The story of Rubén “Púas” Olivares, one of Mexico’s idolized boxers, began with his boxing debut 57 years ago in the city of Cuernavaca. There he released the first blows that over the years led him to become one of the most remembered bantamweights in history.
He was left with the desire to go to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 64, but he made himself known in the Golden Gloves tournament, which he won even with a broken jaw. His name was already beginning to sound.
So, about to turn 18, Ruben “Spikes ”Olivares made his debut as a professional boxer on January 4, 1965 against Isidro Sotelo. He was an opponent before whom he showed the power of fists that would take him to the top of boxing.
Barely one round lasted his debut, as he knocked out Sotelo on that day 57 years ago, the first of 24 opponents he beat before the limit in a brilliant career start.
His undefeated step was lengthened and he added 62 fights without losing defeat. One of those triumphs was on August 22, 1969, when he knocked out in five rounds to Lionel rose at the Inglewood Forum to be proclaimed bantamweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Association (WBA).
The idol Rubén Olivares
He defended them before Alan rudkin, in December of that year, and with Chucho Castillo, in April 1970, the second who would be dealt the first defeat of his career by Spikes, in addition to snatching both titles six months later.
He recovered them in April 1971 to close the trilogy with his compatriot. He defended them two more times before being dethroned by his compatriot Rafael Herrera in the Bullfighting of Cuatro Caminos in the capital of the country.
Considered one of the greatest idols of Mexican boxing, he was also a featherweight champion of the WBA, a title he would lose with Alexis Argüello. He became world champion for the fourth time on June 20, 1975, when he beat Bobby chacon to snatch the feather scepter of the CMB.
This is how the brilliant career of the Mexican idol began 57 years ago, the one who spent thousands of dollars with friends and parties and now sells his world titles and memories of his professional time at the La Lagunilla tianguis, far from the spotlight, but always remembered as one of the best bantamweights in history.