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Memorial Dateline: August 12th, 1982, Salvador Sanchez

It was on this date near the time of this posting, the predawn morning of August 12th some 32 years ago that perhaps the finest boxing talent that Mexico has ever birthed passed violently from this world when his Porsche 928 recklessly attempted to pass a freight truck at a high rate of speed. Salvador “Chava” Sanchez was only 23 years old, an interesting numeric palindromic juxtaposition with the 32 years from today that oddly adds up to the congressionally imposed era safety speed limit of 55 mph in neighboring Texas and the other US states.

Had Sanchez been traveling at 55 he might have maintained control of his Porsche, but then again perhaps Chava was never meant to be confined to such mundane mortal limits, especially while in a rush for a rendezvous with his mistress. After all, he like any great Mexican champ had need of a beautifully amorous  senorita to quicken his pulse and relieve the pain of his grueling training camp, running some 8-10 miles in the mountains six days a week before sparring, even during the blistering Mexican summers.



And strangely enough Salvador Sanchez now has a highly touted Mexican  boxing peer of sorts in this palindromic year 32 years later who just compiled an identical 44-1-1, 32 KO  record by age 23 with the slightest of a variant, 44-1-1, 31 KO. That would be Saul “Canelo” Alvarez who has just now managed to make 24 years of age and is looking for his next big fight in Las Vegas.

Thankfully Canelo survived his much speedier 200 mph Maserati to perhaps add on another legendary layer of boxing history to the rich tapestry of Mexican boxing that Sanchez was front and center in establishing. The level of stardom that these fighters attain often extracts a heavy price as it ultimately did Sanchez. There is often no rhyme nor reason nor any purpose to who lives, who thrives, and who dies. We all hang by a twisting threadbare string of mortality that The Fates have us dancing on for their amusement.

Oh my, and such amusement and such spectacular spectacle did Chava provide for us who stood in mute awe after every fight. The numbers don’t lie, 10-0, 5 KO title record with four of those knockouts against Hall of Famers. It was as if he saved his best performances for his best competitors, each brilliant stand alone classics against Danny “Little Red” Lopez twice, Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez, and Azuma “The Professor” Nelson.  There are only a handful of fighters in history who might match such young excellence as Chava acheived almost effortlessly in the middle of the toughest action imaginable. He was possessed of a magical sublime quality in those moments that defies the known physical limits of mankind as should Immortals always be so blessed.

After witnessing the brutal 15 round firefight against Azuma Nelson, the best pure boxer who ever existed in this world, Willie Pep, remarked in palpable relief, “I’m glad he (Salvador Sanchez) wasn’t around in my era,” and thus Chavo entered into the Great Pantheon of Boxing where he was always destined to reside.

L'il Red vs Chava

L’il Red vs Chava

Hasta La Vista Wilfredo Gomez

Hasta La Vista Wilfredo Gomez

Sal Sanchez summons up his last round of boxing...

Sal Sanchez summons up his last round of boxing…

The end of Boxing as we knew it...

The end of Boxing as we knew it…




The Brandon Rios Challenge of WBA Champion Miguel Acosta

Bam Bam Brandon Rios challenges the newly crowned WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta in his first bid for world title this Saturday, February 26th at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Combatants

The Combatants

The 32 yr old Venezuelan Acosta has been boxing since 1999 in an up and down career going nowhere until he caught fire in two consecutive away bouts, torching the undefeated records of Urbano Antillon and Paulus Moses with big knockouts in their home environs for the WBA interim and regular titles in Mexico and Africa respectively.
Moreover, Acosta, 28-3-2, 22 KO, has been undefeated since 2004, so now he arrives at the apex of his career, his first defense of his title in another away bout as the headliner in the capital of boxing.

Quite a career turnabout by Miguel Acosta that merits big time respect, harkening back to the days of Danny Little Red Lopez going over to Africa to dethrone champ David Kotey and defending his title against a series of thrilling hometown challengers.

The 24 yr old Rios is just as easily undefeated since his pro debut, 2004, and already nailed his signature win over the equally undefeated Anthony Peterson at the Palms Casino Resort in a WBA title eliminator, so now he has his own fireworks showcase just for him in a comfortable home style setting not that far from where he lives and trains in Oxnard, California.

I’m guessing Acosta will be the favorite, however I’ve learned that odds can be strangely puzzling sometimes. Mainly the fighters seem evenly matched and I only note projected odds as part of the sport, not wishing to direct any betting.

In the Rios corner will be Robert Garcia, the hottest up and coming trainer in the biz. One notable attribute about Rios is his size, entering the ring bigger than most middleweights in history, but Acosta is hardly a dainty flower himself and may be the hungrier, more self made fighter than Rios who still has a bit of the kid in him needing direction.

The undercard features fast charging 21 yr old featherweight prospect, Robert Marroquin, stepping way up in class against an experienced Mexicali fringe contender, Gilberto Sanchez Leon along side some other Top Rank prospects.

Great card to see some of the future names in boxing, so peel your eyeballs off in that direction this coming Saturday if you like action packed knockout type of fights.