In days past days, Eddy reynoso, coach of Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, spoke about the achievements he has had Canelo at 30 years of age and assured that no other among Mexican fighters in history had had more achievements at that age.
But is this true?
Reviewing the history of the Mexican champion fighters, there are at least three can make think a little Eddy reynoso. And, also to those who made a chorus of those assertions without verifying them.
1. Salvador Sánchez
It is imperative to mention Salvador Sanchez, who as we all know, died in a car accident at the age of 23, but previously left an extraordinary record on his record.
At his young age, Sanchez defeated by knockout on two occasions Danny “Coloradito” López. Lopez he was a world champion, a big favorite in his first meeting, and then he was inducted into the exclusive Canastota, New York Hall of Fame. The day that Sanchez was crowned for the first time against Coloradito, and with it he won his first Hall of Fame, he had a week of having turned 21 years old.
Further, Sanchez defeated the Puerto Rican Juan Laporte, who was also a world champion. Though Laporte He’s not in the Hall of Fame, he was well known for his fierce style and steel jaw. This man faced great punchers in his career like Wilfredo Gomez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Azumah nelson and almost at the end of his career until a young man Kostya tszyu. None of them were able to knock him out, and worse, not even send him to the canvas.
The great classic of Salvador Sanchez, it was his victory by knockout of Wilfredo Gomez, another boxing prodigy who is considered the best 122 pounds in history. And also, for many, Gomez he is the best Puerto Rican boxer in history. Also member of the Hall of Fame. The day that Sanchez beat Gomez, was 22 years and six months.
Also by knockout, in his last fight, 22 days before the fatal accident, he defeated another Hall of Fame, and considered the best African boxer of all time, Azumah nelson.
That is, at age 23, and at the time of his death, Salvador Sanchez already had four wins over three future Hall of Famers (two over Lopez, an envelope Gomez and another about Nelson). And all four wins were by knockout.
2. Baby Arizmendi
Although many people do not know Alberto “Baby” Arizmendi, because he fought from the late 20s to the early 40s, he is one of the best Mexican fighters that history has given. On the biographical data of Arizmendi there are questions. BoxRec refers to him as born in 1913 in Tampico, Tamaulipas; his Hall of Fame record reports him, as born in 1914 in Torreón, Mexico.
What is known is that Arizmendi is, together with the Puerto Rican Carlos Ortiz, the Latin American boxers with the most wins over Hall of Famers, with five. The most impressive victories for Baby arizmendi, were the ones he obtained before Henry Armstrong. He defeated him twice, and Armstrong it is a Top 5 on any list of the best Libra for Pounds in history.
The other Halls of Fame he defeated Arizmendi, were Newsboy Brown, Fidel LaBarba, Freddie miller already Chalky Wright, twice. That is, in total there were seven victories over five fighters who are now members of the Hall of Fame.
And he did all of this long before he turned 30. His first win against a Hall of Fame, as Fidel LaBarbaHe got it at 18 years and nine months. In the end, the seven victories that Baby arizmendi He reached over five Hall of Famers, got them at 24 years and six months. This, if we take as a reference his oldest date of birth in 1913.
3. Julio César Chávez
Among the great Mexican fighters we cannot forget, of course, the great Julio Cesar Chavez. At 30, he had already defeated Roger mayweather twice (champion), Rocky lockridge (champion), Juan Laporte (champion), Edwin “Chapo” Rosario (champion and Hall of Fame), Rafael Limon (champion), Jose Luis Ramirez (champion), Sammy Fuentes (champion), Meldrick taylor (champion), Héctor “Macho” Camacho (champion and Hall of Fame) already Greg haugen (champion) and with whom he managed to set the record for the most attendance in an event with 132,247 people.
When he beat his first Hall of Famer, Julio Cesar Chavez I was 25 years and 4 months old. That day he beat a Edwin “Chapo” Rosario, reigning lightweight champion for the AMB, and with 24 years.
We can add that in his 30 years, Julio Cesar Chavez he had already conquered three divisions undefeated. At that same age he had an impeccable record of (86-0, 71 KOs).
As you can see, here are three examples that could look much more incredible at 30 years of age or younger. But as it says Ruben Blades, “Everything is according to the color, of the glass you look at.”
*The author, DAMIÁN FERRER, is The Boxing Philosopher, and you can follow him on his Facebook page.