One boxer and two trainers are to be added to the Corpus Christi Boxing Hall of Fame, on Thursday, September 24th during HALL OF FAME FIGHT NIGHT at the American Bank Center.
Former WBC Continental America’s Super Bantamweight Champion, Roland “Bad News” Gomez will become the seventh boxer to be inducted. Long-time Corpus Christi trainers Ralph Davila and David Baltazar, Sr. will be enshrined as well.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place in the ring between bouts. The seven bout fight card, which begins at 7:30 pm, will be headlined by Corpus Christi’s Alfonso Lopez (21-1), who will take on Michael Walker (19-9, Chicago).
Gomez had an outstanding twelve year (1985-1997) professional career, and ended his career with a 24-14 record. He fought in a total of 8 title fights and fought six world champions. The biggest win of his career came over former #1 World Ranked contender, Mike Ayala, of San Antonio.
Davila has over 30 years of service in the amateur and professional ranks. He started in boxing as an assistant trainer at the Corpus Christi Boys Club in 1978 and eventually became head trainer at the Police Officers Association Gym. In addition to his training of boxers, he has refereed amateur boxing for 30 years. Just recently, he won the middleweight championship of the World Ringside Masters boxing tournament.
Baltazar, Sr. spent over 40 years (1962-2002) in amateur and professional boxing as a coach and manager. He was head coach at Baltazar Boxing Gym for most of the 40 years. He passed away in 2002.