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New Mexico’s Boxing Legacy

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While New Mexicans know the names Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero and Holly Holm, few have heard of Benny Chavez, Eddie Mack or Benny Cordova. Few know that, in 1868, a five-hour bare-knuckle prize fight outside Santa Fe resulted in a death, or that, in 1896, the Territory of New Mexico played a huge role in a nationwide ban on prizefights.


Christopher Cozzone