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Eternal legacy: Horacio Accavallo died on Boxer’s Day

On September 14, 1923, Luis Angel Firpo and the american Jack Dempsey staged "the fight of the century" at the Polo Grounds in New York for the wor

Eternal legacy: Horacio Accavallo died on Boxer’s Day


On September 14, 1923, Luis Angel Firpo and the american Jack Dempsey staged “the fight of the century” at the Polo Grounds in New York for the world heavyweight title. Although Dempsey won, the Pampas Bull made history and that date was immortalized as the Boxer’s Day. 99 years after that, he passed away Horace Accavalloanother of the greats of Argentine boxing.

Roquinoborn in Lanús in 1934, died at the age of 87 after a long fight against Alzheimer’s. “That’s how I’ll remember you old man! With arms raised like a Champion. Thank you for your teachings and for instilling your values ​​in me. Rest in peace”, his son wrote on social media.

Accavallo was the second Argentine world champion in history after what was achieved by Pascual Perez. Horacio kissed glory on March 1, 1966 in Japan when he defeated the local Katsuyoshi Takayama to win the WBA and WBC flyweight titles.

That same year, Accavallo blew up Luna Park for his match vs. another nippon, Hiroyuki Ebihara. The fight again lasted all 15 rounds but this time he celebrated in a unanimous decision. The Mexican Efren Torres would visit Buenos Aires in search of glory, but Roquino would reign

On August 12, 1967, in the Latin American Madison Square Garden, the native of Buenos Aires would beat Ebihara for the second time to put him end point to his career as world champion. He did not want to close the cycle with defeats like other legends: then he imitated him Carlos Monzon, who also left with the title in his possession. He finished his career with 75 wins (34 KO’s), 2 losses and 6 draws.

He will meet with other legends

With the obtaining of the IBF super flyweight world title by Fernando Martínez in 2022, Argentina reached the 40 world champions. Of these, the boxing world has already fired 10.

Among the dead stands out Michelangelo Neck, who also died on Boxer’s Day. The former middle heavyweight champion died in 1999 of cardiac arrest in his native Santa Fe at the age of 53.

All Argentine world champions in history

Number Name Year Belt successful defenses 1 Pascual Pérez 1954-1960 Fly WBA 9
2 Horacio Accavallo 1966-1968 Fly WBA-WBC 3
3 Nicolino Locche 1968-1972 WBA Super Lightweight 5
4 Carlos Monzón 1970-1977 Middleweight WBA-WBC 14
5 Víctor Emilio Galíndez 1974-1979 WBA Light Heavyweight 10
6 Miguel Castellini 1976-1977 WBA Super Welterweight 0
7 Miguel Neck 1977-1978 WBC Light Heavyweight 0
8 Hugo Corro 1978-1979 Middleweight WBA-WBC 2
9 Sergio Víctor Palma 1980-1982 WBA Super Bantamweight 5
10 Santos Laciar 1981-1985
1987 WBA Fly
WBC Super Flyweight 9
0
11 Gustavo Ballas 1981 WBA Super Flyweight 0
12 Ubaldo Sacco 1985-1986 WBA Super Lightweight 0
13 Juan Martín Coggi 1987-1990, 1993-1994 and 1996 Super Lightweight WBA 10
14 Pedro Décima 1990-1991 WBA Super Bantamweight 0
15 Hugo Soto 1998-1999 Flyweight WBC 0
16 Julio César Vàsquez 1992-1996 WBA Super Welterweight 10
17 Nestor Giovannini 1993-1994 WBO Cruiser 1
18 Jorge Castro 1994-1995 Middleweight WBA 4
19 Marcelo Dominguez 1995-1998 WBC Cruiserweight 5
20 Carlos Salazar 1995-1996
1996-1998 IBF Super Flyweight
WBO Fly 1
5
21 Juan Domingo Córdoba 1998 WBO Light Flyweight 1
22 Víctor Godoi 1998-1999 WBO Super Flyweight 0
23 Jorge Rodrigo Barrios 2005-2006 WBO Super Featherweight 2
24 Pablo Chacón 2001-2002 WBO Featherweight 2
25 Raúl Balbi 2001 Lightweight WBA 0
26 Omar Narvaez 2002-2009
2010-2004 WBO Fly
WBO 16 Super Flyweight
eleven
27 Hector Velazco 2003 WBO Middleweight 0
28 Carlos Baldomir 2006 WBC Welterweight 1
29 Juan Carlos Reveco 2007 and 2009-2010
2011-2015 WBA Light Flyweight
Fly AMB 3
8
30 Hugo Garay 2008-2009 WBA Light Heavyweight 1
31 Víctor Emilio Ramírez 2009 and 2015-2016 Cruiser WBO-FIB 2
32 Sergio Martinez 2010-2014 WBC-WBO Middleweight 2
33 Mark Maidana 2011
2013-2014 WBA Super Lightweight
WBA Welterweight 1
0
34 Jonathan Barros 2010-2011 WBA Featherweight 2
35 Luis Lazarte 2010-2011 Light Flyweight IBF 2
36 Jesús Cuellar 2013-2016 Feather WBA 5
37 César Cuenca 2015 IBF Super Lightweight 0
38 Brian Castaño 2016-2019 and 2021-2022 WBA-WBO Super Welterweight 4
39 Lucas Matthysse 2018 WBA Welterweight 0
40 Fernando Martínez 2022-present IBF Super Flyweight 0