Ricardo Moreno

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Ricardo Moreno
Real name Ricardo Moreno Escamilla
Nickname(s) El Pajarito
Rated at Super Featherweight
Super Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Reach 70 in (180 cm)
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born February 7, 1937
Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico
Died June 25, 2008(2008-06-25) (aged 71)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 73
Wins 60
Wins by KO 59
Losses 12
Draws 1
No contests 0

Ricardo Moreno Escamilla (born February 7, 1937 in Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico, deceased June 25, 2008) was a Mexican professional boxer in the Super Featherweight division.[1] Moreno was ranked #76 on the The Ring's list of 100 All time Greatest Punchers.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Moreno was born and raised in the mining town of Chalchihuites, Zacatecas, Mexico. He left school to work as a metal breaker at the mines. Later he went to Mexico City where he worked as a parking lot attendant before turning to boxing.[4] He did not fight as an amateur and turned professional at age 17 on June 16, 1954.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Known as "Pajarito", Moreno was a heavy puncher, having won 19 of his first 20 fights with all 19 of his wins by kayo.[6]

World Featherweight Title[edit]

His only shot at a World Championship was on April 1, 1958 Moreno fought the champion Hogan Bassey in Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California.[7] Ricardo would lose this fight and it would also be Moreno's only shot at a world title due in large part to boxing politics.[8][9]

After suffering two consecutive defeats in 1967, the 30-year-old Moreno retired. His only victory that wasn't a knockout was a disqualification victory.[10][11]

Due to his incredible knockout power, Moreno was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 Greatest Punchers.[12]

Professional record[edit]

60 Wins (59 knockouts), 12 Losses, 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 7-1-0 Mexico Jorge Herrera KO 7 (10), (1:14) December 26, 1954 MexicoGuadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Win 6-1-0 Mexico Fernando Garcia KO 1 (8), (0:11) November 11, 1954 MexicoAcapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
Win 5-1-0 United States Chato Monroy KO 1 (8), (0:18) October 23, 1954 MexicoMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Loss 4-1-0 Mexico Nacho Escalante SD 6 (6) September 4, 2010 MexicoMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 4-0-0 Mexico Antonio Coria KO 4 (8), (0:32) August 11, 1954 MexicoMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 3-0-0 Mexico Sergio Farias KO 4 (8), (0:28) July 24, 1954 MexicoMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 2-0-0 Mexico Juancito Lopez KO 1 (6), (0:14) June 23, 1954 MexicoMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win 1-0-0 Mexico Oscar Diaz KO 1 (8), (0:11) June 16, 1954 MexicoMexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Pro debut

Life after boxing[edit]

Moreno starred in two films, he even had a relationship with Miss Universe contestant and actress Ana Bertha Lepe.[13]

Mexico still to this day mourns the life of the great Ricardo "Pajarito" Moreno, who as young boxer was turned on to cocaine by the jet set of Mexico. He was duped by movie star weasels, his wealth was stolen, eventually he died a depressed man at the age of 71 at a Rehabilitation Center in Durango.[14]

He is buried in his home town of Chalchihuites in El Panteón Dolores.[15]


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