BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
SOUTH CENTRAL, CALIFORNIA - These two words, "South L.A," sprouted in the 1992 Los Angles riots, informally known as the Rodney King Riots, and is where Ivan "Striker" Delgado, 11-1-1, of Golden Boy Promotions was born. "I'm from 42nd Lil Criminals!" He explains. "I've been boxing since I was eight-years-old. I have 70 amateur fights. I've competed in the regional, and national Golden Gloves. I've been to juvenile hall, jail, and prison, man. In high school, I played ball (basketball), and landed wrong on the court. The injury progressed to a septic shock. It got to the point where I couldn't move my leg. I went to juvenile hall for a robbery, and wounded up in prison. I was 18 when I was released from prison, and subject to a period of State parole supervision. It was a bummer, man. I got my girlfriend pregnant, and realized it was time to be a man."
Ivan "Striker" Delgado entered a rehabilitation program for parolees, and ran into his old trainer in Downtown Los Angeles. He trained night and day, preparing for any professional fight he could get, but nothing seemed to work. Promoters and managers believed he was a waste of time, thinking he was a bad investment, and would end up returning to prison, because of his gang affiliation. "I have a family to take care of, ya know? Nobody believed in me, except for my trainer." Delgado calmly explains. "I took 7 months before Roberto Diaz, one of the most prominent and respected matchmakers in the world, gave us a call, and said if I would take a fight. He gave us a 48 hour notice!"
It was a take it or leave it type of deal. Ivan "Striker" Delgado had nothing to lose, so he took the fight. His opponent was Kirk Bills, who was later pleaded guilty to arson in Las Vegas, Nevada, and sentenced to four to ten years in prison for setting a pet shop on fire. The fight took place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indo, California, and was televised on USA Fox Sports 1. Delgado won his first professional bout. "It's been a long road, but its a dream come true. I live in Adelanto, California, and am raising a beautiful family in a safe area where I can be myself, a father, and professional boxer to my children. I'm working hard! The only fighter that I know of that came from my 'hood' was Genaro "Chicanito" Hernandez, and I want to be remembered as the second one. I lost my 13th bout to Charles Huerta on 4-14-2017 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angles, but am rebounding, and coming to the California Education & Performing Arts Center in Ontario, California on 1-19-2018 to redeem myself. My opponent is yet to be announced, but I'm not dodging anybody. I'm ready! I am three years into my five year contract with Golden Boy Promotions, and am ready for battle."
Shawn W. Anderson