|Real name||Gregorio Manuel Peralta|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
May 8, 1935|
San Juan, Argentina
|Died||October 3, 2001(aged 66)|
|Wins by KO||60|
Gregorio Manuel Peralta (May 8, 1935 – October 3, 2001), better known as Gregorio "Goyo" Peralta, was a top Argentine boxer. Peralta enjoyed success as both a light heavyweight and a heavyweight, one of a select group Latin American Heavyweights to attain world-class status. (John Ruiz has been the only Hispanic to be world Heavyweight champion in boxing history.) Greg Peralta was a popular performer during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
On April 5, 1958, he made his professional boxing debut, knocking out a rival (Rene Pereira) who had lost all fourteen of his bouts. Peralta's fourth round knockout of Pereira was at the legendary Luna Park, in Buenos Aires.
Peralta won his first five fights by knockout, then went the ten round distance for the first time on September 6 of that same year, against Jose Angel Manzur, whom he outpointed over ten rounds in Montevideo, Uruguay. His first fight abroad had already been held, when he beat Marcelo Farias by a second round knockout 35 days before, also at Montevideo.
On October 22, he and Manzur had a rematch, with the two boxers drawing (tying) after ten more rounds.
On March 31, 1959, Peralta suffered his first loss as a professional, a ten round decision defeat to then reigning South American light heavyweight champion Luis Ignacio in São Paulo, Brazil in a non-title bout. Peralta had one loss and two draws in his next three fights, but then he returned to winning, when he avenged his defeat against Ignacio by knocking him out in three rounds, August 23 in Brazil.
After winning his next five fights, including four in Uruguay, Peralta faced Mauro Mina, in a widely expected light heavyweight bout between two South Americans. On June 15, 1960, Peralta was knocked out by Mina in eight rounds at Lima, Peru.
Peralta then won twelve and drew one of his next thirteen bouts. Among those were a ten round decision in a rubber match with Manzur, and a four round disqualification win over Aurelio Diaz. Peralta was given his first chance at winning a belt when he fought Jose Giorgetti, on August 4, 1962, at Mar del Plata for the Argentine Heavyweight title. He won the national belt by outpointing Giorgetti over twelve rounds, and then won fifteen more bouts in a row, for a total of 24 victories and one draw in twenty-five bouts.
The biggest win of his career came during that streak, when he outpointed world light heavyweight champion Willie Pastrano over ten rounds at Miami, Florida on September 20, 1963 in a non-title bout. His first fight with Pastrano marked Peralta's United States debut as a professional boxer.
Pastrano – light heavyweight title
Peralta's next fight, on November 15 of that year, was also his first bout at New York's Madison Square Garden. He beat future José Torres world championship challenger, Wayne Thornton, by a ten round decision there. After two more wins, including another one over Thornton, Peralta was given a shot at Pastrano's world Light-Heavyweight title, on April 10, 1964 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pastrano retained the championship with a sixth round knockout in a fight that had different views from boxing magazines; while the general consensus is that Pastrano was actually winning the fight when it was stopped, Ring En Español actually claimed twenty years later that Peralta was hitting Pastrano and had him against the ropes when the referee intervened and raised Pastrano's arm as the fight's winner. The truth is a cut opened in the second Thornton fight re-opened during Peralta's challenge of Pastrano and the bout was, to some hastily, to others justifiably, halted.
Peralta went on to win nine of his next ten fights, including a rematch victory over Mauro Mina, outpointed in ten rounds at Buenos Aires on September 19 of '64, before defending his Argentine Heavyweight title for the first time, and losing it, to Oscar Bonavena by a twelve round decision on September 4, 1965 in Buenos Aires. They'd rematch four years later.
Peralta then went undefeated over his next 32 bouts, building a record of twenty nine wins and three draws, with seventeen knockouts over that span. Among the highlights of those thirty two bouts were three ninth round disqualifications in a row (over Ron Marsh on March 11, 1968, and two over Felipe Pablo Marich, on April 5 and April 20 of that same year), a ten round decision over Ramon Rocha on August 23, and a draw in a non-title rematch with Bonavena, held on August 8, 1969.
After the Bonavena rematch, he would face George Foreman, in a fight that was nationally televised in the United States, on February 16, 1970, once again at the Madison Square Garden. His now fighting weight being around 200 lbs, Peralta had left the light-heavyweight scene way back. Foreman was the rising ex-Olympic star and Peralta then ranked 9th world contender was predicted to be George's biggest test to date. Foreman held an aura as an awesome knockout artist but Peralta doggedly went ten full rounds with the future two time world Heavyweight champion. He lost a unanimous decision to Foreman. But Peralta won the crowds admiration for a gutsy good performance. He used his boxing skill and mobility to show Foreman was open to fast well placed counters and tended to somewhat unravel in the later part of matches. It's thought Ali studied this among other Foreman matches in his preparation the legendary 'Rumble in the Jungle' victory.
Peralta's next bout came when he beat future world Light Heavyweight title challenger Piero del Papa, by a fifth round knockout on June 6 at Montevideo.
His next bout marked his European debut, when he defeated Herbert Wick, exactly sixteen days after the fight with del Papa, by a second round knockout in Barcelona, Spain. Peralta had three consecutive bouts in Spain, winning each of by knockout.
After two more wins, he faced Foreman again, at Oakland, California, this time with the NABF's vacant regional Heavyweight title on the line. Once again, Peralta fought ten rounds with Foreman, but he was knocked out in the tenth, on May 10, 1971. His two Foreman matches are fine achievements.
Peralta then moved to Spain for a one year. With the exception of a victory over Gerhard Zech on December 3 over at Germany, Peralta fought nine of his next ten bouts in Spain. These included a ten round win over perennial contender Jose Urtain on October 8, a win over Leroy Caldwell by a fourth round knockout on February 2, 1972, and a ten round decision loss to Bob Foster world Light Heavyweight title challenger Ray Anderson on June 9 of that same year.
Ron Lyle twice
After the loss to Anderson, Peralta would move again, this time to Germany, and he won his next six bouts by knockout. A loss to top world title contender Ron Lyle, however, took place on May 12, 1973 at Denver, Colorado. Peralta lost to Lyle by a ten round decision.
Peralta won his next two bouts by knockout in Germany, and then in a rematch held Lyle to a ten round draw in Frankfurt, Germany. Peralta aged 38 years retired for good after the match.
Gregorio Peralta had an admirable record. It contained 98 wins, 9 defeats and 9 draws as a professional boxer, with 60 knockout wins, which places him in the exclusive group of boxers that won fifty or more fights by knockout during their career.
He led a quiet life after retiring, dying on October 3, 2001.
Professional boxing record
|98 Wins (60 knockouts), 9 Losses (3 knockouts), 9 Draws|
|Draw||98–9–9||Ron Lyle||PTS||10||1973–11–17||Frankfurt, Hesse|
|Win||98–9–8||Johnny Griffin||KO||5 (10)||1973–10–26||Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Win||97–9–8||Billy Aird||TKO||4 (10)||1973–09–21||Hamburg|
|Loss||96–9–8||Ron Lyle||PTS||10||1973–05–12|| Denver Coliseum,
|Win||96–8–8||Ba Sounkalo||TKO||10 (10)||1973–04–06||Hamburg|
|Win||95–8–8||Ronnie Wright||KO||6 (10)||1973–02–16|| Sporthalle,
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
|Win||94–8–8||Horst Benedens||KO||3 (10)||1972–12–08||Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia|
|Win||93–8–8||Arno Prick||KO||3 (10)||1972–11–24||Hamburg|
|Win||92–8–8||Conny Venselek||TKO||4 (10)||1972–10–13||Hamburg|
|Win||91–8–8||Bill Drover||TKO||6 (10)||1972–09–15||Barcelona, Catalonia|
|Loss||90–8–8||Ray Anderson||PTS||10||1972–06–09||Madrid, Community of Madrid|
|Win||90–7–8||Willie Johnson||KO||2 (10)||1972–03–18||Valencia, Valencian Community|
|Win||89–7–8||Leroy Caldwell||KO||4 (10)||1972–03–03||Madrid, Community of Madrid|
|Win||88–7–8||Vernon McIntosh||TKO||8 (10)||1972–02–02||Bilbao, Basque Country|
|Win||87–7–8||Rocky Campbell||TKO||3 (10)||1971–12–07||Madrid, Community of Madrid|
|Win||86–7–8||Gerhard Zech||KO||8 (10)||1971–12–03||Frankfurt, Hesse|
|Win||85–7–8||José Manuel Urtain||TKO||8 (10)
|1971–10–08|| Palacio de Deportes,
Madrid, Community of Madrid
|Win||84–7–8||Danny Machado||KO||1 (10)||1971–09–10|| Plaza de Toros de Bilbao,
Bilbao, Basque Country
|Win||83–7–8||Jesse Billy Crown||KO||1 (10)
|1971–07–16|| Campo del Gas,
Madrid, Community of Madrid
|Loss||82–7–8||George Foreman||TKO||10 (15)||1971–05–10|| Oakland Coliseum Arena,
|For vacant NABF Heavyweight title.|
|Win||82–6–8||Humberto Ghiotti||KO||2 (10)||1971–03–06||Coronel Pringles, Buenos Aires|
|Win||81–6–8||Alfredo Vogrig||TKO||5 (10)||1970–12–18|| Palacio de Deportes,
Madrid, Community of Madrid
|Win||80–6–8||Roger Tighe||TKO||8 (10)||1970–09–01||Bilbao, Basque Country|
|Win||79–6–8||Herbert Wick||KO||3 (10)||1970–06–22||Barcelona, Catalonia|
|Win||78–6–8||Piero del Papa||RTD||5 (10)||1970–06–06||Montevideo, Montevideo|
|Loss||77–6–8||George Foreman||UD||10||1970–02–16|| Madison Square Garden,
New York City
|Draw||77–5–8||Oscar Bonavena||PTS||10||1969–08–08|| Palacio Peñarol,
|Win||77–5–7||José Menno||PTS||10||1969–01–15|| Estadio Bristol,
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
|Win||76–5–7||José Menno||PTS||10||1968–12–27||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||75–5–7||Marcelo Garnica||KO||3 (10)||1968–12–07||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||74–5–7||René Sosa||KO||4 (10)||1968–11–15|| Estadio Norte,
Rosario, Santa Fe
|Win||73–5–7||Francisco Ramos||TKO||5 (10)||1968–11–10|| Club Córdoba,
|Win||72–5–7||Hugo Daniele||TKO||7 (10)||1968–10–19|| Club Pacífico,
|Win||71–5–7||Roberto Veliz||KO||2 (10)||1968–10–04||Trelew, Chubut|
|Win||70–5–7||Dick Hall||PTS||10||1968–09–14||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||69–5–7||Ramón Rocha||PTS||10||1968–08–23||Rosario, Santa Fe|
|Win||68–5–7||Miguel Angel Paez||PTS||10||1968–08–10||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||67–5–7||Kurt Luedecke||TKO||4 (10)||1968–07–05||San Rafael, Mendoza|
|Draw||66–5–7||Vittorio Saraudi||PTS||10||1968–05–05||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||66–5–6||Felipe Marich||DQ||9 (10)||1968–04–20||San Juan, San Juan|
|Win||65–5–6||Felipe Marich||DQ||9 (10)||1968–04–05||La Rioja, La Rioja|
|Win||64–5–6||Ron Marsh||DQ||9 (10)||1968–03–11||San Juan, San Juan|
|Win||63–5–6||Carlos Paez||TKO||3 (10)||1968–03–08||Río Cuarto, Córdoba|
|Draw||62–5–6||Chuck Leslie||PTS||10||1967–12–20||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||62–5–5||Felipe Marich||TKO||4 (10)||1967–11–24||Córdoba, Córdoba|
|Win||61–5–5||Chuck Leslie||PTS||10||1967–11–12||Buenos Aires|
|Win||60–5–5||Justo Benitez||TKO||5 (10)||1967–10–21||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||59–5–5||José Menno||UD||10||1967–10–07||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||58–5–5||René Sosa||TKO||6 (10)||1967–09–15||Trelew, Chubut|
|Win||57–5–5||Angel Ludueña||KO||4 (10)||1967–08–18||Cipolletti, Río Negro|
|Win||56–5–5||Hugo Daniele||TKO||6 (10)||1967–08–04||Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires|
|Win||55–5–5||Andrés Selpa||UD||10||1967–07–15||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||54–5–5||Hugo Daniele||PTS||10||1967–07–01|| Estadio Parque de Mayo,
San Juan, San Juan
|Win||53–5–5||Carlos Vazquez||KO||3 (10)||1967–06–09|| Boxing Club,
Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
|Win||52–5–5||Alberto Hergerseimer||KO||3 (10)||1967–05–28||Saavedra, Buenos Aires|
|Win||51–5–5||Hugo Daniele||PTS||10||1967–05–19||Córdoba, Córdoba|
|Win||50–5–5||Carlos Paez||KO||3 (10)||1967–05–05|| Salón de los Deportes,
Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires
|Win||49–5–5||René Sosa||KO||5 (10)||1966–11–05||Azul, Buenos Aires|
|Loss||48–5–5||Oscar Bonavena||UD||12||1965–09–04||Luna Park, Buenos Aires||Lost Argentine Heavyweight title.|
|Win||48–4–5||René Sosa||KO||3 (10)||1965–08–06||Córdoba, Córdoba|
|Win||47–4–5||Miguel Angel Paez||PTS||10||1965–07–10||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||46–4–5||René Sosa||KO||3 (10)||1965–06–01||Córdoba, Córdoba|
|Draw||45–4–5||Miguel Angel Paez||PTS||10||1965–05–24||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||45–4–4||Lino Armenteros||TKO||6 (10)||1965–05–08||Buenos Aires|
|Win||44–4–4||Aníbal Córdoba||PTS||10||1965–03–27||Tapalqué, Buenos Aires|
|Win||43–4–4||Mauro Mina||UD||10||1964–09–20||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||42–4–4||Pablo Sagrispanti||TKO||5 (10)||1964–09–05||Rivadavia, Mendoza|
|Win||41–4–4||Juan Morales||TKO||3 (10)||1964–08–22|| Palacio Peñarol,
|Win||40–4–4||Roberto Davila||PTS||15||1964–07–18||Luna Park, Buenos Aires||Won South American Heavyweight titles.|
|Loss||39–4–4||Willie Pastrano||TKO||5 (15)
|1964–04–10|| Municipal Auditorium,
New Orleans, Louisiana
|For WBA and WBC
Light heavyweight titles.
|Win||39–3–4||Wayne Thornton||UD||10||1964–01–24|| Madison Square Garden,
New York City
|Win||38–3–4||Telmo Gonzalez||KO||2 (10)||1963–12–21||Azul, Buenos Aires|
|Win||37–3–4||Wayne Thornton||SD||10||1963–11–15|| Madison Square Garden,
New York City
|Win||36–3–4||Willie Pastrano||UD||10||1963–09–20|| Miami Beach Auditorium,
Miami Beach, Florida
|Win||35–3–4||Telmo Gonzalez||KO||1 (10)||1963–08–02||Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz|
|Win||34–3–4||Justo Benitez||TKO||6 (10)||1963–07–05||Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz|
|Win||33–3–4||Justo Benitez||PTS||10||1963–05–03||San Juan, Argentina|
|Win||32–3–4||Guillermo Dutschmann||TKO||9 (10)||1963–04–13||Buenos Aires|
|Win||31–3–4||Justo Benitez||PTS||10||1963–02–22|| Estadio Julio Mocoroa,
San Juan, Argentina
|Win||30–3–4||Alfredo Yacanto||PTS||10||1963–02–01||San Juan, Argentina|
|Win||29–3–4||Pablo Sagrispanti||PTS||10||1963–01–25||San Juan, Argentina|
|Win||28–3–4||Jorge Tissera||KO||3 (10)||1962–12–21||San Juan, Argentina|
|Win||27–3–4||Rodolfo Diaz||PTS||10||1962–12–02||Buenos Aires|
|Win||26–3–4||Justo Benitez||PTS||10||1962–11–03||Buenos Aires|
|Win||25–3–4||Justo Benitez||PTS||12||1962–09–19||Luna Park, Buenos Aires||Retained Argentine Heavyweight title.|
|Win||24–3–4||José Giorgetti||PTS||12||1962–08–04||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires||Won Argentine Heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–3–4||Antonio Diaz||PTS||10||1962–06–16||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||22–3–4||Carlos Paiva||KO||5 (10)||1962–05–18||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||21–3–4||José Giorgetti||UD||10||1962–04–14|| Estadio Bristo,
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
|Win||20–3–4||Andres Villalba||TKO||3 (10)||1962–03–02||Tapalqué, Buenos Aires|
|Win||19–3–4||Aurelio Diaz||DQ||4 (10)||1961–12–15||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||18–3–4||Pablo Sagrispanti||PTS||10||1961–11–24||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||17–3–4||José Angel Mazur||PTS||10||1961–10–25||Buenos Aires|
|Win||16–3–4||Antonio Diaz||PTS||10||1961–09–15||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Draw||15–3–4||Antonio Diaz||PTS||10||1961–08–04||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||15–3–3||Pablo Sagrispanti||PTS||10||1961–06–09||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||14–3–3||Ricardo Gonzalez||TKO||6 (10)||1961–05–05||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||13–3–3||Carloz Vazquez||PTS||10||1961–04–14||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Win||12–3–3||Hector Wilson||TKO||4 (10)||1960–08–16||Azul, Buenos Aires Province|
|Loss||11–3–3||Mauro Mina||KO||8 (10)||1960–06–19|| Tribuna Norte,
|Win||11–2–3||Juan Carlos Comini||KO||7 (10)||1959–12–09|| Palacio Peñarol,
|Win||9–2–3||Andrés Villalba||KO||2 (10)||1959–10–03||Montevideo|
|Win||8–2–3||Aurelio Diaz||TKO||2 (10)
|1959–09–12|| Palacio Peñarol,
|Win||7–2–3||Luis Ignacio||KO||3 (10)||1959–08–23||Rio de Janeiro|
|Draw||6–2–3||Aurelio Diaz||PTS||10||1959–07–24|| Estádio do Ibirapuera,
Rio de Janeiro
|Loss||6–1–1||Luis Ignacio||PTS||10||1959–03–31||São Paulo|
|Draw||6–0–1||José Angel Mazur||PTS||10||1958–10–22||Montevideo|
|Win||6–0||José Angel Mazur||PTS||10||1958–09–06|| Palacio Peñarol,
|Win||5–0||Justo Benitez||TKO||5 (6)||1958–08–09||Montevideo|
|Win||4–0||Marcelo Farias||TKO||2 (6)||1958–08–02|| Palacio Peñarol,
|Win||3–0||Julio Buffi||KO||2 (6)||1958–05–09||Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||2–0||Tomas Lenning||TKO||3 (6)||1958–04–19||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
|Win||1–0||Rene Pereyra||TKO||4 (6)||1958–04–05||Luna Park, Buenos Aires|
- actual fight commentary
- "Gregorio Peralta boxing record". BoxRec.com.