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03-26-04

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     Born and raised in Stockton, Johnny Miller attended local schools. While in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was an amateur. He defeated good, seasoned, professional boxer, Ernie Reyes. He also defeated Eddie Prince, who was a Michigan lightweight champion from Battle Creek; Aaron Joshua, featherweight champion or India and Burma; and Eric Largner, lightweight champion of India. Miller subsequently won the All India Lightweight title in 1944 by defeating the British Lightweight Champion. He won it again in 1945. Another win for Miller was against Roy Anchra, featherweight champion of West Africa; and later became the British Empire Featherweight Champion. Miller's amateur and service record was 38 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. He turned professional in 1946, starting as a 10-round main event. He had three fights in the Pacific Northwest and won all three; one against Harold Lacey, Pacific Northwest Featherweight Champion. In his fourth professional fight, he fought to a decision with Pittsburgh's Jackie Wellson, former NBA World Featherweight Champion. He won 17 straight fights, before losing to Maxie Docusen, who had been undefeated in 55 straight fights, and had been ranked as one of the best lightweights in the world. Miller's professional record was 20 wins, 6 losses, 3 draws. In his last professional fight, he fought a draw with Nick Maran, Mexican Welterweight Champion. He later became a police officer in Modesto for 20 years; and was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1984.

     Herman Marquez was born in Mexico and had only a 6th grade education when he started boxing. He started up the ladder of success and won the Diamond Belt Championships in 1955, in Stockton, and followed that up by winning the Golden Gloves Amateur Championship in 1957, in San Francisco, and the AAU Amateur Championship in 1957, in Boston. He turned professional and amassed a total of 49 fights, 41 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw. He won the Northern American Boxing Bantamweight Championship in 1959, and the California Bantamweight Championship in 1960. In 1961 he won the Max Bay Memorial Award, as the best boxer in Northern California. 1962 proved to be another winning year as he won the right to fight Eder Josre of Brazil, for the Bantamweight Championship of the World, by defeating world-class opponents in an elimination tournament. In a World Title fight in San Francisco, records indicate that after bombing and chasing Eddie Joffrey for nine rounds in an exciting show of boxing, power and skill, Marquez was a knockout victim in the 10th round of a 15-round fight. He was dropped to one knee two times, and the referee stopped the fight. Fans at ringside felt that the fight was stopped prematurely. At the end of nine rounds, Marquez was ahead on all the judge's cards: one judge had him ahead 9-0; one judge had him ahead 8-1; United Press International had him ahead 7-2; Stockton Record had him 8-1. The dream of the world championship was shattered, following the disappointment, Herman fought one more fight and retired in 1962. He served as California Referee and Judge during the late 1960's and was inducted into the Stockton Hall of Fame in 1995.


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