Manuel Ramos (boxer)

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Manuel Ramos
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Nickname(s)Pulgarcito
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Nationality Mexican
BornNovember 20, 1942
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
DiedJune 6, 1999(1999-06-06) (aged 56)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights56
Wins24
Wins by KO19
Losses29
Draws3
No contests0

Manuel Ramos (November 20, 1942 – June 6, 1999), nicknamed Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb), was a Mexican boxer and actor. He was the heavyweight champion of Mexico, a top world title contender in the late 1960s, and one of Mexico's most internationally successful heavyweights. [1] [2]

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Biography

Manuel Ramos was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He boxed professionally for two to three years in the early 1960s, but records of this period have not been preserved. [3] He defeated Indio Lopez for the Mexican heavyweight title on June 24, 1963 by first-round knockout. He next fought a series of American opponents in Los Angeles area venues, attaining a mixed record of 5-6-2.

His fortunes improved dramatically from 1966 to 1968, with a string of 13 victories, including a split decision over former title contender Eddie Machen [4] and a unanimous decision over former WBA champion Ernie Terrell. [5] [6] This led to him being ranked #4 by The Ring Magazine and set up a title match with NYSAC World Champion Joe Frazier. [3]

The bout was held at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 1968. The iconic arena had just opened four months earlier, and Ramos was the first Mexican fighter to appear there. [7] The match was an intense two-round battle, [1] [8] in which Ramos briefly staggered Frazier, but was then knocked down twice and lost by referee's stoppage when he signaled that he was unable to continue. [3] This was to be Ramos's only world title fight.

He continued to be ranked as a top heavyweight through the end of the 1960s, but losses to George Chuvalo, Jack O'Halloran, [9] and Chuck Wepner (in which Ramos inflicted serious cuts on his opponent but went on to lose by unanimous decision) [1] [10] marked the beginning of his decline. After a period as a gatekeeper for up-and-coming heavyweights in the early 1970s, [11] he lost 15 straight fights and retired from boxing in 1977.

Outside of the ring, Ramos had roles in the Mexican films Nosotros los feos (1973) and El Loco Bronco (1989).

He worked as an office manager in the Mexican Navy, resigning in 1995. [2]

Professional boxing record

24 Wins (19 knockouts, 5 decisions), 29 Losses (9 knockouts, 19 decisions, 1 disqualification), 3 Draws [12]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss24-29-3 Flag of the United States.svg Bob HazeltonTKO2 (10)June 30, 1977 Flag of the United States.svg Marshall, Texas
Loss24-28-3 Flag of Mexico.svg Ruben RiveraKO1 (10)January 1, 1977 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey, Nuevo León date uncertain
Loss24-27-3 Flag of Colombia.svg Bernardo Mercado KO5 (8)May 13, 1976 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Loss24-26-3 Flag of Mexico.svg Fernando MontesDQ7 (10)October 3, 1975 Flag of Mexico.svg Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Loss24-25-3 Flag of Mexico.svg Moi MartinezDecision10 (12)November 17, 1974 Flag of Mexico.svg Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Loss24-24-3 Flag of the United States.svg Duane Bobick TKO7 (10)September 15, 1973 Flag of the United States.svg Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia
Loss24-23-3 Flag of Italy.svg Armando ZaniniDecision8June 15, 1973 Flag of Italy.svg Milan, Lombardy
Loss24-22-3 Flag of Brazil.svg Luis Faustino PiresDecision10May 5, 1973 Flag of Brazil.svg Ginásio Presidente Médici, Brasília, Distrito Federal
Loss24-21-3 Flag of the United States.svg John HudginsTKO4 (10)March 24, 1972 Flag of the United States.svg International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois
Loss24-20-3 Flag of the United States.svg Ron Lyle UD10October 9, 1971 Flag of the United States.svg Auditorium Arena, Denver, Colorado
Loss24-19-3 Flag of the United States.svg Ron Stander UD10August 26, 1971 Flag of the United States.svg City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska
Loss24-18-3 Flag of the United States.svg Terry DanielsUD10July 26, 1971 Flag of the United States.svg Astrodome, Houston, Texas
Loss24-17-3 Flag of the United States.svg Elmo Henderson Decision10May 14, 1971 Flag of Mexico.svg Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Loss24-16-3 Flag of England.svg Jack Bodell Decision10April 13, 1971 Flag of England.svg Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Loss24-15-3 Flag of Germany.svg Jürgen Blin Decision10April 2, 1971 Flag of Germany.svg Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
Win24-14-3 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Murphy GoodwinTKO3 (10)March 16, 1971 Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Loss23-14-3 Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg José Roman Decision10October 26, 1970 Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995).svg San Juan
Draw23-13-3 Flag of the United States.svg Ron Stander Decision10September 17, 1970 Flag of the United States.svg City Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska
Loss23-13-2 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jimmy RichardsDecision10August 29, 1970 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Loss23-12-2 Flag of Argentina.svg Oscar Bonavena KO1 (10)May 9, 1970 Flag of Argentina.svg Luna Park, Buenos Aires
Loss23-11-2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joe Bugner Decision8March 24, 1970 Flag of England.svg Wembley Stadium, London
Win23-10-2 Flag of the United States.svg Dub GW ManisTKO8 (10)March 3, 1970 Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Loss22-10-2 Flag of the United States.svg Chuck Wepner UD10January 26, 1970 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss22-9-2 Flag of the United States.svg Jack O'Halloran KO7 (10)October 17, 1969 Flag of the United States.svg The Forum, Inglewood, California
Win22-8-2 Flag of the United States.svg Tony DoyleUD10September 11, 1969 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss21-8-2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg George Chuvalo TKO5 (10)September 26, 1968 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win21-7-2 Flag of the United States.svg Earl AveretteTKO4 (10)August 27, 1968 Flag of the United States.svg Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas
Loss20-7-2 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Frazier TKO2 (15)June 24, 1968 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York, New York NYSAC heavyweight title fight
Win20-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Ron ReiterKO1 (10)May 4, 1968 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Nogales, Veracruz
Win19-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Everett CopelandDecision10March 17, 1968 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Culiacán, Sinaloa
Win18-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Ernie Terrell UD10October 14, 1967 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Win17-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Johnny FeathermanTKO3 (10)August 9, 1967 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Mérida, Yucatán
Win16-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Floyd JoynerKO2 (10)May 25, 1967 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Puebla, Puebla
Win15-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg James J. WoodyKO2 (10)January 29, 1967 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City
Win14-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Max MartinezKO2 (10)December 19, 1966 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Win13-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Don KoontzKO2 (10)October 22, 1966 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg El Toreo, Mexico City
Win12-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Dave CentiKO3 (10)September 11, 1966 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Plaza de Toros, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Win11-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Wayne HeathKO2 (10)August 7, 1966 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Plaza México, Mexico City
Win10-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Machen SD10June 3, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California
Win9-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Archie RayTKO8 (10)May 16, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona
Win8-6-2 Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Olof NorlingTKO8 (10)May 5, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win7-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg John Henry JacksonKO2 (10)April 23, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Pacific International Arena, Portland, Oregon, Oregon
Win6-6-2 Flag of the United States.svg Jerry SimmsKO6 (10)March 31, 1966 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss5-6-2 Flag of Sweden.svg Lars Olof NorlingTD6 (10)December 9, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California accidental headbutt
Draw5-5-2 Flag of the United States.svg George Johnson Decision10November 4, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss5-5-1 Flag of the United States.svg Joey OrbilloUD10October 7, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss5-4-1 Flag of the United States.svg Wayne HeathSD10September 9, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss5-3-1 Flag of the United States.svg Ski GoldsteinDecision10February 5, 1965 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Draw5-2-1 Flag of the United States.svg Joey OrbilloDecision8August 13, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss5-2 Flag of the United States.svg Henry ClarkDecision10July 16, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss5-1 Flag of the United States.svg Al CarterDecision10May 12, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Valley Garden Arena, North Hollywood, California
Win5-0 Flag of the United States.svg Sam PrideTKO3 (10)April 28, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Valley Garden Arena, North Hollywood, California
Win4-0 Flag of the United States.svg Al CarterDecision6March 17, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Valley Garden Arena, North Hollywood, California
Win3-0 Flag of the United States.svg Larry McGeeKO3 (6)February 18, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Valley Garden Arena, North Hollywood, California
Win2-0 Flag of the United States.svg Kid ApacheKO4 (8)January 23, 1964 Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win1-0 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Indio LopezKO1 (12)June 24, 1963 Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg Mexico City Mexico heavyweight title

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