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    Rafael Herrera Was a Fine Champion

    RAFAEL HERRERA ; A Fine Champion
    By Jim Amato/Amato Boxing

    He was born to humble beginnings on January 7, 1945 in Jalisco, Mexico. He would become a professional boxer at the age of eighteen. For years he fought fellow novices, losing some but winning more. He was making a name for himself though. In 1966 he climbed up the ladder with a win over rugged Memin Vega. Two fights later he drew with Geraldo Luna.
    From the Luna bout Rafael’s career took off. He reeled off sixteen straight wins. Herrera was then matched with future world champion Jesus ” Chucho ” Castillo. Herrera was overwhelmed by Castillo and lost in round three.
    Rafael was no quitter He drew with Canada’s Billy McGrandle.but two fights later he lost to the highly regarded Raul Cruz. As 1970 rolled around Herrera was considered a top notch boxer but not championship material. That all changed when he decided that he was good enough to make it to the top. This time Herrera won a decision over Octavio Gomez. This led to a shot against undefeated Rodolfo Martinez for NABF bantamweight title. In a very close and exciting fight , Herrera got the verdict and the title.
    That was the spring board for Rafael’s career. Next he would halt the highly regarded Cesar Deciga. Two fights later he avenged an earlier loss by outscoring the talented Chucho Castillo. In March of 1972 Rafael challenged the legendary Ruben Olivares for the world’s championship. The proud champion fought his heart out but Herrera was not to be denied and he won in round eight winning the WBA + WBC titles.
    Four months later Herrera traveled to Panama to take on smooth boxing native Enrique Pinder who out slicks Rafael to take the title. The WBC then strips Pinder of the title for refusing to defend against Rodolfo Martinez. In the meantime Herrera and Olivares hook up in a rematch with Rafael winning a majority ten round decision.
    In January of 1973 Pinder was halted by hard punching Romeo Anaya to lose the WBA title. In April of 1973 Herrera and Martinez met for the vacant WBC title. In a wild affair Herrera stopped Martinez in round twelve to annex the crown. In August Anaya would again KO Pinder to retain the WBA title.
    Herrera would finish 1973 with a close decision win over Thailand’s Venice Borkhorsor. The Thai southpaw had once held the flyweight title. He gave Rafael fits early on as Herrera suffered cuts and swelling around the eyes. Herrera gamely battled his way back and after fifteen brutal rounds Rafael was awarded a controversial decision. In November of 1973 South African Arnold Taylor came from behind to bomb out Anaya to capture the WBA ‘s recognition.
    In May of 1974 Herrera defended against ex-champ Anaya and stopped him in round six. Next up was a third fight with Rodolfo Martinez. This time Martinez turned the tables halting Herrera in the fourth round. Now title less Rafael dropped verdicts to Octavio Gomez and Jose Luis Soto. He then drew with Jose Cervantes and then he retired. He came back ten years later to win a four rounder against Alfredo Meneses then he retired for good. In 61 fights he posted a record of 49-9-3. He scored 19 knockouts and was stopped on two occasions. He was a solid champion who bridged the reigns of Ruben Olivares and Carlos Zarate.

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    Re: Rafael Herrera Was a Fine Champion

    Rafael Herrera

    BORN January 7 1945; Jalisco, Mexico
    WEIGHT 117-126 lbs
    MANAGER Jesus Cuate
    Herrera was a skilled boxer who lost only nine bouts in a career of 61 contests; He was not a heavy hitter but was a capable, effective hitter; During his career, he won the WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World, the WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World and the NABF Bantamweight Championship

    He defeated such men as Ruben Olivares, Jesus "Chucho" Castillo, Romeo Anaya, Venice Borkhorsor, Rodolfo Martinez, Octavio Gomez, Raul Vega, Guillermo Tellez, Ronnie Jones and Lenny Brice

    Herb Goldman ranked Herrera as the #22 All-Time Bantamweight

    1963
    Mar 20 Memo Gonzalez Mexico City, Mexico W 4
    Apr 17 Raul Martinez Mexico City, Mexico W 4
    May 25 Wenceslao Angeles Mexico City, Mexico W 4
    Jul 13 David Monroy Mexico City, Mexico W 6
    Sep 21 Alfonso Jose Cazares Mexico City, Mexico L 6

    1964
    Feb 7 Jose Luis Madrid Poza Rica, Mexico LK 4
    Aug 26 Jose Luis Madrid Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
    Sep 20 Miguel Zamudio Mexico City, Mexico TK 8
    Oct 10 Alfonso Izquierdo Mexico City, Mexico W 8
    Nov 21 Andres Molina Mexico City, Mexico TK 7

    1965
    Jan 27 Cid Cardenas Mexico City, Mexico W 8
    Apr 3 Rogelio Rea Mexico City, Mexico TK 5
    May 1 Gerardo Luna Mexico City, Mexico L 10
    Oct 9 Alfredo Meneses Mexico City, Mexico W 10
    Nov 8 Coruco Contreras Tuxtla, Mexico KO 8

    1966
    Jan 6 Coruco Contreras Mexico City, Mexico KO 10
    Jun 8 Gerardo Luna Mexico City, Mexico W 10
    Jul 13 Cornelio Vega Mexico City, Mexico W 10
    Nov 16 Alfredo Meneses Mexico City, Mexico W 10

    1967
    Jan 21 Gerardo Luna Mexico City, Mexico D 10
    Mar 2 Manuel "Chango" Magallane Los Angeles, Ca W 5
    Apr 6 Jose Hernandez Los Angeles, Ca W 6
    May 16 Raton Perez San Jose, Ca W 10
    Jun 5 Alex Rivera Stockton, Ca W 10
    Jun 8 Pedro Rodriguez Los Angeles, Ca W 10
    Jul 6 Shorty Vargas Mexico City, Mexico W 10
    Aug 12 Shorty Vargas San Bernardino, Ca W 10
    Sep 19 Lupe Gonzalez San Jose, Ca TD 8
    Oct 17 Ricardo Solis San Jose, Ca KO 5
    Dec 5 Alex Rivera San Jose, Ca W 10

    1968
    Mar 30 Raul Vega Mexico City, Mexico W 10
    Jun 29 Santos Sandoval Mexico City, Mexico TK 2
    Aug 3 Ronnie Jones Mexico City, Mexico TK 3
    Sep 28 Guillermo Tellez Mexico City, Mexico TK 9
    Nov 21 Lenny Brice Los Angeles, Ca W 10
    Dec 19 Jerry Stokes Los Angeles, Ca W 10

    1969
    Feb 15 Jesus "Chucho" Castillo Monterrey, Mexico LT 3
    -Bantamweight Championship of Mexico
    Mar 4 Ken Nagamine Woodland Hills, Ca W 10
    Mar 9 Ricardo Solis Torreon, Mexico TK 5
    Apr 17 Billy McGrandle Edmonton, Alta, Canada D 10
    Jul 26 Raul Cruz Mexico City, Mexico L 10
    Sep 25 Lenny Brice Los Angeles, Ca TK 3

    1970
    Jan 20 Yoshimoto Suda Tijuana, Mexico KO 3
    Mar 17 Cesar Chuy Chavez Tijuana, Mexico TK 2
    Apr 18 Jose Lopez Inglewood, Ca W 10
    Sep 5 Octavio Gomez Inglewood, Ca W 10

    1971
    Jan 20 Rodolfo Martinez Inglewood, Ca W 12
    -NABF Bantamweight Championship
    Apr 2 Cesar Deciga Inglewood, Ca TK 10
    Jun 14 Modesto Boy Dayaganon Tijuana, Mexico KO 2
    Aug 23 Jesus "Chucho" Castillo Inglewood, Ca W 12
    -NABF Bantamweight Championship

    1972
    Mar 19 Ruben Olivares Mexico City, Mexico TK 8
    -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
    WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
    Jul 29 Enrique Pinder Panama City, Panama L 15
    -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;
    WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World
    Nov 14 Ruben Olivares Inglewood, Ca W 10

    1973
    Apr 14 Rodolfo Martinez Monterrey, Mexico TK 12
    -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World
    Oct 13 Venice Borkhorsor Inglewood, Ca W 15
    -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World

    1974
    May 25 Romeo Anaya Mexico City, Mexico TK 6
    -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World
    Dec 7 Rodolfo Martinez Merida, Mexico LT 4
    -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World

    1975
    Jul 5 Octavio Gomez Los Angeles, Ca L 10
    Nov 10 Jose Luis Soto Los Mochis, Mexico L 10

    1976
    May 23 Jose Cervantes Maracaibo, Venezuela D 12

    1986
    Feb 25 Alfredo Meneses Inglewood, Ca W 4

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

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