JERRY HOFFMAN
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Heart attack claims
journeyman, ring warrior

James Buggs at 43

By JERRY HOFFMAN


Kings Gym in Oakland, Ca. has been the boxing home for many world champions including Andre Ward, demon plagued James Page, and female star Gina Guidi ...

But lost in the notoriety are the dozens of sparring partners and journeymen pros who defined the character of Charles King's gym.

 James Buggs was one such fighter. His pro career ended with a record of 8-10…his final fight, a 3rd round KO loss to Ricardo Cortez in San Jose fighting two weight classes above his junior-middleweight level. James fought twice in Monterey, losing both times to Ryan Davis, and once in Oakland to Jose Celaya.

 James Buggs was always ready and waiting for the next promoter to call. He took fights that were barely approvable, and also scored a few that allowed his talents to shine. His friends and training partners all had a soft spot in their heart for the tenacious yet jovial Oakland native.

 Last night, following one of his hundreds of sparing sessions at Kings gym, the final bell rang for James Buggs. Cardiac arrest is the preliminary culprit.

It's reported he took a shot to the chest in that final session, experienced discomfort, and hours later succumbed to the heart attack.

James Buggs was 43.