Local Boxer takes on favorites

By Carlos Alvarez Local boxer Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte and the rest of the USA Boxing Team’s hopes of capturing gold in London begins today with first round bouts. Diaz, who likes to be called “JoJo,” takes on favored Pavlo Ishchenko of the Ukraine in the bantamweight division. Although Ishchenko is heavily favored, Diaz Jr. says that he is ready after training hard to get to the…

July 28, 2012
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2012 Olympics feature local athletes

By Tadzio Garcia The four-year countdown has elapsed—the 2012 Olympics have arrived. Among the almost 11,000 athletes competing during the Olympic Games four are local talents. The local athletes are boxers Dominic Breazeale (super heavyweight) and Joseph Diaz, Jr. (bantamweight), shooter Kim Rhode (double trap and skeet) and Brenda Villa, a member of Team USA’s women’s water polo team. Both boxers drew difficult opening bouts. Diaz Jr. drew favored Pavlo…

July 28, 2012
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