Friday, June 08, 2012

Enrique Bolanos 1924-2012

"Good looking guy, charming with a very crowd-friendly style"

Enrique Bolanos, a Mexican boxer who three times fought for and lost the world lightweight title in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, died Monday. He was 87.

Bolanos died of heart failure at a convalescent facility near his Pasadena home, said his wife of 64 years, Ruby.

The boxer's soft-spoken demeanor and ring skill made him the most popular Mexican fighter in Southern California during the height of his career, which closed in 1952 with a 79-22-5 record and 44 knockouts.

"Good looking guy, charming, very crowd-friendly style," longtime boxing publicist Bill Caplan said. "They loved him to pieces.",0,5852339.story

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