Crisanto España

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Crisanto España (born October 25, 1964 in Venezuela) is a former boxer who was the WBA welterweight champion of the world.

España fought out of Belfast, Northern Ireland and turned pro in 1984 after accumulating a 54-10 amateur record. España impressively won his first 30 fights, including the WBA Welterweight Title with an upset TKO in the 8th round over Meldrick Taylor in 1992. He successfully defended the title twice before being stopped by Ike Quartey in the 11th round in 1994. España fought only once more, in Northern Ireland in 1995 and retired with a record of 31-1-0 with 25 KOs.

He also married a Northern Irish girl, called Sharon Espana and went on to have two children named; Crisanto and Nico Espana. Crisanto Jr proved to be a very talented badminton player respresenting Ulster on a number of occasions. Whilst Nico, the younger brother, went on to becoming a competitive athlete at high jump and 4x100m relay, competing at Ulster and Irish standard every year.

His older brother Ernesto España was the World Boxing Association lightweight champion in 1979 and 1980.

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Preceded by
Meldrick Taylor
WBA Welterweight Champion
31 Oct 1992– 4 Jun 1994
Succeeded by
Ike Quartey