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Boxer eager for Arco rematch

“It was very close but I thought I was the winner,” said a bitter Oscar Larios of his first encounter with Willie Jorrin on Jan. 19, 2000 in Sacramento.

Now Larios, a devoted husband and father of three small children, is determined to settle an old score and prove he’s the one and only World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion. The long-awaited rematch heads up an ESPN-televised card Friday at Arco Arena.

The loss was a huge disappointment to Larios (45-3-1), a second generation fighter who began his campaign for a world title at age 12 the town of Zapopan, Mexico. He turned professional in 1994 at the age of 17. Early on, Larios honored his father, a former lightweight, by assuming his nickname “Chololo.” Larios had racked up an impressive record of 39-2-1 by the time he faced Jorrin.



Not one to sit around, Larios kept busy the year after his failed title bid notching four straight victories and picking up the WBA’s Fedecentro title along the way.

When Jorrin (28-0-1) was unable to fight mandatory challenger Israel Vasquez after stepping in a gopher hole and injuring his ankle, the WBC ordered No. 1-rated Vasquez to fight Larios for the interim super nantamweight title. In a stunning upset on May 17 in Sacramento, Larios scored a dramatic 12th-round knockout of the heavily favored Vasquez, winning the interim title, the No. 1 ranking and a mandatory rematch with Jorrin.




Sacramento middleweight Eric Regan, who has fought at Caesars Tahoe, will also appear on the card.

Tickets at $100, $75, $55 and $35, are on sale now.

For more information and to buy tickets, call (916) 649-8497 or (530) 528-8497 or visit the ARCO Arena Box Office. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the first bout at 6 p.m.

RAGE CAGE IN RENO

“King of the Cage: Sudden Impact” will feature eight bouts, including the big rematch between Dan “The Bull” Bobish vs. “Big” Eric Pele, on Friday at the City Center Pavillion in Reno.

Featured on this fight card are three Reno fighters returning from King of the Cage in May: Rick Collup, Jimmy Walker and Rocky Batastini.

Also appearing on the card will be”Superman” Dennis Hallman, Dan “The Beast” Severn and bruiser Mike Kyle.

A no-holds-barred competition, King of the Cage fighters utilize many forms of combat including Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, street-fighting and kick-boxing — in the cage.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Preliminary fights begin at 4:30 p.m., and the main card of six fights starts at 6 p.m. Fans must be at least 14.

Tickets are $150, $100, $75 and $50; general admission is $40.

FRIDGE TO SIGN

William “The Refrigerator” Perry will make an appearance at the Silver Club-Hotel-Casino in Sparks on Saturday to sign autographs.

The former defensive lineman for the Chicago Bears will sign autographs from 1-4 p.m. at the Upper Deck Sports Bar.

DISC TOURNEY SUNDAY

At Kirkwood they might be praying for snow — but not until after Sunday.

After an informal tournament on Sunday morning, the baskets at the Disc-wood disc golf course will be taken down for the winter.

The Nov. 3 closing date is a record. The latest previous ending date was Nov. 1, 2000.

The baskets remain up all year at two other disc golf courses at Bijou Community Park and Zephyr Cove Park.


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