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CLASSICAL NOTEBOOK OF BOXING HISTORY

THE WAY IT WAS,

THE WAY IT IS,

THE WAY IT SHOULD BE.

THE RING VAULT

 

 

THE FIGHT IN RICKY QUILES

Ricky Quiles was a fine lightweight/super lightweight who for nearly a decade was a mainstay in the divisions ratings. He was born April 11,1970 in Ponce,Puerto Rico and made his professional boxing debut three weeks after his nineteenth birthday. Ricky would would win his first four bouts and then be held to a draw. In November of 1990 he was halted in five by Liasu Braimoh.

Ricky was now doing most of his boxing on the West Coast while also spending time in Lorain,Ohio. After his loss to Braimoh, Ricky reeled off 14 straight wins, all in California. On January 19,1993 Quiles traveled away from the coast to Boise,Idaho. There he dropped an eight round verdict to Ditah Molefyane. It was back to the west coast for five more wins.

In 1995 Ricky won a couple bouts in Cleveland, Ohio.Then to Michigan and back to sunny California. Quickly he was moving up in ratings. On November 19,1998 Quiles took a 12 round decision over Javier Francisco Mendez to win the World Boxing Federation’s light welterweight title. Next he would lose a non title decision to Ahmed Santos in Mississippi. Then in Illinois Ricky lost a decision to Gregorio Vargas for the vacant WBC Fecarbox lightweight title. Two months later he edged veteran Cosme Rivera to capture the WBO/ NABO light welterweight championship. He would next retain his title fighting a draw with the talented Vince “Cool” Phillips.

On January 4,2002 Quiles met the highly regarded Diosbelys Hurtado for the vacant International Boxing Association light welterweight title. Hurtado would win the decision and the title. A year later Ricky would challenge Terrance Cauthen for the NABF 140 pound crown and again Ricky would come up short.Quiles did finish the year with a points win over tough Eloy Rojas.

On February 28,2004 in Florida, Quiles captured a convincing 12 round decision over Peru native Luis Villalta. In doing so Ricky won the NABA lightweight title. Celebration soon turned to tragedy as Villalta passed out in his dressing room and was rushed to the hospital. Luis slipped into a coma and died on March 3rd. This was a stunning chain of events because Quiles was never noted as a heavy hitter. In fact Ricky only scored eight knockouts in his 50 fight career.

Ricky would have to try and put this behind him as his win opened the door for some important fights. Later in the year Quiles outscored Jose Quintana. This put Ricky in an elimination tournament for the IBF lightweight title. In February of 2005 Quiles won a very hard earned 12 round decision over Edner Cherry. He then fought and a decisioned Javier Jaurequi in another spirited battle. Quiles was now on the cusp of winning a world crown.

Ricky opened 2006 winning an eight rounder over Jeremy Yelton. Then on May 18th he met the slick Julio Diaz. Quiles could never get untracked and Diaz fought a superb fight winning the decision with several points to spare. In 2007 Quiles was involved in another elimination bout. This one was against the crafty Nate Campbell. Ricky again went the distance but was soundly defeated. Quiles then decided to hang up the gloves.

In 50 fights Ricky put together a highly respectable 39-8-3 record. As stated earlier he only had eight career knockout wins. Quiles who was a superb boxer and game to the core suffered only one KO loss in his whole career.

Jim Amato

 

FRANKIE DUARTE -- A SPECIAL FIGHTER IN AN ERA OF SPECIAL FIGHTERS

In the 1970's and 80's the bantamweight division was loaded with talent. Great champions like Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate, Daniel Zaragoza and Jeff Chandler forged their Hall Of Fame careers in that era. So did Lupe Pintor who should be in the Hall Of Fame. There were also fine champions like Rafael Herrera, Chucho Castillo, Rodolfo Martinez, Romeo Anaya and Alberto Davila.

One tough hombre from that era just missed being crowned a world champion. Nevertheless his all out action style repeatedly drew big crowds to the Olympic Auditorium and the Inglewood Forum. His name was Frankie Duarte.

Duarte was born in 1954 in Santa Monica, California. He joined the punch for pay ranks in 1973 and quickly became a fan favorite. He won his first 16 bouts but then lost a decision in 1974 to rugged Joe Guevara. In 1975 he split a pair of decisions with Tarcisco Gomez. Frankie would then reel off 11 straight leading to a bout with the talented Alberto Davila. This was a WBC title eliminator bout and on this night the scrappy Davila halted Frankie in round five.

The loss to Davila was a major setback but Duarte kept plugging along. In 1979 he would lose a ten rounder to future junior lightweight champion Rolondo Navarrete. In 1981 he was upset in ten by Nepali Alamag. Frankie would be out of boxing for over three years. He returned in 1984 and won three straight. This garnered him a non title fight with WBA bantamweight champion Richie Sandoval. A determined Duarte lost a ten round split decision to the champ.

In 1986 Duarte rebounded to win the NABF bantamweight title stopping the hard punching Jesus Salud. That led to a 1987 title shot against the new WBA kingpin Bernardo Pinango. It was a close affair but Frankie lost a close decision. In his next bout Duarte met his old foe Alberto Davila with the NABF title on the line. It was a war but Frankie came from behind to halt the badly bleeding Davila in round ten. This victory led to Duarte being named the Ring Magazine Comeback Fighter Of The Year.

Frankie would put together three more wins and he was then matched with Daniel Zaragoza for the WBC Super Bantamweight title. The cagey Zaragoza proved to be too much as he halted Duarte in the tenth round. That would be Frankie's last fight. He finished his career with a fine 47-8-1 record. He scored 34 knockouts and was stopped on only two occasions. He met five world champions and amassed a legion of loyal fans. He was truly a crowd pleaser.


Jim Amato
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Paul Berlenbach -- The Astoria Assassin

As far as history goes, there was a fighter in the New York area about 90 years ago that was at the top of the light-heavyweight class, with a KO punch that still stings whenever historians research early twentieth century fighters.

His name was Paul Berlenbach.

Paul was born February 18, 1901 in Astoria, NY, a deaf mute to German and French parents. When he was 18, while working as an instructor at a Westchester County institution for deaf-mutes, he went to the aid of a boy whose kite had become entangled in an electric wire 12 feet above the ground. Climbing a pole, he released the kite, but came in contact with the wire, received a shock, and fell to the ground. Fearing the worst, first aid revived him. When he came to, he immediately found that he now had normal hearing. Subsequent treatment developed his speech. Growing up in his youth he was a stellar athlete and became an amateur wrestler. He dabbled in amateur boxing before making money in the wrestling ranks, before settling on professional boxing.

By 1920, Berlenbach was a muscular 5'10 1/2 and 170 sleek lbs winning the National AAU light heavyweight championship. In '22 he won the AAU heavyweight boxing tourney, and decided that it was best to do his crafts for money.

Boxing paid dividends for Berlenbach, whose devastating punch made him a hot ticket item in New York. Nicknamed "The Astoria Assassin" Berlenbach reeled off ten straight knockouts at the beginning of his career, and the confidence was sky high when he was matched with Jack Delaney on March 14th, 1924. Delaney was a veteran of 40  fights, a boxer-puncher,  and a top contender for the light-heavyweight crown. In front of a crowd of 14,000 at Madison Square Garden, Delaney brought Berlenbach down to earth, giving Berlenbach a taste of his own medicine with a 4th round knockout.

But Berlenbach was not to be denied. He was determined to succeed, and proved it by going 12-0 after Delaney, registering 9 KO's. His reward came with a bout with former light-heavyweight champ Battling Siki, and Berlenbach proved magnificent in registering a one sided, brutal tenth round knockout.

The victory over Siki  was a pivotal step in securing Berlenbach a shot at Mike McTigue's title. On May 30, 1925, at Yankee Stadium, Berlenbach  defeated McTigue and claimed the undisputed light-heavyweight title. Paul closed out the year with an 11th round KO over Jimmy Slattery and then revenged his prior year loss with a decisive victory over Delaney. 1925 was a spectacular year for Berlenbach, a year that any professional fighter would envy.   

1926 saw Berlenbach drop a  decision to heavyweight Johnny Risko, but then made a stellar defense of his crown with a convincing 15 round win over highly touted Young Stribling at Yankee Stadium. In his next bout, old nemesis Jack Delaney took the crown from Berlenbach with a hard fought decision over 15 rounds. The bloom was off the rose for Berlenbach, who never seemed to have the same gusto in his future bouts. In '27 he was stopped by McTigue in four, then dropped a ten rounder to Mickey Walker in an over the weight bout. His last meaningful bout was in 1928 and Berlenbach was flattened by old rival Jack Dalaney in six.

A few more bouts followed, along with a return to wrestling, until Paul hung them up for good in 1933.  All in all Paul Berlenbach record is not bad at all, with 41 victories, 35 by KO, with 8 losses and 3 draws.  He retired to business, lived a full life before passing away in 1985.

JLM

 

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