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Panamanian boxing in mourning; Former world champion Rigoberto Riasco dies

He was the first World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight Universal Champion. Panamanian boxing is in mourning after the death of former wo


He was the first World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight Universal Champion.

boxing is in mourning after the death of former world champion at the age of 69.

The information was released by the journalist from The Best of Boxing, Daniel Alonso.

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“It is with great sadness that I record the death, last night at his home, of Panamanian Rigoberto Riasco, the first 122 world champion. He was one of the beneficiaries of the Lo Mejor del boxing retirement plan,” Alonso wrote on his twitter account.
Riasco, known as ‘The Little Poison’, was the first super bantamweight world champion of the (WBC), a category created in 1976 in response to the urgent need to reduce the difference in weight between divisions.
The date on which Riasco was crowned was April 3, 1976, when he won by retirement in the eighth round of the Kenyan based in Japan Phillipe Waring Nakayama. He becomes the ninth Panamanian to reach a world crown. He successfully defended against Livio Nolasco and Korean Dong Kyun Yum.
He lost the 122-pound world championship in the third defense against the Japanese Royal Kobayashi, in Tokyo, on October 9, 1976.

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After his retirement, Riasco served as a coach for several years, although he had also left this activity.
Riasco, who was born on January 11, 1953, finished with a professional record of 26 wins, nine losses, four draws and 13 knockouts.

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