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'Corky's Corner'; The Uprising

D. Estrella
D. Estrella
Super featherweight Donovan 'Slick D' Estrella sports pink hand wraps supporting 'Breast Cancer Awareness' a disease affecting the lives of both of his grandma's

The long awaited fundraiser, ‘Corky’s Corner’, benefiting the Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales Branch of the Denver Public Library (720-861-1111) located at 10 W. Colfax Ave. (West Colfax and Irving St.), has the VIP meet and greet SOLD OUT but tickets remain for the screening of the legendary 1953 bout between Gonzales and Gene Smith airing from 7-9 p.m. at the SIE FILM CENTER located at 2510 East Colfax Ave. in Denver tomorrow (Wednesday) night, June 18th.

The suggested Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales Branch of the Denver Public Library had become a political football of sorts, many considering Gonzales a ‘too polarizing’ figure (because of his Chicano rights pursuits) to have a Denver Public Library named in his honor.

The impact of Gonzales’ activist pursuits have been felt throughout the country and having this library built is a rightful testament to Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales, his family and friends along with those who continue to demand equal rights for all.

Tickets are priced at $20 per person with a portion of the proceeds used to fund a sculpture of Gonzales.

For more information contact Escuela Taitelolco at 303-964-8993.

This Saturday night, June 21st at the Crowne Plaza Convention & Events Center (DIA) located at 15500 E. 40th Ave. (I-70 & Chambers), New Generation Fight Promotions presents ‘THE UPRISING’ featuring some of the best young talent in Colorado lead by welterweight prospect Manuel Damairius Lopez (5-1, 4 KO’s).

Ricky Lopez (10-3, 4 KO’s), Donovan ‘Slick D’ Estrella (4-0, 1 KO), Cesar Holguin (9-4-1, 3KO’s) Chris Galvadon (3-0, 1 KO), John Franklin (7-0, 3 KO’s) and Antonio Diaz (3-0, 1 KO) are scheduled to showcase their skills as well on a card loaded with so much talent you cannot afford not to be there.

Ticket prices range from $25-$75 with more information by calling 720-380-3168 or head to the website for online ticket purchases at

Happy June 18th Birthday’s to my son-in-law Jay Jackson (29) as well as my oldest grandson Lorenzo Talcott, Jr. (10), lil Zo entering into the ‘double digits zone’.

Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA

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