Rafael Pineda (boxer)

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Rafael Pineda (born January 12, 1966 in Barranquilla, Colombia), was a Colombian boxer at welterweight.

Professional career[edit]

Known as "Derby", Pineda turned pro in 1986 and in 1989 took on former Olympian Mark Breland for the WBA welterweight title, but was TKO'd in the fifth round. In 1991 he won the vacant IBF Light Welterweight title by beating Roger Mayweather with a ninth-round knockout. He successfully defended the title once before losing it by decision to welterweight legend Pernell Whitaker in 1992. Pineda retired after the loss, but came back in 1996.

Comeback[edit]

Pineda launched a comeback in 1996 and fought for a few years in his native Colombia before taking on Cory Spinks in 2002, losing a technical decision. In 2004 he lost a close split decision to phenom Zab Judah. He has not fought since the loss.

Personal[edit]

Pineda is the brother of fellow boxer Hugo Pineda.

Preceded by
Julio César Chávez
Vacated
IBF Light Welterweight Champion
7 Dec 1991– 18 Jul 1992
Succeeded by
Pernell Whitaker

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