Rick Farris wrote:Dagos . . .
I remember Kid Rayo from the Main St. Gym during the 60's. This guy fought everybody, anywhere.
Last time I saw Kid Rayo was in the late 90's, when he was working as a coach/staff member of the LAYAC, which was the Johnny Flores Gym on the top floor of the old Lincoln Heights City Jail.
I spoke with Rayo, and he remembered me from the gym. He told me some very interesting things about Babe McCoy,and what happened to him when he didn't follow instructions. It was a matter of being black balled world wide, even in his home country of Nicaragua.
"Babe McCoy warned me that he had long arms, and I wouldn't be able to fight anywhere, under any name. He was right".
Interesting conversation we had. This was a couple years after Johnnie Flores had died, after an accident in the elevator shaft of the jail house.
By the way, Dagos, I am totally into your great stories. Lots of great info, and entertaining.
I've heard that story that Rayo used to put out about Babe McCoy, but fact of the matter is that in 1956, the California State Athletic Commission banned Babe McCoy for life for arranging fixed matches along the West Coast in the late 1940s on through the mid-1950s.
So if Rayo started fighting in 1957, according to BOXREC he had his first fight in 1957, if that is right, well Babe McCoy did not had any juice in 1957, I don't think McCoy could put the arm on Rayo in 1957, with a record of 17- W-(8 ko) 39-L-(5 ko)-5-D, you don't need to put the arm on a fighter like that.