Sandor Martín versus.  Mikey García and other great Spanish boxing fights

Commandement Ramos-Pedro Carrasco

Julio Gonzalez

This Saturday, Spanish boxing will experience an important event: Sandor Martin will face Mikey Garcia in a fight that, perhaps, will put the winner against a World Cup opportunity.

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Mikey García has not only been a world champion, he has been in four different weights, and it is an honor that a Spanish fighter faces a boxer in this category.

But this is nothing new; Spanish boxing had already had great fights which aroused the passion of the fans and the world media for the importance of the event. Sandor will have the opportunity to try to emulate the great Spanish boxers of the past. We remember great fights.

The first on October 26, 1933, with fight Paulino Uzcudun-Primo Carnera, heavyweight world championship and with the European title also at stake. This is the first time in heavyweight history that two Europeans have faced each other for a world title, and it was for a long time the heaviest match Of the history. Primo Carnera overtook the Spaniard by 28 kilos, giving the Basque 93 kilos. The Spaniard was 34 and the Italian 27. European media covered the event and 80,000 people attended, a record in Europe.

The November 17, 1969, Jose Legrá he faced the mexican Vicente Saldivar for a knockout fight for the world featherweight title. The warp had a global impact considering both fighters as the best feathers around. The victory corresponds to Vicente Saldívar, but the world press denounced the verdict in favor of the Mexican, which he did not deserve at all.

Vicente Saldívar-José Legrá

The November 5, 1971, Pedro Carrasco he became the third Spanish boxing world champion by beating the North American by disqualification Armando «Mando» Ramos au Palace of Sports in Madrid.
This fight meant a lot to the Spanish fans. Carrasco had been trying for the title for a long time, but the fight had been suspended several times. Mandó Ramos had previously been world champion and was the golden boy of North American boxing and the protégé of businesswoman Aileen Eaton.

José Manuel Ibar «Urtain» facing the Puerto Rican José «Roi» Romanian in dispute of a eliminatory by the world title. The winner should face the world champion Georges Foreman. The match took place at Bithorn Stadium in San Juan de Puerto Rico on 3 avril 1972. Nine thousand fans attended and was attended by former world champion Joe Frazier.
Urtain and José Román were the two white hopes, and in the national and international press aroused great interest. The Puerto Rican would have beaten the points, but our champion openly criticized the referees. The ring lacked resin and Urtain claimed … “That when he struck, he did not sit his feet well and kick without power”.

José Roman-Urtain

Alfredo Evangelista-Muhammad Ali. The fight took place at the Landover Capitol Center May 16, 1977 and 15,000 spectators saw it live. The event was hosted by eccentric New York promoter Don King. Few fights in Spain have raised so many expectations. Since the days of Paulino Uzcudun, a Spaniard has never contested for a world heavyweight title. The fight was broadcast around the world on television, and Alfredo became very popular in the United States.

The 10 mars 1979, Roberto Castanon had the opportunity to compete for the world featherweight title for the first time in front of the most formidable opponent, who crowned the WBC featherweight division at the time: the North American Dany « Coloradito » Lopez, that he had the most wins before the limit in his fights. Castañón, European champion and undefeated in his career, had been ignored by official bodies until he got the long-awaited fight.

Roberto Castañón-Danny «Coloradito» López

The fight for the featherweight world title between Roberto Castanon and the mexican Salvador Sanchez, popular 22 mars 1981, is one of the most important fights contested by a Spanish fighter. For the second time in his career, Roberto Castañón was on the verge of winning the world title, having been beaten by TKO in ten rounds.
The fight was made to wait, it was barely celebrated, as Castañón was about to leave boxing discouraged, despite being number one on the World Council, no deal was found to be able to contend for the title.

At the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va., The July 27, 1991 the unified lightweight title fight has taken place. The champion Pernell laundry retained the world title after twelve rounds in which the champion’s best technique, elegance and dodge prevailed over the bravery and power of the Spanish challenger Policarpo Diaz.

Javier Castillejo, lost the world super welterweight title from the World Boxing Council to Los Angeles Oscar de la hoya by points in twelve turns. The scene of the fight was the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on June 23, 2001. De la Hoya, one of the greatest champions of decades, starred in a great fight, with Castillejo enduring every set against the American star. All of Spain was attentive to the early hours in front of the televisions.

Javier Castillejo He was crowned world middleweight champion in the World Boxing Association version by beating the German by TKO in the tenth round Félix Sturm. Castillejo entered the history of our boxing by being the only fighter to win the world title in two different weights: super welterweight and a half. He was July 15, 2006 in Hamburg (Germany).

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