Carbajal-Gonzalez II one for the ages?

February 10, 1994|By Knight-Ridder News Service

In all his trips to the ring, Michael Carbajal never visited the canvas, never felt the crunching blows that leave you answering telephones that have not rung.

Until last March, when Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez floored Carbajal.

Twice.

"My brother Danny was in my corner, and he kept asking me, 'How do you feel?' " Carbajal recalled. "I told him I was all right. I don't know how I got off the canvas. I guess it was from sheer determination."

The light flyweight did more than get up. He rallied to knock out Gonzalez in the seventh round, one of the more spectacular comebacks of recent years. Carbajal, the International Boxing Federation champion, added the World Boxing Council crown to his baubles.

"I won't get knocked down again," Carbajal said flatly.

Almost one year after a fight for the ages, the two men will meet again, on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles.

"There's nothing he can do differently," Carbajal said. "I think that was the best fight he had fought -- and the best fight he will ever fight. My goal is to win, and that's what I'm going to do."

Both are little men, but they deserve the huge paydays they are getting. Carbajal, who is 30-0 with 18 knockouts, will receive $1 million for the fight, becoming the first light flyweight to earn a seven-figure purse in the ring. Gonzalez is getting $450,000.

"Their first fight was incredible," promoter Bob Arum said, explaining the reason for the big paydays. "It was one of those that people will remember as long as there is boxing."

Brewer's status tenuous

Middleweight Charles Brewer, knocked out by a man who did not even know he was going to fight a few days earlier, probably will lose his status as a top-10 contender.

Brewer, who had been ranked sixth by the International Boxing Federation, was stopped in the first round by Lonnie Beasley, a late replacement, on Feb. 1 at the Blue Horizon.

One thing in his favor is that he has bounced back from defeat before, having climbed up the middleweight ladder after two losses to Greg Thomas, a club fighter.

"After the fight, we were in the dressing room," said J. Russell Peltz, who promotes Brewer. "And I told him, 'I could stay up with you all night and tell you to forget about it, but you're not going to forget about it until you step into the ring again and win.' The sooner he fights, the better off he'll be. I think he's still a top-line fighter."

Boxercise

Of all the gyms in Philadelphia, only one is free of the wars that leave your ribs aching long after the sparring sessions are over.

Damon Feldman, a super middleweight who is used to punishment in the ring, wants none of that with the new class he is teaching at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center in suburban Wynnewood.

He calls it Boxercise, and besides being a great calorie-burner, it has one overriding benefit: You do not have to take any punches.

That means no busted ribs, no lacerated kidneys, no squashed noses.

Camacho loses twice

Bettors are always looking for inside information, so Hector Camacho seemed to be in a great position.

After all, who knew more about Camacho than the "Macho Man" himself?

So he bet on himself -- $40,000 -- to defeat Felix Trinidad, the IBF welterweight champion, on Jan. 29.

Trinidad ended up winning a decision, and Camacho, whose purse was $100,000, took home only $60,000 if you subtract the size of his wager.

So much for inside information.

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