Interview with Jimmy Lester (aka the Bayview Blaster)

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KPIX Eyewitness News report from May 21st 1968 featuring scenes from an interview at a gym with middleweight boxer Jimmy Lester, aka the Bayview Blaster (1944-2006). Lester discusses his upcoming fight with local boxer Ralph McCoy, which is set for May 23rd at the Oakland Auditorium (Lester won, by a technical knockout). Ends with views of Lester shadowboxing. From the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Lester was twice ranked during his boxing career at number two. It should be noted that Lester's father Vern Lester was a boxer who fought under his own name in the 1940s and also as Jimmy "Top Row" Allen, who lost a split decision to middleweight champion Jake LaMotta in 1948. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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KPIX 35521

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One of the best Bay area fighters ever! Caught two of his fights and they were unforgettable.he lived such a short life and was never fully appreciated by Bay area fans.i miss him very much to this day!

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