Pascual Pérez, the Olympic gold medal and the world championship that moved Argentina


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After difficult times, Pascual Pérez He established himself as the champion that the Argentine people needed, first with an Olympic medal, then as a world champion.

Perez he succeeded with success, skill and absolute dedication, to the surprise of many, that his compatriots are excited about boxing again.

In the early 1920s, Luis Angel Firpo He gave his loved ones the sweet honeys of success, but left them wanting. In 1923, he came close to defeating Jack dempsey for the world heavyweight title, but failed to crown the job.

Anyway, the legacy of Firpo It allowed, among other things, that boxing was legal in Argentina. Without his performance before Jack dempsey, the story would be different. Firpo unleashed a fury for boxing in Argentina.

Luis Angel Firpo, father of Argentine boxing.

Pascual Pérez, the little one who became champion

Pascual Nicolás Pérez He was born in Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina, on the cold morning of May 4, 1926. He was the youngest of nine siblings, in a family of grape pickers.

Since I was little, Pascual Pérez He helped his family with the family task, until he moved to the town of Las Heras. That transfer was another key point in his life.

Near Rodeo de La Cruz, Perez began to frequent a gym in that area. First, out of curiosity. Time later, by vocation and pleasure.

Before the refusal of his parents, Pascualito insisted and appealed for the protection of an uncle who had been a boxer, named Juan Perez.

His physique could generate prejudices, which vanished when the action began. At just over a meter and a half, along with about 45 or 46 kilograms, he hit like a heavyweight.

Perhaps, due to those qualities, it is that many baptized it as “The Little Bull of La Pampa“, For his bravery, which made him resemble Luis Firpo.

Pascual Pérez, cover of El Gráfico in 1948 after his Olympic medal
Pascual Pérez, cover of El Gráfico in 1948 after his Olympic medal

Pascual Pérez and the gold medal in London 48

Only one Argentine boxer managed to win a world title and a first-place Olympic medal, and that is Pascual Pérez

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At 22 years old, Paschal he worked as a clerk in the Chamber of Deputies, while combining his duties with boxing. He earned the right to represent Argentina at the London 48 Olympics.

The glory days of Argentine Olympic boxing were in full swing. In 1923, Luis Angel Firpo showed that an Argentine could step on the top boxing stages, and his compatriots followed suit.

Between the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and the 1932 in Los Angeles, Argentine boxers collected 11 Olympic medals: four gold, five silver, and two bronze.

When Pascual Pérez He undertook the Olympic dream, Argentine boxing was on solid ground. However, his adventure was not without controversy. And is that Paschal he was disqualified before even holding his first fight at London 48 for exceeding the flyweight limit.

To the surprise of Perez, the supervisors realized the mistake: they were confusing Paschal with his partner Arnoldo Parés, who was fighting at bantamweight.

In the final, for the gold medal, Paschal defeated the Italian Spartaco Bandinelli, to be crowned Olympic champion. On a historic day, that same day, another Argentine, Rafael Iglesias placeholder image he also won a gold medal in the heavy category.

As expected, the legendary Argentine magazine The graphic he dedicated the cover to Pascual Pérez, and a beautiful report on the feat of Paschal and of Churches for Argentina.

The Graphic narrates the feat of Perez and Iglesias for Argentina
The Graphic narrates the feat of Perez and Iglesias for Argentina
Pascual Pérez poses next to his Olympic trophy.

Pascualito, barely 1.50 tall, he always gave less than 49 kilograms, in times when flyweight was the lowest category, with a minimum limit of 50 kilos with 802 grams.

In addition, the one from Tupungato reigned when there was only one entity in the boxing regiment, so many place this Mendoza as the best Argentine boxer in history.

After Olympic glory, Pascual ventured into professionalism, where he was crowned fly world champion on November 26, 1954. As he did in London, Paschal won as a visitor. He traveled to Japan to beat Yoshio shirai by unanimous decision at the end of 15 arduous rounds. Previously, Shirai Y Perez they had tied at Luna Park in Buenos Aires.

He defended the title nine times before losing it in 1960. Big little puncher, Pascual Pérez amassed a 62 percent knockout percentage.

Until today, the record set by Pascual Nicolás Pérez, from winning Olympic gold in amateurism and being a world champion as a professional, he remains unbeatable. He could only get close Pablo Chacon, who clinched bronze at Atlanta 1996, and was later crowned WBO featherweight world champion in 2001.

Pérez was awarded by the rulers of Argentina

Like the vast majority of Argentine popular idols, Pascual Pérez He was received by the government authorities of the time, when he achieved Olympic success.

By 1948, Juan Domingo Peron presided over Argentina and it was he, precisely, who led the welcoming ceremony to boast Perez.

After complying with the regulatory stopover in Uruguay, the Air Force plane landed and an incalculable crowd pounced on the vehicle. Everything, with the intention of greeting the champion.

The first to hug Pascualito, logically, it was the General Perón. Followed him, other authorities and, last but not least, his fans.

With the trophy in hand, the little giant went with custody to the headquarters of the Argentine Sports Confederation, where he was also honored.


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