Richie Sandoval

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Richie Sandoval
Real nameRichard Sandoval
Super Bantamweight
Height5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Reach66 12 in (169 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1960-10-18) October 18, 1960 (age 59)
Pomona, California
Boxing record
Total fights30
Wins by KO17
No contests0

Richard Sandoval (born 18 October 1960) is a retired American professional boxer and former Lineal and WBA Bantamweight Champion. Sandoval was a silver medalist at the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico and was a U.S. Olympian during his amateur career.[1] He's also the younger brother of title contender Alberto Sandoval.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Pomona, California, a city famous in pugilistic circles as a hot-bed for young boxing prospects, including Shane Mosley.[3]

Sandoval's brother Alberto Sandoval was a popular bantamweight of the 1970s, who unsuccessfully challenged Carlos Zarate and Lupe Pintor for the world title.[4]

The young Sandoval met another future world champion, Alberto Davila, at Pomona boxing gyms. Eventually, they became friends, and they shared the burden of boxing's dangers later on in life.[5]

Amateur career[edit]

He was a two-time National Golden Gloves Champion and from 1979–1980,[6] Sandoval went on to win the National AAU Championship at Light Flyweight and then in the Flyweight division.[7] Sanadoval qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. In 2007, he received one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Richie Sandoval made his professional boxing debut on 5 November 1980, beating Gerardo Pedroza in Las Vegas, Nevada by a knockout in two rounds. He won his first ten fights by knockout, including two over fringe contender Javier Barajas. For his eleventh fight, Sandoval met Harold Petty, a boxer still fighting professionally at the age of 42 who challenged twice for world titles. On 28 January 1982, he outpointed the undefeated Petty over ten rounds, going on to seven more wins that year, including another ten-round points victory over Petty.[9]

Sandoval had five wins in 1983, the year in which his friend Davila won the WBC Bantamweight title by knocking out Kiko Bejines, who died days later. This introduced Sandoval to the darker side of boxing as he saw how hard it was for Davila to recover.[10]

WBA Bantamweight Championship[edit]

Sandoval's next fight was held on 15 March 1984. Despite his record of 22 victories without any losses, including fifteen knockouts, he was a virtual unknown to most boxing fans when he met the Lineal and WBA Bantamweight champion Jeff Chandler in Atlantic City.[11] After dropping the champion in round eleven, Sandoval won by TKO in round fifteen to become a world champion in a major upset.[12][13] He followed this up with his first trip abroad as a professional boxer, to Monte Carlo on September 22. He outpointed the top ranked and well known Edgar Román over fifteen rounds on the undercard of Donald Curry's sixth-round knockout win over Nino LaRocca. He fought again on 15 December against Cardenio Ulloa, who was attempting to become the first Chilean world boxing champion in history. According to the report made by Ring En Español, Ulloa caused Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to jump off his chair with excitement when he dropped Sandoval in the third round, but Sandoval recovered and retained the title with an eighth-round knockout.[14]

By then, however, Sandoval was facing weight problems and he could barely make the weight even for fights in the Featherweight division, two divisions above Bantamweight, and he was forced to fight all his fights in 1985 as a Featherweight instead. He scored three ten-round decisions that year and one in 1986, including wins over Frankie Duarte and Diego Avila.[15]

Last bout and title defence[edit]

After not defending his title for a year and a half, he was forced by the WBA to defend his title or be stripped of it. He chose to defend it, despite his problems making the weight.[16] On 3 March 1986, Sandoval defended his title against Gaby Canizales, as part of a super-undercard organized by promoter Bob Arum, which included the Hearns versus Shuler and Hagler versus Mugabi encounters.[17] Sandoval reportedly had to lose around twelve pounds in three days in order to be able to fight that night, staying off any solid foods and surviving only on water. Weakened and feeling the side-effects of such a sudden drop-off in weight, Sandoval suffered four knockdowns, but he fought on until the fifth knockdown, which happened in round seven, after which the referee stopped the fight. He fell unconscious a few minutes after the fight, stopping breathing for an estimated three minutes. He was rushed to hospital by local on-site paramedics, but he remained in critical condition for the next few nights. He had life-saving brain surgery, but the inevitable consequence was that Sandoval was obliged to retire. His final record was 29 wins and one loss, 17 wins by knockout.[18]


Sandoval later went touring across the United States with Davila, as each had been through both sides of a tragic boxing bout. They went on television talk-shows and public appearances to explain to the general public how a boxer feels (in Davila's case) after an opponent has died, and how a boxer can be so close to death in an instant after a fight (in Sandoval's case), and then having to deal with the fact that he or she will never be able to box again. Sandoval and Davila remain friends.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Richie Sandoval boxer". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  2. ^ "Alberto Sandoval - BoxRec". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  3. ^ "Shane Mosley - BoxRec". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  4. ^ "Alberto Sandoval boxer". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  5. ^ "Alberto Davila - BoxRec". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  6. ^ "Official Golden Gloves of America Website". Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  7. ^ "Richie Sandoval - BoxRec". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  8. ^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.
  9. ^ "Richard Sandoval – Former champion, current trainer, a survivor of the sport". SecondsOut Boxing News. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  10. ^ HOFFER, RICHARD (1986-02-01). "Boxing / Richard Hoffer : Jaime Garza Went From Invincible to Invisible". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  11. ^ "Richard Sandoval -- Lineal Bantamweight Champion". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
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  14. ^ "Jeff Chandler vs. Richie Sandoval - BoxRec". Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  15. ^ GUSTKEY, EARL (1986-03-08). "Sandoval's Title Is Taken Lightly : Life Isn't So Marvelous for Bantamweight Champion". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  16. ^ Gustkey, Earl (1988-08-27). "Boxing : Ambulances Should Be Required at All Shows". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  17. ^ "Richard Sandoval will defend the WBA..." tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  18. ^ Press, Associated (1986-03-13). "Richie Sandoval Moved Out of Intensive Care". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  19. ^ "SportsScope : Bantam Champ Richard Sandoval to Fight for Charity at Cal Poly Pomona". Los Angeles Times. 1986-02-06. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-04-04.

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Preceded by
Jeff Chandler
WBA bantamweight champion
April 7, 1984 - March 10, 1986
Succeeded by
Gaby Canizales
The Ring bantamweight champion
April 7, 1984 - March 10, 1986
Lineal Bantamweight Champion
April 7, 1984 - March 10, 1986