Víctor Galíndez

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Víctor Galíndez
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Real nameVíctor Emilio Galíndez
Nickname(s)El Leopardo de Morón
Rated atLight heavyweight
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
NationalityArgentina Argentina
Born(1948-11-02)November 2, 1948
Vedia, Buenos Aires
DiedOctober 25, 1980(1980-10-25) (aged 31)
25 de Mayo, Buenos Aires Province
Boxing record
Wins52
Wins by KO34
Losses9
Draws4
 
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Víctor Galíndez
Statistics
Real nameVíctor Emilio Galíndez
Nickname(s)El Leopardo de Morón
Rated atLight heavyweight
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
NationalityArgentina Argentina
Born(1948-11-02)November 2, 1948
Vedia, Buenos Aires
DiedOctober 25, 1980(1980-10-25) (aged 31)
25 de Mayo, Buenos Aires Province
Boxing record
Wins52
Wins by KO34
Losses9
Draws4

Víctor Emilio Galíndez (born November 2, 1948 in Vedia — died October 25, 1980 in Veinticinco de Mayo, Buenos Aires) was an Argentine boxer who was the third Latin American to win the world Light Heavyweight championship, after Puerto Rico's José Torres and Venezuela's Vicente Rondon.

Galíndez was born in Vedia in the Leandro N. Alem Partido of the Buenos Aires Province in Argentina. He aspired to become both a boxer and a stock car pilot since an early age, but he was more interested in boxing. As an amateur, he compiled a winning record and participated in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he lost in a preliminary round bout. A year earlier he claimed the silver medal at the 1967 Pan American Games.

Galíndez then turned professional, and on May 10 of 1969, he debuted as a paid fighter with a win over Ramon Ruiz by a knockout in four at Buenos Aires. After one more win, he faced Adolfo Cejas in Azul, Argentina, in a fight which resulted in a ten round draw.

In 1970, Galíndez had 10 fights, a span during which he went 5-3-1, with one no contest. He suffered his first loss, at the hands of Juan Aguilar, by a decision in ten, and had a second and third fight with Aguilar, of which the second ended in a first round no contest, and the second in another Aguilar decision win. He began his five fight rivalry with Jorge Ahumada knocking Ahumada out in five rounds, and lost the Argentine Light Heavyweight title with a twelve round decision defeat against Avenamar Peralta.

He and Peralta had an immediate, non-title rematch in 1971, and Galíndez won by a ten round decision. 1971 was a year of rematches for Galíndez, the only new boxer he met that year being Pedro Rimovsky, and he too, had a rematch with Galíndez before that year was over. He lost to Ahumada in the second of the five fights between them, by a decision in Mendoza, Argentina, then beat him in fight three by a knockout in nine, and in fight four by a knockout in six, both the third and fourth fight being held in Buenos Aires. He and Rimovsky had a first round no contest in their first bout, and drew over the ten round distance in the rematch, and then Galíndez had two more fights with Peralta, losing by a knockout in nine and a decision in 10.

In 1973, Galíndez had eight fights, winning seven and drawing one. He was finally able to obtain Argentina's Light Heavyweight title, by beating Aguilar by a decision in twelve. He beat Aguilar once again, by a knockout in six, and he also beat Eddie Owens, Eddie Duncan and Raul Loyola, the latter being beaten twice, one time defending his Argentine title.

He began 1974 with a step up in class, meeting former world title challenger Ray Anderson, beating him by a knockout in two. After six more consecutive wins, he was given his first shot at a world title, facing Len Hutchins for the WBA's vacant world Light Heavyweight championship. Galíndez then joined Torres and Rondon as the only Hispanic Light Heavyweight world champions in history, and Carlos Monzón as the only Argentine world champions of that era, with a TKO of Hutchins in the thirteenth round to become the WBA's world Light Heavyweight champion.

Ironically, Galíndez, who never fought outside Argentina before becoming a world champion, became a traveling fighter after that. After he beat Johnny Griffin in Buenos Aires by knockout in six in a non title bout, it was off to South Africa, for his first international fight, which was, at the same time, his first world title defense. He beat Pierre Fourie there by a decision. Next was Las Vegas, for his first fight in the United States, another non title affair. He knocked out Ray Elson in eight there. Next stop was the Madison Square Garden in New York, where he and arch-rival Ahumada met for a fifth time, this time with the world title on the line. After beating Ahumada by a decision in 15, Galíndez returned to South Africa, where he once again beat Fourie by decision in 15.

1976 saw a trip to Norway, where he beat Harald Skog by a knockout in three to retain the title, and to Denmark, where he beat Jesse Burnett by a decision in ten in a non tite affair. Then came a third trip to South Africa, where he knocked out challenger Richie Kates in the 15th and last round, and, after a fight with Billy Douglas in Buenos Aires, (a win by decision in ten) he found himself in South Africa once again, where he beat Kosie Smith by a decision in fifteen to once again, retain the title.

After beginning 1977 by beating Guillermo Aquirrezabala by a knockout in four in Mendoza, he and Kates had a rematch in Rome, Italy, where Galíndez once again beat Kates by decision over 15. Next, the Argentine champion and challenger Álvaro Yaqui López faced Galíndez in a 15 round title bout, once again in Italy, and Galíndez retained the title by a decision in Rome. Galíndez' last fight of '77 took him to Italy for a third time, and he beat future world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (then Eddie Gregory) by a decision in fifteen.

In 1978, Galíndez went to Italy again, retaining the title with a fifteen round decision in a rematch with Lopez, and then he made a series of non title bouts in Argentina before he went on the road again, this time losing his title to Mike Rossman by a knockout in 13, in the same undercard where Muhammad Ali recovered the world Heavyweight title for the third time by beating Leon Spinks at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

After his first fight in 1979, beating Roberto Aguilar by a knockout in six back home, he and Rossman were supposed to have a rematch in February of that year, but Galíndez refused to fight, arguing that the judges selected for the rematch would probably favor Rossman. However, the rematch did come off later that year, and Galíndez recovered the world championship, once again in New Orleans, knocking Rossman out in 10 rounds. This time, however, he wouldn't last long as king of the Light Heavyweights, and he lost the title in his first defense, by a knockout in 11 to Marvin Johnson, a boxer who would later join Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Carlos De León among others as one of the few boxers to be world champions three times in the same category. The fight with Johnson also took place in New Orleans.

After losing a rematch with Burnett in 1980 by a decision in twelve in Anaheim, California, Galíndez was forced to retire because of two operations to repair his detached retinas, and then he tried to pursue his other dream of becoming a stock-car race pilot. On October 25 of that year, he participated in what would be his first and last Turismo Carretera race. After going to the pit for repairs, Galíndez was struck by a car that lost control and killed instantly while in the waiting area.

He had a boxing record of 52 wins, 9 losses and 4 draws with 2 no contests, and 34 wins by knockout.

In 2002, Galíndez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.

Professional boxing record

55 Wins (34 knockouts, 21 decisions), 9 Losses (3 knockouts, 6 decisions), 4 Draws, 2 No Contests [1]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss19-12-2United States Jesse BurnettUD1214/06/1980California Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California, United StatesWBC World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. 111-115, 111-116, 112-115.
Loss23-3United States Marvin JohnsonKO1130/11/1979Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesWBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Johnson knocked out at 0:20 of the 11th round.
Win36-4-3United States Mike RossmanRTD914/04/1979Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesWBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Rossman retired at 3:00 of the ninth round.
Win9-8-3Argentina Roberto Gustavo AguilarRTD809/03/1979Tucumán Province San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Loss34-4-3United States Mike RossmanTKO1315/09/1978Louisiana Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win5-8Argentina Marcos Antonio TostoKO619/08/1978La Pampa Province General Pico, Argentina
Win1-0Brazil Waldemar De OliveiraKO908/07/1978Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win6-13-6Argentina Juan Antonio MusladinoKO916/06/1978Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win42-6Mexico Yaqui LopezUD1506/05/1978Italy La Bussola Teatro Tenda, Viareggio, ItalyWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win7-5-2Argentina Ramon Reinaldo CerrezuelaPTS1008/04/1978Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win22-2-1United States Eddie Mustafa MuhammadUD1520/11/1977Italy Palazzo dello Sport di Parco Ruffini, Torino, ItalyWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win38-5Mexico Yaqui LopezUD1517/09/1977Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, ItalyWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win33-2United States Richie KatesUD1518/06/1977Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, ItalyWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win15-7-5Argentina Guillermo AguirrezabalaKO406/04/1977Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win27-15-1South Africa Kosie SmithUD1505/10/1976South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWBA World Light Heavyweight Title. 104-91, 105-95, 105-92.
Win33-11-1United States Billy "Dynamite" DouglasPTS1021/08/1976Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win32-1United States Richie KatesKO1515/05/1976South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Kates knocked out at 2:59 of the 15th round.
Win10-2-1United States Jesse BurnettSD1008/04/1976Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, DenmarkWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win15-0-1Norway Harald SkogKO328/03/1976Norway Ekeberg Hall, Oslo, NorwayWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win49-4-1South Africa Pierre FourieSD1513/09/1975South Africa Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win41-6-2Argentina Jorge AhumadaUD1530/06/1975New York Madison Square Garden, New York City, United StatesWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win12-1United States "Communist" Ray ElsonTKO816/05/1975Nevada Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, South Africa
Win48-3-1South Africa Pierre FourieUD1507/04/1975South Africa Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win21-10United States Johnny GriffinKO615/02/1975Buenos Aires Province Balcarce, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Win22-1-1United States Len "Stinger" HutchinsTKO1307/12/1974Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWBA World Light Heavyweight Title.
Win0-5Uruguay Domingo SilveiraKO405/10/1974Entre Ríos Province Parana, Entre Rios, Argentina
Win25-11-1Puerto Rico Angel "Nip/Tuck" OquendoPTS1014/09/1974Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win0-4Uruguay Domingo SilveiraKO501/09/1974Argentina San Juan, La Rioja, Argentina
Win0-3Uruguay Domingo SilveiraKO412/07/1974Jujuy Province San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina
Win42-20-2Puerto Rico Jose "Monon" GonzalezPTS1008/06/1974Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win6-7-1Argentina Ruben Macario GonzalezKO305/04/1974Córdoba Province, Argentina Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina
Win35-10-2United States "Sugar" Ray AndersonKO216/02/1974Buenos Aires Province Balcarce, Buenos Aires Province, ArgentinaAnderson knocked out at 1:23 of the second round.
Win8-2-1United States Eddie "Big E" DuncanKO208/12/1973Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win7-6-1Argentina Raul Arturo LoyolaTKO810/11/1973Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win7-5-1Argentina Raul Arturo LoyolaPTS1207/09/1973Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win29-14-11Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarKO610/08/1973Tucumán Province San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Win34-16-2United States Karl ZurheideKO214/07/1973Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win34-18-3Argentina Eddie "Red Top" OwensKO312/05/1973Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win28-12-11Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1214/04/1973Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win6-4-1Argentina Ruben Macario GonzalezKO329/01/1973Salta Province Salta, Argentina
Draw27-12-10Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1015/12/1972Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win4-6Argentina Oscar WondrykKO710/11/1972Santa Fe Province Venado Tuerto, Argentina
Win66-8-4Argentina Avenamar PeraltaPTS1207/10/1972Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaSouth America Light Heavyweight Title.
Win66-7-4Argentina Avenamar PeraltaPTS1202/09/1972Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win24-8-2Argentina Adolfo Jorge CardozoTKO419/08/1972Santa Fe Province Rosario Teatro Real, Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win27-11-9Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1222/07/1972Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Win24-10-1United States Eddie "Bossman" JonesPTS1006/05/1972Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win9-8-1Argentina Carlos SantagadaTKO822/01/1972Buenos Aires Province Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Loss60-7-4Argentina Avenamar PeraltaPTS1018/12/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win27-9-9Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1020/11/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win27-3Argentina Jorge AhumadaKO630/10/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss58-7-4Argentina Avenamar PeraltaTKO911/09/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win26-2Argentina Jorge AhumadaKO931/07/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw6-1-3Argentina Pedro RimovskyPTS1012/06/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss25-2Argentina Jorge AhumadaPTS1024/05/1971Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
No Contest6-1-2Argentina Pedro RimovskyNC107/04/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win57-4-4Argentina Avenamar PeraltaPTS1009/01/1971Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss56-4-4Argentina Avenamar PeraltaPTS1228/11/1970Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFAB Argentina Light Heavyweight Title.
Loss21-6-8Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1018/09/1970Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
No Contest21-6-8Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarNC114/08/1970Mendoza Province Mendoza, Argentina
Win22-1Argentina Jorge AhumadaKO522/07/1970Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw21-6-7Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1024/06/1970Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win2-2Argentina Alfredo SeguraKO320/05/1970Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win--Argentina Ramon Reinaldo CerrezuelaTKO909/05/1970Buenos Aires Province Lujan, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Loss20-5-7Argentina Juan "Mendoza" AguilarPTS1008/04/1970Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win7-19-4Argentina Ramon RochaKO913/03/1970Santa Fe Province Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win18-1Argentina Adolfo Jorge CardozoKO517/01/1970Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw9-0-1Argentina Adolfo CejasPTS1016/08/1969Buenos Aires Province Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Win0-2Ruperto RobledoKO328/06/1969Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win0-0-1Argentina Ramon RuizKO410/05/1969Argentina Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Preceded by
Bob Foster
Retires
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
7 Dec 1974–15 Sep 1978
Succeeded by
Mike Rossman
Preceded by
Mike Rossman
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
14 Apr 1979–30 Nov 1979
Succeeded by
Marvin Johnson