CLOSING RECEPTION – Thursday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 pm
EXHIBITION ON THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PASADENA BOXING LEGEND
CANTO “TNT” ROBLEDO AT PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY
The public is invited to a free closing reception for the Canto Robledo Exhibition on Thursday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Donald Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library.
Meet: Canto’s son Joe Robledo, plus exhibition Curators from Pasadena Museum of History
View: Special video presentation featuring segments from television documentaries and interviews with Canto Robledo
Enjoy: Complimentary refreshments
Reception co-sponsored by Pasadena Museum of History and the Pasadena Mexican-American History Association.
Memorabilia related to the life and legacy of legendary Pasadena boxer/boxing manager Canto “TNT” Robledo (1913-1999) is on view through Thursday, September 30, in the North Entry of Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101. This exhibition is presented by Pasadena Museum of History in conjunction with its Family Stories Initiative, which was inaugurated in 2009 to research, document and spotlight the diverse peoples and cultures that have contributed to the development of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley.
Canto Robledo was the Pacific Coast Bantamweight Boxing Champion from 1931-1932. Tragically, at the age of 20, he lost his eye sight due to injuries suffered in the ring. Though blind, Canto went on to start the Crown City Boxing Stables in Pasadena, where he successfully trained and managed many championship boxers. He was the first blind manager and trainer to hold a professional license in the sport of boxing. He also taught countless youth from the community about the art of boxing. His students learned sportsmanship, discipline, and the value of a strong work ethic.
In 1988 Canto was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame for his humanitarian accomplishments, and in 2005 he was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame. A statue honoring Canto Robledo was unveiled in Pasadena’s Villa Parke in July of this year.
Canto was married to Concha Jimenez Robledo for over 50 years and they raised four children. All items on display at the Library are on loan from the Robledo and Jimenez families. This satellite exhibition was curated by PMH’s Brad Macneil and Jeannette Bovard in collaboration with Joe Robledo, Canto’s son, and installed by Eduardo Consuegra of PMH.
For information about Pasadena Central Library, please call 626-744-4066. For additional Museum information and an up-to-date listing of current programs offered by Pasadena Museum of History, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org.