Gregorio Peralta

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Gregorio Peralta
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Real name Gregorio Manuel Peralta
Nickname(s) Goyo
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality Argentine
Born (1935-05-08)May 8, 1935
San Juan, Argentina
Died October 3, 2001(2001-10-03) (aged 66)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 116
Wins 98
Wins by KO 60
Losses 9
Draws 9

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.

Biography[edit]

Gregorio Peralta was born in San Juan. He later resided in the area of Rosario, in Santa Fe Province.

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.

Beats Pastrano== 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[edit]

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 Jose 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.

Bonavena takes Argentine title[edit]

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.

Foreman[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Foreman rematch[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

98 Wins (60 knockouts), 9 Losses (3 knockouts), 9 Draws[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Time
Date Location Notes
Draw 98–9–9 United States Ron Lyle PTS 10 1973–11–17 Germany Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 98–9–8 United States Johnny Griffin KO 5 (10) 1973–10–26 Germany Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 97–9–8 England Billy Aird TKO 4 (10) 1973–09–21 Germany Hamburg
Loss 96–9–8 United States Ron Lyle PTS 10 1973–05–12 United States Denver Coliseum,
Denver, Colorado
Win 96–8–8 Mali Ba Sounkalo TKO 10 (10) 1973–04–06 Germany Hamburg
Win 95–8–8 United States Ronnie Wright KO 6 (10) 1973–02–16 Germany Sporthalle,
Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 94–8–8 Germany Horst Benedens KO 3 (10) 1972–12–08 Germany Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win 93–8–8 Germany Arno Prick KO 3 (10) 1972–11–24 Germany Hamburg
Win 92–8–8 Germany Conny Venselek TKO 4 (10) 1972–10–13 Germany Hamburg
Win 91–8–8 Canada Bill Drover TKO 6 (10) 1972–09–15 Spain Barcelona, Catalonia
Loss 90–8–8 United States Ray Anderson PTS 10 1972–06–09 Spain Madrid, Community of Madrid
Win 90–7–8 United States Willie Johnson KO 2 (10) 1972–03–18 Spain Valencia, Valencian Community
Win 89–7–8 United States Leroy Caldwell KO 4 (10) 1972–03–03 Spain Madrid, Community of Madrid
Win 88–7–8 United States Vernon McIntosh TKO 8 (10) 1972–02–02 Spain Bilbao, Basque Country
Win 87–7–8 Antigua and Barbuda Rocky Campbell TKO 3 (10) 1971–12–07 Spain Madrid, Community of Madrid
Win 86–7–8 Germany Gerhard Zech KO 8 (10) 1971–12–03 Germany Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 85–7–8 Spain José Manuel Urtain TKO 8 (10)
2:15
1971–10–08 Spain Palacio de Deportes,
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Win 84–7–8 Venezuela Danny Machado KO 1 (10) 1971–09–10 Spain Plaza de Toros de Bilbao,
Bilbao, Basque Country
Win 83–7–8 Jesse Billy Crown KO 1 (10)
0:30
1971–07–16 Spain Campo del Gas,
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Loss 82–7–8 United States George Foreman TKO 10 (15) 1971–05–10 United States Oakland Coliseum Arena,
Oakland, California
For vacant NABF Heavyweight title.
Win 82–6–8 Argentina Humberto Ghiotti KO 2 (10) 1971–03–06 Argentina Coronel Pringles, Buenos Aires
Win 81–6–8 Italy Alfredo Vogrig TKO 5 (10) 1970–12–18 Spain Palacio de Deportes,
Madrid, Community of Madrid
Win 80–6–8 England Roger Tighe TKO 8 (10) 1970–09–01 Spain Bilbao, Basque Country
Win 79–6–8 Germany Herbert Wick KO 3 (10) 1970–06–22 Spain Barcelona, Catalonia
Win 78–6–8 Italy Piero del Papa RTD 5 (10) 1970–06–06 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Loss 77–6–8 United States George Foreman UD 10 1970–02–16 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Draw 77–5–8 Argentina Oscar Bonavena PTS 10 1969–08–08 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol,
Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 77–5–7 Argentina José Menno PTS 10 1969–01–15 Argentina Estadio Bristol,
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 76–5–7 Argentina José Menno PTS 10 1968–12–27 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 75–5–7 Argentina Marcelo Garnica KO 3 (10) 1968–12–07 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 74–5–7 Argentina René Sosa KO 4 (10) 1968–11–15 Argentina Estadio Norte,
Rosario, Santa Fe
Win 73–5–7 Argentina Francisco Ramos TKO 5 (10) 1968–11–10 Argentina Club Córdoba,
Corrientes, Corrientes
Win 72–5–7 Argentina Hugo Daniele TKO 7 (10) 1968–10–19 Argentina Club Pacífico,
Neuquén, Neuquén
Win 71–5–7 Argentina Roberto Veliz KO 2 (10) 1968–10–04 Argentina Trelew, Chubut
Win 70–5–7 United States Dick Hall PTS 10 1968–09–14 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 69–5–7 Argentina Ramón Rocha PTS 10 1968–08–23 Argentina Rosario, Santa Fe
Win 68–5–7 Argentina Miguel Angel Paez PTS 10 1968–08–10 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 67–5–7 Germany Kurt Luedecke TKO 4 (10) 1968–07–05 Argentina San Rafael, Mendoza
Draw 66–5–7 Italy Vittorio Saraudi PTS 10 1968–05–05 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 66–5–6 Argentina Felipe Marich DQ 9 (10) 1968–04–20 Argentina San Juan, San Juan
Win 65–5–6 Argentina Felipe Marich DQ 9 (10) 1968–04–05 Argentina La Rioja, La Rioja
Win 64–5–6 Argentina Ron Marsh DQ 9 (10) 1968–03–11 Argentina San Juan, San Juan
Win 63–5–6 Argentina Carlos Paez TKO 3 (10) 1968–03–08 Argentina Río Cuarto, Córdoba
Draw 62–5–6 United States Chuck Leslie PTS 10 1967–12–20 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 62–5–5 Argentina Felipe Marich TKO 4 (10) 1967–11–24 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Win 61–5–5 United States Chuck Leslie PTS 10 1967–11–12 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 60–5–5 Argentina Justo Benitez TKO 5 (10) 1967–10–21 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 59–5–5 Argentina José Menno UD 10 1967–10–07 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 58–5–5 Argentina René Sosa TKO 6 (10) 1967–09–15 Argentina Trelew, Chubut
Win 57–5–5 Argentina Angel Ludueña KO 4 (10) 1967–08–18 Argentina Cipolletti, Río Negro
Win 56–5–5 Argentina Hugo Daniele TKO 6 (10) 1967–08–04 Argentina Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires
Win 55–5–5 Argentina Andrés Selpa UD 10 1967–07–15 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 54–5–5 Argentina Hugo Daniele PTS 10 1967–07–01 Argentina Estadio Parque de Mayo,
San Juan, San Juan
Win 53–5–5 Argentina Carlos Vazquez KO 3 (10) 1967–06–09 Argentina Boxing Club,
Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Win 52–5–5 Argentina Alberto Hergerseimer KO 3 (10) 1967–05–28 Argentina Saavedra, Buenos Aires
Win 51–5–5 Argentina Hugo Daniele PTS 10 1967–05–19 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Win 50–5–5 Argentina Carlos Paez KO 3 (10) 1967–05–05 Argentina Salón de los Deportes,
Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires
Win 49–5–5 Argentina René Sosa KO 5 (10) 1966–11–05 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Loss 48–5–5 Argentina Oscar Bonavena UD 12 1965–09–04 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Lost Argentine Heavyweight title.
Win 48–4–5 Argentina René Sosa KO 3 (10) 1965–08–06 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Win 47–4–5 Argentina Miguel Angel Paez PTS 10 1965–07–10 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 46–4–5 Argentina René Sosa KO 3 (10) 1965–06–01 Argentina Córdoba, Córdoba
Draw 45–4–5 Argentina Miguel Angel Paez PTS 10 1965–05–24 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 45–4–4 Cuba Lino Armenteros TKO 6 (10) 1965–05–08 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 44–4–4 Argentina Anibal Cordoba PTS 10 1965–03–27 Argentina Tapalqué, Buenos Aires
Win 43–4–4 Peru Mauro Mina UD 10 1964–09–20 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 42–4–4 Argentina Pablo Sagrispanti TKO 5 (10) 1964–09–05 Argentina Rivadavia, Mendoza
Win 41–4–4 Uruguay Juan Morales TKO 3 (10) 1964–08–22 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol,
Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 40–4–4 Peru Roberto Davila PTS 15 1964–07–18 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Won South American Heavyweight titles.
Loss 39–4–4 United States Willie Pastrano TKO 5 (15)
3:00
1964–04–10 United States Municipal Auditorium,
New Orleans, Louisiana
For WBA and WBC
Light heavyweight titles.
Win 39–3–4 United States Wayne Thornton UD 10 1964–01–24 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 38–3–4 Argentina Telmo Gonzalez KO 2 (10) 1963–12–21 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 37–3–4 United States Wayne Thornton SD 10 1963–11–15 United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win 36–3–4 United States Willie Pastrano UD 10 1963–09–20 United States Miami Beach Auditorium,
Miami Beach, Florida
Win 35–3–4 Argentina Telmo Gonzalez KO 1 (10) 1963–08–02 Argentina Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Win 34–3–4 Argentina Justo Benitez TKO 6 (10) 1963–07–05 Argentina Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz
Win 33–3–4 Argentina Justo Benitez PTS 10 1963–05–03 Argentina San Juan, San Juan
Win 32–3–4 Argentina Guillermo Dutschmann TKO 9 (10) 1963–04–13 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 31–3–4 Argentina Justo Benitez PTS 10 1963–02–22 Argentina Estadio Julio Mocoroa,
San Juan, San Juan
Win 30–3–4 Argentina Alfredo Yacanto PTS 10 1963–02–01 Argentina San Juan, San Juan
Win 29–3–4 Argentina Pablo Sagrispanti PTS 10 1963–01–25 Argentina San Juan, San Juan
Win 28–3–4 Argentina Jorge Tissera KO 3 (10) 1962–12–21 Argentina San Juan, San Juan
Win 27–3–4 Argentina Rodolfo Diaz PTS 10 1962–12–02 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 26–3–4 Argentina Justo Benitez PTS 10 1962–11–03 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 25–3–4 Argentina Justo Benitez PTS 12 1962–09–19 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires Retained Argentine Heavyweight title.
Win 24–3–4 Argentina José Giorgetti PTS 12 1962–08–04 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Won Argentine Heavyweight title.
Win 23–3–4 Argentina Antonio Diaz PTS 10 1962–06–16 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 22–3–4 Argentina Carlos Paiva KO 5 (10) 1962–05–18 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 21–3–4 Argentina José Giorgetti UD 10 1962–04–14 Argentina Estadio Bristo,
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 20–3–4 Argentina Andres Villalba TKO 3 (10) 1962–03–02 Argentina Tapalqué, Buenos Aires
Win 19–3–4 Argentina Aurelio Diaz DQ 4 (10) 1961–12–15 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 18–3–4 Argentina Pablo Sagrispanti PTS 10 1961–11–24 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 17–3–4 Argentina José Angel Mazur PTS 10 1961–10–25 Argentina Buenos Aires
Win 16–3–4 Argentina Antonio Diaz PTS 10 1961–09–15 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Draw 15–3–4 Argentina Antonio Diaz PTS 10 1961–08–04 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 15–3–3 Argentina Pablo Sagrispanti PTS 10 1961–06–09 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 14–3–3 Argentina Ricardo Gonzalez TKO 6 (10) 1961–05–05 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 13–3–3 Argentina Carloz Vazquez PTS 10 1961–04–14 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Win 12–3–3 Hector Wilson TKO 4 (10) 1960–08–16 Argentina Azul, Buenos Aires
Loss 11–3–3 Peru Mauro Mina KO 8 (10) 1960–06–19 Peru Tribuna Norte,
Lima, Lima
Win 11–2–3 Uruguay Juan Carlos Comini KO 7 (10) 1959–12–09 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol,
Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 10–2–3 Argentina Jovito Arregui PTS 10 1959–10–31 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 9–2–3 Argentina Andrés Villalba KO 2 (10) 1959–10–03 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 8–2–3 Argentina Aurelio Diaz TKO 2 (10)
3:00
1959–09–12 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol,
Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 7–2–3 Brazil Luis Ignacio KO 3 (10) 1959–08–23 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Draw 6–2–3 Argentina Aurelio Diaz PTS 10 1959–07–24 Brazil Estádio do Ibirapuera,
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Loss 6–2–2 Argentina Justo Benitez PTS 10 1959–06–03 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Draw 6–1–2 Argentina Aurelio Diaz PTS 4 1959–05–03 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Loss 6–1–1 Brazil Luis Ignacio PTS 10 1959–03–31 Brazil São Paulo, São Paulo
Draw 6–0–1 Argentina José Angel Mazur PTS 10 1958–10–22 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 6–0 Argentina José Angel Mazur PTS 10 1958–09–06 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol,
Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 5–0 Argentina Justo Benitez TKO 5 (6) 1958–08–09 Uruguay Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 4–0 Uruguay Marcelo Farias TKO 2 (6) 1958–08–02 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol,
Montevideo, Montevideo
Win 3–0 Julio Buffi KO 2 (6) 1958–05–09 Argentina Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 2–0 Tomas Lenning TKO 3 (6) 1958–04–19 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Win 1–0 Argentina Rene Pereyra TKO 4 (6) 1958–04–05 Argentina Luna Park, Buenos Aires

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ actual fight commentary
  2. ^ "Gregorio Peralta boxing record". BoxRec.com. 

External links[edit]