Jorge Castro (boxer)

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Jorge Castro
Statistics
Real name Jorge Fernando Castro
Nickname(s) Locomotora/El Rona
Rated at Middleweight
Super welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality  Argentina
Born (1967-08-18) August 18, 1967 (age 49)
Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 144
Wins 130
Wins by KO 90
Losses 11
Draws 3

Jorge Fernando "Locomotora" Castro (Spanish: locomotive), (born August 18, 1967) is an Argentine boxer and former middleweight champion of the world, who is best known for his second defense of the title against John David Jackson in 1994.

Early years[edit]

Castro, who in 1985 was set to become a professional boxer but suffered a bicycle accident that left him injured so badly that doctors told him he'd never be able to fight as a professional, recuperated from the accident and turned professional, defying the doctor's predictions, in 1987.

Professional career[edit]

In December 1991 at Palais Omnisports, Bercy, France, Castro lost to Terry Norris by a wide unanimous decision in a challenge for the WBC super welterweight title. It was reported that prior to the bout, Castro had done roadwork for the first time in his life.

In June 1992 at Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, United States, Castro lost a wide decision over ten rounds to future pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr..

Castro became a world champion in 1994 by defeating Reggie Johnson in Buenos Aires by split decision to win the vacant WBA middleweight title. After defeating Alex Ramos by a knockout in two rounds to retain the belt, he travelled to Monterrey, Mexico, to defend against the former undefeated holder of the WBA title John David Jackson in December 1994.

What began merely as an undercard world title fight in a pay-per-view program featuring Félix Trinidad vs Oba Carr and Julio César Chávez vs Tony Lopez, soon became a fight that is part of boxing's lore. Castro was trailing badly on all three scorecards, with one eye closed and the other one only halfway opened, bleeding and taking combination after combination against the ropes. Seemingly on the verge of being stopped, Castro landed a left hook to Jackson's chin and Jackson hit the floor. Jackson got up, but he suffered two more knockdowns and Castro completed what could be said that was one of the greatest turnarounds ever in a boxing fight, retaining the title by a knockout in the ninth round.

At the press conference after the fight, Castro called his winning punch La mano de Dios, (The hand of God), in reference to the Hand of God goal by Diego Maradona during a win by Argentine national team at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which, like the fight, had taken place in Mexico. Therefore, that moment became known as boxing's version of The hand of God. The fight, and its ending, were talked about for months on many boxing magazines and books.

Castro defended his title another two times, including a rematch win over Reggie Johnson, and then he lost the title to Shinji Takehara by a decision in twelve. He split two 10 round decisions with Roberto Durán, winning the first in Argentina, but losing the rematch in Panama, and then he gave Jackson a rematch, this time winning by a decision in ten.

Castro has lost two more world championship fights: on December 2000, he went to Germany and lost by a knockout in 10 to WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gómez, and on February 2002, he went to Phoenix and challenged IBF cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov, a Kazakhstan native who lives in Phoenix, losing by a decision in twelve. Despite his failures in these attempts to become a world champion again, he has not announced a retirement.

On June 18, 2005, Jorge Castro suffered a car accident in Buenos Aires, with a collapsed lung and some broken ribs. The accident and its consequences were similar to the one suffered by archrival Duran in Buenos Aires a few years before. Castro required hospitalization and emergency surgery, and was in stable condition after the surgery. He recuperated from his injuries.

On April 22, 2006, Castro fought Jose Luis Herrera, losing by a fourth round knockout. He had his "revenge" against the same opponent on January 27, 2007, when Castro won by technical K.O. in the second round.

Currently, he has a record of 130 wins, 11 losses and 3 draws, with 89 knockout wins, which ranks him among the most prolific knockout winners in boxing history according to the records of Ring Magazine.

Professional boxing record[edit]

130 Wins (90 knockouts, 40 decisions), 11 Losses (2 knockouts, 9 decisions) 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 14–2 Jose Luis Herrera TKO 2 27 January 2007 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the second round.
Loss 13–1 Jose Luis Herrera TKO 4 22 April 2006 Buenos Aires, Argentina Referee stopped the bout at 0:37 of the fourth round.
Win 24–5 Derrick Harmon TKO 7 26 May 2005 Buenos Aires, Argentina WBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title/World Heavyweight Title Eliminator. Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the seventh round.
Win 41–9–1 Peter Venancio UD 10 28 January 2005 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina WBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title. 98.5–92, 97.5–92.5, 98–92.
Win 17–23–2 Miguel Aguirre UD 12 10 July 2004 Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina South American Cruiserweight Title. 119.5–110, 120–109, 117.5–112.
Win 13–12–4 Aaron Orlando Soria RTD 7 1 May 2004 Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina Soria could not answer the bell for round seven.
Win 20–4–1 Arturo Rivera TKO 2 21 February 2004 Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 16–21–2 Miguel Aguirre DQ 5 20 December 2003 Buenos Aires, Argentina South American Cruiserweight Title.
Win 12–2 Ecuador Livin Castillo KO 4 25 October 2003 Argentina Corrientes, Argentina
Loss 16–1–2 Sebastiaan Rothmann UD 12 12 July 2003 Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa IBO World Cruiserweight Title. 109–119, 112–116, 112–116.
Loss 19–1 Paul Briggs UD 10 13 April 2003 Carrara, Queensland, Australia 91–100, 91–99, 91–99.
Win 12–26–10 Miguel Angel Robledo KO 9 13 December 2002 Argentina Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 27–7–2 United States Etianne Whitaker UD 10 15 November 2002 Cordoba, Argentina 100–89, 100–88, 100–86.5
Win 11–2–1 Sergio Martin Beaz RTD 8 24 August 2002 Buenos Aires, Argentina Beaz retired at 0:01 of the eighth round.
Loss 30–0 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov UD 12 1 February 2002 Phoenix, Arizona, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. 110–119, 110–119, 110–119.
Win 21–3–1 Imamu Mayfield RTD 9 20 October 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina IBF World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. Mayfield retired at 0:01 of the ninth round.
Win 39–5–1 Peter Venancio KO 8 25 August 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina Peter knocked out at 1:55 of the eighth round.
Win 38–4–1 Peter Venancio UD 10 7 April 2001 Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 29–5 Roberto Coelho TKO 6 10 February 2001 Argentina Necochea, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 31–0 Juan Carlos Gómez TKO 10 16 December 2000 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany WBC World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:56 of the tenth round.
Win 43–6–1 Fabian Alberto Chancalay KO 7 28 October 2000 San Justo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 19–9–1 Marco Antonio Duarte TKO 4 18 August 2000 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Win 39–16–6 Bruno Ruben Godoy RTD 5 8 July 2000 Neuquén, Argentina Godoy retired at 0:01 of the fifth round.
Win 14–3–6 Oscar Angel Gomez KO 7 13 May 2000 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 51–9–3 Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra UD 10 11 September 1999 Olavarría, Buenos Aires, Argentina 97–95, 98–93, 100–91.
Win 18–6–1 Brazil Marco Antonio Duarte UD 10 23 July 1999 Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires, Argentina 97–95, 98–93, 100–97.
Win 10–22–10 Miguel Angel Robledo KO 5 15 May 1999 Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw 9–22–9 Miguel Angel Robledo PTS 10 6 March 1999 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 9–20–9 Miguel Angel Robledo UD 10 10 October 1998 Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Win 14–22–2 Sandro Abel Vazquez KO 4 5 September 1998 Santa Fe, Argentina WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title.
Win 15–5 Armando Grueso KO 2 25 April 1998 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 35–3 John David Jackson UD 10 20 February 1998 Argentina Cipoletti, Río Negro, Argentina WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title. 95–93, 96–94, 99–98.
Win 13–1 Rogério Lobo KO 3 23 January 1998 San Bernardo, Buenos Aires, Argentina WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title.
Win 18–5 Adolfo Caballero KO 1 29 November 1997 Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 20–11–1 Nicasio Moray Martinez TKO 4 18 October 1997 Cipoletti, Río Negro, Argentina
Loss 98–13 Roberto Durán UD 10 14 June 1997 Panama City, Panama 95–97, 95–97, 95–97.
Win 98–12 Roberto Durán UD 10 15 February 1997 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina 100–94, 99–96, 99–98.
Win 20–10–1 Nicasio Moray Martinez KO 4 6 July 1996 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 35–10–1 Sergio Medina TKO 1 12 April 1996 Cupecoy Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Loss 23–0 Shinji Takehara UD 12 19 December 1995 Tokyo, Japan WBA World Middleweight Title. 114–116, 112–118, 111–117.
Win 35–4–1 "Sweet" Reggie Johnson SD 12 13 October 1995 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina WBA World Middleweight Title. 118–113, 115–113, 112–115.
Win 23–8–2 Anthony "The Pearl" Andrews TKO 12 27 May 1995 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States WBA World Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the 12th round.
Win 32–0 John David Jackson TKO 9 10 December 1994 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico WBA World Middleweight Title. 1994 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. Referee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the ninth round.
Win 39–9–2 United States Alex "Bronx Bomber" Ramos KO 2 5 November 1994 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina WBA World Middleweight Title. Ramos knocked out at 1:13 of the second round.
Win 35–3–1 "Sweet" Reggie Johnson SD 12 12 August 1994 San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina WBA World Middleweight Title. 116–114, 116–114, 115–116.
Win 17–9 "Rockin" Royan Hammond KO 4 17 July 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 21–16–1 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 8 July 1994 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 21–15–1 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 20 May 1994 Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina
Win 12–4–1 Wilberforce Kiggundu TKO 7 14 May 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 21–14–1 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 11 April 1994 Orán, Salta, Argentina
Win 18–19–7 Juan Italo Meza TKO 4 11 March 1994 Rosario de la Frontera, Salta, Argentina
Win 12–9 Francisco de Assis KO 9 12 February 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 12–8 Francisco de Assis TKO 6 8 January 1994 Los Antiguos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 11–12 Brinatty Maquilon TKO 7 10 December 1993 San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina
Win 22–19–6 Jorge Alberto Morello TKO 5 1 October 1993 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 22–13–3 Hector Abel Lescano KO 9 16 July 1993 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 11–11 Brinatty Maquilon PTS 10 26 June 1993 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 6–12–1 Jose Laercio Bezerra de Lima KO 2 18 June 1993 Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
Win 80–22–18 Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 3 April 1993 Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 11–7–2 Abdenago Jofre KO 2 19 March 1993 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 4–8 Jacobo Garcia TKO 5 22 February 1993 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 17–16–7 Juan Italo Meza PTS 10 12 February 1993 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 52–11–3 Hector Hugo Vilte KO 5 18 December 1992 Salta, Argentina
Win 79–21–18 Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 5 December 1992 La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 22–9–3 Hector Abel Lescano PTS 10 20 November 1992 Bella Vista, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 11–8–1 Sergio Eduardo Ronconi KO 3 12 November 1992 Pico Truncado, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 8–11–1 Sandro Abel Vazquez TKO 5 19 September 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 13–13 Danny Vargas KO 1 14 August 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 17–0 Roy Jones Jr. UD 10 30 June 1992 Pensacola, Florida, United States 92–98, 91–100, 91–99.
Win 34–44–22 Eduardo Domingo Contreras KO 8 13 June 1992 Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 8–7–1 Anibal Miranda PTS 10 9 May 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 22–4–1 Ernesto Rafael Sena KO 6 11 April 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentina Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 29–3 "Terrible" Terry Norris UD 12 13 December 1991 Bercy, France WBC Light Middleweight Title. 112–120, 111–117, 110–118.
Win 5–5–1 Joe Hernandez TKO 1 24 October 1991 Paris, France
Win 17–13–6 Julio Abel Gonzalez PTS 10 13 September 1991 Posadas, Misiones, Argentina
Win 4–12–5 Edmundo Antonio Diaz TKO 5 6 September 1991 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 10–11–7 Juan Italo Meza PTS 10 17 August 1991 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 0–1 Mario Sanchez KO 1 27 July 1991 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 4–2 Antonio Madureira KO 2 29 June 1991 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 6–3–1 Hernan Raul Perez Ramos TKO 6 7 June 1991 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina South American Light Middleweight Title.
Win 18–6–2 Ikleff Ahmed Hadjalla PTS 8 4 May 1991 Paris, France
Win 27–1 Mario Alberto Gaston Chavez TKO 8 13 April 1991 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina Argentina Light Middleweight Title.
Win 52–7–2 Miguel Angel Arroyo KO 1 30 March 1991 Salta, Argentina South American Light Middleweight Title.
Win 16–16–5 Judas Clottey SD 8 7 March 1991 Madrid, Spain
Win 14–6–4 Bruno Ruben Godoy TKO 5 22 February 1991 Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
Win 11–5 Sergio Eduardo Ronconi TKO 6 15 February 1991 Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
Win 1–14 Ramon Rogue Garro TKO 3 14 January 1991 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 7–4 Felipe Nino Molinar KO 4 21 December 1990 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 35–6–2 Hugo Raul Marinangeli TKO 12 14 October 1990 Santa Rosa, Salta, Argentina South American Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 45–7–3 Hector Hugo Vilte PTS 10 5 October 1990 Salta, Argentina
Win 18–2–1 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 21 September 1990 Salta, Argentina
Win 2–9–4 David Ellis Venegas KO 1 7 September 1990 Salta, Argentina
Win 17–10–5 Julio Abel Gonzalez PTS 10 25 August 1990 San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Win 5–9–3 Ricardo Hector Silva KO 3 22 June 1990 San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina
Win 4–5–1 Pedro Ramon Chavero KO 2 15 June 1990 Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 6–5–6 Juan Italo Meza UD 10 24 May 1990 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina 99–94, 98–95, 98–94.
Win 13–19–9 Jorge Argentino Tejada PTS 10 4 April 1990 Chacabuco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 11–4–3 Hector Abel Lescano TKO 6 3 March 1990 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 7–8–3 Cesar Roberto Guerrero KO 6 8 February 1990 General Las Heras, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 26–4–1 Daniel Omar Dominguez TKO 2 23 December 1989 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 46–5–2 Miguel Angel Arroyo RTD 9 2 December 1989 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 13–10–6 Juan Carlos Ortíz KO 9 17 November 1989 Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 14–3–3 Jose Maria Julian Raies KO 2 3 November 1989 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 17–32–1 Jake Torrance TKO 5 27 July 1989 New York City, United States
Loss 71–9–13 Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 10 June 1989 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 19–10–6 Jorge Alberto Morello PTS 10 19 May 1989 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 31–3–2 Hugo Raul Marinangeli KO 4 14 April 1989 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina Argentina Light Middleweight Title.
Win 9–1 Ernesto Rafael Sena PTS 10 20 March 1989 Mendoza, Argentina
Win 10–11–3 Jorge Oscar Martinez KO 4 10 March 1989 La Rioja, Argentina
Win 71–7–13 Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 27 February 1989 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 5–7–1 Jose Eugenio Toloza TKO 4 4 February 1989 Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 9–11–5 Roberto Osvaldo Diaz KO 1 23 January 1989 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 33–10–6 Mario Edgardo Matthysse TKO 7 23 December 1988 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 10–5–4 Juan Carlos Ortíz TKO 2 10 December 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 7–1–2 Jean-Pierre Iniama TKO 4 22 November 1988 San Pellegrino, Abruzzo, Italy
Win 13–2–1 Alphonso Bailey KO 5 8 November 1988 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win 8–1–4 Ramon Angel Alegre KO 4 22 October 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 47–21–20 Ramon Gaspar Abeldano KO 1 8 October 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 14–6 Fernando Dos Santos Ernesto KO 2 24 September 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 25–26–14 Antonio Rene Juarez PTS 10 10 September 1988 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 47–19–20 Ramon Gaspar Abeldano UD 10 30 July 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 4–2 Robinson Rodrigo Zamora KO 2 17 July 1988 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 4–5–3 Carlos Fauriciano Pastran RTD 2 2 July 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 19–10–10 Carlos Cesar Prieto KO 7 17 June 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 28–8–6 Carlos Victor Velazquez KO 6 28 May 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 25–4–5 Ramon Florencio Ramos KO 1 13 May 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 5–14–4 Domingo Simon Sosa TKO 1 9 April 1988 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 54–23–11 Hugo Alfredo Luero TKO 7 19 March 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 8–7–4 Cesar Oscar Perez KO 1 4 March 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 2–0 Pedro Ruiz KO 3 19 February 1988 Catamarca, Argentina
Win 54–22–11 Hugo Alfredo Luero DQ 8 15 January 1988 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 9–1 Sergio Eduardo Ronconi PTS 10 23 December 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 7–9 Argentina Jose Alberto Alvarado KO 3 11 December 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 10–16–7 Jorge Pino PTS 10 13 November 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 26–11–3 Sergio Norberto Combis PTS 10 9 October 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 24–24–13 Antonio Rene Juarez PTS 10 24 September 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 2–5–2 Luis Armando Sanchez TKO 2 12 September 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Draw 15–7–3 Jorge Alberto Morello PTS 10 4 August 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 0–25–10 Carlos Omar Almada RTD 3 3 July 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win -- Sergio Saez KO 1 5 June 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 6–6–2 Chile Jose Alberto Alvarado KO 2 7 May 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win -- Roberto Martinez PTS 6 10 April 1987 Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Draw 13–7–2 Jorge Alberto Morello PTS 6 14 March 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 0–2 Patricio German Caracci KO 1 14 February 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Achievements
Preceded by
John David Jackson
Stripped
WBA Middleweight Champion
12 August 1994 – 19 December 1995
Succeeded by
Shinji Takehara
Awards
Previous:
Michael Carbajal KO7 Humberto González
The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
KO9 John David Jackson

1994
Next:
Saman Sorjaturong KO7 Humberto González

Trivia[edit]

  • He is known to be a good autograph signer.
  • In Argentina, he is also known as el Roña (Spanish for 'the dirt').
  • On May 13, 2007, Locomotora Castro joined the reality TV show Gran Hermano Famosos (Big Brother), along with 13 other celebrities from Argentina. The show was aired on Telefe Channel. Castro was the 8th eliminated, after staying in the house 58 days.
  • He was a contestant in Bailando 2011, but he and her partner, Sofía Macaggi, were the 2nd couple eliminated.

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