, Grampa.”

Those two sentences said more about the man than his 162 amateur bouts (150-12), two National Golden Gloves titles, 66 pro fights (59-5-2, 30 KOs), 473 rounds, innumerable minor belts and no less than five bonafide world championships during a career dating back to 1981 . . . |more|

02 Oct

trigger-happy ‘filipino flash’ at ringside

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Bantamweight king Nonito Donaire had more in mind than just shake the rust off his Canon gear when he joined the ringside photographers to shoot the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez fight last night at the MGM in Las Vegas. After Donaire defends his two bantam belts against Omar Narvaez, Oct. 22 in New York City, he is more than likely moving up to super bantam to face last night’s winner.  During the fight, Donaire barely contained himself to just shooting the fight. “I can’t wait to get in there and fight,” he exclaimed more than a few times during the action-packed 12 rounds

07 Apr

two-book deal inked with mcfarland

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Writer/photographer Chris Cozzone has inked a two-volume book deal with McFarland Press on the history of boxing in New Mexico. In between covering the big fights and local fight scenes in both New Mexico and Las Vegas, Cozzone has spent the last six years in heavy research. He inherited the project in 2005 from the late Jim Boggio, who will share the byline. Boggio began his research in the ’80s, logging in over 400 fight cards throughout N.M. history. Cozzone has brought brought that number to 2,300.

Volume I of the two-book set will cover 1868 to World War II and Volume II, from the ’40s to modern era. Featured fighters in the book include Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Bob Foster, Benny Chavez, Eddie Mack, Benny Cordova, Abie Chavez, Larry Cisneros, Art Aragon, Emilio Martinez, Julio Chiaramonte (pictured) and dozens more. Hall-of-Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler will write the foreword.  Cozzone expects Volume I’s completion later this year and to hit the sands in 2012. Stay tuned.

 

 

31 Mar

2 book signings set for Saturday

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Two book signings are planned for the newly-released “The First Black Boxing Champions – Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s,” on Saturday, April 2.

The first time & location will be 1 p.m., at the Albuquerque Public Library, Lomas & Tramway Branch, Eastridge St. (the library sits on the SW corner of Tramway and Lomas, but has an Eastridge address.)

The second time & location will correspond with Saturday night’s “Rising Stars Battle at the Bosque” fight card at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo. Prior to first bell, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., a table will be set up near the entrance to the arena.

Along with a book signing, a lecture, historic film, photos and archives will be made available by editor Colleen Aycock and Chris Cozzone, who has a New Mexico-related essay in the book. Cozzone will also talk about his upcoming book, “The History of Boxing in New Mexico,” which will be printed by McFarland Press, publisher of “The First Black Boxing Champions” and Aycock’s last book, “Joe Gans: A Biography of the First African American World Boxing Champion.”

The book is also available at Amazon: Click here