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GorDoom
03-23-2012, 02:15 PM
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GorDoom
03-23-2012, 02:16 PM
Ruben Olivares



Ruben Olivares (born January 14, 1947) is a former boxer of Mexican nationality. A native of Mexico City, Olivares was a world champion multiple times, and he was very popular among Mexicans, many of whom considered him to be Mexico's greatest fighter for a long period. Olivares also had cameo appearances on Mexican movies, and he participated in more than 100 professional bouts.
He started as a professional on February 29, 1964, knocking out Freddie Garcia in round one at Cuernavaca. With that knockout win, a streak of 22 knockout wins in a row had been set off. During that streak, he beat Tony Gallegos, Monito Aguilar and Antonio Leal, among others. It was on March 8, 1967, that Felipe Gonzalez became the first one to go the distance with Olivares, when Olivares defeated him by a decision in 10 at Mexicali. Then, on July 29 of that same year, Olivares had the first spot on his record, German Bastidas holding him to a ten round draw.

He had back to back rematches with Gonzalez and Bastidas, knocking Gonzalez out in round six on November 19, and Bastidas in round four on January 28, 1968. Then came a step up in opponent quality, when he met former world champion Salvatore Burruni in Mexico City. Olivares knocked Burruni out in three rounds. After defeating Manuel Arnal by a disqualification in six, he set off on another knockout win streak, this one reaching 21 in a row. One of the fights in that streak was against Bernabe Fernandez, in Los Angeles. Olivares won his first fight abroad that day, beating Fernandez in round three.

Another of the fights in that streak was against world Bantamweight champion Lionel Rose, who was defending his world title that day, at the Inglewood Forum. According to boxing book The Ring: Boxing in The 20th Century, the forum's director, fearing a riot like the one that happened after Rose had beaten Chucho Castillo there might happen again, went to Olivares' locker room to express his worries, and Olivares guaranteed he wouldn't let that happen again. Olivares became world Bantamweight champion by knocking Rose out in round five on that day, August 22 of 1969.

After beating Alan Rudkin in a title defense and a couple other fighters in non-title bouts, Olivares started his trilogy of bouts with arch-enemy and countryman Castillo. Olivares' knockout streak ended in that fight, but he won the first installment of the Olivares-Castillo rivalry after rising off the canvas to score a 15 round decision. After three more non-title wins, Olivares and Castillo met again, on October 16 of 1970. This time, Olivares suffered a cut in round one, and the fight was stopped in round 14, Castillo the winner and new world Bantamweight champion by a technical knockout.

After one more win, Olivares and Castillo had their rubber match, on April 3 of 1971. Olivares was knocked down once, but he rose to regain the world Featherweight title in the last fight between he and Castillo with another 15 round decision. Then, he had six more knockouts in a row, including one in a non-title bout in Nicaragua, one in Tokyo while defending the crown against Kasuyoshi Kanazawa (in round 11), and one against Jesus Pimentel, also in round 11.

On March 19, 1972, he lost the world's Bantamweight title to another countryman, Rafael Herrera, by a knockout in round eight. After defeating Godfrey Stevens in Monterrey, he and Herrera met again, with Herrera the winner by a 10 round decision.

Next for Olivares was a move up in division, and he started to campaign in the Featherweight division. On June 23 of 1973, he met Bobby Chacon in the first installment of another trilogy of fights. What was contested for the NABF featherweight title, ended in round nine when Olivares knocked Chacon out. In his next fight, he suffered an upset, when unknown Art Hafey knocked him out in five rounds, but then he set off on a string of three more wins in a row, including a decision over Hafey in a rematch, before fighting for the WBA's vacant world Featherweight championship. On July 9, 1974, Olivares became world Featherweight champion by beating Zenzuke Utagawa by a knockout in round seven. After two non-title wins, he met Alexis Arguello on November 23 of that year, losing the world title by a knockout in round 13.

One more win, and Olivares met Chacon in the second installment of their trilogy, this time with Chacon as the WBC's world Featherweight champion. Olivares won the fight by a knockout in round two, to become world champion for the fourth time. This time, however, he also lost the title in his first defense, beaten by Ghana's David Poison Kotey, who became that nation's first world boxing champion ever by winning a 15 round decision against Olivares. A seven round knockout defeat at the hands of future world champion Danny Little Red Lopez followed.

Olivares won three fghts in 1976 without losing one, including victories over world title challengers Fernando Cabanela and Jose Cervantes, both of them from Colombia. In 1977, he and Chacon boxed the final bout of their trilogy, and this time Chacon came out the winner, by a 10 round decision. But in 1978, Olivares found what would be the beginning of his last hurrah, as he knocked out the future 2 time world Lightweight champion Jose Luis Ramirez in two rounds at Ciudad Obregon, and he followed that win with wins over Shig Fukuyama and Isaac Vega.

After drawing in ten rounds with Guillermo Morales on April 22, 1979, he received what would turn out to be his last world title try: On July 21 of that year, he was knocked out in 12 rounds by WBA world Featherweight champion Eusebio Pedroza in Houston, for the WBA Featherweight title.

For the next eight years, he fought sporadically and with mixed success, until he was able to walk away from professional boxing in 1988.

Until Julio Cesar Chavez came into the scene, Olivares was the boxer most fans recognized as Mexico's greatest boxer ever. He became a mainstream star there, and he reportedly had friends in the Mexican entertainment world. In addition, he could be seen fairly often doing cameos in Mexican comedy movies. He is still considered a national hero there.

But, just like with many other celebrities, celebrity was not all pink colored for Olivares: He was rumored to have to fight off an alcohol problem, although no evidence of that actually happening ever surfaced.

He had a record of 88 wins, 13 losses and 3 draws, with 78 wins by knockout. His knockout winning streaks of 22 and 21 in a row qualify as two of the longest knockout winning streaks in the history of boxing. Similarly, his 78 knockout wins make him a member of the exclusive group of boxers to have won 50 or more fights by knockout.

Olivares, like Arguello, is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

GorDoom
03-23-2012, 02:17 PM
"Rockabye" Ruben Olivares
("El Puas")

BORN January 14 1947; Mexico City, Mexico
HEIGHT 5-5 1/2 (Some sources report 5-6)
WEIGHT 112-133 1/2 lbs
MANAGER Cuyo Hernandez
TRAINER Cuyo Hernandez
Olivares was an extremely popular fighter who possessed explosive hitting power; He won the WBC Featherweight Championship of the World, the WBA Featherweight Championship of the World, the WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World and the WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World during his career

Ruben defeated such men as Jesus "Chucho" Castillo, Bobby Chacon, Jose Luis Ramirez, Alan Rudkin, Salvatore Burruni, Lionel Rose, Jose Medel, Takao Sakurai, Zensuke Utagawa, Art Hafey, Godfrey Stevens, Jesus Pimentel, Kid Pascualito, Efren Torres and Jose Arranz

Herb Goldman ranked Olivares as the #3 All-Time Bantamweight; He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1985 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991

1965
Jan 4 Isidoro Sotelo Cuernavaca, Mexico KO 1
-Some sources report 4/13/64
Jan 18 Freddie Garcia Cuernavaca, Mexico KO 1
-Some sources report 2/29/64
Feb 1 Geronimo Cisneros Mexico City, Mexico TK 3
-Some sources report 5/18/64
Feb 13 Francisco Silva Torreon, Mexico KO 6
Apr 1 Antonio Gallegos Gomez Palacio, Mexico KO 4
Aug 14 Nemesio Zenil Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
Sep 8 Jorge Ruiz Torreon, Mexico TK 9
Oct 20 Mateo Jaimes Mexico City, Mexico TK 5
Nov 24 Pablo Martinez Mexico City, Mexico TK 2

1966
Jan 17 Reynaldo De La Garza Mexico City, Mexico TK 3
Feb 16 Eduardo Alvarado Mexico City, Mexico KO 2
Mar 12 Gallito Camacho Mexico City, Mexico TK 1
Apr 4 Juan Molina Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
Jun 2 Emetrio Campos Tampico, Mexico TK 4
Jun 16 Alfonso Jose Cazares Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
Jul 10 Gerardo Lujano Tampico, Mexico TK 5
Aug 7 Oscar Rivas Mexico City, Mexico TK 3
Sep 1 Ramiro Garcia Mexico City, Mexico KO 9
Sep 30 Monito Aguilar Mexico City, Mexico TK 3
Oct 18 Rafael Macias Mexico City, Mexico TK 5
Dec 17 Daniel Gutierrez Mexico City, Mexico TK 10

1967
Feb 5 Antonio Leal Mexico City, Mexico KO 1
Mar 8 Felipe Gonzalez Mexicali, Mexico W 10
Jun 7 Julio Guerrero Mexico City, Mexico KO 4
Jul 14 Angel Hernandez Leon, Mexico KO 5
Jul 29 German Bastidas Mexico City, Mexico D 10
Sep 6 Grillito Aguillar Poza Rica, Mexico KO 5
Sep 20 Gustavo Sosa Puebla, Mexico TK 3
Oct 14 Ushiwakamaru Harada Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
Nov 3 Chamacho Castillo Vera Cruz, Mexico KO 5
-Some sources report "KO 4"
Nov 19 Felipe Gonzalez La Paz, Mexico TK 6

1968
Jan 28 German Bastidas Mexico City, Mexico TK 5
-Some sources report "KO 4"
Mar 3 Pornchai Popraingam La Paz, Mexico TK 9
Mar 30 Salvatore Burruni Mexico City, Mexico WF 3
-Some sources report "KO 3";
Some sources report 3/31/68
Apr 27 Manuel Arnal Mexico City, Mexico WF 6
May 20 Kid Gavilan Puebla, Mexico KO 4
Jun 8 Octavio Gomez Mexico City, Mexico KO 5
Jun 25 Enrique Yepes Jalapa, Mexico KO 5
Jul 11 Garry Garber Torreon, Mexico TK 3
-Some sources report "KO 5"
Aug 10 Tiny Palacios Mexico City, Mexico KO 6
Aug 28 Bernabe Fernandez Inglewood, Ca TK 3
Sep 15 Antoine Porcel Mexico City, Mexico KO 1
Oct 11 Wally Brooks Mexico City, Mexico KO 1
Nov 23 Joe Medel Monterrey, Mexico KO 8

1969
Jan 26 Kazuyoshi Kanazawa Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
Feb 23 Jose Bisbal Mexico City, Mexico KO 3
Mar 9 Carlos Zayas Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico KO 7
Mar 17 Ernie De La Cruz Inglewood, Ca TK 9
May 6 Frank Adame Nogales, Mexico KO 2
-Some sources report "KO 3"
May 23 Takao Sakurai Inglewood, Ca TK 6
Jun 29 Nene Jun Mexico City, Mexico KO 1
Aug 22 Lionel Rose Inglewood, Ca KO 5
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
Oct 27 Shigeyoshi Ohki Juarez, Mexico KO 3
Dec 12 Alan Rudkin Inglewood, Ca TK 2
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

1970
Feb 22 Angel Hernandez Acambaro, Mexico KO 3
Mar 18 Romy Guelas San Antonio, Tx TK 6
-Some sources report "KO 5"
Apr 18 Jesus "Chucho" Castillo Inglewood, Ca W 15
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
Jul 22 Shuji Chiyoda Chicago, Il W 10
Aug 14 Jose Arranz Inglewood, Ca TK 3
Sep 11 Guillermo Rodriguez Acapulco, Mexico KO 5
Oct 16 Jesus "Chucho" Castillo Inglewood, Ca LT 14
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

1971
Mar 4 Chung-Sul Park Guadalajara, Mexico KO 6
Apr 2 Jesus "Chucho" Castillo Inglewood, Ca W 15
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World;
Some sources report 4/03/71
May 19 Tsuguo Mineyama Tijuana, Mexico KO 3
Jun 7 Vicente "Yambito" Blanco Managua, Nicaragua KO 5
Jul 11 Efren Torres Guadalajara, Mexico TK 4
Aug 23 Kid Pascualito Inglewood, Ca TK 9
Oct 25 Kazuyoshi Kanazawa Nagoya, Japan KO 14
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
Dec 14 Jesus Pimentel Inglewood, Ca TK 11
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

1972
Mar 19 Rafael Herrera Mexico City, Mexico LT 8
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
Aug 19 Godfrey Stevens Monterrey, Mexico W 10
Nov 14 Rafael Herrera Inglewood, Ca L 10

1973
Apr 28 Walter Seeley Inglewood, Ca TK 2
Jun 23 Bobby Chacon Inglewood, Ca TK 9
-NABF Featherweight Championship
Sep 4 Art Hafey Monterrey, Mexico LT 5
-Some sources report 9/15/73
Dec 2 Francisco Durango Matamoros, Mexico W 10

1974
Mar 4 Art Hafey Inglewood, Ca W 12
May 14 Adriano Zapanta Juarez, Mexico KO 2
Jul 9 Zensuke Utagawa Inglewood, Ca KO 7
-WBA Featherweight Championship of the World
Sep 1 Enrique Garcia Monterrey, Mexico TK 5
Oct 5 Carlos Mendoza Juarez, Mexico TK 6
-Some sources report 10/06/74
Nov 23 Alexis Arguello Inglewood, Ca LK 13
-WBA Featherweight Championship of the World

1975
Apr 7 Benjamin Ortiz Tijuana, Mexico TK 6
Jun 20 Bobby Chacon Inglewood, Ca TK 2
-WBC Featherweight Championship of the World
Sep 20 David Kotey Inglewood, Ca L 15
-WBC Featherweight Championship of the World
Dec 4 Danny "Little Red" Lopez Inglewood, Ca LK 7

1976
Jun 2 Pajet Lupikanet Los Angeles, Ca TK 1
Jul 30 Fernando Cabanella Los Angeles, Ca W 10
Nov 19 Jose Cervantes Los Angeles, Ca LK 6

1977
Aug 20 Bobby Chacon Inglewood, Ca L 10
Dec 6 Ricky Gutierrez San Antonio, Tx W 10

1978
Apr 28 Jose Luis Ramirez Obregon, Mexico TK 2
Oct 18 Shig Fukuyama Houston, Tx KO 2
Nov 20 Isaac Vega Houston, Tx TK 3

1979
Apr 22 Guillermo Morales Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico D 10
Jun 30 Adriano "Ad" Zapanta Albuquerque, NM KO 2
Jul 21 Eusebio Pedroza Houston, Tx LT 12
-WBA Featherweight Championship of the World

1980
Mar 7 Carlos Serrano Chicago, Il TK 5
Apr 25 Sergio Reyes Nuevo Laredo, Mexico TK 7
Aug 24 Rafael Gandarilla McAllen, Tx LT 9

1981
Nov 24 Margarito Marquez Houston, Tx L 10

1986
Feb 25 Ramon Almaguer Inglewood, Ca D 4

1988
Mar 12 Ignacio Madrid Mexico City, Mexico LK 4


*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1966
Jun 23 German Guzman in Mexico KO 4

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization

GorDoom
03-23-2012, 02:18 PM
Jesus "Chucho" Castillo
(Jesus Castillo Aguillera)

BORN June 17 1944; Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico
WEIGHT 117-127 lbs
Castillo was a battler who improved with age and experience; His most famous bouts are the contests against Ruben Olivares; The men fought three times for a total of 44 rounds

He won the WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World, the WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World and the Bantamweight Championship of Mexico during his career

"Chucho" defeated such men as Ruben Olivares, Rafael Herrera, Jesus Pimentel, Jose Medel, Bernardo Caraballo, Waldemiro Pinto, Evan Armstrong, Yoshio Nakane, Guillermo Tellez, Edmundo Esparza, Jesus "Chucho" Hernandez and Rafael Antonio Ortega

1962
Apr 26 Carlos Navarette Mexico City, Mexico L 6
Aug 10 Arnulfo Daza Oaxaca, Mexico W 8
Oct 20 Zurdo Suarez Oaxaca, Mexico W 10

1963
Mar 2 Pichon Conteras Oaxaca, Mexico KO 10
Jun 12 Eduardo Torres Mexico City, Mexico W 6
Sep 2 Samuel Castillo Oaxaca, Mexico TK 9
Sep 15 Catarino Lopez Mexico City, Mexico W 6
Oct 20 Felipe Silva Mexico City, Mexico W 6
Nov 21 Juan Carlos Villanueva in Mexico W 8

1964
Chucho Cardenas Acapulco, Mexico WF 3
Mar 18 Samuel Castillo Mexico City, Mexico W 8
May 23 Jose Gonzalez Mexico City, Mexico TK 8
Jun 13 Jorobado Olvera Mexico City, Mexico W 10
Jul 8 Genaro Gaytan Mexico City, Mexico W 10
Sep 30 Adalberto Martinez Mexico City, Mexico TK 8
Oct 17 Zorrito Castanon Oaxaca, Mexico LT 10
Nov 11 Jose Gonzalez Mexico City, Mexico TL 7
-Some sources report "LK 7"

1965
Mar 4 Goyo Sanchez Mexico City, Mexico KO 1
Mar 24 Daniel Valdez Mexico City, Mexico W 10
Jun 15 Edmundo Esparza Juarez, Mexico TK 2
-Some sources report 6/16/65
Aug 7 Jesus "Chucho" Hernandez Mexico City, Mexico TK 6
-Some sources report 6/08/65
Sep 26 Guillermo "Memo" Tellez Mexico City, Mexico LT 8
Nov 20 Lenny Brice Guadalajara, Mexico W 10

1966
Mar 20 Miguel Castro Mexico City, Mexico LT 5
May 8 Felipe Gonzalez Culiacan, Mexico LK 4
May 22 Jesus "Chucho" Hernandez Mexico City, Mexico TK 7
Jun 6 Guillermo "Memo" Tellez Mexico City, Mexico LT 6
Jul 27 Edmundo Esparza Juarez, Mexico TK 3
Aug 28 Jerry Stokes Mexico City, Mexico KO 2
Nov 13 Waldemiro Pino Juarez, Mexico KO 3
Dec 26 Miguel Castro Mexico City, Mexico W 10

1967
Apr 29 Jose Medel Mexico City, Mexico W 12
-Bantamweight Championship of Mexico
Aug 14 Pornchai Popraingam Tijuana, Mexico KO 5
Oct 14 Bernardo Caraballo Mexico City, Mexico KO 8
Nov 26 Miguel Castro Juarez, Mexico TK 6
-Bantamweight Championship of Mexico

1968
Mar 6 Joe Valdez Leon, Mexico W 10
Mar 31 Yoshio Nakane Juarez, Mexico W 10
-Some sources report "W 12"
May 14 Guillermo "Memo" Tellez Juarez, Mexico WF 10
-Bantamweight Championship of Mexico
Jun 14 Jesus Pimentel Inglewood, Ca W 12
Aug 28 Evan Armstrong Inglewood, Ca TK 2
Dec 6 Lionel Rose Inglewood, Ca L 15
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

1969
Feb 15 Rafael Herrera Monterrey, Mexico TK 3
-Bantamweight Championship of Mexico
Apr 16 Ushiwakamaru Harada Tokyo, Japan D 10
Jun 10 Seiichi Watanuki Juarez, Mexico KO 4
Jun 29 Ernie De La Cruz Mexico City, Mexico KO 5
Jul 26 Albert Jangalay Mexico City, Mexico TK 5
Sep 30 Jose Medel Juarez, Mexico D 12
-Bantamweight Championship of Mexico
Oct 17 Raul Cruz Inglewood, Ca L 12
-Some sources report 10/18/69
Dec 12 Raul Cruz Inglewood, Ca W 10

1970
Apr 18 Ruben Olivares Inglewood, Ca L 15
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
Aug 14 Rogelio Lara Inglewood, Ca W 12
-NABF Bantamweight Championship
Oct 16 Ruben Olivares Inglewood, Ca TK 14
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

1971
Feb 28 Felipe Ursua Monterrey, Mexico TK 6
Apr 2 Ruben Olivares Inglewood, Ca L 15
-WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World;
Some sources report 4/03/71
Aug 4 Earl Large Juarez, Mexico W 10
Aug 23 Rafael Herrera Inglewood, Ca L 12
-NABF Bantamweight Championship

1972
Jose Lopez Juarez, Mexico KO 1
Jun 6 Earl Large Juarez, Mexico W 10
Nov 14 Enrique Pinder Inglewood, Ca L 10

1973
Mar 2 Jose Luis Soto Culiacan, Mexico L 10
Apr 28 Bobby Chacon Inglewood, Ca LT 10

1974
May 14 Victor Rodrigo Juarez, Mexico W 10
Jun 22 Vicente "Yambito" Blanco Managua, Nicaragua L 10
Sep 14 Rafael Antonio Ortega Mexico City, Mexico W 10

1975
Apr 24 Danny "Little Red" Lopez Los Angeles, Ca LT 2
Dec 12 Ernesto Herrera Laredo, Tx L 10

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization