Rigoberto Riasco, former world boxing champion, dies
Former world champion and boxing coach, Panamanian Rigoberto Riasco, died at the age of 69 in Panama City.
Riascowho was born on January 11, 1953, developed his professional career between 1968 and 1982. His debut he had it August 25, 1968 in a fight that tied on points against Carlos Mendoza.
The May 31, 1975 had a failed attempt to be crowned world featherweight champion of WBA (World Boxing Association) losing by technical knockout in two rounds against the Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello. Later, she was crowned monarch super rooster of World Boxing Council (WBC) by beating the Japanese in eight rounds Waruinge Nakayama In a lawsuit that was disputed in the Gym New Panama (today Arena Roberto Durán).
By becoming champion, Riasco entered history by being the first fighter to win the world super bantamweight title WBC.
Their last fight was the March 19, 1972 when he lost by technical knockout against the Colombian Mario Miranda in the Plaza de Toros of Cartagena de Indias.
“The Little Poison“, a nickname by which Riasco was known in boxing, also made a career as coach. Among the boxers he instructed are former world champion Carlos “El Púas” Murillo, Evangelio Pérez and Miguel Callist.