Juan Martin Coggi

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Juan Coggi
Statistics
Real name Juan Martin Coggi
Nickname(s) El Látigo (The Whip)
Rated at Light Welterweight
Nationality Argentine
Born (1961-12-19) December 19, 1961 (age 53)
Fighiera, Santa Fe, Argentina
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 82
Wins 75
Wins by KO 44
Losses 5
Draws 2
No contests 0

Juan Martin Coggi (born 19 December 1961) is a former boxer from Argentina. A native of Santa Fe (he lived as a child until a few years Brandsen, Buenos Aires Province), which was also the birthplace of Carlos Monzón, Coggi was a three-time world light welterweight champion. He had 75 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws, with 44 wins by knockout. He never lost a fight by knockout.

Early boxing career[edit]

After a stellar amateur career, Coggi became a professional boxer on 2 April 1982, knocking out Horacio Valdes in four rounds at La Plata. Coggi won seven of his first ten bouts by knockout. The first boxer to last the scheduled distance with him was Viterman Sanchez, who lost a six round decision to Coggi on 7 May 1982.

Coggi went undefeated for 21 bouts, with 11 knockout wins. Then, on 9 March 1985, he met Adolfo Arce Rossi in Buenos Aires. Arce Rossi became the first boxer to defeat Coggi by outpointing him over ten rounds. After one more win, Coggi fought to a draw over ten rounds with Ramon Collado, on 20 June of that same year.

Coggi went on a six-fight winning streak before he and Collado met again. Once again, Collado held him to a ten round draw, on 19 July 1986.

On 25 October of that year, Coggi won the Argentine light welterweight title, knocking out Hugo Hernandez in three rounds.

Championship career[edit]

Despite having a record that included no one of apparent relevance, the WBA placed Coggi on top of their list of challengers for the world crown at the light welterweight division. After one more win, Coggi challenged for the world title for the first time.

The WBA's world champion, Patrizio Oliva, had dethroned Coggi's countryman, Ubaldo Sacco, to win the world championship. So the fight between Coggi and Oliva generated much interest among Argentine boxing fans. Coggi's first title try was also his first fight abroad, as the fight was held in Ribera, Italy, on 4 July 1987. Coggi caused a minor upset when he knocked out Oliva in three rounds to become world champion.

Like Monzon, Coggi also became well liked in Italy despite the fact he had beaten an Italian for the world championship. Coggi would fight in Italy a number of times during the rest of his career. His first title defense came in Italy, when he knocked out Sang-Ho Lee in two rounds on 7 May 1988.

After beating Lee, he would win four non-title bouts in his country, including two ten round decisions over Jorge Tejada, who later became a contender in the welterweight division.

For his second defense, Coggi returned to Italy, where he defeated perennial contender Harold Brazier of the United States by a twelve round unanimous decision on 21 January 1989.

His third defense, on 29 April 1989, was also held in Italy. He defeated future world champion Akinobu Hiranaka by a twelve round decision. However, this match was controversial for the decision which gave Italian-Argentine boxer Coggi excessive favor, while Coggi was knocked down by Hiranaka twice at 3rd round, and he has been inferior to Hiranaka at performance throughout 12 rounds. Among many boxing fans, there have been the strong voice that the victory should have been given to Hiranaka, since the match was owned by him. After two non title wins, Coggi had four fights in France, beginning with a fourth round knockout victory over Jesse Williams in another non-title bout.

On 24 March 1990, Coggi beat the former lightweight champion José Luis Ramírez by a twelve round unanimous decision to retain the title. After beating Danilo Cabrera by knockout in round five, Coggi defended his title in Nice against the relatively unheralded Loreto Garza of Sacramento, California, on 17 August. This time around, it was Coggi's turn to lose in a mild upset, as Garza became the champion by outpointing Coggi over twelve rounds.

On his next fight, held on 11 November at Buenos Aires, Coggi once again outpointed Tejada over ten rounds.

His next fight happened under extremely unlikely circumstances: he was in Sacramento to watch Garza defend his world title and, at the same time, challenge him to a rematch, when one of the boxers to be featured as part of the night's undercard suffered a car accident at the Arco Arena parking lot and broke his wrist. Coggi took on the role of substitute fighter, and he beat Alberto Alcaraz by a knockout in round seven, 1 December.

Coggi went on to win his next eleven fights, six of them by knockout, before challenging Morris East for the WBA title on 12 January 1993, in Mar del Plata. Coggi became a light welterweight champion for the second time that night when he knocked East out in eight rounds.

On 10 April 1993, he made his first defense of his second reign, knocking out perennial Puerto Rican world title challenger Joe Rivera in seven rounds, in Mar del Plata. Next, he defended against Hiroyuki Yoshino on 23 June. In what marked his Asian debut, Coggi knocked Yoshino out in five rounds, in a fight held in Tokyo, Japan.

He defended his title three more times in 1993. On 13 August, he outpointed Jose Rafael Barbosa over twelve rounds in Buenos Aires, once again, retaining the world title. On 24 September, he knocked out Guillermo Cruz in ten rounds at Tucuman, and then, on 11 December, he closed 1993 by knocking out Eder Gonzalez, also in Tucuman, in the seventh round.

He and Gonzalez had a rematch on 18 March 1994. In what marked Coggi's American debut, he knocked Gonzalez out in three rounds at Las Vegas, Nevada, once again, retaining the title.

Bouts with Frankie Randall[edit]

On 17 September 1994, he began a series of three bouts with former Chávez-conqueror Frankie Randall, who relieved Coggi of the title by beating him by a twelve round unanimous decision. Coggi suffered three knockdowns during the fight.

Coggi had two more wins, then he faced Randall for the second time. Coggi became champion for the third time on 13 January 1996, when he beat Randall by a fifth round technical decision. Randall was controlling the fight when he went down when his feet became tangled with Coggi in the third round. Because Coggi landed a glancing blow as Randall went down, Coggi was credited with a knockdown by the referee. In the fifth round, the two fighters clashed heads and Coggi walked to his corner and lay down. The referee tried to convince Coggi to fight but he was either unwilling or unable to do so. The ringside physician later said that Coggi was coherent and when Coggi was examined at a hospital after the fight, he was given a clean bill of health. The fight went to the scorecards and Coggi was ahead on all judges' cards by one point (due to the knockdown called against Randall in the third round).[1] Due to the controversial nature of the match, the WBA ordered a third bout between the two rivals.

The third fight between Coggi and Randall came on 16 August, at Buenos Aires. Coggi suffered a knockdown in the second round, which would prove to be pivotal in the end, as Randall pulled a unanimous but close decision to recover the title.

Post-championship career[edit]

The rest of his career, Coggi fought second level opposition, posting five wins in a row, three by knockout, before facing another well known fighter. In Coggi's last fight, contended on 29 May 1999, he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Michele Piccirillo in Italy.

Retirement[edit]

Coggi is now a boxing trainer. His son, Martin Antonio Coggi, is a professional boxer.

Coggi was one of Raúl Alfonsín's favorite boxers: in a rare opportunity for a boxer, President Alfonsín invited Coggi to his presidential home after Coggi became world champion for the first time.

Professional boxing record[edit]

75 Wins (44 Knockouts), 5 Defeats, 2 Draw,[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 75-5-2 Italy Michele Piccirillo UD 12 1999-05-29 Italy Bari, Apulia For WBU Welterweight title.
Win 75-4-2 United States Dezi Ford UD 10 1998-05-29 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 74-4-2 Argentina Silvio Rojas PTS 8 1998-03-21 Argentina Club Acción, Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, Chaco
Win 73-4-2 Argentina Santiago Ahumada RTD 1 (10) 1998-02-21 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 72-4-2 Mexico Agustin Gurrola KO 4 (10) 1997-09-06 Argentina Centro de Educación Física, Ranchos, Buenos Aires
Win 71-4-2 Colombia Alberto Zuluaga KO 2 (10) 1996-12-14 Argentina Canal 9 Studios, Buenos Aires
Loss 70-4-2 United States Frankie Randall UD 12 1996-08-16 Argentina Sociedad Alemana, Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires Lost WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 70-3-2 United States Frankie Randall TD 5 (12) 1996-01-13 Japan Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida Won WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 69-3-2 Japan Hiroyuki Sakamoto UD 10 1995-05-06 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Win 68-3-2 Venezuela Ildemar Jose Paisan UD 10 1995-04-08 Argentina Canal 9 Studios, Buenos Aires
Loss 67-3-2 United States Frankie Randall UD 12 1994-09-17 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 67-2-2 Mexico Mario Morales KO 3 (10) 1993-04-17 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 66-2-2 Colombia Eder Gonzalez TKO 3 (12) 1994-03-18 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Defended WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 65-2-2 Colombia Eder Gonzalez TKO 7 (12) 1993-12-17 Argentina Club Defensores de Villa Luján, San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán Defended WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 63-2-2 Mexico Guillermo Cruz TKO 10 (12) 1993-12-17 Argentina Club Defensores de Villa Luján, San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán Defended WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 62-2-2 Venezuela Jose Rafael Barboza UD 12 1993-08-13 Argentina Club Atlético Lanús, Lanús, Buenos Aires Defended WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 61-2-2 Japan Hiroyuki Yoshino TKO 5 (12) 1993-06-23 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo Defended WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 60-2-2 Puerto Rico José Antonio Rivera TKO 7 (12) 1993-04-10 Argentina Estadio Super Domo, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Defended WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 59-2-2 Domingo Martínez KO 3 1993-02-22 Argentina Estadio Super Domo, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 58-2-2 Philippines Morris East TKO 8 (12) 1993-01-12 Argentina Estadio Super Domo, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Won WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 57-2-2 Argentina Juan Alberto Contreras KO 8 (10) 1992-09-11 Argentina Bella Vista, Buenos Aires
Win 56-2-2 Mexico Eduardo Jacques KO 6 1992-08-14 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 55-2-2 Paraguay Francisco Frasqueri PTS 10 1992-05-02 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 54-2-2 Argentina Julián Rodriguez KO 3 (10) 1992-04-03 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 53-2-2 Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Alexander PTS 10 1991-11-17 France Carpentras, Vaucluse
Win 52-2-2 Argentina Juan Alberto Contreras KO 10 1991-09-06 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 51-2-2 Mexico Fernando Segura KO 7 1991-07-27 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 50-2-2 Mexico Francisco Cuesta PTS 10 1991-06-29 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 49-2-2 Argentina Ricardo Espinosa KO 5 (10) 1991-04-13 Argentina San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy
Win 48-2-2 United States Dwayne Swift PTS 8 1991-03-07 Spain Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Madrid
Win 47-2-2 Argentina Nestor Gil PTS 10 1990-12-21 Argentina Cañuelas, Buenos Aires
Win 46-2-2 Mexico Alberto Alcaraz TKO 7 (10) 1990-12-01 United States ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California
Win 45-2-2 Argentina Jorge Tejada PTS 10 1990-11-10 Argentina Villa Dolores, Córdoba
Loss 44-2-2 United States Loreto Garza MD 12 1990-04-23 France Palais des Congrès Acropolis, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes Lost WBA Light Welterweight title.
Win 44-1-2 Dominican Republic Danilo Cabrera KO 5 1990-04-23 France Nogent-le-Phaye, Eure-et-Loir
Win 43-1-2 Mexico José Luis Ramírez UD 12 1990-03-24 France Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud Defends WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 42-1-2 United States Jesse Williams KO 4 (8) 1989-12-30 France Amiens, Somme
Win 41-1-2 Argentina Antonio Ojeda PTS 10 1989-10-14 Argentina Concordia, Entre Ríos
Win 40-1-2 Argentina Omar Alegre TKO 9 (10) 1989-09-22 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Win 39-1-2 Japan Akinobu Hiranaka UD 12 1989-04-29 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Vasto, Abruzzo Defends WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 38-1-2 Argentina Raul Bianco KO 2 (10) 1989-02-25 Argentina Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba
Win 37-1-2 United States Harold Brazier UD 12 1989-01-21 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Vasto, Abruzzo Defends WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 36-1-2 Argentina Jorge Tejada PTS 10 1988-12-02 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 35-1-2 Argentina Jorge Tejada PTS 10 1988-10-14 Argentina Guernica, Buenos Aires
Win 34-1-2 Argentina Osvaldo Maldonado KO 6 (10) 1988-08-12 Argentina Trelew, Chubut
Win 33-1-2 South Korea Lee Sang-Ho KO 2 (12) 1988-05-07 Italy Roseto degli Abruzzi, Abruzzo Defends WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 32-1-2 Argentina Mario Araya KO 6 (10) 1988-02-19 Argentina Catamarca, Catamarca
Win 31-1-2 Italy Patrizio Oliva KO 3 (15) 1987-07-04 Italy Palazzo dello Sport, Ribera, Sicily Won WBA Light Welterweight title
Win 30-1-2 Argentina José Magarino KO 5 (10) 1987-04-04 Argentina General Roca, Río Negro
Win 29-1-2 Argentina Hugo Hernandez KO 3 (12) 1986-10-25 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Won Argentina Light Welterweight Title.
Draw 28-1-2 Argentina Ramon Collado PTS 10 1986-07-19 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 28-1-1 Argentina Jose Luis Saldivia KO 2 (10) 1986-06-14 Argentina Santa María, Córdoba
Win 27-1-1 Chile Edecio Molina Ortiz PTS 10 1986-04-05 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 26-1-1 Argentina Sergio Brites KO 5 (10) 1986-03-07 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 25-1-1 Argentina Ruben Verdun TD 7 (10) 1985-10-26 Argentina Rojas, Buenos Aires
Win 24-1-1 Argentina Oscar Sosa RTD 7 (10) 1985-08-31 Argentina Rojas, Buenos Aires
Draw 23-1-1 Argentina Ramon Collado PTS 10 1985-06-20 Argentina Las Flores, Buenos Aires
Win 23-1-0 Argentina Ramon Jara TKO 7 (10) 1985-05-11 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Loss 22-1-0 Argentina Adolfo Omar Arce Rossi PTS 10 1985-03-09 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 22-0-0 Argentina Miguel Angel Pereyra PTS 10 1985-02-22 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 21-0-0 Argentina Marcelo Villagra PTS 10 1984-11-11 Argentina
Win 20-0-0 Argentina Ramon Collado PTS 10 1984-09-01 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 19-0-0 Argentina Pedro Gutierrez KO 1 (10) 1984-08-10 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 18-0-0 Argentina Ricardo Espinosa TKO 2 (10) 1984-06-23 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 17-0-0 Argentina Ricardo Espinosa PTS 10 1984-03-09 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 16-0-0 Argentina Marcelo Villagra PTS 10 1984-02-10 Argentina Las Flores, Buenos Aires
Win 15-0-0 Argentina Romulo Ibarra PTS 10 1983-12-23 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 14-0-0 Argentina Anibal Ozuna KO 2 (10) 1983-12-07 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 13-0-0 Argentina Apolinario Romero PTS 10 1983-11-09 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 12-0-0 Argentina Anibal Ozuna PTS 10 1983-10-14 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 11-0-0 Argentina Sergio Brites KO 2 (10) 1983-06-15 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 10-0-0 Argentina Apolinario Romero PTS 10 1983-05-18 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 9-0-0 Argentina Carlos Fallone KO 7 (10) 1983-04-08 Argentina José C. Paz, Buenos Aires
Win 8-0-0 Argentina Osvaldo Colros KO 1 (10) 1983-02-11 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 7-0-0 Argentina Norberto Ramirez PTS 8 1982-12-10 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 6-0-0 Argentina Carlos Fallone KO 7 (8) 1982-11-12 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 5-0-0 Argentina Rogelio Florentin KO 2 (6) 1982-10-27 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 4-0-0 Argentina Felipe Baez TKO 4 (10) 1982-09-10 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 3-0-0 Argentina Raul Gramasco KO 2 (6) 1982-06-11 Argentina Brandsen, Buenos Aires
Win 2-0-0 Argentina Viterman Sanchez PTS 6 1982-05-07 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 1-0-0 Argentina Horacio Valdez KO 4 (6) 1982-04-02 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, Ken (May 1996), "Frankie Randall's Latest Scandal", The Ring, 75, no. 5: 36–37 
  2. ^ Juan Martin Coggi's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrizio Oliva
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
4 July 1987 – 17 August 1990
Succeeded by
Loreto Garza
Preceded by
Morris East
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
12 January 1993–17 September 1994
Succeeded by
Frankie Randall
Preceded by
Frankie Randall
WBA Light Welterweight Champion
13 January 1996–16 August 1996