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Boxing: Death of former Colombian two-time world champion Rodrigo "Rocky" Valdez

SPORT

17-03-2017

Colombian boxer Rodrigo "Rocky" Valdez (or Valdés), [both spellings were used during his life as for the announcement of his death], two-time middleweight world champion died on Tuesday 14 March 2014 from diabetes and coronary artery complications at the age of 71 years in Cartagena de Indias , his hometown.

Rodrigo Valdez, born in Bolivar on February 22, 1947, had begun his career at 16 years in the coastal city of Cartagena. He made his debut in the US on a club show in Nevada. Eleven years later in 1974, he had become WBC World Champion of Ways. He had defended this title especially against Frenchman Gratien Tonna, during a fight in Paris won by Knockout (KO).

Rodrigo "Rocky" Valdez, winner of 63 of his 73 fights as a professional boxer (eight losses and two draws), including 42 by KO according to the WBC, died of "a stunning infarction complicated by diabetes," said his wife Ana Tijerino on a local radio on Wednesday morning.

In 1976, Rodrigo "Rocky" Valdez lost to legendary opponent Argentine Carlos Monzon, but he succeeded him the following year when the Argentinian had ended his career. Valdez fought against another legend, Bennie Briscoe, for the world Middleweight title and won by decision of the referee after the 15th round.  However he lost his title in 1978 defeated by Argentine, Hugo Corro, in San Remo, Italy and also lost the replay seven month later. After these two defeats, Rodrigo "Rocky" Valdez won two more fights and announce his retirement on November 28, 1980.

Family, friends and admirers are paying tribute to the former champion. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos paid tribute to him, who "by his courage in the ring brought glory and triumphs to the country". Au revoir champion! ", he tweeted, publishing a photo showing him next to" Rocky Valdez ".

stand up with sad news. “ champion Rodrigo Valdés died, an example of dignity and sports pundonor. RIP.
Mayor of Cartagena de Indias,
former sports journalist and social leader Manolo Duque Vásquez asked Cartagena and Colombia “to stand up with sad news. Rodrigo Valdés is an example of dignity and honour in sport.

 Rodrigo Valdez’s funeral will be held in Lorduy Funeral Home in Cartagena, bringing together.

 

 

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