Rodrigo Valdéz, Colombian boxer, Died at 70


Rodrigo Valdez was born on December 22, 1946, in Bolívar, Colombia, and died on March 14, 2017.

He was a boxer from Colombia.

Rodrigo was the Undisputed World Middleweight Champion, whose rivalry with Carlos Monzón has long been considered among the most legendary boxing rivalries.

He was trained by International Boxing Hall of Fame coach Gil Clancy.

Some 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.

He started his professional boxing career with a win over Orlando Pineda in a four-round decision on October 25, 1963, at Cartagena.

He fought only twice more, winning both fights by knockout.

When he had beaten Gilberto Amonte on November 28, 1980, in the first round, he retired from boxing for good.

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

Rodrigo Valdez passed away at 70 years old.