Juan Roldán

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Juan Roldán
Statistics
Real name Juan Domingo Roldán
Nickname(s) Martillo
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality Argentina Argentine
Born (1957-03-06) March 6, 1957 (age 57)
Freyre, Córdoba, Argentina
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 75
Wins 67
Wins by KO 47
Losses 5
Draws 2


Juan Domingo Roldán (born March 6, 1957) is an Argentine former boxer whose nickname was Martillo (Hammer). Roldán was very famous across Latin America during the 1980s, many articles about him appearing on Ring En Español magazine.

Roldán, born in Freyre, Córdoba Province, Argentina province, made his professional debut December 8, 1978 in San Francisco, Argentina, against Jorge Servin, winning by knockout in round one. His first four wins all came by first round knockouts.

On May 11, 1979, Roldán fought the full distance in one of his bouts for the first time, when rival Hugo Obregon went ten rounds with him. Roldán won the fight on points. On September 21, 1979, Juan Carlos Borgado became the first boxer to defeat Roldán, winning a ten round decision over Roldán.

Out of his next eighteen bouts, he won seventeen and drew (tied) once. Then, he challenged Jacinto Fernandez on March 13, 1981, for the Argentine Middleweight title. He won the national title with a twelve round decision over Fernandez. In his next fight, he beat José María Flores Burlón, a boxer who would later challenge Carlos De León for the world's Cruiserweight title. Roldán won six more fights and drew one before challenging José Maria's brother, Carlos Flores Burlón for the South American Middleweight title, on February 12, 1982. He won the title with a second round knockout.

Before 1982 was over, he would see more action, retaining his Argentine Middleweight title with a first round knockout of Marcos Perez, but losing on a disqualification in three rounds to Ricardo Arce. In an immediate rematch, Roldán put his Argentine title on the line and this time, he avenged his defeat to Arce with a two round knockout win. After five more wins in a row, he fought Juan Carlos Peralta, with the fight resulting in a three round no contest.

On May 27, 1983, Roldán made his international debut, with a 10 round decision over Teddy Mann in Rhode Island, United States. After retaining his Argentine title twice more, he was faced, on November 10, 1983, with one of the top rated Middleweights of the time, Frank 'The Animal' Fletcher, at the undercard of the high-profile, Marvelous Marvin Hagler-Roberto Durán world title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roldán dropped Fletcher twice on his way to a sixth round knockout victory.

After this win, Roldán was ranked number 1 by the major boxing organizations, and many fans began to speculate as to what would happen if he and Hagler met. The contracts for the fight were signed, and the fight finally came off on March 30, 1984. Roldán in this fight had the moment that probably defines his career better. Seconds into round one, as Hagler was bending to duck a Roldán punch, Roldán struck him in the back of the head, and Hagler went to the floor. Referee Tony Perez officially ruled it a knockdown, making Roldán the first man to drop Hagler. This was a controversial knockdown, however, many fans, magazines and websites have tirelessly claimed that the knockdown was actually a slip and not a knockdown. Hagler got up and proceeded to beat Roldán by a ten round technical knockout, and Roldán announced his retirement from boxing in October of that year. Roldán remained the only guy to officially score a knockdown against Hagler.

In 1986, he reconsidered his decision and made a comeback. He won twelve bouts in a row, including one over James Kinchen, before he challenged for a world title again. On October 29, 1987, at Las Vegas, Thomas Hearns became the first boxer to win world titles in four different divisions when he beat Roldán in four rounds by knockout, but not before Roldán had Hearns in trouble in round three.

On September 16, 1988, Roldán beat former world Middleweight champion Hugo Corro by a knockout in round one in Mar del Plata, securing a third world title shot, against Michael Nunn, on November 4 of that year. Roldán lost what turned out to be his last fight, by a knockout in round eight.

Roldán retired with a record of 67 wins, 5 losses, 2 draws and one no contest, 47 of his wins being by knockout.

Professional boxing record[edit]

67 Wins (47 knockouts, 20 decisions), 5 Losses (4 knockouts, 1 decision), 2 Draws, 1 No Contest [1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 31-0 United States Michael Nunn KO 8 04/11/1988 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF World Middleweight Title. Roldan knocked out at 2:28 of the eighth round.
Win 50-5-1 Argentina Hugo Pastor Corro KO 1 16/09/1988 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 20-11-5 Argentina Miguel Angel Maldonado KO 6 19/08/1988 Argentina San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Loss 44-2 United States Thomas Hearns KO 4 29/10/1987 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC World Middleweight Title. Roldan knocked out at 2:01 of the fourth round.
Win 13-8-1 Brazil Clarismundo Aparecido Silva KO 2 15/05/1987 Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
Win 37-2-2 United States James "The Heat" Kinchen TKO 9 06/04/1987 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the ninth round.
Win 16-7-1 Colombia Tomas Polo Ruiz KO 4 06/02/1987 Argentina Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 55-9 Argentina Carlos Maria del Valle Herrera KO 2 13/12/1986 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 22-2 United States JB Williamson PTS 10 18/10/1986 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 24-2-1 Paraguay Juan Carlos Gimenez PTS 10 13/09/1986 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 17-9-5 Argentina Miguel Angel Maldonado KO 2 29/08/1986 Argentina Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 26-33-2 United States Darryl Penn KO 3 01/08/1986 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 30-25-18 Argentina Eduardo Domingo Contreras PTS 10 19/06/1986 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 33-14-4 Argentina Jorge Juan Salgado PTS 10 10/05/1986 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 29-8-4 Argentina Angel Antonio Caro KO 6 29/03/1986 Argentina Villa Angela, Argentina
Win 19-13-9 Argentina Juan Carlos "The King" Fernandez KO 2 14/02/1986 Argentina Ceres, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 18-9-5 France Andre Mongelema PTS 8 14/07/1984 Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Loss 58-2-2 United States Marvelous Marvin Hagler TKO 10 30/03/1984 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF/WBC/WBA World Middleweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 0:39 of the tenth round.
Win 17-3-1 United States Frank "The Animal" Fletcher KO 6 10/11/1983 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fletcher knocked out at 2:58 of the sixth round.
Win 20-14-13 Argentina Eduardo Domingo Contreras PTS 10 16/09/1983 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 26-1-1 Argentina Roberto Justino Ruiz KO 8 06/08/1983 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Middleweight Title.
Win 26-11 United States Teddy Mann UD 10 27/05/1983 United States Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 12-3-2 United States Wilbur Henderson KO 7 11/02/1983 United States Worcester, Massachusetts, Argentina
No Contest 75-18-12 Argentina Juan Carlos Peralta NC 3 14/01/1983 Argentina Trebol, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 24-8-6 Argentina Jose Alberto Vega KO 2 10/12/1982 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 10-8-1 Guyana Reggie Ford KO 1 30/10/1982 Italy Sanremo, Italy Ford knocked out at 1:48 of the first round.
Win 75-16-12 Argentina Juan Carlos Peralta PTS 10 08/10/1982 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 52-6-4 Argentina Jacinto Horacio Fernandez KO 2 11/09/1982 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Middleweight Title.
Win 29-42-8 Argentina Obdulio Rogelio Zarza RTD 6 13/08/1982 Argentina Corrientes, Argentina
Win 25-5-6 Argentina Ricardo Arce KO 2 10/07/1982 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Middleweight Title.
Loss 24-5-6 Argentina Ricardo Arce DQ 3 08/05/1982 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 1-10-1 Argentina Marcos Perez KO 1 16/04/1982 Argentina Corrientes, Argentina FAB Argentina Middleweight Title.
Win 15-8 United States "Sugar" Ray Phillips KO 1 06/03/1982 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 24-9-10 Uruguay Carlos Flores Burlon KO 2 12/02/1982 Argentina Pergamino, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina South American Middleweight Title.
Win 73-14-12 Argentina Juan Carlos Peralta PTS 10 22/01/1982 Argentina Morteros, Argentina
Draw 46-6-2 Argentina Jacinto Horacio Fernandez PTS 10 10/10/1981 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 13-6-7 Argentina Julio Cesar Arancibia KO 2 11/09/1981 Argentina San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Win 13-16-3 Chile Ricardo Molina Ortiz KO 5 24/07/1981 Argentina San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Win 23-5-6 Argentina Jose Alberto Vega KO 1 10/07/1981 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 29-38-7 Argentina Obdulio Rogelio Zarza PTS 10 26/06/1981 Argentina San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Win 47-5-5 Argentina Jose Maria Flores Burlon TKO 3 13/06/1981 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 43-5-2 Argentina Jacinto Horacio Fernandez PTS 12 13/03/1981 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina FAB Argentina Middleweight Title.
Win 0-1 Manuel Navarro KO 6 13/02/1981 Argentina Mar del Plata, Argentina
Win 1-7-1 Argentina Marcos Perez PTS 10 16/01/1981 Argentina Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina
Draw 70-14-11 Argentina Juan Carlos Peralta PTS 12 19/12/1980 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina Cordoba Middleweight Title.
Win 22-9-2 Argentina Jose Luis Duran KO 6 05/12/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 12-6-3 Argentina Enrique Coronel KO 7 21/11/1980 Argentina Salta, Argentina
Win 5-15-1 Argentina Ramon Perez PTS 12 07/11/1980 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 13-14-3 Chile Ricardo Molina Ortiz PTS 10 03/10/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 6-10-5 Argentina Roberto Antonio Marziali KO 1 22/08/1980 Argentina Las Varillas, Cordoba, Argentina Cordoba Middleweight Title.
Win 24-0-1 Argentina Obdulio Rogelio Zarza PTS 10 08/07/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 23-0-1 Argentina Aldo Carmona KO 3 27/06/1980 Argentina Salta, Argentina
Win 22-0-1 Argentina Jorge Juan Salgado KO 7 06/06/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 21-0-1 Chile Ricardo Molina Ortiz PTS 10 16/05/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 20-0-1 Argentina Ramon Perez KO 8 11/04/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 19-0-1 Argentina Alfredo B Cruz KO 7 15/03/1980 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 18-0-1 Argentina Marcos Perez KO 6 22/02/1980 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 17-0-1 Argentina Juan Carlos Bogado PTS 10 08/02/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 16-0-1 Argentina Roberto Troilo Ortiz KO 2 18/01/1980 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 15-0-1 Argentina Alfredo B Cruz RTD 8 22/12/1979 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 14-0-1 Argentina Juan Carlos Bogado RTD 8 21/09/1979 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 14-0-0 Argentina Natalio O Ibarra TKO 4 07/09/1979 Argentina Freyre, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 13-0-0 Argentina Alberto R Cardozo KO 3 24/08/1979 Argentina Morteros, Argentina
Win 12-0-0 Argentina Ramon Perez PTS 12 10/08/1979 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 11-0-0 Argentina Alberto Juan Almiron RTD 5 20/07/1979 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 10-0-0 Argentina Oscar "The Grouch" Perez KO 2 29/06/1979 Argentina Rafaela, Argentina
Win 9-0-0 Argentina Hugo D Estefano Obregon RTD 11 08/06/1979 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina Cordoba Middleweight Title.
Win 8-0-0 Argentina Natalio O Ibarra PTS 10 24/05/1979 {{flagicon|Argentina} Brickman, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 7-0-0 Argentina Hugo D Estefano Obregon PTS 10 11/05/1979 Argentina Cordoba, Argentina
Win 6-0-0 Argentina Oscar Francisco Lopez KO 4 20/04/1979 Argentina Sunchales, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 5-0-0 Argentina Luis Carcacha RTD 3 06/04/1979 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 4-0-0 Argentina Irineo Claudio Cabrera KO 1 23/03/1979 Argentina Rafaela, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 3-0-0 Argentina Luis "Oh Boy" Alberto Gutierrez KO 1 09/02/1979 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 2-0}} Argentina Juan Carlos Hauscarriaga KO 1 26/01/1979 Argentina Las Varillas, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 1-0}} Paraguay Jorge Servin KO 1 08/12/1978 Argentina San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina

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