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Obelmejias was born in San José de Río Chico. He represented his native country at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, where he was eliminated in the first round by Cuba's eventual bronze medalist Luis Felipe Martínez.
He began his professional career, in the Middleweight division, on January 30, 1977, knocking out Franklin Suzarra in the first round at Caracas. After another win over Suzarra, he embarked on a tour of Mexico and southern California, having six consecutive fights in those areas from October 1977 to April 1978. In his first fight abroad, held at Mexico City, he worked for nine rounds in only his third professional bout before knocking out Jesus Garcia Ortiz. His second to last fight of that tour was against Abel Cordoba, whom he beat by a ten round decision in Tuxtla Guitierrez on February 27. His last fight on that tour, against Rudy Robles in Tijuana on April 3, marked the beginning of a seventeen fight knockout win streak. He knocked out Robles in four rounds.
After the fight with Robles, Obelmejias had six consecutive fights in his native Venezuela, including a win over Johnny Heard. He then returned to Mexico, to fight for the Fecarbox Middleweight title against Carlos Marks on December 17 in Culiacán. He won the regional title, as well as a top ten ranking at the Middleweight division by the WBC, by knocking Marks out in nine rounds.
Obelmejias kept winning fights by knockouts, and, on March 3 of 1980, he got one of the biggest wins of his career, when he beat former WBC world Jr. Middleweight champion Elisha Obed in three rounds at Caracas.
After eight more wins, all by knockout, Obelmejias was made the number one contender for the world Middleweight title by the WBC.
When his first chance to become a world champion arrived, on January 17 of 1981, many Venezuelans had faith that he would become world champion; his record at the time (30-0 with 28 knockouts) impressed many boxing fans. However, Obelmejias lost for the first time, being handed an eighth round knockout loss by then world champion Marvin Hagler in an HBO Boxing televised fight that took place at the famed Boston Garden, home of the NBA basketball's Boston Celtics.
Obelmejias won eight fights in a row, all by knockout, before being given a rematch by Hagler. Among those beaten during that new streak were former world Jr. Middleweight champion Eddie Gazo, beaten in two rounds in Caracas, future world champion Chong-Pal Park, knocked out in eight rounds, also in Caracas, and Alfredo Escalera's cousin, Reyes Escalera, also beaten in two rounds, in Barquisimeto.
On October 30 of 1982, he and Hagler had a rematch which was, once again, shown in the United States by HBO. The second time around, Hagler defeated Obelmejias by a knockout in five rounds at Sanremo, Italy. Both Hagler and Obelmejias fell in love with Italy and the country's culture. Obelmejias established himself there immediately after the rematch with Hagler. Hagler moved to Italy as soon as he lost the world Middleweight title to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1987.
After his rematch with Hagler, Obelmejias won nine straight bouts before being upset, on July 27 of 1985, by Clarence Osby. Amongst the quality fighters that he defeated during that nine fight winning streak were Jeff Lampkin, beaten by an eight round decision, Jerry Celestine, also beaten over eight rounds, and Eric Winbush, who was beaten in Monte Carlo by another eight round decision.
The third time proved to be the charm for Obelmejias, when he beat Park by a twelve round decision on May 23, 1988 at South Korea. With that win, Obelmejias had fulfilled his lifelong dream; as well as the dream of his fans' of becoming a world champion.
His stint as world champion did not last long, however, and he lost the title during his first defense, 370 days after winning it, being knocked out in eleven rounds by In-Chul Baek, also in South Korea.
Obelmejias retired for good after three more wins; he was approaching, at 38, the mandatory boxing retirement age of 40 in Venezuela after his last fight, a ten round decision win over Eduardo Rodriguez.
Obelmejias had a record of 52 wins and five losses, with 41 wins by way of knockout.
|WBA Super Middleweight Champion
23 May 1988 – 28 May 1989
Professional boxing record
|52 Wins (41 knockouts, 11 decisions), 5 Losses (4 knockouts, 1 decision) |
|Win||22-9||Eduardo Rodriguez||PTS||10||15/12/1992||Caracas, Venezuela||Obelmejias was forced to retire after the fight due to a Venezuelan law regarding age.|
|Win||--||???? Otata||KO||3||18/12/1991||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Win||8-1-1||Chris Nicolaou||KO||6||29/09/1991||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Loss||44-2||In-Chul Baek||TKO||11||28/05/1989||Yeosu, South Korea||WBA World Super Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:21 of the 11th round.|
|Win||46-3-1||Chong-Pal Park||UD||12||23/05/1988||Suanbo, South Korea||WBA World Super Middleweight Title. 114-110, 115-110, 117-109.|
|Win||17-0-1||Chris "Shamrock Express" Reid||KO||10||18/06/1987||New York City, United States||Reid knocked out at 1:01 of the tenth round.|
|Loss||21-1||Leslie "Laventille Tiger" Stewart||TKO||4||16/11/1986||Mucurapo, Trinidad & Tobago||WBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||14-5-1||Tomas Polo Ruiz||PTS||12||30/05/1986||Porlamar, Venezuela||WBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Loss||12-5||Clarence Osby||PTS||8||21/07/1985||Campione d'Italia, Lombardia, Italy|
|Win||9-2||"Lucky" Leon Taylor||KO||2||15/12/1984||Calabria, Italy|
|Win||14-7||Eric Winbush||PTS||8||22/09/1984||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Win||14-2-3||Cesar Abel "La Bestia" Romero||PTS||8||14/07/1984||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Win||9-5||Arthel "Bam Bam" Lawhorne||PTS||8||28/04/1984||Campania, Italy|
|Win||13-8||Henry Sims||KO||4||23/03/1984||Chiavari, Liguria, Italy|
|Win||27-11-1||Jerry Celestine||PTS||8||25/02/1984||Paris, France|
|Win||21-4||Jeff Lampkin||PTS||8||14/12/1983||Loano, Liguria, Italy|
|Win||11-3||Raymond Gonzales||TKO||4||24/10/1983||Saint Vincent d'Aoste, Valle d'Aosta, Italy|
|Loss||54-2-2||"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler||TKO||5||30/10/1982||Sanremo, Liguria, Italy||WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the fifth round.|
|Win||4-1-1||Willie Torres||TKO||8||09/08/1982||Porlamar, Venezuela|
|Win||2-12||Reyes Escalera||TKO||2||14/06/1982||Barquisimeto, Venezuela|
|Win||8-30-5||Johnny Wise||KO||2||15/02/1982||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||22-1-1||Chong-Pal Park||KO||8||07/11/1981||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||44-8-2||Eddie Gazo||KO||2||06/10/1981||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||10-1-1||Wayne Barker||TKO||2||31/08/1981||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||10-17-1||Joe Gonsalves||TKO||2||30/05/1981||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||24-10-6||Norberto Rufino Cabrera||KO||5||04/05/1981||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Loss||50-2-2||"Marvelous" Marvin Hagler||TKO||8||17/01/1981||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||WBA/WBC World Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 0:20 of the eighth round.|
|Win||16-5-1||James Waire||TKO||3||28/11/1980||Campione d'Italia, Lombardia, Italy|
|Win||15-2||Leroy Green, Jr.||TKO||3||31/10/1980||Rome, Lazio, Italy|
|Win||12-5||Fred "Thump" Johnson||TKO||3||10/09/1980||San Remo, Liguria, Italy|
|Win||13-11-6||Felton Marshall||PTS||10||19/08/1980||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||6-11-1||Clifford Wills||TKO||3||30/06/1980||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||10-6||Lamont Lovelady||PTS||10||26/05/1980||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||--||Walter Miranda||KO||1||14/04/1980||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||18-11-1||Abel "El Tigre" Cordoba||KO||2||01/04/1980||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||77-9-4||Elisha Obed||KO||3||03/03/1980||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||14-3||"Sugar" Ray Phillips||KO||4||17/12/1979||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||1-4||George Lee||TKO||1||26/10/1979||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||4-12-1||Sammy Floyd||TKO||10||16/09/1979||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||2-2||Luis Arias||KO||2||07/08/1979||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||11-4||Jamie Thomas||KO||5||01/04/1979||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||9-16-3||Angel Jose Ortiz||KO||2||10/02/1979||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||33-30-1||Carlos Marks||TKO||9||17/12/1978||Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico||WBC FECARBOX Middleweight Title.|
|Win||2-5||Ken Blackwell||KO||3||12/11/1978||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||14-11||Johnny Heard||KO||7||17/09/1978||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||44-36-3||Willie "Sweetwater" Warren||RTD||9||30/07/1978||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||26-9-4||Sandy Torres||KO||4||15/07/1978||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||14-18||Jose Anglada||KO||1||04/06/1978||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||3-5-1||Rolando Martinez||TKO||1||30/04/1978||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||33-8-1||Rudy Robles||KO||4||03/04/1978||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||8-7-1||Abel "El Tigre" Cordoba||PTS||10||27/02/1978||Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico|
|Win||7-3||Vicente "El Zurdo" Pinon||KO||2||04/02/1978||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||0-1||Rogelio Vera||KO||2||17/12/1977||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||6-5-1||Andre Beard||KO||1||18/11/1977||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||Jesus Garza Ortiz||KO||9||22/10/1977||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||0-1||Franklin Suzarra||TKO||2||03/04/1977||Caracas, Venezuela|
|Win||--||Franklin Suzarra||TKO||1||30/01/1977||Caracas, Venezuela|