Erika Montoya Mexico City / 08.18.2022 15:30:16 The story of the Mexican champion Pipino Cuevas has gone a
Mexico City / 08.18.2022 15:30:16
The story of the Mexican champion Pipino Cuevas has gone around so many times that it was mixed with fiction and reached the point that even his name was changed.
Pipino Isidro Cuevas González was the welterweight champion of the World Boxing Association from 1976 to 1980 and is the youngest fighter in history to win that division, as he did so when he was 18 years and 8 months old.
“My real name is Pipino Isidro Cuevas González, nothing more than Pipino. But since I fought, everyone called me José”, he admitted in an interview with the World Boxing Council in which he assured that he does not know where he came from or who started calling him José.
Where is Pipino Cuevas really from?
The name is not the only fact that the fans changed, because Cuevas is not from Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, State of Mexico, the Mexican puncher who knocked out 31 of his 35 victories was born in 1957 in Santo Tomás, Hidalgo.
However, despite those slips that the group has, Pipino’s achievements are something that are still in the memory of the good boxing fan, since the story of the fighter, butcher and circus lover is remembered as one of the greatest division referents.
Pipino started boxing at the age of 10 and by the time he was 15 – with his father’s permission – he had his first professional fight. Although the result was not what he expected, as he was knocked out by Alfredo Castro, he stood firm and continued his career until he became national champion.
The opportunity for the world title came in 1976 when the dangerous Puerto Rican Ángel Espada was looking for a suitable rival to expose the WBA crown, Pipino was the chosen one and it would be one of the decisions that the Puerto Rican would always regret. That night Pipino knocked him out in two rounds and on the next two occasions they saw each other above the ring he repeated the dose.
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— MacIntosh Ross (@punchingprof) November 19, 2020
He defended the WBA welterweight title 10 times until on his way he met the skillful and dangerous American Tommy Hearns, that night he was knocked out in 2 rounds. Three years later he was overtaken by Panamanian legend Roberto Durán and decided to hang up the gloves in 1989 after a loss to Lupe Aquino.
Pipino left a mark of 35 wins, 31 knockouts and 15 losses.