Sunday, August 15, 2010

Afro-Latino Ring Warriors

My All-Time Favorite Black Latino Boxers

#1. Mauro Mina
, Perú
The best known boxer to ever come out of Perú. I had the pleasure of visiting his hometown of Chincha, Perú three times. Mina was known as the Bombadero de Chincha (the Chincha Bomber), is the former South American champion and was ranked #1 in the world by Ring Magazine.

2. Kid Gavilan, Cuba
Former world welterweight champion. Famous for the “bolo punch.”

3. Ismael Laguna, PanamáFormer two-time lightweight champion of the world. A flashy, flamboyant fighter with blinding speed was known as El Tigre Colonense (The Colón Tiger) because of his hometown of Colón, Panama. He is the former two-time lightweight champion of the world.

4. Rodrigo Valdez, Colombia
Former two-time world Middleweight Champion

5. Wlfredo Benitez, Puerto Rico
Former world's light-welterweight, welterweight, and light-middleweight champion known for his aggressiveness and exceptional defensive skills. He is best remembered for his battle with Sugar Ray Leonard in which he lost a 15-round decision. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

8. Vicente Pablo Rondon, VenezuelaFormer light-heavyweight champion, Known as Muchachote de Barlovento. Barlovento is a predominately black area in the coastal region of Venezuela.

9. José “Mantequilla” Napoles, México (by way of Cuba)
Former two-time world's welterweight champion. Known as Mantequilla (butter) because his boxing style was smooth as butter. He was adopted as Mexico's national hero.

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