Víctor Galíndez

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Víctor Galíndez
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Real name Víctor Emilio Galíndez
Nickname(s) El Leopardo de Morón
Rated at Light heavyweight
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Nationality Argentina Argentina
Born (1948-11-02)November 2, 1948
Vedia, Buenos Aires
Died October 25, 1980(1980-10-25) (aged 31)
25 de Mayo, Buenos Aires Province
Boxing record
Wins 52
Wins by KO 34
Losses 9
Draws 4

Víctor Emilio Galíndez (November 2, 1948 in Vedia – October 25, 1980 in Veinticinco de Mayo, Buenos Aires) was an Argentine boxer who was the third Latin American to win the world Light Heavyweight championship, after Puerto Rico's José Torres and Venezuela's Vicente Rondon.

Galíndez was born in Vedia in the Leandro N. Alem Partido of the Buenos Aires Province in Argentina. He aspired to become both a boxer and a stock car pilot since an early age, but he was more interested in boxing. As an amateur, he compiled a winning record and participated in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he lost in a preliminary round bout. A year earlier he claimed the silver medal at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Galíndez then turned professional, and on May 10 of 1969, he debuted as a paid fighter with a win over Ramon Ruiz by a knockout in four at Buenos Aires. After one more win, he faced Adolfo Cejas in Azul, Argentina, in a fight which resulted in a ten round draw.

In 1970, Galíndez had 10 fights, a span during which he went 5-3-1, with one no contest. He suffered his first loss, at the hands of Juan Aguilar, by a decision in ten, and had a second and third fight with Aguilar, of which the second ended in a first round no contest, and the second in another Aguilar decision win. He began his five fight rivalry with Jorge Ahumada knocking Ahumada out in five rounds, and lost the Argentine Light Heavyweight title with a twelve round decision defeat against Avenamar Peralta.

He and Peralta had an immediate, non-title rematch in 1971, and Galíndez won by a ten round decision. 1971 was a year of rematches for Galíndez, the only new boxer he met that year being Pedro Rimovsky, and he too, had a rematch with Galíndez before that year was over. He lost to Ahumada in the second of the five fights between them, by a decision in Mendoza, Argentina, then beat him in fight three by a knockout in nine, and in fight four by a knockout in six, both the third and fourth fight being held in Buenos Aires. He and Rimovsky had a first round no contest in their first bout, and drew over the ten round distance in the rematch, and then Galíndez had two more fights with Peralta, losing by a knockout in nine and a decision in 10.

In 1973, Galíndez had eight fights, winning seven and drawing one. He was finally able to obtain Argentina's Light Heavyweight title, by beating Aguilar by a decision in twelve. He beat Aguilar once again, by a knockout in six, and he also beat Eddie Owens, Eddie Duncan and Raul Loyola, the latter being beaten twice, one time defending his Argentine title.

He began 1974 with a step up in class, meeting former world title challenger Ray Anderson, beating him by a knockout in two. After six more consecutive wins, he was given his first shot at a world title, facing Len Hutchins for the WBA's vacant world Light Heavyweight championship. Galíndez then joined Torres and Rondon as the only Hispanic Light Heavyweight world champions in history, and Carlos Monzón as the only Argentine world champions of that era, with a TKO of Hutchins in the thirteenth round to become the WBA's world Light Heavyweight champion.

Ironically, Galíndez, who never fought outside Argentina before becoming a world champion, became a traveling fighter after that. After he beat Johnny Griffin in Buenos Aires by knockout in six in a non title bout, it was off to South Africa, for his first international fight, which was, at the same time, his first world title defense. He beat Pierre Fourie there by a decision. Next was Las Vegas, for his first fight in the United States, another non title affair. He knocked out Ray Elson in eight there. Next stop was the Madison Square Garden in New York, where he and arch-rival Ahumada met for a fifth time, this time with the world title on the line. After beating Ahumada by a decision in 15, Galíndez returned to South Africa, where he once again beat Fourie by decision in 15.

1976 saw a trip to Norway, where he beat Harald Skog by a knockout in three to retain the title, and to Denmark, where he beat Jesse Burnett by a decision in ten in a non tite affair. Then came a third trip to South Africa, where he knocked out challenger Richie Kates in the 15th and last round, and, after a fight with Billy Douglas in Buenos Aires, (a win by decision in ten) he found himself in South Africa once again, where he beat Kosie Smith by a decision in fifteen to once again, retain the title.

After beginning 1977 by beating Guillermo Aquirrezabala by a knockout in four in Mendoza, he and Kates had a rematch in Rome, Italy, where Galíndez once again beat Kates by decision over 15. Next, the Argentine champion and challenger Álvaro Yaqui López faced Galíndez in a 15 round title bout, once again in Italy, and Galíndez retained the title by a decision in Rome. Galíndez' last fight of '77 took him to Italy for a third time, and he beat future world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (then Eddie Gregory) by a decision in fifteen.

In 1978, Galíndez went to Italy again, retaining the title with a fifteen round decision in a rematch with Lopez, and then he made a series of non title bouts in Argentina before he went on the road again, this time losing his title to Mike Rossman by a knockout in 13, in the same undercard where Muhammad Ali recovered the world Heavyweight title for the third time by beating Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

After his first fight in 1979, beating Roberto Aguilar by a knockout in six back home, he and Rossman were supposed to have a rematch in February of that year, but Galíndez refused to fight, arguing that the judges selected for the rematch would probably favor Rossman. However, the rematch did come off later that year, and Galíndez recovered the world championship, once again in New Orleans, knocking Rossman out in 10 rounds. This time, however, he wouldn't last long as king of the Light Heavyweights, and he lost the title in his first defense, by a knockout in 11 to Marvin Johnson, a boxer who would later join Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Carlos De León among others as one of the few boxers to be world champions three times in the same category. The fight with Johnson also took place in New Orleans.

After losing a rematch with Burnett in 1980 by a decision in twelve in Anaheim, California, Galíndez was forced to retire because of two operations to repair his detached retinas, and then he tried to pursue his other dream of becoming a stock-car race pilot. On October 25 of that year, he participated in what would be his first and last Turismo Carretera race. After going to the pit for repairs, Galíndez was struck by a car that lost control and killed instantly while in the waiting area.

He had a boxing record of 52 wins, 9 losses and 4 draws with 2 no contests, and 34 wins by knockout.

In 2002, Galíndez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.

Professional boxing record[edit]

55 Wins (34 knockouts, 21 decisions), 9 Losses (3 knockouts, 6 decisions), 4 Draws, 2 No Contests [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 19-12-2 United States Jesse Burnett UD 12 14 June 1980 California Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California, United States WBC World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. 111–115, 111–116, 112–115.
Loss 23-3 United States Marvin Johnson KO 11 30 November 1979 Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Johnson knocked out at 0:20 of the 11th round.
Win 36-4-3 United States Mike Rossman RTD 9 14 April 1979 Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Rossman retired at 3:00 of the ninth round.
Win 9-8-3 Argentina Roberto Gustavo Aguilar RTD 8 9 March 1979 Tucumán Province San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Loss 34-4-3 United States Mike Rossman TKO 13 15 September 1978 Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 5–8 Argentina Marcos Antonio Tosto KO 6 19 August 1978 La Pampa Province General Pico, Argentina
Win 1-0 Brazil Waldemar De Oliveira KO 9 8 July 1978 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 6-13-6 Argentina Juan Antonio Musladino KO 9 16 June 1978 Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win 42-6 Mexico Yaqui Lopez UD 15 6 May 1978 Italy La Bussola Teatro Tenda, Viareggio, Italy WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 7-5-2 Argentina Ramon Reinaldo Cerrezuela PTS 10 8 April 1978 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 22-2-1 United States Eddie Mustafa Muhammad UD 15 20 November 1977 Italy Palazzo dello Sport di Parco Ruffini, Torino, Italy WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 38-5 Mexico Yaqui Lopez UD 15 17 September 1977 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Italy WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 33-2 United States Richie Kates UD 15 18 June 1977 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Italy WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 15-7-5 Argentina Guillermo Aguirrezabala KO 4 6 April 1977 Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win 27-15-1 South Africa Kosie Smith UD 15 5 October 1976 South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. 104-91, 105–95, 105–92.
Win 33-11-1 United States Billy "Dynamite" Douglas PTS 10 21 August 1976 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 32-1 United States Richie Kates KO 15 15 May 1976 South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Kates knocked out at 2:59 of the 15th round.
Win 10-2-1 United States Jesse Burnett SD 10 8 April 1976 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 15-0-1 Norway Harald Skog KO 3 28 March 1976 Norway Ekeberg Hall, Oslo, Norway WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 49-4-1 South Africa Pierre Fourie SD 15 13 September 1975 South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 41-6-2 Argentina Jorge Ahumada UD 15 30 June 1975 New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 12-1 United States "Communist" Ray Elson TKO 8 16 May 1975 Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, South Africa
Win 48-3-1 South Africa Pierre Fourie UD 15 7 April 1975 South Africa Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 21-10 United States Johnny Griffin KO 6 15 February 1975 Buenos Aires Province Balcarce, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Win 22-1-1 United States Len "Stinger" Hutchins TKO 13 7 December 1974 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina WBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 0–5 Uruguay Domingo Silveira KO 4 5 October 1974 Entre Ríos Province Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina
Win 25-11-1 Puerto Rico Angel "Nip/Tuck" Oquendo PTS 10 14 September 1974 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 0–4 Uruguay Domingo Silveira KO 5 1 September 1974 Argentina San Juan, La Rioja, Argentina
Win 0–3 Uruguay Domingo Silveira KO 4 12 July 1974 Jujuy Province San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Win 42-20-2 Puerto Rico Jose "Monon" Gonzalez PTS 10 8 June 1974 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 6-7-1 Argentina Ruben Macario Gonzalez KO 3 5 April 1974 Córdoba Province, Argentina Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 35-10-2 United States "Sugar" Ray Anderson KO 2 16 February 1974 Buenos Aires Province Balcarce, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina Anderson knocked out at 1:23 of the second round.
Win 8-2-1 United States Eddie "Big E" Duncan KO 2 8 December 1973 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 7-6-1 Argentina Raul Arturo Loyola TKO 8 10 November 1973 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 7-5-1 Argentina Raul Arturo Loyola PTS 12 7 September 1973 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 29-14-11 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar KO 6 10 August 1973 Tucumán Province San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Win 34-16-2 United States Karl Zurheide KO 2 14 July 1973 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 34-18-3 Argentina Eddie "Red Top" Owens KO 3 12 May 1973 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 28 December 2011 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 12 14 April 1973 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 6-4-1 Argentina Ruben Macario Gonzalez KO 3 29 January 1973 Salta Province Salta, Argentina
Draw 27 December 2010 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 10 15 December 1972 Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win 4–6 Argentina Oscar Wondryk KO 7 10 November 1972 Santa Fe Province Venado Tuerto, Argentina
Win 66-8-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta PTS 12 7 October 1972 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina South America Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 66-7-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta PTS 12 2 September 1972 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 24-8-2 Argentina Adolfo Jorge Cardozo TKO 4 19 August 1972 Santa Fe Province Rosario Teatro Real, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 27-11-9 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 12 22 July 1972 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win 24-10-1 United States Eddie "Bossman" Jones PTS 10 6 May 1972 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 9-8-1 Argentina Carlos Santagada TKO 8 22 January 1972 Buenos Aires Province Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Loss 60-7-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta PTS 10 18 December 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 27-9-9 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 10 20 November 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 27-3 Argentina Jorge Ahumada KO 6 30 October 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 58-7-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta TKO 9 11 September 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 26-2 Argentina Jorge Ahumada KO 9 31 July 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw 6-1-3 Argentina Pedro Rimovsky PTS 10 12 June 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 25-2 Argentina Jorge Ahumada PTS 10 24 May 1971 Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
No Contest 6-1-2 Argentina Pedro Rimovsky NC 1 7 April 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 57-4-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta PTS 10 9 January 1971 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 56-4-4 Argentina Avenamar Peralta PTS 12 28 November 1970 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina FAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss 21-6-8 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 10 18 September 1970 Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
No Contest 21-6-8 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar NC 1 14 August 1970 Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win 22-1 Argentina Jorge Ahumada KO 5 22 July 1970 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw 21-6-7 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 10 24 June 1970 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 2-2 Argentina Alfredo Segura KO 3 20 May 1970 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win -- Argentina Ramon Reinaldo Cerrezuela TKO 9 9 May 1970 Buenos Aires Province Lujan, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Loss 20-5-7 Argentina Juan "Mendoza" Aguilar PTS 10 8 April 1970 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 7-19-4 Argentina Ramon Rocha KO 9 13 March 1970 Santa Fe Province Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 18-1 Argentina Adolfo Jorge Cardozo KO 5 17 January 1970 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw 9-0-1 Argentina Adolfo Cejas PTS 10 16 August 1969 Buenos Aires Province Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Win 0–2 Ruperto Robledo KO 3 28 June 1969 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 0-0-1 Argentina Ramon Ruiz KO 4 10 May 1969 Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Preceded by
Bob Foster
Retires
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
7 Dec 1974 – 15 Sep 1978
Succeeded by
Mike Rossman
Preceded by
Mike Rossman
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
14 Apr 1979 – 30 Nov 1979
Succeeded by
Marvin Johnson