Carlos Palomino

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Carlos Palomino
Real name Carlos Palomino
Rated at Light Middleweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (177 cm)
Reach 71 in (181 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1949-08-10) August 10, 1949 (age 66)
San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 38
Wins 31
Wins by KO 19
Losses 4
Draws 3
No contests 0

Carlos Palomino (born August 10, 1949 in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico) is a retired Mexican professional boxer.[1] Palomino is a former WBC Welterweight Champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[2] Palomino is also an actor who has been featured in several television shows and films.[3] He achieved a considerable amount of fame during the 1970s, especially among Mexican and Southern California fans.[4]

Early life[edit]

He moved to Los Angeles, California from his native Mexico when he was eight years old.[5]

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Palomino was an All-U.S. Army champion in 1971 and 1972. As an amateur, Palomino won the 1972 National AAU Light Welterweight Champion at 137 lb., defeating eventual Olympic gold medalist Ray Seales.[6] He was discharged from the Army later that year and enrolled at Orange Coast College and later Long Beach State, where he obtained a degree.[7]

Professional boxing career[edit]

In 1972, his name was becoming better known in California. This was likely caused by the number of his fights taking place there. He won five fights (one by knockout) in 1973.[8]

In 1974, Palomino went through an increment in quality of opposition. He won six fights and lost one. He beat David Arellano twice, by a decision in ten and by knockout in nine, as well as Tommy Howard, by decision in ten, but he lost to Andy Price, who was a title contender at the time, by decision in ten in San Diego.[9]

In 1975, he won four fights, and drew in two. He and Zovek Baraja had two bouts that year, the first one resulting in a ten round draw and the second one being a nine round knockout win for Palomino. He also drew with Hedgemon Lewis.[10]

WBC Welterweight Championship[edit]

After winning two fights in 1976, Palomino found himself and his trainers travelling to London, where an internationally televised world championship bout awaited him against WBC world Welterweight champion John H. Stracey, a British boxing teacher who had dethroned José Nápoles as world champion. Palomino became a world champion on the night of June 22 of that year at Wembley Arena, after Stracey eventually succumbed to a blistering body attack and was put on the canvas twice from left hooks to the liver. Many Mexicans who viewed Nápoles, a Cuban born resident of Mexico, as another countryman, saw this as a revenge from Stracey.[11]

He waited six months for his next fight, against another very popular boxer of Mexican background: cross-town rival Armando Muñíz.[12] This was a fight that had many fans guessing who'd win it for months before it happened, but it also made history in the boxing books: When Palomino and Muñíz met, on January 21 of 1977, it was the first time in boxing history two college graduates met for a world title.[13] Palomino earned a degree in recreation administration from Long Beach State, while Muniz had graduated from Cal State Los Angeles, where he majored in Spanish and minored in math, and was working toward a graduate degree in administration. Palomino and Muniz (now a high school teacher in California) fought what the book The Ring: Boxing in the 20th. Century has described as one of the best fights of 1977.[14] After 14 rounds, all three judges had the fight tied on their scorecards, but Palomino scored two knockdowns in the fifteenth and final round and he retained the world title by a knockout in that final round. A return to London resulted in an 11th round knockout victory over Dave Boy Green, after which he defended against Everaldo Acosta Azevedo and Jose Palacios, Azevedo being defeated by decision in fifteen and Palacios by knockout in thirteen.[15]

In 1978, he defended his crown with a win over Ryu Sorimachi by a knockout in seven, a knockout in nine over Mimoun Mohatar, and a decision in fifteen in his long awaited rematch with Muniz.[16]

His championship run ended in 1979, when he traveled to Puerto Rico, where he was defeated on January 13 by hometown boxer Wilfred Benítez via a controversial fifteen round split decision.[17]

Palomino vs. Durán[edit]

In his next fight, Palomino met legendary Roberto Durán on June 22 of that year at Madison Square Gardens, in another nationally televised bout, as part of the Larry HolmesMike Weaver world Heavyweight championship bout's undercard. Palomino lost to Duran by decision in ten rounds, and he announced his retirement from boxing right away.[18]

Boxing comeback[edit]

Palomino began his comeback on January 10, 1997, beating Ismaél Díaz by a knockout in round nine. He won four fights that year. including one over former world champion Rene Arredondo, but when he lost by decision in ten to former Oscar De La Hoya world title challenger Wilfredo Rivera on May 30 of 1998, he decided to retire for good, and has stayed in retirement ever since.[19]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
John H. Stracey
WBC Welterweight Champion
22 Jun 1976 – 14 Jan 1979
Succeeded by
Wilfred Benítez

After boxing[edit]

Acting career[edit]

In 1978 while still the WBC Welterweight Champion, Palomino appeared as himself in the ABC sitcom Taxi. Appearing in the second episode of the opening season ("One-Punch Banta"), he spars with Tony Banta (Tony Danza - himself a former professional boxer with a 9-3 record) and takes a dive. Palomino appears as himself in an episode of "The White Shadow" in 1979.

In 1980, Miller Lite beer signed Palomino as a spokesman as part of a television commercial campaign that also included Walt Frazier and other noted athletes. As a consequence of the enjoyable experience and the media exposure that followed, he decided to launch a career as an actor [20] He participated in a number of movies and television series, before deciding to launch a boxing comeback at the age of 48, in 1997.[21]

Palomino was elected as chairman of the California State Athletic Commission, where he performed for a few years. He is now involved in charity work, most notably Tony Baltazar's charity organization, and he travels around the United States to attend charity events and do autograph shows.[22]


Palomino was selected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame on January 8, 2004. He was inducted on June 13.[23]

Personal life[edit]

On March 14, 1980, his younger brother, Paul Palomino - a member of the U.S. boxing team en route to Poland for a competition - was killed in the crash of LOT Polish Airlines Flight 007.

On December 19, 2008, Palomino's girlfriend, Daliene Ingram, was featured in an episode of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?. Her daughter Alexa, a fifth grader, was the extra classmate at the Mystery Desk for the occasion.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Carlos Palomino - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". 2013-05-04. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame Profile: Carlos Palomino - Ring TV". 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  3. ^ JOHN NADEL (2004-01-09). "Carlos Palomino Facing Long Odds in Comeback - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Los inmortales del boxeo mexicano - Más Deportes". 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  5. ^ Pat Putnam (1979-01-22). "He was behind on points after 13 rounds, and when WBC - 01.22.79 - SI Vault". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  6. ^ "RSR Brings that 70’s Show with Former WBC Welterweight Champion Carlos Palomino Part I". Ringside Report. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  7. ^ Foster, Chris (1988-01-02). "Making a Name for Himself : Carlos Palomino Jr. Takes His Best Shots on the Basketball Court, Not in the Boxing Ring - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
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  9. ^ "Carlos Palomino joins CMXsports team". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  10. ^ "ESPN Deportes: null: Carlos Palomino". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  11. ^ "It’s Never Too late for John Stracey vs. Carlos Palomino 2! - Boxing News". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ JERRY CROWE (2009-02-16). "Boxers took their rivalry to a higher degree - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  13. ^ "Carlos Palomino vs. Armando Muniz (1st meeting) - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  14. ^ "Interview with Armando Muniz - On Pacquiao vs Mayweather Prediction, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales, Shane Mosley, Israel Vasquez, Robbery and much More". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  15. ^ "Biografia de Armando Muñiz". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  16. ^ "Carlos Palomino: The Best I Faced - Ring TV". 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  17. ^ "Carlos Palomino vs. Wilfred Benitez - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  18. ^ "Roberto Duran vs. Carlos Palomino - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  19. ^ "Mexican Boxing Legend Carlos Palomino In Profile : Idaho – Business and Finance". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  20. ^ "Account Suspended". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  21. ^ February 6th, 2007 By RingTalk (2007-02-06). "Where Are They Now? Ex-Champion Carlos Palomino". Ringtalk. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  22. ^ "Carlos Palomino and Allias Aguilar". 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  23. ^ "Carlos Palomino". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  24. ^ (2008-12-19). "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - Season 3, Episode 16: Episode 238". Retrieved 2014-05-12. 

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