Rodrigo Valdéz

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Rodrigo Valdéz
Statistics
Real nameRodrigo Valdéz
Nickname(s)Rocky
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
NationalityColombia Colombian
Born(1946-12-22) 22 December 1946 (age 66)
Cartagena, Colombia
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights73
Wins68
Wins by KO42
Losses8
Draws3
No contests0
 
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Rodrigo Valdéz
Statistics
Real nameRodrigo Valdéz
Nickname(s)Rocky
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
NationalityColombia Colombian
Born(1946-12-22) 22 December 1946 (age 66)
Cartagena, Colombia
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights73
Wins68
Wins by KO42
Losses8
Draws3
No contests0

Rodrigo Valdéz (born December 22, 1946) is a former boxer from Colombia who was a two-time world middleweight champion and former undisputed middleweight champion of the world whose rivalry with Carlos Monzón has long been considered among the most legendary boxing rivalries. Valdez was trained by International Boxing Hall of Fame coach Gil Clancy. Many people consider him, Antonio Cervantes and Miguel "Happy" Lora to be the three greatest boxers ever to come from that country. He is 29th on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Professional career[edit]

Born in Bolívar, Colombia, Rodrigo Valdéz began his professional boxing career with a win over Orlando Pineda in a four-round decision on October 25, 1963, at Cartagena. He won his next eight bouts, but on October 2, 1965, he lost his undefeated record, beaten by knockout in six by Rudy Escobar.

After that defeat, he went on another undefeated streak of fifteen fights, of which he won thirteen and tied two. However, on his first fight abroad, February 16, 1969, in Ecuador, he lost a ten-round decision to Daniel Guanin. After one more fight in Cartagena, he moved to the United States. Trying to gain more recognition, he campaigned, from 1969 to 1970, in the states of New York, Nevada and California, winning seven fights and losing two. Then, he returned to South America for four more fights in his homeland, winning all.

Hepatitis[edit]

In his next match, held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, with Bobby Cassidy on August 9, 1971, Valdez won by knockout in round six, because the fight doctor deemed Cassidy not fit to continue from a cut around his eye which had been ruled as produced by a Valdez punch. At the time, nobody knew that Cassidy had hepatitis A. As a consequence of this, Valdez also became affected by the disease. Given a quarantine, he refused to quit boxing periodically and continued training during his time of illness. Separated from most of the world, he was fit enough to win two more fights within three months of his initial diagnosis of hepatitis.

Valdez had nineteen wins in a row when he met Philadelphia legend Bennie Briscoe for the NABF middleweight title, in Nouméa, New Caledonia, on September 1, 1973, beating Briscoe in a 12-round decision to capture the regional championship and becoming a world-ranked middleweight contender. After this win, Valdez claimed for a world title shot at Monzon.

World title[edit]

He won two more fights, and the WBC made him its number one contender at Monzon's title. But Monzon did not feel like fighting the Colombian at that moment, so the WBC stripped Monzon of the world title (Monzon retained the WBA title) and made Valdez and Briscoe rematch, this time with the WBC world middleweight title on the line. On May 25, 1974, at Monte Carlo, Valdez became a world champion for the first time, by knocking Briscoe out in seven rounds. Valdez subsequently retained his title against Rudy Valdez, Gratien Tonna and Max Cohen, until Monzon finally agreed to meet him.

One week before the long awaited match-up, on June 19, 1976, Valdez's brother was murdered during a barroom fight in Colombia. Already in Monte Carlo for the fight, Valdez wanted to pull out of it to join his family in mourning. But he was contractually bound to fight Monzon, so he had to stay in Europe, and on June 26, Valdez, who to many observers seemed rather uninterested, lost in the unification bout to Monzon in a 15-round unanimous decision. Valdez won two more fights after returning to Colombia.

The WBA and WBC, recognizing that Valdez probably wasn't in the best of moods to fight during his first confrontation with Monzon, ordered a second fight between the rivals, and so they fought again, on July 30, 1977, once again at Monte Carlo. This time around, Valdez knocked down Monzon in the second round, becoming only the second man to send the Argentine to the floor in Monzon's long career. Valdez was leading after seven rounds, but Monzon mounted a late rally that allowed him to keep the title by a close decision.

First retirement[edit]

Monzon announced his retirement from boxing afterwards, and so Valdez and Briscoe were matched once again, on November 5, 1977, for the vacant undisputed world Middleweight championship, in Campione d'Italia, which belonged back then not to Italy, but actually to Switzerland. Valdez recovered the world Middleweight championship, with a 15-round decision over Briscoe. This time around, however, he would lose his title on his first defense, on April 22, 1978, by points in 15 rounds to another Argentine, Hugo Corro, in San Remo, Italy.

On November 11 of that same year, they had a rematch, at Buenos Aires' Luna Park Stadium, and Corro repeated his 15-round victory to retain the world title.

Final retirement[edit]

Valdez fought only twice more, winning both fights by knockout. After beating Gilberto Amonte on November 28, 1980, in the first round, he retired from boxing for good.

Valdez had a record of 63 wins, eight losses and two draws as a professional boxer, with 42 wins by knockout.

Professional boxing record[edit]

63 Wins (42 knockouts), 8 Losses (1 knockouts), 2 Draws[1]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRound
Time
DateLocationNotes
Win63–8–2Dominican Republic Gilberto AlmonteKO1 (10)1980–11–28Colombia Coliseo El Campin, Bogotá
Win62–8–2United States Charles HaywardTKO7 (10)1980–05–14Colombia Coliseo El Campin, Bogotá
Loss61–8–2Argentina Hugo CorroUD151978–11–11Argentina Luna Park, Buenos AiresFor WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Win61–7–2United States Mayfield PenningtonTKO7 (10)1978–09–30Colombia Coliseo El Campin, Bogotá
Loss60–7–2Argentina Hugo CorroUD151978–04–22Italy Teatro Ariston,
Sanremo, Liguria
Lost WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Win60–6–2United States Bennie BriscoeUD151977–11–05Italy Campione d'Italia, LombardyWon vacant WBA and WBC
Middleweight titles.
Loss59–6–2Argentina Carlos MonzónUD151977–07–30Monaco Stade Louis II, FontvieilleFor WBA and WBC Middleweight titles.
Win59–5–2Puerto Rico Oreste LebronTKO5 (10)1977–03–19Colombia Coliseo Humberto Perea,
Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win58–5–2Costa Rica Ramon BerasKO7 (?)1976–10–24Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Loss57–5–2Argentina Carlos MonzónUD151976–06–26Monaco Stade Louis II, FontvieilleLost WBC Middleweight title.
Win57–4–2France Nessim Max CohenTKO4 (15)1976–03–28France Pavillon de Paris,
Paris, Île-de-France
Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win56–4–2United States Rudy RoblesUD151975–08–16Colombia Cartagena de Indias Bull Ring,
Cartagena, Bolívar
Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win55–4–2Argentina Ramón MendezTKO8 (15)1975–05–31Colombia Coliseo El Pueblo,
Cali, Valle del Cauca
Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win54–4–2France Gratien TonnaKO11 (15)1974–11–30France Palais des Expositions,
Paris, Île-de-France
Retained WBC Middleweight title.
Win53–4–2United States Vinnie CurtoUD101974–10–25United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Non-title fight.
Win52–4–2United States Cubby JacksonKO2 (10)1974–09–07Colombia Coliseo El Campin, BogotáNon-title fight.
Win51–4–2United States Bennie BriscoeTKO7 (15)1974–05–25Monaco Stade Louis II, FontvieilleWon vacant WBC Middleweight title.
Win50–4–2United States Ernie BurnsKO2 (?)1974–03–16Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win49–4–2Canada Joey DurelleKO2 (10)1973–12–14Colombia Coliseo El Campin, Bogotá
Win48–4–2United States Bennie BriscoePTS121973–09–01New Caledonia Nouméa, South ProvinceWon NABF Middleweight title.
Win47–4–2Argentina Antonio AguilarPTS101973–07–19Colombia Coliseo El Campin, Bogotá
Win46–4–2United States Leon WashingtonKO9 (10)1973–06–05Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win45–4–2United States Kim BookerTKO5 (10)
2:12
1973–04–16United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win44–4–2United States José RodríguezTKO5 (10)1973–03–05United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win43–4–2Trinidad and Tobago Carlos MarksPTS101972–12–18France Parc des Expositions,
Paris, Île-de-France
Win42–4–2England Lloyd DuncanUD101972–09–29United States Sunnyside Gardens,
New York City, New York
Win41–4–2United States Roy EdmondsKO2 (10)
1:11
1972–08–28United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win40–4–2Colombia Juan Evangelista CórdobaKO6 (?)1972–08–10Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win39–4–2Colombia Milton MendezKO2 (?)1972–04–02Colombia Valledupar, Cesar
Win38–4–2United States Doc HollidayKO4 (10)
2:38
1971–11–25United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win37–4–2United States Perry AbneyTKO1 (10)
2:59
1971–10–19United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win36–4–2United States Bobby CassidyTKO7 (10)
0:44
1971–08–09United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win35–4–2Brazil Edmundo LeiteTKO4 (10)1971–06–28United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win34–4–2Peru Marcos TordoyaKO4 (10)1971–05–14Colombia Coliseo Humberto Perea,
Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win33–4–2 Arturo LandsKO5 (?)1971–03–26Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win32–4–2Dominican Republic Juan JimenezKO2 (10)1971–01–24Colombia Estadio 11 de Noviembre,
Cartagena, Bolívar
Win31–4–2Colombia Juan Evangelista CórdobaTKO9 (?)1970–07–24Colombia Atanasio Girardot Coliseum,
Medellín, Antioquia
Loss30–4–2United States Ralph PalladinSD101970–05–11United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win30–3–2United States Cassius GreenePTS101970–05–01United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Loss29–3–2United States Pete ToroMD101970–03–02United States Madison Square Garden,
New York City, New York
Win29–2–2United States Dave OropezaKO1 (10)
1:29
1970–02–14United States The Forum,
Inglewood, California
Win28–2–2United States Denny StilettoTKO1 (10)1969–12–10United States Silver Slipper,
Paradise, Nevada
Win27–2–2Mexico Raul RodríguezTKO9 (10)1969–10–17United States The Forum,
Inglewood, California
Win26–2–2Puerto Rico David MelendezTKO5 (10)1969–09–17United States Felt Forum,
New York City, New York
Win25–2–2United States Mike DeFeoKO1 (10)1969–09–03United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win24–2–2Ghana Peter CobblahUD101969–08–06United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win23–2–2Colombia Linfer ContrerasKO2 (?)1969–06–04Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Loss22–2–2Ecuador Daniel GuaninPTS101969–02–16Ecuador Quito, Pichincha
Win22–1–2Panama Humberto TrottmanPTS101968–08–06Colombia Bogotá
Win21–1–2Colombia Cartagenita KidKO7 (?)1968–04–15Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Draw20–1–2Colombia German GastelbondoPTS101968–01–21Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win20–1–1 Richard MoralesKO2 (?)1967–12–03Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win19–1–1Panama Humberto TrottmanPTS101967–10–01Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win18–1–1Colombia Alfonso FrancoPTS101967–08–29Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win17–1–1 Baby MendezKO3 (?)1967–08–12Colombia El Carmen
Win16–1–1 Kid RevolledoPTS101967–06–10Colombia Sincelejo, Sucre
Draw15–1–1Colombia Mario RossitoPTS101967–04–02Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win15–1Ecuador Eugenio EspinozaPTS101967–03–05Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win14–1Peru Julio NovellaKO2 (10)1967–01–23Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win13–1Colombia Alfonso FrancoKO7 (10)1966–11–04Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win12–1Colombia Elias LianPTS101966–07–29Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win11–1 Lucero AcaryKO2 (?)1966–06–29Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win10–1Chile Roberto UlloaPTS101966–06–24Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win9–1Colombia Rafael LunaUD101966–03–03Colombia Estadio 11 de Noviembre,
Cartagena, Bolívar
Loss8–1Colombia Juan EscobarTKO6 (8)1965–10–02Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win8–0 Elias HidalgoKO6 (?)1964–07–09Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win7–0Mexico Manuel Jack HernandezPTS101964–09–12Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win6–0Colombia Fernando AlvarezKO8 (?)1964–05–15Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win5–0Colombia Alejandro ParraPTS81964–02–28Colombia Barranquilla, Atlántico
Win4–0 Humberto HurtadoPTS61964–02–06Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win3–0Colombia Alejandro ParraKO5 (?)1964–01–15Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win2–0Colombia Eliecer de AvilaKO4 (?)1963–11–06Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar
Win1–0Colombia Orlando PinedaPTS41963–10–25Colombia Cartagena, Bolívar

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Carlos Monzon
WBC Middleweight Champion
May 25, 1974 – Jun 26, 1976
Succeeded by
Carlos Monzon
The Ring Middleweight Champion
November 5, 1977 - April 22, 1978
Succeeded by
Hugo Pastor Corro
WBC Middleweight Champion
November 5, 1977 - April 22, 1978
WBA Middleweight Champion
November 5, 1977 - April 22, 1978
World Middleweight Champion
November 5, 1977 - April 22, 1978