Doug Fischer

10: Mexico’s best bantamweight titleholders ever

NO. 5 ALFONSO ZAMORA

Record: 33-5 (32 KOs)

Active: 1973-80

Background: One of Mexico’s best pure punchers in any weight class turned pro with a dedicated Mexican fan base thanks to his silver-medal win in the 1968 Olympic Games in his hometown of Mexico City.

Zamora won his first 29 bouts by stoppage. That incredible streak includes his WBA title-winning fourth-round KO of Soo-Hwan Hong at the Forum in 1975 and an impressive second-round KO of long reigning future featherweight titleholder and hall of famer Eusebio Pedroza in ‘76. He won a rematch with Hong, a future 122-pound beltholder, via 12th-round TKO before losing to fellow titleholder and KO king Zarate at the Forum in ‘77.

Zamora’s fourth-round TKO loss to Zarate, who was 45-0 with 44 knockouts at the time, was a non-title bout but he was never the same after that anticipated showdown. He lost his title to Jorge Lujan via 10th-round stoppage in his very next bout.

Zamora scored one more notable victory, an eighth-round TKO of contender Alberto Sandoval in ‘78, before he lost three of his next five bouts and retired in 1980.

“Zamora wasn’t a boxer-puncher like a lot of bantamweight champs from Mexico, he was a brawler,” Rivera said. “He ran right through his opponents and the Mexican fans loved him for it.”

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