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Farewell Vin Scully

That easily distinguishable voice swirling over the airwaves is gone.

Vin Scully, 94, who kept all of Southern California apprised of Los Angeles Dodger baseball from 1958 until 2016 has departed. The sports world has bowed its head toward the great commentator who started announcing back in Brooklyn in 1950.

Many native Southern Californians can remember the first time they ever heard Scully’s voice carry over the radio waves. For my family it began when the Dodgers made the World Series in 1959 against the Chicago White Sox.

Hearing Scully call out Dodger second baseman “Charlie Neal steals second base” remains the first time I recall his voice over the transistor radio my cousin was carrying. Our large family was huddled around to hear the play-by-play of the 59 World Series in L.A.

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Sulem Urbina Beats Vizcaino in So Cal

Rolling uppercuts and hooks flowed at the Commerce Casino for Elite Boxing’s Evolution 6 event on Saturday night. The night consisted of eight bouts; some blood splattering and some crowd teasing. Women’s boxing shined as Sulem Urbina defeated Jhosep Vizcaino in the main event.

It is a rarity to have women’s boxing as the main event and the female attendees could not contain their battle cry cheers as Urbina (13-2-1) won by split decision against Vizcaino (10-10-0). The super flyweight brawlers shared a dominating confidence meant to show the mostly male driven sport that they mean business.

The first round was aggressive right off the bat with each fighter exchanging long flowing combos. The fight stayed mostly in the middle of the ring during the second round as Vizcaino sharpened up her uppercut hook combos while Urbina utilized her bobbing and weaving skills.

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Sandy Koufax Statue and More

A statue of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was dedicated by the Los Angeles Dodger organization at Dodger Stadium. It’s only the second time a former Dodger has been honored with a statue. The other was the legendary Jackie Robinson.

Only baby boomers are alive who actually saw the great southpaw hurler Koufax slice through lineups with his superior fastball and dynamite curve. Even fewer baseball journalists remain today who saw him pitch the Dodgers to three World Series championships.

Yes, I’m actually one of those who did watch him pitch at Dodger Stadium.

It was a hot summer night on August 14,1965, visiting the Dodgers was the Pittsburgh Pirates. The big question was if a game would still take place? The Watts Riots were raging in South-Central L.A. and buildings were burning with smoke plumes visible for miles. Lives had been lost and a question of safety loomed.

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Canelo vs GGG 3

HOLLYWOOD, CA-Only in Hollywood could they stage the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez versus Gennady “GGG” Golovkin announcement of their third fight.

Only in Hollywood.

“You’re talking about two icons in boxing. Two fighters with worldwide recognition. They don’t like each other,” said Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. “I don’t see this fight going 12 rounds.”

Like the reincarnation of a King Kong versus Godzilla sequel the two super middleweight boxing behemoths gathered at the Hollywood Legion Theater near the historic Hollywood Bowl to formally announce their third clash.

“I think he is going to be surprised at my resistance,” said Alvarez at the press conference. “Knockout is what I see.”

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Pound for Pound Men 2022

Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez heads the top of the pound for pound standings again for the third year. He continues to boggle the mind of fans who flock to stadiums wherever Canelo fights. He has become the main star in boxing as his $36 million per fight purse can attest.

Few other fighters or athletes can match Canelo’s financial resume last year, let alone his physical and technical prowess inside the boxing ring. Canelo is the pound for pound king.

Others like Terence Crawford, Tyson Fury and Naoya Inoue continue their success too with sterling performances.

Some newcomers to this list are Mexico’s Oscar Valdez, United Kingdom’s Josh Taylor and Australia’s George Kambosos Jr. All had remarkable fights in 2021.

Here’s the list as of January 1, 2022:

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Arnold Barboza Wins in Temecula

After an 11- month layoff from the ring and late round scares, Arnold Barboza Jr. won by unanimous decision over Danielito Zorrilla and captured the vacant WBO Intercontinental junior welterweight belt last Friday night at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California.

Barboza (27-0, 10 KO) of South El Monte, California continued his undefeated record with the clear scores of 99-92 and 97-93 twice over Zorrilla (16-1, 12 KO) of Puerto Rico in a sold-out crowd of 2,836.

This was a long-awaited fight for the junior welterweight contender Barboza but he got his time to shine for Top Rank Promotions as the main event. As for Zorrilla, this was his first loss after putting his undefeated record on the line. His attempt to retain his record was short lived after this bout went all ten rounds.

Showing his commitment to the fight, Barboza moved forward using sharp combinations appearing more relaxed in the ring than his opponent. Zorrilla displayed a more tense body and tended to fight on his back feet while fighting on the defense. A connecting hook and uppercut from Barboza clocked Zorrilla on the chin creating a mix up of the two in round two.

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