Jorge Castro (boxer)

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Jorge Castro
Real nameJorge Fernando Castro
Nickname(s)Locomotora/El Roña
Weight(s) Middleweight
Super welterweight
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Nationality  Argentina
Born (1967-08-18) August 18, 1967 (age 51)
Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights144
Wins by KO90

Jorge Fernando "Locomotora" Castro (Spanish: locomotive), (born August 18, 1967) is an Argentine boxer and former middleweight champion of the world, who is best known for his second defense of the title against John David Jackson in 1994.


Early years

Castro, who in 1985 was set to become a professional boxer but suffered a bicycle accident that left him injured so badly that doctors told him he'd never be able to fight as a professional, recuperated from the accident and turned professional, defying the doctor's predictions, in 1987.

Professional career

In December 1991, at Palais Omnisports, Bercy, France, Castro lost to Terry Norris by a wide unanimous decision in a challenge for the WBC super welterweight title. It was reported that prior to the bout, Castro had done roadwork for the first time in his life.

In June 1992, at the Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida, United States, Castro lost a wide decision over ten rounds to future pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr..

Castro became a world champion in 1994 by defeating Reggie Johnson in Buenos Aires by split decision to win the vacant WBA middleweight title. After defeating Alex Ramos by a knockout in two rounds to retain the belt, he travelled to Monterrey, Mexico, to defend against the former undefeated holder of the WBA title John David Jackson in December 1994.

What began merely as an undercard world title fight in a pay-per-view program featuring Félix Trinidad vs Oba Carr and Julio César Chávez vs Tony Lopez, soon became a fight that is part of boxing's lore. Castro was trailing badly on all three scorecards, with one eye closed and the other one only halfway opened, bleeding and taking combination after combination against the ropes. Seemingly on the verge of being stopped, Castro landed a left hook to Jackson's chin and Jackson hit the floor. Jackson got up, but he suffered two more knockdowns and Castro completed what could be said that was one of the greatest turnarounds ever in a boxing fight, retaining the title by a knockout in the ninth round.

At the press conference after the fight, Castro called his winning punch La mano de Dios, (The hand of God), in reference to the Hand of God goal by Diego Maradona during a win by Argentine national team at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which, like the fight, had taken place in Mexico. Therefore, that moment became known as boxing's version of The hand of God. The fight, and its ending, were talked about for months on many boxing magazines and books.

Castro defended his title another two times, including a rematch win over Reggie Johnson, and then he lost the title to Shinji Takehara by a decision in twelve. He split two 10 round decisions with Roberto Durán, winning the first in Argentina, but losing the rematch in Panama, and then he gave Jackson a rematch, this time winning by a decision in ten.

Castro has lost two more world championship fights: on December 2000, he went to Germany and lost by a knockout in 10 to WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gómez, and on February 2002, he went to Phoenix and challenged IBF cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov, a Kazakhstan native who lives in Phoenix, losing by a decision in twelve. Despite his failures in these attempts to become a world champion again, he has not announced a retirement.

On June 18, 2005, Jorge Castro suffered a car accident in Buenos Aires, with a collapsed lung and some broken ribs. The accident and its consequences were similar to the one suffered by archrival Duran in Buenos Aires a few years before. Castro required hospitalization and emergency surgery, and was in stable condition after the surgery. He recuperated from his injuries.

On April 22, 2006, Castro fought Jose Luis Herrera, losing by a fourth round knockout. He had his "revenge" against the same opponent on January 27, 2007, when Castro won by technical K.O. in the second round.

Currently, he has a record of 130 wins, 11 losses and 3 draws, with 89 knockout wins, which ranks him among the most prolific knockout winners in boxing history according to the records of Ring Magazine.

Professional boxing record

130 Wins (90 knockouts, 40 decisions), 11 Losses (2 knockouts, 9 decisions) 3 Draws
Win130–11–3 Jose Luis HerreraTKO227 January 2007 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss129–11–3 Jose Luis HerreraTKO422 April 2006 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win129–10–3 Derrick Harmon TKO726 May 2005 Buenos Aires, ArgentinaRetainedWBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title/World Heavyweight Title Eliminator
Win128–10–3 Peter VenancioUD1028 January 2005 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, ArgentinaWon WBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title
Win127–10–3 Miguel AguirreUD1210 July 2004 Merlo, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaRetained South American Cruiserweight Title
Win126–10–3 Aaron Orlando SoriaRTD71 May 2004 Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win125–10–3 Arturo RiveraTKO221 February 2004 Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win124–10–3 Miguel AguirreDQ520 December 2003 Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWon South American Cruiserweight Title
Win123–10–3 Ecuador Livin CastilloKO425 October 2003 Argentina Corrientes, Argentina
Loss122–10–3 Sebastiaan RothmannUD1212 July 2003 Brakpan, Gauteng, South AfricaFor IBO World Cruiserweight Title
Loss122–9–3 Paul Briggs UD1013 April 2003 Carrara, Queensland, Australia
Win122–8–3 Miguel Angel RobledoKO913 December 2002 Argentina Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win121–8–3 United States Etianne WhitakerUD1015 November 2002 Cordoba, Argentina
Win120–8–3 Sergio Martin BeazRTD824 August 2002 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss119–8–3 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov UD121 February 2002 Phoenix, Arizona, United StatesFor IBF World Cruiserweight Title
Win119–7–3 Imamu Mayfield RTD920 October 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina IBF World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator
Win118–7–3 Peter VenancioKO825 August 2001 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win117–7–3 Peter VenancioUD107 April 2001 Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win116–7–3 Roberto CoelhoTKO610 February 2001 Argentina Necochea, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss115–7–3 Juan Carlos Gómez TKO1016 December 2000 Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyFor WBC World Cruiserweight Title
Win115–6–3 Fabian Alberto ChancalayKO728 October 2000 San Justo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win114–6–3 Marco Antonio DuarteTKO418 August 2000 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Win113–6–3 Bruno Ruben GodoyRTD58 July 2000 Neuquén, Argentina
Win112–6–3 Oscar Angel GomezKO713 May 2000 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win111–6–3 Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra UD1011 September 1999 Olavarría, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win110–6–3 Brazil Marco Antonio DuarteUD1023 July 1999 Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win109–6–3 Miguel Angel RobledoKO515 May 1999 Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw108–6–3 Miguel Angel RobledoPTS106 March 1999 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win108–6–2 Miguel Angel RobledoUD1010 October 1998 Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Win107–6–2 Sandro Abel VazquezKO45 September 1998 Santa Fe, Argentina Retained WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title
Win106–6–2 Armando GruesoKO225 April 1998 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win105–6–2 John David Jackson UD1020 February 1998 Argentina Cipoletti, Río Negro, ArgentinaRetained WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title
Win104–6–2 Rogério Lobo KO323 January 1998 San Bernardo, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWon WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title
Win103–6–2 Adolfo CaballeroKO129 November 1997 Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win102–6–2 Nicasio Moray MartinezTKO418 October 1997 Cipoletti, Río Negro, Argentina
Loss101–6–2 Roberto Durán UD1014 June 1997 Panama City, Panama
Win101–5–2 Roberto Durán UD1015 February 1997 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win100–5–2 Nicasio Moray MartinezKO46 July 1996 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win99–5–2 Sergio MedinaTKO112 April 1996 Cupecoy Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Loss98–5–2 Shinji Takehara UD1219 December 1995 Tokyo, JapanLost WBA World Middleweight Title
Win98–4–2 Reggie Johnson SD1213 October 1995 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, ArgentinaRetained WBA World Middleweight Title
Win97–4–2 Anthony Andrews TKO1227 May 1995 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United StatesRetained WBA World Middleweight Title
Win96–4–2 John David Jackson TKO910 December 1994 Monterrey, Nuevo León, MexicoRetained WBA World Middleweight Title 1994 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
Win95–4–2 United States Alex Ramos KO25 November 1994 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, ArgentinaRetained WBA World Middleweight Title
Win94–4–2 Reggie Johnson SD1212 August 1994 San Miguel, Tucumán, ArgentinaWon WBA World Middleweight Title
Win93–4–2 Royan HammondKO417 July 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win92–4–2 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla FrasqueriPTS108 July 1994 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win91–4–2 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla FrasqueriPTS1020 May 1994 Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina
Win90–4–2 Wilberforce KiggunduTKO714 May 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win89–4–2 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla FrasqueriPTS1011 April 1994 Orán, Salta, Argentina
Win88–4–2 Juan Italo MezaTKO411 March 1994 Rosario de la Frontera, Salta, Argentina
Win87–4–2 Francisco de Assis KO912 February 1994 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win86–4–2 Francisco de Assis TKO68 January 1994 Los Antiguos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win85–4–2 Brinatty MaquilonTKO710 December 1993 San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina
Win84–4–2 Jorge Alberto MorelloTKO51 October 1993 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win83–4–2 Hector Abel LescanoKO916 July 1993 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win82–4–2 Brinatty MaquilonPTS1026 June 1993 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win81–4–2 Jose Laercio Bezerra de LimaKO218 June 1993 Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
Win80–4–2 Lorenzo Luis GarciaPTS103 April 1993 Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win79–4–2 Abdenago JofreKO219 March 1993 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win78–4–2 Jacobo Garcia TKO522 February 1993 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win77–4–2 Juan Italo MezaPTS1012 February 1993 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win76–4–2 Hector Hugo VilteKO518 December 1992 Salta, Argentina
Win75–4–2 Lorenzo Luis GarciaPTS105 December 1992 La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win74–4–2 Hector Abel LescanoPTS1020 November 1992 Bella Vista, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win73–4–2 Sergio Eduardo RonconiKO312 November 1992 Pico Truncado, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win72–4–2 Sandro Abel VazquezTKO519 September 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win71–4–2 Danny VargasKO114 August 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss70–4–2 Roy Jones Jr. UD1030 June 1992 Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win70–3–2 Eduardo Domingo ContrerasKO813 June 1992 Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win69–3–2 Anibal MirandaPTS109 May 1992 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win68–3–2 Ernesto Rafael SenaKO611 April 1992 Buenos Aires, ArgentinaRetained Argentina Light Middleweight Title
Loss67–3–2 Terry Norris UD1213 December 1991 Bercy, FranceFor WBC Light Middleweight Title
Win67–2–2 Joe HernandezTKO124 October 1991 Paris, France
Win66–2–2 Julio Abel GonzalezPTS1013 September 1991 Posadas, Misiones, Argentina
Win65–2–2 Edmundo Antonio DiazTKO56 September 1991 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win64–2–2 Juan Italo MezaPTS1017 August 1991 Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win63–2–2 Mario SanchezKO127 July 1991 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win62–2–2 Antonio MadureiraKO229 June 1991 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win61–2–2 Hernan Raul Perez RamosTKO67 June 1991 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, ArgentinaRetained South American Light Middleweight Title
Win60–2–2 Ikleff Ahmed HadjallaPTS84 May 1991 Paris, France
Win59–2–2 Mario Alberto Gaston ChavezTKO813 April 1991 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, ArgentinaRetained Argentina Light Middleweight Title
Win58–2–2 Miguel Angel ArroyoKO130 March 1991 Salta, ArgentinaRetained South American Light Middleweight Title
Win57–2–2 Judas ClotteySD87 March 1991 Madrid, Spain
Win56–2–2 Bruno Ruben GodoyTKO522 February 1991 Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
Win55–2–2 Sergio Eduardo RonconiTKO615 February 1991 Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
Win54–2–2 Ramon Rogue GarroTKO314 January 1991 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win53–2–2 Felipe Nino MolinarKO421 December 1990 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win52–2–2 Hugo Raul MarinangeliTKO1214 October 1990 Santa Rosa, Salta, ArgentinaWon South American Light Middleweight Title
Loss51–2–2 Hector Hugo ViltePTS105 October 1990 Salta, Argentina
Win51–1–2 Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla FrasqueriPTS1021 September 1990 Salta, Argentina
Win50–1–2 David Ellis VenegasKO17 September 1990 Salta, Argentina
Win49–1–2 Julio Abel GonzalezPTS1025 August 1990 San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Win48–1–2 Ricardo Hector SilvaKO322 June 1990 San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina
Win47–1–2 Pedro Ramon ChaveroKO215 June 1990 Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win46–1–2 Juan Italo MezaUD1024 May 1990 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win45–1–2 Jorge Argentino TejadaPTS104 April 1990 Chacabuco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win44–1–2 Hector Abel LescanoTKO63 March 1990 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win43–1–2 Cesar Roberto GuerreroKO68 February 1990 General Las Heras, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win42–1–2 Daniel Omar DominguezTKO223 December 1989 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win41–1–2 Miguel Angel ArroyoRTD92 December 1989 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win40–1–2 Juan Carlos OrtízKO917 November 1989 Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win39–1–2 Jose Maria Julian RaiesKO23 November 1989 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win38–1–2 Jake TorranceTKO527 July 1989 New York City, United States
Loss37–1–2 Lorenzo Luis GarciaPTS1010 June 1989 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win37–0–2 Jorge Alberto MorelloPTS1019 May 1989 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win36–0–2 Hugo Raul MarinangeliKO414 April 1989 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, ArgentinaWon Argentina Light Middleweight Title
Win35–0–2 Ernesto Rafael SenaPTS1020 March 1989 Mendoza, Argentina
Win34–0–2 Jorge Oscar MartinezKO410 March 1989 La Rioja, Argentina
Win33–0–2 Lorenzo Luis GarciaPTS1027 February 1989 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win32–0–2 Jose Eugenio TolozaTKO44 February 1989 Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba, Argentina
Win31–0–2 Roberto Osvaldo DiazKO123 January 1989 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win30–0–2 Mario Edgardo MatthysseTKO723 December 1988 Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win29–0–2 Juan Carlos OrtízTKO210 December 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win28–0–2 Jean-Pierre IniamaTKO422 November 1988 San Pellegrino, Abruzzo, Italy
Win27–0–2 Alphonso BaileyKO58 November 1988 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win26–0–2 Ramon Angel AlegreKO422 October 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win25–0–2 Ramon Gaspar AbeldanoKO18 October 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win24–0–2 Fernando Dos Santos ErnestoKO224 September 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win23–0–2 Antonio Rene JuarezPTS1010 September 1988 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win22–0–2 Ramon Gaspar AbeldanoUD1030 July 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win21–0–2 Robinson Rodrigo ZamoraKO217 July 1988 Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win20–0–2 Carlos Fauriciano PastranRTD22 July 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win19–0–2 Carlos Cesar PrietoKO717 June 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win18–0–2 Carlos Victor VelazquezKO628 May 1988 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win17–0–2 Ramon Florencio RamosKO113 May 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win16–0–2 Domingo Simon SosaTKO19 April 1988 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win15–0–2 Hugo Alfredo LueroTKO719 March 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win14–0–2 Cesar Oscar PerezKO14 March 1988 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win13–0–2 Pedro RuizKO319 February 1988 Catamarca, Argentina
Win12–0–2 Hugo Alfredo LueroDQ815 January 1988 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win11–0–2 Sergio Eduardo RonconiPTS1023 December 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win10–0–2 Argentina Jose Alberto AlvaradoKO311 December 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win9–0–2 Jorge PinoPTS1013 November 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win8–0–2 Sergio Norberto CombisPTS109 October 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win7–0–2 Antonio Rene JuarezPTS1024 September 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win6–0–2 Luis Armando SanchezTKO212 September 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Draw5–0–2 Jorge Alberto MorelloPTS104 August 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win5–0–1 Carlos Omar AlmadaRTD33 July 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win4–0–1 Sergio SaezKO15 June 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win3–0–1 Chile Jose Alberto AlvaradoKO27 May 1987 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win2–0–1 Roberto Martinez PTS610 April 1987 Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Draw1–0–1 Jorge Alberto MorelloPTS614 March 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win1–0 Patricio German CaracciKO114 February 1987 Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Preceded by
John David Jackson
WBA Middleweight Champion
12 August 1994 – 19 December 1995
Succeeded by
Shinji Takehara
Michael Carbajal KO7
Humberto González
The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
KO9 John David Jackson

Saman Sorjaturong KO7
Humberto González