Category Archives: etcetera

book review of “Boxing in New Mexico”

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 [...]

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cozzone picks up bwaa writing & photo honors

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 [...]

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book signing at local fights in albuquerque

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 [...]

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taking a break

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 [...]

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prayers out to ‘hollewood’ montes of abq

Prayers and get-well wishes to Raymond “Hollewood” Montes, who is in critical condition from injuries sustained in his KO loss last night in ABQ.

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johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

“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 [...]

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r.i.p. johnny tapia

New Mexico’s greatest hometown fighter has passed away. Former five-time world champion Johnny Tapia was found dead in his home today.

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trigger-happy ‘filipino flash’ at ringside

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 [...]

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10-count for nick charles

R.I.P. Nick Charles!

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two-book deal inked with mcfarland

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 [...]

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2 book signings set for Saturday

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 [...]

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flashes of hope shoot

My favorite shot from this week’s benefit Flashes of Hope shoot in Las Vegas.  Check out www.FlashesofHope.com online. Find out how to raise money for pediatric cancer research and help kids with cancer!

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book signing april 2 in ABQ

A book signing is planned for the newly-released “The First Black Boxing Champions – Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s,” on Saturday, April 2, in Albuquerque. 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 [...]

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oh for krissake

Alright, so it isn’t boxing and it isn’t MMA and it sure ain’t the usual stuff I photograph, from junkies to gangbangers to weddings . . . At a recent shoot for a historic hotel in Albuquerque, looks like Jesus decided to make an appearance in one of my shots. I was hoping to get [...]

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“First Black Boxing Champions” released

“The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s” has been released by McFarland Press. The book, edited by Colleen Aycock & Mark Scott, with a foreword by Al Bernstein, also features a hefty chapter by Chris Cozzone. Click here to see on Amazon, or here on the publisher’s site.

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cozzone in current issue of rangefinder mag

Chris Cozzone and his company WriteShot make Rangefinder Mag. What does Manny Pacquiao and blood-and-guts boxing have to do with fluffy-ass weddings? Click on link below to check out. A Wedding is Like a Boxing Match: Both Win by Getting the WriteShot by Martha Blanchfield

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new mexico boxing history gets longer

Newly-crowned WBA 154-pound champ Austin Trout is making Chris Cozzone’s life harder. Cozzone, hard at work on a book on the history of boxing in New Mexico, will now have to elongate the massive project for Trout recently became the fourth New Mexican (male) to win a world title – the first three being Bobby [...]

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book review of ‘Joe Louis: Hard Times’

“Save me, Joe Louis! Save me, Joe Louis!” As urban legend has it, those were the last words of a black death row prisoner, back in the ‘30s, as he breathed in fatal fumes in the gas chamber . . . |more|

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boxing’s mob squad

Book Review of Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Fights, the Fifties: Long before the networks put a rear naked choke on boxing; before there were 1,001 champs fighting for 1,001 titles under 1,001 sanctioning bodies, there was New York, Madison Square Garden, one major promoter and a handful of hoods who controlled the game. Golden [...]

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“The First Black Boxing Champions” in production

The First Black Boxing Champions: Essays on Fighters of the 1800s to the 1920s has gone into production and will be available this Fall/Winter by McFarland Press.  The book, edited by Colleen Aycock & Mark Scott,  presents 15 detailed biographies of some of the first African American and black champions and challengers of the early [...]

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