Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Presents: Boxing History, Carlos Monzón
Feb 19 2014 8:59 PM
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Carlos Monzon was born on August 7, 1942 in San Javier, Santa Fe, Argentina. He had his first professional bout on February 6, 1963. In 1966, he won the Argentine Middleweight title against Jorge Fernandez. In 1967, he won the South American Middleweight title also against Fernandez. Finally in 1970 he had a shot at WBA/WBC world middleweight title against former two division champion Nino Benvenuti; Monzón applied pressure from the start, and in the 12th, a right hand landed on Benvenuti's chin, Monzon became the champion via TKO. Monzón and Benvenuti met for a rematch in 1971, this time it took Carlos Monzón only 3 rounds to retain his belt. He then went on to defend his title against former three-time world champion Emile Griffith and he stopped Griffith in a 14 round TKO. Monzón successfully defended his title seven more times, including another fight against Emile Griffith in 1973, which he won this time via UD. Monzón's Middleweight Championship title was lifted in 1975 by the WBC for not defending it against mandatory challenger Rodrigo Valdéz. Valdéz, a Colombian, won the WBC's title, while Monzón kept the WBA's Championship. In 1976, they finally met, this time, world champion vs. world champion a week after Monzón's brother was shot to death, even in his low spirits Monzón won a 15 round unanimous decision unifying the world title once again. Carlos Monzón was offered a high purse to again fight the Colombian, Monzon vs. Valdes II took place July 30, 1977 in Monte Carlo, Monaco; this time Valdes came out roaring; in the second round, a right cross to the chin put Monzón down for the first and only time in his career. Valdéz built a lead through the first part of the fight. Monzón, however, mounted a brilliant comeback and out-boxed Valdéz for the last 8 rounds, he won a UD and retained the title and scored his 14th title defense. Carlos Monzón retired after this fight and his record stands at 87 wins, 58 by way of knockout, 3 losses, 9 draws and 1 no contest. His only losses were by points and early in his career. In 2003, he was named by the Ring Magazine as one of the 100 greatest punchers of all time. On the independent computer-based ranking of, he is listed as the second best middleweight boxer of all time after Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1989 he was accused of killing his third wife Alicia Muñiz, he allegedly beat Muñiz; followed her to the balcony of their second floor apartment and, presumably pushed her off. He was found guilty of homicide. He received an 11-year prison sentence. On January 1995, Monzón was given a weekend furlough while serving his term to visit his family and children. On January 8, 1995, when returning to jail after the weekend, he died instantly when his vehicle rolled over near Santa Rosa de Calchines, he was 52.
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