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Pasadena to honor Latino boxing coach

October 26, 2009 | 10:22 pm

The Pasadena City Council on Monday evening unanimously approved a proposal to honor Canto Robledo, a blind Latino boxer who mentored many Pasadena youth. The plaque will be one of the first monuments to a Latino in Pasadena.

"We won by knockout," said Joe Robledo, Canto's son.

A bronze plaque featuring Canto mentoring Joe and his brother Bobby will be installed at the Villa Park Community Center in about three weeks.
But Joe Robledo and the Pasadena Mexican American History Assn. don't want to stop there. Plans are in the works to install another memorial at El Centro de Acion, in Central Park in Pasadena, and to devote museum space to Canto.
"It's not just a Hispanic thing," Joe Robledo said. "It's a monument that traces through all races, colors and barriers."

-- Nicole Santa Cruz