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     Avila turned professional in 1939 and was later forced to retire due to injury with a record of 14 wins, 3 losses, and 4 draws. After retirement, Avila apparently found his niche and became a trainer. He was the trainer for Jesse Flores in his championship fight at Madison Square Gardens and Yankee Stadium. He was also the trainer for Herman Markwise in his championship fights. As a trainer, coach and manager, Avila accumulated 27 Northern California Amateur Championships, two National Championships, two National Championship Runner-ups, two Stockton athlete of the Year winners, two Pacific Association AAU Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards and two boxers who fought for world titles. Avila was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1969.

     1944 through 1952 was the span of Jesse Flores' career. In 1948 Jesse Flores fought for the lightweight championship of the world in a ten-round bout.

     An icon in Stockton boxing for fifty years, Frank Dobales was an amateur and professional fighter who fought in nine Golden Gloves. In 1946 he won the 119 pound title of the Diamond Beld, In San Francisco; and the 118 pound title in San Francisco Golden Gloves in 1947. He turned professional in 1947, at age 18, and had a record of 16 wins, 4 losses. He went on to coach and train many young men, including Benny Gerlaga, who won two National AAU titles, the first in 1966, in New York and the second in 1967, in San Diego. He almost had another national champion in Jesse Lopez, who lost his final fight in a National Golden Glove Championship, held in Minnesota in 1967. Dobales was the coach of a Northern California Golden Gloves Team that went to Boluxi, Mississippi in 1978. He was named co-coach of the U.S.A. Boxing Team, along with ex-Heavyweight Champion, Jimmy Ellis that fought against the team of East Germany and Tahoe of 1979. He received a Latino Award for Latin America Club for athletic involvement in 1979; and the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors acknowledged his involvement in amateur boxing in June of 1979. Dobales has been the vice president of the Stockton Police Youth Athletic League, Inc. since 1982; and was a Northern California Commissioner for the Central California Amateur Boxing Association from 1980-1985. In 1989, Dobales was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame.

          Born in Stockton in 1924 and living there until 1952, Peter "Tote" Martinez attended all local schools and graduated from Edison High School. Before Pearl Harbor, "Tote" commenced his amateur boxing career and had a record of 32 wins, 5 losses by 1947. When he turned 27 he had a string of 22 straight victories. In World War II, "Tote" served in the 41st Division of the U.S. Army. When it was over, he had four major campaigns, a silver star for bravery, bronze medal and a purple heart on his record. His professional record was 47-7-5. During his career he defeated well-knowns such as Carlos Chavez, Raul Compos, Mario Treagle, Alfredo Escavar, Febela Chavez, and Chuchu Jiminez. He dropped close ones to former lightweight champ Beu Jack, Maxie Docusen, and two to Enrique Bellanos. All but two of his losses were split decisions. Three of the more classic fights in Stockton's history were against another local favorite, Jesse Flores. Two of them ended in a draw and the third Flores received a razor-thin decision in an action-packed third bout. "Tote" was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1976.


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