Category: new mexico

12 Mar

long-awaited book on new mexico’s rich boxing history now shipping

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Finally out! “Boxing in New Mexico: A History 1868-1940.” Books are now shipping!

About the Book
On June 28, 1868, a group of men gathered alongside a road 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl between well-known Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and “Jack,” an unidentified fighter who died of his injuries. Thought to be the first “official” prizefight in New Mexico, this tragic spectacle marked the beginning of the rich and varied history of boxing in the state. Oftentimes an underdog in its battles with the law and public opinion, boxing in New Mexico has paralleled the state’s struggles and glories,through the Wild West, statehood, the Depression, war, and economic growth. It is a story set in boomtowns, ghost towns and mining camps, along railroads and in casinos, and populated by cowboys, soldiers, laborers, barrio-bred locals and more. This work chronicles more than 70 years of New Mexico’s colorful boxing past, representing the most in-depth exploration of prizefighting in one region yet undertaken.

Amazon is offering a deal on pre-sales – the book should be in their hands on March 15 – for just $30. Or you can order directly from the publisher at McFarland Press.

Author Chris Cozzone will also have some copies in the very near future. Email him for more info.

 

28 Oct

albuquerque fight card report/photos

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Sorely skewed in favor of the hometown corner, with a cast of foes whose combined records totaled 14-53-6, Saturday night’s “Fight Night at the Kiva” could’ve easily have been a case of karma carrying out the kayo on Chavez-Crespin Promotions.

The crowd of 800 who showed up to watch the hometowners win ridiculous, obscure titles in gimme situations, however, should’ve gone home more than satisfied – thanks to a high-action undercard that could’ve flopped, but didn’t.

What could’ve been a blundercard was more like a thundercard . . . click here for full report and photos

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|

20 Aug

lost in 1915 at the border

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With no fights to cover until Mayweather-Ortiz week, I’m knee-deep in writing – presently lost somewhere around the border around 1915-1919. My Jan. 1 deadline approaches for “The History of Boxing in New Mexico, Volume I,” due out next year by McFarland Press.

Photo above: A ticket stub from the scrapbook of New Mexico’s first world title challenger, Benny Chavez, who was in attendance for the Sept. 19, 1915 showdown between Albuquerque’s Benny Cordova and Texas legend Bobby Waugh – it was the third time the two fought. Altogether, Cordova and Waugh battled seven times and 107 rounds – from Mexico to Texas to New Mexico. Both, Benny Cordova and Benny Chavez, feature prominently in the book.

 

 

09 Jun

pre-fight albuquerque, new mexico

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Always nice to be back in the Duke City, even if it means choking on smoke from the east Arizona wildfires. Where else can you attend a weigh-in, only to hear one of the fighters will not be making the fight because she was arrested that morning for a parole violation? Where Holly Holm, despite ten years of publicity, is still called “Holms?” Or where the highlight of a weigh-in may not be a staredown or a shoving match, but the display of tattoos or a new ‘do. Spotted above: the new ‘do of Golden Boy prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado.

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

 

16 Mar

book signing april 2 in ABQ

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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 New Mexico-related essay in the book.

Location: Albuquerque Public Library, Lomas & Tramway Branch, Eastridge St. (the library sits on the SW corner of Tramway and Lomas, but has an Eastridge address.)

Date & time: April 2, 1:00 p.m.

The book is also available at Amazon: Click here

16 Mar

oh for krissake

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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 an accidental shot of one of the ghosts the hotel is famous for. Instead I get the infamous holy ghost invading my digital realm. Call it what you will. And no, I won’t start tweeting or posting endless Bible quotes from here on out . . .