Oscars are synonymous with Hollywood, and not something the World Boxing Association delves out. This afternoon, however, the venue will be North Hollywood and an Oscar will be fêted as Uvalde native and former World Boxing Association Junior Middleweight champion Oscar Albarado will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.
Not many people reach the pinnacle of being a world champion and 43 years later are inducted into a hall of fame, but today Albarado gains boxing immortality.
The Uvalde resident, along with 15 other champions, challengers, promoters, and legends will be saluted in a ceremony at the Garland Hotel Event Center in North Hollywood, California.
Albarado will be inducted in absentia. His health will not allow him to be present, but his four children will be in attendance.
“We are so sad that Dad will not be able to attend,” said Albarado’s daughter Angela Elemen. “His mental and physical health is just not able to sustain such a trip. Oscar Jr., Emmanuel, Jacob and I will be there along with some of the grandchildren.”
Albarado resides in an assisted living facility in Uvalde, the hometown he was so proud of.
Albarado reached the summit in boxing when he defeated Koichi Wajima in Tokyo, Japan, in June of 1974 to win the junior middleweight crown.
Nicknamed “Shotgun,” Albarado was one of the most exciting junior middleweights in the 1970s and 1980s and became a popular draw in the Los Angeles area.
A couple of weeks after attaining the world crown, Albarado came home to Uvalde. Mayor Howard Langford declared an “Oscar Albarado Day,” and the community turned out to honor and celebrate the return of a champion.
Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas, sent a message, “All of Texas and especially the City of Uvalde, share pride in your accomplishments.”