José Bonilla (boxer)

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José Bonilla (El Tigre, Anzoátegui, 19 November 1967 - 14 June 2002) was a Venezuelan professional boxer.[1][2] He was a former World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight (112 lb) champion.

Professional career[edit]

Bonilla turned professional in 1990 and captured the WBA flyweight title in 1996 with a decision win over Saen Sor Ploenchit. He defended it three times before losing to Hugo Rafael Soto by split decision in 1998.

Death[edit]

Bonilla died after an asthma attack on 14 June 2002.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Saen Sor Ploenchit
WBA Flyweight Champion
24 Nov 1996 – 29 May 1998
Succeeded by
Hugo Rafael Soto
Status
Previous:
Steve Little
Latest born world champion to die
June 14 – 24, 2002
Next:
Pedro Alcázar

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Notitarde José Bonilla colgará los guantes "15 March 2002 – El ex campeón mundial del peso mosca, José Bonilla, ratificó su retiro definitivo del boxeo profesional, luego de más de 15 años de transitar"
  2. ^ La Prensa José Bonilla falleció 16 June 2002 "El ex campeón mundial de boxeo, el venezolano José Bonilla, falleció ayer en la ciudad de El Tigre, en el ..."