Ignacio Beristáin

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Ignacio Beristáin
Real name Ignacio Beristáin
Nickname(s) Nacho
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1939-07-31) July 31, 1939 (age 77)
Actopan, Veracruz, Mexico

Ignacio "Nacho" Beristáin (born July 31, 1939 in Actopan, Veracruz, Mexico) is a Mexican trainer in the sport of boxing. Beristain is a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame and is considered one of the greatest trainers in the history of boxing.[1][2]

Training career[edit]

Beristain boxed as an amateur in the light flyweight division. He later turned professional, but was forced to retire prematurely in 1959 due to an eye injury. After retirement, he co-managed Vicente Saldivar.[3] As a trainer in the amateur ranks, he led Mexico’s boxing teams to multiple medal wins at the 1968, 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games.[4] His first professional world champion was two-division title holder and hall of famer Daniel Zaragoza.[5] He has trained several other notable boxers, including brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez and hall of famers Ricardo López, Gilberto Román, and Humberto "Chiquita" González, having trained them from their initial careers to the top of the pound for pound rankings. He also had a brief stint in training Oscar De La Hoya when De La Hoya faced Manny Pacquiao on December 2008.[6]

Boxers Trained[edit]

Boxing Hall of Fame[edit]

In 2006, Beristáin became a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a trainer.[7][8] Then on December 7, 2010, he was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, alongside legendary Mexican champion Julio César Chávez, Russian Australian Undisputed Junior Welterweight World Champion, Kostya Tszyu, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, and actor Sylvester Stallone.[9]