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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Boxing: Mexican champion Rodolfo Martinez dies

The former Mexican boxer was world bantamweight champion from 1974 to 1976 after Rafael Herrera was ousted as monarch of the World Boxing Council.

Just a few days before his 76th birthday Mexican former boxer Rodolfo Martinez in Irapuato, Guanajuato. It was world champion Bantamweight from 1974 to 1976 after deposing the monarch of the World Council Boxing Rafael Herrera and finally fall with another legendary boxer such as Carlos Zarate.

school fighter, Martinez In 1973, he starred in one of the most exciting fights ever fought between the Mexicans when he lost in 12 rounds in Monterrey to Rafael Herrera, with whom he starred in a spectacular trilogy. Herrera won the first two, but then lost the last one by knockout in four rounds.

“Unfortunately, my father has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past few months, but he was fine. It got bad over the weekend and unfortunately he passed away this Monday at 4am,” said Erendira Martinez, daughter of the former champion. “We are seven children, many grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was the best of fathers, the best of grandparents, a great man and always left us a great example,” he added.

The former champion is survived by children Dahlia, Marisol, Rodolfo Alfonso, Salvador Ariel, Montserrat, Leslie and Luz Erendira. His funeral will take place in Irapuato, Guanajuato, where he resided with one of his daughters. On August 24, he would have turned 76 years old.

The boxer from the capital made his professional debut on August 14, 1965, knocking out Roman Mejia at the Mexico City Arena, and led an excellent campaign until he lost an undefeated record to Rafael Herrera in 1971, challenging the North American Championship by a close decision. belt, which he would win a year later by defeating Octavio “Famoso” Gomez.

In his first opportunity to become world champion, he again lost to Herrera, this time in a thrilling fight held in Monterrey, in which both fell to the canvas before ending Rafael with a 12-round knockout; however, in the third round, Herrera had to knock out the sash from him, already in December 1974.

He made three successful defenses against Nestor Giménez, Hisami Numata and Venis Borkhorsor, all away in Colombia, Japan and Thailand respectively, before losing to Carlos Zarate in May 1976 at the legendary Inglewood Forum. He retired in July 1979 with a balance of 44 wins, 35 of them by knockout, in exchange for 7 losses and a draw.

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