RICARDO "PAJARITO" MORENO He die yesterday al age 71
RICARDO "PAJARITO" MORENO He die yesterday al age 71
Ricardo ((Pajarito) Moreno
Ricardo was born in the small mining town of Chalchihuites in the state of Zacatecas on February 7, 1937.
He left school to work as a metal breaker at the mines. Later he went to Mexico City where he worked as a parking lot attendant before turning to boxing. He did not fight as an amateur.
A two-fisted slugger with terrific power in either hand he turned professional at age 17 on June 16, 1954 with a first round knockout of Oscar Diaz in Mexico City. He won 19 of his first 20 fights in his first two years as a pro, all 19 of his wins by kayo. His only loss came in his fifth pro bout when the much more experienced Nacho Escalante outpointed him in six rounds. Most of his knockouts were in three rounds or less.
For one so young and with no amateur experience behind him his knockout victories were quite impressive when you consider the caliber of his opponents such as Mike Cruz, Jorge Gabino, Baby Moe Mario, Aurelio Rivero, and Americo Rivera who had just upset Jose (Toluco) Lopez.
By the end of 1955 18-year-old Moreno was considered by many the hardest punching bantamweight in the world. The question on everyone's mind was whether he could take it as well as he dished it out. In 20 pro fights he had not met any one who could stand up to him long enough to find out.
On January 22, 1956 his management decided to find out just how good their prospect was. They matched him with another hard-hitting prospect, Memo Diez the current Mexican and North American Flyweight Champion. The 21 year-old Diez had won the national title by knocking out Memo Sanchez in 10 rounds in only his fourth professional fight, and the North American Bantamweight Title by knocking out Keeny Teran in 3 rounds in his 14th professional fight. He was also the sixth ranking flyweight in the world.
Before a crowd of over 30,000 fans Diez outpointed the still green Moreno over ten scorching rounds that had the fans on their feet all the way. Although Moreno was clearly outpointed, he hurt Diez on three occasions and only Diez's great chin and heart saved him from going down.
Two months later Diez shocked the boxing world by knocking out the world's number one ranked Young Martin of Spain in the first round. Diez would change places in the ratings with Martin and remained number one until he suffered an upset decision loss to Dommy Ursua at the end of the year. Diez's record prior to the loss to Ursua was 21-5-2, with 13 kayos.
Although Ricardo lost to Diez, the experience proved invaluable. After winning a technical decision over Kildo Martinez and knocking out Alejo Mejia, Moreno was ready for his next cross roads fight. His opponent was Cuba's national flyweight champ Oscar Suarez, the eighth raked flyweight in the world. Suarez entered the fight with Moreno in Mexico City with an impressive record of 44-3-2, with 18 kayos. Among his victims were Orlando Rodriquez, Dagoberto Fernandez, Memo Sanchez and Memo Diez.
It was no contest! Moreno completely overpowered and destroyed Suarez in two rounds. The victory earned Ricardo the number ten spot in the world ratings. Interestingly enough, two months later Suarez gave a good account of himself in exchanging knockdowns with Flyweight Champion Pascual Perez before being stopped in the eleventh round of their title fight.
Ricardo scored four more kayos before 1956 ran its course, the most impressive a third round knockout of veteran Henry (Pappy) Gault in three rounds. By October 18, 1956 Mexican fighters dominated five of the top ten spots in "The Ring's" bantamweight ratings. Raul Macias was ranked number one, Moreno number six, Jose (Toluco) Lopez, number seven, German Ohm, number nine and Fili Nava, number ten.
Moreno began 1957 by invading the United States for the first time. On January 29 in El Paso he knocked out Jessie Mongia in two rounds; on February 12th in Hollywood he kayoed Tommy Bain in three rounds; and, on April 1st in San Francisco he kayoed Gaetano Annaloro in five rounds. By now he had outgrown the bantamweight class and was the ninth ranked featherweight in the world and possessed an imposing record of 29-2-0, with 28 kayos - the last 10 in a row.
On May 28, 1957 a crowd of over 13,000 came to see the sensational 20 year old Moreno take on the rugged 23 year old Jose Luis Cotero of Los Angeles in Hollywood, California. Like Mike Tyson many years later, Moreno brought the element of suspense and appeal that a savage puncher brings into the ring. The air was full of electricity when Moreno entered the ring. Cotero entered the ring with a record of 32-11-5, with 11 kayos. He had never been stopped.
The fight was a thriller from the opening bell. The fans stood and cheered throughout the fight. Cotero a 10-7 underdog suffered a deep gash over his right eye and his chin was also cut. Shortly after the seventh round began the referee stopped the fight to examine Cotero's gashed eye and then reluctantly let the fight continue. A desperate Cotero fearing the fight was going to be halted drove Moreno into the ropes with a savage barrage of punches to the head. As Moreno tried to slide along the ropes to avoid the carnage being heaped upon him Cotero caught him flush on the jaw with a thunderous right hand. Moreno went down hard. Moreno was too weary to rise and remained on the canvas for the full count.
Moreno took a well deserved rest and returned to Los Angeles six months later to take on Ike Chestnut the second ranked featherweight in the world. Ike's record was 29-8-3, with 4 kayos. He had never been stopped. His record in California was an all winning one. He went to the post five times with five victories. His last victim was Jose Luis Cotero whom he outpointed in Hollywood just two months prior. Ricardo earned a number six ranking and a title shot at featherweight champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey when he stopped Chestnut in six rounds.
On April 1, 1958 21-year-old Ricaro (Pajarito) Moreno, Mexico's "Little Bird" met featherweight champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey before a crowd of over 20, 000 in Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California. The champion seemed determined for a quick victory and rushed Moreno at the opening bell. It was the kind of tactics Moreno favored. Moreno wasn't as polished a ring technician as the champion, but one thing he could do was punch, and a wild swinging brawl was just what he wanted. It didn't take Bassey long to realize he had chosen the wrong tactic. Several times in the round Moreno jolted him with vicious left hooks to the head and body, and late in the round a right hand had the champion skittering backward into the ropes. Bassey also suffered a slight cut over his left eye. Bassey came out more cautiously for the second round and started picking his spots. Realizing he was much faster and craftier than his challenger, Bassey opened up with everything in his repertoire. He repeatedly landed left jabs, straight rights, left hooks and right uppercuts on the onrushing Moreno. Moreno fought back stubbornly. Late in the round a right uppercut buckled his knees. Another uppercut knocked out his mouthpiece just before the end of the round. By the middle of the third round it was obvious that the end was near. Bassey was catching Moreno with deadly combinations and was battering him from one side of the ring to another. Finally a hard right hand caught the dazed Moreno square on the chin and dropped him on his back. Instinctively Moreno was struggling to rise when the referee finished the count with two seconds left in the round.
Later in the year after two knockout victories Moreno met future champion Davey Moore in Los Angeles and was knocked out in the very first round. For all intents and purposes the Moore fight finished Moreno as a serious contender. He fought on until 1967 with moderate success. He was able to knockout some reasonably good fighters from time to time, but every time he stepped up with the better fighters he was unceremoniously knocked out. Finally after suffering two consecutive knockout defeats in 1967, 30-year-old Ricardo (Pajarito) Moreno retired for good. His final ledger was 60-12-1, with 59 kayos. He himself was stopped nine times
Ricardo Moreno, also dubbed "Pajarito", fought between the years 1954-1967. He retired with a record of 60 wins (59 KOs! and 1 win by DQ4)- 12 losses and 1 Draw. He was KOd in 9 of his losses; the only decision losses he had were against Nacho Escalante, Meno Diez and Kid Irapuato, all of those fairly early in his career. He had a solitary bid for a world title--Featherweight--but was KOd in 3 by Hogan (Kid) Bassey. Many of his losses came at the tail-end of his career, prompting the question, why wasn't he given more shots at the title? Oh, well, boxing politics, then and now... Pajarito died at the age of 41 in 1978.
I AM CONFUSED NOW!! BOXREC ALSO SHOWS `1978` AS HIS DEATH DATE!! CAN SOMEBODY CLEAR THIS UP? THANK YOU!
Pajarito Moreno, died years ago!!Originally Posted by Barrabas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_MorenoOriginally Posted by kikibalt
México | Información Gral. | 25-06 | 14:19 hs.
Adiós, "Pajarito" Moreno
El ex boxeador falleció a los 71 años de edad en el estado de Durango, donde radicó en los últimos años de su vida con su familia.
Ricardo "Pajarito" Moreno, nacido el 7 de febrero de 1937 en Chalchiuites, fue peleador profesional desde los 17 años y fue figura de los encordados en la década de los 50 donde conquistó el campeonato.
Dueño de poderosa pegada, en su época enfrentó a rivales de la talla de Mike Cruz, Jorge Gabino, Baby Moe Mario, Aurelio Rivero y Américo Rivera, quien había vencido al mexiquense José "Toluca" López. Perdió el invicto ante Nacho Escalante.
Entre sus mejores triunfos está la pelea contra el cubano Oscar Suárez en sólo dos episodios, para colocarse entre los 10 primeros del mundo e incursionar en las arenas de los Estados Unidos para vencer a Jessie Mongia, Tommy Bain y Gaetano Annaloro.
Ricardo Moreno disputó el título mundial pluma a Hogan "Kid" Bassey en el Wrigley Field de Los Angeles, California, ante 20 mil espectadores el 1º de abril de 1958 y perdió por nocaut técnico en el tercer round.
Se retiró en 1967 dejando su récord profesional en 60 triunfos, con 59 nocauts, 12 derrotas y un empate.
Don't read Spanish.Originally Posted by Barrabas
yes, very sad!! it seems there is an error on his death date!!Originally Posted by tedsares
three decades go i sat in a san pedro, calif. bar with former featherweight champ and two time moreno conquerer raul rojas and we toasted the death of pajarito moreno..... were we premature??
i have heard nothing of him since.
strange thing is that years ago a friend of mine called from L.A. and told me that rojas had died. raul is still alive....so.....
hope to get this cleared up.
Well, it does seem that Moreno only recently passed away. I watched the Pacquiao-Diaz fight on a Mexican channel, and the announcing team were paying homage to the old pug.
Kelly's?Originally Posted by gregbeyer
I knew Pajarito very well. I first met him on a beach in Acapulco MX. in 1958. Seven years later in '65 we hooked up in San Francisco CA. In Newman's gym where I trained when I was (a not so good) amateur fighter.
I used to actually spar with him - thank God he never hit me with one of those left hooks! - he used me for speed drills & never tried to really crack me & to this day I am thankful for that because normally Ricardo NEVER went easy on his sparring partners. But he realised I was just a 16 year old kid & he liked me & didn't want to hurt me.
We became good pals because I was a Gringo that spoke Spanish in the Mexican idiom & he really didn't know anybody in SF. The last time I saw him was in '67 when he moved down to LA to fight out of there.
As to his death ... It was decades ago. I don't understand where this new obit originated. Great puncher. Great guy...
R.I.P. Pajarito. Por siempre te recuerdo.
This is truly odd. I must've come across at least two Mexican papers on-line that mentioned his passing.
According to IBRO boxing historian Roberto Valero of Mexico:
Hello Dan is good to hear from you. The correct date is June 24. The first one was a mistake in a newspaper.
Could you please clear up this confusion? I have him passing away on December 1, 1978. Now a report came out that he passed away on June 24, 2008.
According to IBRO boxing historian Roberto Valero of Mexico:Originally Posted by Barrabas
Hello Dan is good to hear from you. The correct date is June 24. The first one was a mistake in a newspaper.
Mexico City, June 25 .- Former Mexican boxer Ricardo "Pajarito" Moreno died at the age of 71 years in the state of Durango, where he settled in the last years of his life with his family.
“Pajarito” Moreno nació el 7 de febrero de 1937 en Chalchihuites, Zacatecas. "Pajarito" Moreno was born on February 7, 1937 in Chalchihuites, Zacatecas. Se convirtió en peleador profesional a los 17 años y fue figura de los encordados en la década de los 50 donde conquistó el campeonato It became a professional fighter at age 17 and was contained in the tying in the decade of the 50 which won the championship
Dueño de poderosa pegada, en su época enfrentó a rivales de la talla de Mike Cruz, Jorge Gabino, Baby Moe Mario, Aurelio Rivero y Américo Rivera, quien había vencido al mexiquense José “Toluca” López. Owner powerful stuck in his time faced rivals of the stature of Mike Cruz, Jorge Gabino, Moe Baby Mario, Rivero and americas Aurelio Rivera, who had defeated the Mexiquense Jose "Toluca" Lopez. Perdió lo invicto ante Nacho Escalante. He lost the undefeated before Nacho Escalante.
Entre sus mejores triunfos está la pelea contra el cubano Oscar Suárez en sólo dos episodios, para colocarse entre los 10 primeros del mundo e incursionar en las arenas de los Estados Unidos para vencer a Jessie Mongia, Tommy Bain y Gaetano Annaloro. Among his triumphs was the best fight against the Cuban Oscar Suarez in just two episodes, for placed among the top 10 in the world and entering into the sands of the United States to beat Jessie Mongia, Tommy Bain and Gaetano Annaloro.
Ricardo Moreno disputó el título mundial pluma a Hogan “Kid” Bassey en el Wrigley Field de Los Angeles, California, ante 20 mil espectadores el 1 de abril de 1958 y perdió por nocaut técnico en el tercer round. Ricardo Moreno played the world title to pen Hogan "Kid" Bassey at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, California, before 20 thousand spectators on April 1, 1958 and lost by technical nocaut in the third round.
Se retiró en 1967 dejando su récord profesional en 60 triunfos, con 59 nocauts, 12 derrotas y un empate. He retired in 1967 leaving his professional record to 60 wins, with 59 nocauts, 12 defeats and one draw.
25-Junio-2008 02:26 25-June-2008 02:26
Boxrec has now changed Pajarito's death date to June 2008. Just thought you might like to know.
I'm blown away by this. For 30 years I thought he was dead. What I had heard was that he was driving a cab in Mexico City & died of alcoholism. Which if you knew Ricardo it was by no means hard to believe.
Speaking of being blown away, I'm just astounded that you knew this guy personally. What a privilege it is for a regular fight fan such as myself to soak up first-hand knowledge from guys like you on this board!
I learn something new about boxing on this board at LEAST once a week. Even though I've been involved with boxing for 51 years, on this board, if you keep your mind open, you can learn a lotta things...
The fact that I knew Ricardo was pure happenstance. But I am glad it happened & the first time I ever got drunk - I was 16 & in training - was because "El Pajarito" made sure I did ... & I guess if I wanted to I could blame the rest of my desolute life on Mr. Moreno.
But nah ... Got's nobody to blame except myself.
He was a good guy, Gancho.
Great fighter, great puncher and a brave heart all the way.
One of my favorites.
R.I.P. great warrior.
Thank you very much for letting me know!!Originally Posted by GanchoIzquierdo
Ricardo "Pajarito" Moreno
The guy who posted that video on Youtube is Moreno's grandson.