Carmona gave 'em something to cheer about

Chango Carmona might not have earned enough in his boxing days to live like a king, but he's still happy. Robert Morales catches up with the former lightweight champion and finds out why.

Originally Published: September 16, 2008
By Robert Morales | Special to ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Chango Carmona stood inside the no-name gym in the basement of a house in downtown Los Angeles, where he trains young boxers in the evenings after finishing his day as a parking lot attendant.

Carmona was asked to recall the biggest fight of his career, and the second-best day of his life. His eyes got big and he smiled widely.

Carmona took his listeners back to Sept. 15 -- the eve of Mexican Independence Day -- in 1972.

That night, the native of Acapulco, ...

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