By Jim Shelton
"Once upon a time, boxing dominated TV in a way we can't fathom today," he says. "It was regularly watched by 20 percent of Americans. At one point, in the late 1940s, as much as 50 percent of programming was boxing."
Born in Mexico, the half-Indian, half-Mexican welterweight accumulated a professional record of 131-39-6, with 69 knockouts. He fought many of the top pugilists of his era (including Tony DeMarco, Kid Gavilan and Emile Griffith) and sometimes wore a Native American headdress into the ring. He is a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
For more on the previous generation of Native boxers, see Heavyweight Champ to Get Native Name and Hipp in Athletic Hall of Fame.