By Miguel Maravilla
Los Angeles has hosted many great fights throughout the years and will continue its tradition of great fights when former world champion Amir “King” Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) takes on the undefeated Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs) of Norwalk, California at the legendary Los Angeles Sports Arena. The bout will take place on December 15.
The Los Angeles Sports Arena hosted its first fight card on July 8, 1959, when Joe Becerra of Guadalajara, Mexico knocked out France’s Alphonse Halimi for the world bantamweight title. Sugar Ray Robinson and Gene Fullmer fought to draw in December of 1960. Muhammad Ali and Archie Moore squared off in 1962. Other notable fights at the LA Sports Arena include Bobby Chacon vs. Danny “Little Red” Lopez, Roberto Duran vs. Pipino Cuevas. Roger Mayweather began his stint as the “Mexicutioner” in the 80’s with wins over Mexican’s Mauricio Aceves and Rodolfo Gonzalez at the Sports Arena. The last time boxing took place at the LA Sports Arena was in August of 2008 on the card that Karim Mayfield scored a first round TKO. The last championship fight to take place at the Sports Arena was a slugfest between Mexican sluggers Jose Luis Lopez and Yori Boy Campas as Lopez went on to win a fifth round TKO.