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:
José Ruíz Matos
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 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine "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 Archived 13 April 2013 at Archive.today 16 June 2002 "El ex campeón mundial de boxeo, el venezolano José Bonilla, falleció ayer en la ciudad de El Tigre, en el ..."