Antonio Cermeño

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Verdú and the second or maternal family name is Cermak.
Antonio Cermeño
Real name Antonio José Verdú Cermak
Nickname(s) El Coloso (The Colossus)
Rated at Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.715 m)
Nationality Venezuela Venezuelan
Born (1969-03-06)March 6, 1969
Río Chico, Miranda, Venezuela
Died February 25, 2014(2014-02-25) (aged 44)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 45
Wins by KO 31
Losses 7
Draws 0

Antonio Cermeño (March 6, 1969 – February 25, 2014), nicknamed "El Coloso" (The Colossus), was a Venezuelan boxer who twice won the world title. Born Antonio José Verdú Cermak, he retired in 2006 with a 45-7 record.[1]

According to his wife, on February 24, 2014, the two of them and others were kidnapped in east Caracas. His wife escaped when the kidnappers released her after refueling the car, but Cermeño remained captive. He was found shot to death the next morning at kilometer 78 of the Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho highway.[1][2]

Cermeno was the World Boxing Association's Super Bantamweight and Featherweight champion of the world. He captured his first title by defeating Wilfredo Vazquez in Vazquez's hometown, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.


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Preceded by
Wilfredo Vazquez
WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
13 May 1995 – 1998
Succeeded by
Enrique Sanchez
Preceded by
Freddie Norwood
WBA Featherweight Champion
3 Oct 1998 – 29 May 1999
Succeeded by
Freddie Norwood