Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus ""El Matador"" Chavez, Who Became Lightweight Champion of the World

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Da Capo Press, Apr 24, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
Here is the inspirational story of Gabriel Sandoval, who grew up in the small dirt-poor town of Delicias, Mexico. Crossing the U.S. border with his family as a young boy of seven, he settled in Chicago, where he learned to speak English and to box-winning three Gold Glove championships-and where he also joined a gang, committing a robbery in his teens that landed him in one of the most violent prisons in America, Statesville. After his three-year stint in prison was up, he was met by an INS agent and put on the first plane to Mexico City with fifty dollars in his pocket. He eventually re-entered the U.S. illegally. Settling in Austin, Texas, he resumed his boxing career and changed his name to Jesus "El Matador" - after the Chicago gym in which he learned to box-Chavez, and went on to become the Lightweight champion of the world. But the story doesn't end with this crowning achievement. He applied for a driver's license, and his real name, Gabriel Sandoval, came up on the computer and he was found to be in the U.S. illegally. For the second time, he was deported to Mexico before gaining his U.S. citizenship after a long, protracted fight with the U.S. government. Standing Eight is the triumphant tale of a strong-willed fighter who refused to stay down for the count and overcame tremendous obstacles to become champion of the world.
 

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As if being a professional boxer weren't hard enough, add the day-to-day worry of being an illegal immigrant and the stigma of being an ex-con. For Jesus Chavez, born Gabriel Sandoval, life never was ... Read full review

Contents

Shining City upon a Hill
1
West Side
21
Promises
37
Stateville
49
CHAPTERS Stranger in a Strange Land
68
House of Lord
87
King of Britannia
102
Terri
117
Just a Camera
168
Homecoming
175
El Terrible
202
The Fight Could Go Either Way
221
Interviews and Bibliography
233
Acknowledgments
239
About the Author
242
Index
243

Viva Mexico
134
Were up Here and They Just Dont Know
155

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About the author (2006)

Adam Pitluk is a contributor to TIME magazine and is the author of Standing Eight. He spent most of the 1990s living along various rivers in Missouri and now lives in Dallas, Texas.

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