Pascual Pérez (boxer)

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Pascual Pérez
Pascual Perez - El Gráfico - 1948.jpg
Statistics
Nickname(s) El León Mendocino
Rated at Flyweight
Height 4 ft 11 in (1.50 m)
Nationality  Argentine
Born (1926-05-04)May 4, 1926
Mendoza, Argentina
Died January 22, 1977(1977-01-22) (aged 50)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 92
Wins 84
Wins by KO 57
Losses 7
Draws 1

Pascual Nicolás Pérez (May 4, 1926 – January 22, 1977) was an Argentine flyweight boxer. Pérez was born in Tupungato in the Mendoza Province of Argentina, he went on to make history by becoming Argentina's first world boxing champion.

Pérez usually did poor at the ticket gates in Argentina after he became world champion, forcing him to defend his world title on the road many times and to become known as a world-traveling champion. His first international success was a gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in United Kingdom.

On December 5, 1952, Pérez beat José Ciorino by knockout in round four at the small Argentine city of Gerly, to begin his professional boxing career. After winning his first six fights by knockout, he challenged Marcelo Quiroga, November 11 of 1953, for the Argentine Flyweight title, winning the fight by a fourth round knockout at Buenos Aires.

Pérez's knockout streak reached 18 knockouts in a row, and it lasted until he met Juan Bishop, on April 22, 1954, winning by a ten round decision.

On July 24 of that year, and with a record of 23 wins, no losses, with 22 wins by knockout, Pérez met Yoshio Shirai, who, coincidentally, had been Japan's first world champion in history, in a non-title fight held at Buenos Aires. The fight was declared a draw (tie) by the judges after ten rounds, and a rematch was set, this time with the world Flyweight title at stake.

On November 26 of '54, Pérez fought what was both his first fight abroad outside the Olympics, and his first world title fight. He made history by beating Shirai by a fifteen round decision, becoming Argentina's first world champion boxer, in Tokyo.

Over the course of Pérez's next thirty fights, he would defend his title only nine times, lose for the first time, and fight in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Curaçao, Japan, Paraguay, the Philippines, Thailand, Uruguay and Venezuela. Many of his fights would have been title fights, but some of his opponents were not able to make the Flyweight division's 112 pound weight limit, so Pérez often had to settle for non-title wins instead. He lost his undefeated record to Japan's Sadao Yaoita on January 16 of 1959, by a ten round decision in Tokyo. Among the fighters he defeated to retain his world title were Dai Dower (by a first round knockout), Dommy Ursua (by a fifteen round decision) and Yaoita in a rematch, by a thirteenth round knockout.

Pérez would lose his title to another first time world champion, Thailand's Pone Kingpetch, who made history for his country by beating Pérez by a fifteen round decision at Bangkok on April 16, 1960. A rematch between Pérez and Kingpetch was fought on September 22 of the same year, at Los Angeles, but Pérez's first fight in the United States was also his first knockout defeat, as he was beaten in eight rounds by Kingpetch.

Pérez won his next twenty-eight bouts, mostly against nondescript opposition but he did score a pair of victories over the once-promising but by then fading Uruguayan Waldemiro Torres. Then, after dropping a split decision to Filipino veteran Leo Zulueta and outpointing Panamanian journeyman Manuel Moreno in his next two bouts, he faced perennial world title contender Bernardo Caraballo in Colombia on July 23, 1963. Pérez lost by a ten round decision.

He finished his career with fights in Ecuador, Mexico and Panama, going 1-2 including losing by third round knockout to future world flyweight champion Efren Torres in his fight on Mexican soil.

Pérez had a record of 84 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw, with 58 knockouts, number which places him in the exclusive group of boxers to have won 50 or more fights by knockout.

He has been inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. On his death in 1977, Pascual Pérez was interred in the La Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Professional boxing record[edit]

84 Wins (57 knockouts), 7 Losses (3 knockouts), 1 Draw[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Time
Date Location Notes
Loss 84–7–1 Panama Eugenio Hurtado TKO 6 (10) 1964–03–15 Panama Gimnasio Nacional,
Panama City, Panamá
Loss 84–6–1 Mexico Efren Torres KO 3 (10) 1963–10–19 Mexico Arena Progreso,
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Win 84–5–1 Panama Adolfo Osses PTS 10 1963–08–09 Ecuador Guayaquil, Guayas
Loss 83–5–1 Colombia Bernardo Caraballo UD 10 1963–07–26 Colombia Bogotá
Win 83–4–1 Panama Manuel Moreno UD 10 1963–06–16 Panama Gimnasio Nacional,
Panama City, Panamá
Loss 82–4–1 Philippines Leo Zulueta SD 10 1963–04–30 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex,
Manila, Metro Manila
Win 82–3–1 Argentina Cirilo Avellaneda KO 7 (10) 1963–04–12 Argentina Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires
Win 81–3–1 Argentina Juan Carlos Moreyra PTS 10 1963–04–05 Argentina Mercedes, Corrientes
Win 80–3–1 Argentina Rodolfo Trivis PTS 10 1963–02–16 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 79–3–1 Ecuador Miguel Herrera PTS 10 1963–02–01 Argentina San Luis, San Luis
Win 78–3–1 Argentina Cirilo Avellaneda PTS 10 1963–01–25 Argentina Villa Dolores, Buenos Aires
Win 77–3–1 Argentina Juan Carlos Moreyra TKO 8 (10) 1962–12–08 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Win 76–3–1 Argentina Martin Luque KO 5 1962–06–15 Argentina San Salvador, Jujuy
Win 75–3–1 Argentina Rodolfo Trivis PTS 10 1962–06–09 Argentina San Miguel, Tucumán
Win 74–3–1 Argentina Cirilo Avellaneda KO 5 (10) 1962–05–19 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 73–3–1 Argentina Martin Luque TKO 5 1962–05–02 Argentina Santiago del Estero,
Santiago del Estero
Win 72–3–1 Argentina Juan Carlos Moreyra TKO 3 (10) 1962–04–27 Argentina Salta, Salta
Win 71–3–1 Paraguay Ursino Bernal TKO 6 (10) 1962–04–21 Argentina San Miguel, Tucumán
Win 70–3–1 Argentina Rodolfo Trivis PTS 10 1962–03–02 Argentina Miramar, Córdoba
Win 69–3–1 Paraguay Ursino Bernal PTS 10 1962–02–23 Argentina Balcarce, Buenos Aires
Win 68–3–1 Argentina Demetrio Acosta KO 2 (10) 1962–01–27 Argentina Nueve de Julio, San Juan
Win 67–3–1 Argentina Rodolfo Trivis PTS 10 1961–12–22 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Win 66–3–1 Argentina Alberto García TKO 6 1961–10–21 Argentina Rosario, Jujuy
Win 65–3–1 Argentina José Diaz KO 7 1961–10–12 Argentina Esquel, Chubut
Win 64–3–1 Uruguay Waldemiro Torres KO 3 1961–09–05 Argentina Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Win 63–3–1 Argentina Simon Rios KO 6 1961–08–19 Argentina Trelew, Chubut
Win 62–3–1 Uruguay Waldemiro Torres KO 8 1961–07–29 Argentina Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Win 61–3–1 Argentina Juan Montevero KO 5 1961–07–15 Argentina Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Win 60–3–1 Argentina Hugo Villarreal KO 3 1961–07–08 Argentina Punta Alta, Buenos Aires
Win 59–3–1 Chile Francisco Bahamondes TKO 3 1961–05–19 Argentina Cipolletti, Río Negro
Win 58–3–1 Argentina Juan Montevero TKO 6 1961–05–13 Argentina General Roca, Río Negro
Win 57–3–1 Argentina Pablo Sosa KO 3 (10) 1961–04–09 Argentina San Pedro, Buenos Aires
Win 56–3–1 Argentina Juan Carlos Moreyra PTS 10 1961–04–01 Argentina Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 55–3–1 Argentina Hugo Villarreal TKO 4 1961–03–18 Argentina Avellaneda, Buenos Aires
Loss 54–3–1 Thailand Pone Kingpetch TKO 8 (15)
2:32
1960–09–22 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium,
Los Angeles, California
For World Flyweight title.
Loss 54–2–1 Thailand Pone Kingpetch SD 15 1960–04–16 Thailand Lumpinee Boxing Stadium,
Bangkok
Lost World Flyweight title.
Win 54–1–1 Japan Sadao Yaoita KO 13 (15)
0:55
1959–11–05 Japan Ogimachi Pool,
Osaka, Osaka
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 53–1–1 Japan Kenji Yonekura UD 15 1959–08–10 Japan Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 52–1–1 Japan Kenji Yonekura PTS 10 1959–02–18 Japan Tokyo
Loss 51–1–1 Japan Sadao Yaoita UD 10 1959–01–16 Japan Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo
Win 51–0–1 Philippines Dommy Ursua UD 15 1958–12–15 Philippines Rizal Memorial Sports Complex,
Manila, Metro Manila
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 50–0–1 Italy Tito Raggone UD 10 1958–11–22 Netherlands Antilles Rif-stadion,
Willemstad, Curaçao
Win 49–0–1 Italy Tito Raggone PTS 10 1958–08–09 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
Win 48–0–1 Venezuela Ramón Arias UD 15 1958–04–19 Venezuela Nuevo Circo,
Caracas, Miranda
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 47–0–1 Argentina Ricardo Valdez KO 8 1958–03–22 Argentina Buenos Aires Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 46–0–1 Spain Young Martin KO 3 (15)
2:05
1957–12–07 Argentina Club Atlético Boca Juniors,
Buenos Aires
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 45–0–1 Chile Conrado Moreyra PTS 10 1957–09–13 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 44–0–1 Argentina Pablo Sosa KO 3 (10) 1957–08–17 Argentina Club Ramon Santamarina,
Tandil, Buenos Aires
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 43–0–1 Argentina Urbieta Sosa TKO 4 1957–08–02 Argentina Santa Fe, Santa Fe Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 42–0–1 Argentina Luis Jimenez UD 10 1957–07–12 Argentina Estadio Babilonia, Buenos Aires
Win 41–0–1 United Kingdom Dai Dower KO 1 (15)
2:48
1957–03–30 Argentina Club San Lorenzo de Almagro,
Buenos Aires
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 40–0–1 Chile Conrado Moreyra PTS 10 1956–12–12 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 39–0–1 Chile Hernan Rojas RTD 8 (10) 1956–09–28 Paraguay Estadio Comuneros, Asunción
Win 38–0–1 Chile Conrado Moreyra PTS 10 1956–09–06 Brazil Ginásio do Pacaembu,
São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 37–0–1 Argentina Hector Almaraz KO 3 (10) 1956–08–25 Argentina Estadio Norte,
Rosario, Santa Fe
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 36–0–1 Argentina Ricardo Valdez TKO 5 (10) 1956–08–04 Argentina Club Ramon Santamarina,
Tandil, Buenos Aires
Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 35–0–1 Cuba Oscar Suarez TKO 11 (15) 1956–06–30 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 34–0–1 Argentina Pablo Sosa KO 4 (10) 1956–06–15 Argentina Martínez, Buenos Aires
Win 33–0–1 Argentina Ricardo Valdez TKO 6 1956–06–08 Argentina Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires
Win 32–0–1 Argentina Marcelo Quiroga PTS 10 1956–03–31 Argentina Buenos Aires Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 31–0–1 Argentina Antonio Gomez TKO 2 (10) 1956–03–21 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 30–0–1 Argentina Antonio Gomez PTS 10 1956–02–10 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 29–0–1 Philippines Leo Espinosa UD 15 1956–01–11 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 28–0–1 Philippines Danny Kid PTS 10 1955–10–22 Argentina Buenos Aires Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 27–0–1 Argentina Alberto Palomeque KO 4 (10) 1955–08–26 Argentina Catamarca, Catamarca
Win 26–0–1 Japan Yoshio Shirai KO 5 (15)
2:59
1955–05–30 Japan Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo Ret. World Flyweight title.
Win 25–0–1 Argentina Alberto Barenghi KO 3 (12) 1955–04–13 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 24–0–1 Japan Yoshio Shirai UD 15 1954–11–26 Japan Korakuen Stadium, Tokyo Won World Flyweight title.
Draw 23–0–1 Japan Yoshio Shirai PTS 10 1954–07–24 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 23–0 Argentina Marcelo Quiroga KO 4 (10) 1954–06–25 Argentina La Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 22–0 Argentina Pablo Sosa RTD 8 (10) 1954–06–12 Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut
Win 21–0 Argentina Domingo Sandoval KO 4 (10) 1954–06–05 Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut
Win 20–0 Argentina Vicente Bruno KO 3 1954–05–19 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 19–0 Argentina Juan Bishop PTS 10 1954–04–22 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 18–0 Argentina Pablo Sosa KO 2 (10) 1954–03–24 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 17–0 Argentina Pablo Sosa KO 6 (10) 1954–03–12 Argentina Catamarca, Catamarca
Win 16–0 Argentina Nicolas Páez KO 1 (10) 1954–02–24 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 15–0 Chile Oliden Rojas KO 3 (10) 1954–02–13 Argentina Club Ramon Santamarina,
Tandil, Buenos Aires
Win 14–0 Argentina Marcelo Quiroga TKO 4 (10) 1954–02–06 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 13–0 Argentina Antonio Zapata RTD 5 (10) 1954–01–29 Argentina Catamarca, Catamarca
Win 12–0 Argentina José Domingo Luna TKO 2 (10) 1954–01–19 Argentina San Miguel, Tucumán
Win 11–0 Argentina Nestor Rojas RTD 2 (10) 1954–01–08 Argentina Catamarca, Catamarca Ret. Argentine Flyweight title.
Win 10–0 Mexico Roberto Romero KO 2 (10) 1953–12–30 Argentina Uspallata, Mendoza
Win 9–0 Chile Hernan Rojas KO 2 (10) 1953–12–23 Argentina Catamarca, Catamarca
Win 8–0 Argentina Eduardo Lliuzi RTD 1 (10) 1953–11–25 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 7–0 Argentina Marcelo Quiroga TKO 4 (12) 1953–11–11 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Won vacant Argentine Flyweight title.
Win 6–0 Argentina Juan Godoy KO 4 (10) 1953–03–30 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 5–0 Argentina Miguel Carrasco KO 5 (10) 1953–03–16 Argentina Mendoza, Mendoza
Win 4–0 Chile Mario Ahumada TKO 3 (10) 1953–02–20 Argentina Mendoza, Mendoza
Win 3–0 Argentina Ramon Stronatti RTD 2 (8) 1953–01–03 Argentina Mendoza, Mendoza
Win 2–0 Argentina Jorge Flores KO 3 (6) 1952–12–19 Argentina San Fernando, Buenos Aires
Win 1–0 Argentina José Ciorino TKO 4 (6) 1952–12–05 Argentina Gerli, Buenos Aires

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Olimpia de Oro
1955
Succeeded by
Argentina Jorge Bátiz
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Japan Yoshio Shirai
World Flyweight Champion
November 26, 1954 – April 16, 1960
Succeeded by
Thailand Pone Kingpetch