Alfredo Evangelista: “The one who invented boxing was Ali”

Last Saturday in the Assembly Hall of the City Hall of Sigües (Zaragoza)the third installment of the ESPABOX-IGNACIO ARA

Last Saturday in the Assembly Hall of the City Hall of Sigües (Zaragoza)the third installment of the ESPABOX-IGNACIO ARA Trophy was held, which rewards the best Spanish boxers of each year.

World champions such as Javier Castillejo or Gabriel CampilloEuropean champions like Alfredo Evangelista, Sergio García, Alfonso Redondo, José Luis Navarro, Óscar García Cano, Abigail Medina or Juli Ginerin addition to other excellent boxers.

Ignacio Ara was a boxer born in 1909 in Sigüés (Zaragoza), twelve times Spanish middleweight champion and three light heavyweight champions between 1942 and 1947, European middleweight champion in 1932, twice disputed the world middleweight title, fought more than 200 professional fights, the most in Spanish boxing history, and never lost by KO fighting against the best world fighters of his weight in different countries of the world. His technical quality, his intelligence, his speed of movement, his punch, his complete boxing, earned him the nickname of «The Professor of the twelve strings».

This year he was awarded with his statuette, among others, to the six times European champion Alfredo Evangelista, who fought four heavyweight world champions, including Muhammad Ali himself. He was the best of 1985.

Evangelista, born in Uruguay and nationalized Spanish, with a prodigious memory, recalled his first great triumph against the national idol José Manuel Ibar “Urtain”. «If I beat Urtain, I stayed as the boss of Spain«.

Then came the great fight of his life. «The fight with Ali opened the doors of the world to me. The one who invented boxing was Ali.”

He had such a good poster that they quickly gave him another world chance against Larry Holmes. «With Holmes I was sick and I threw myself«.

After the fight against Ali, the Americans wanted him to stay there and live. “I preferred to stay here, how you live in Spain, you don’t live anywhere».

He is happy with his life. «I think people love me a lot«.

The prizes were presented by the mayor of the town of Sigüés, D. Eduardo Abadia.

This is the video-tribute to Alfredo Evangelista