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John Beyrooty, Account Executive

Beyrooty, who joined BZA in August 1999, worked at the L.A. Herald Examiner from 1973 to Closing Day on Nov. 1, 1989. He started as a copy boy before advancing into Sports in 1975. Besides working as a Sports Copy Editor, he covered high school sports and wrote a Local Colleges column. In 1977, he was handed the boxing beat. From ’77 until the day the Herald closed, he wrote a popular weekly boxing column, while covering many of the most important fights and fighters of the time. In the mid-1980s, he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. A week after the Herald succumbed, he went to work for Dr. Jerry Buss as Director of Public Relations for Forum Boxing. During his eight years at Forum Boxing, he was responsible for such things as manufacturing and distributing press kits, providing written material (extensive boxer bio information) and writing a column for the Fight Night program, dealing with both the English and Hispanic press, handling the ticketing and credentials, seating and most anything else required for a program that averaged between 26-30 shows a year. Always known for his nicknames, he was the first to dub Oscar De La Hoya as “The Golden Boy” (Oscar made his pro debut at the Forum).

After leaving Forum Boxing, Beyrooty worked 16 months in sports at the Press Telegram in Long Beach.