Fought a lot Sergio Victor Palma, he always fought, until the last moment. Above the ring, he faced all kinds of rivals without giving or asking for a truce. This is how he reached the maximum that a boxer can aspire to, to be world champion. Down the ring, he fought misery, prejudice, ingratitude, and the increasingly fierce tripping that his health was causing him. He held out as far as Palma could and He left life at 65 after having endured to the unspeakable a combination of illnesses (Parkinson’s disease, a stroke) that would have brought others down very soon. In a clinic in Mar del Plata and with no hope of ending up on his feet, the coronavirus gave him the final blow.

Born on January 1, 1956 in the Chaco area of ​​La Tigra, a hamlet to which the qualification of humble was enormous and the son of a couple of workers whose father left the house too soon, Palma was at the same time a warrior and a poet of the rings. He gave everything to boxing, his youth, his ambitions and his best energies. And boxing rewarded him: allowed him to get out of poverty, make a name for himself and take on a world champion belt: that of the super roosters of the World Boxing Association, which he won on August 9, 1980 in Spokane (United States) knocking out in 5 rounds at the local Leo Randolph and lost on June 12, 1982 on points in Miami to Leo Cruz.

But Palma was much more than a successful boxer. And therein lies its uniqueness. Rough and vehement, almost unstoppable in the close combat and possessing a stony will to victory, he was the first world champion that Santos Zacarías molded in the Luna Park gym. And in everyday life, the reverse of your own coin: a warm, sensitive, thinking, articulate being, a friend of his friends, with artistic concerns and a speech that in his moment of greatest sporting glory, crossed the barriers and it attracted an audience reluctant to embrace the noble sport of fists and its protagonists. Palma was the cover of countless magazines (even those that were not dedicated to sports issues), a television actor (in 1981 he co-starred in the unitary Gunte de Tents in the old ATC), host of radio programs and broadcast commentator and even recorded a disc with songs and poems of his own. It was the deserved revenge for the deprivations that he had suffered in his childhood and adolescence., when he had to work whatever it took to help his mother support her family.

In 1983, Juan Domingo Malvares from Chubut beat him at the Luna, knocked him out in 6 rounds and hurried a retirement from which he returned between 1989 and 1980 and which he ratified because his physique no longer tolerated any more battles. He remained linked to boxing as a journalist and coach, but his health problems were isolating him even from his own friends. His pride as a champion was in force and he did not want to be seen in a wheelchair or in need of help for the simplest things. Palma lived his last years first in Villa Gesell and then on the outskirts of Mar del Plata, surrounded only by the love of his wife and children. In the fight to continue living, as before in the ring, he gave everything. And he left when he had nothing left to give. But it is only the matter of your body that is truly gone. Because Sergio Victor Palma will continue to live forever in the heart of every kid who enters a gym to be much more than a boxer, a champion of life. That which he was until the last stroke of his existence.


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