Doug Fischer

10: Mexico’s best bantamweight titleholders ever

NO. 3 JESUS 'CHUCHO' CASTILLO

Record: 46-18-2, (22 KOs)

Active: 1962-75

Background: Why is Castillo, who ended his career with 18 losses and never successfully defended his title, ranked so high?

His three-bout series with Olivares is the reason. Castillo not only beat the prime Olivares, he was the first fighter to defeat the Mexican icon. Think of him as the Joe Frazier to Mexico’s 118-pound version of Muhammad Ali.

Castillo is also a profile in persistence, an attribute Mexican fans appreciate. He lost his first title shot to Lionel Rose despite dropping the Australian champ in the 10th round during a late fight surge. The 15-round split decision sparked a riot at the Forum, where the bout took place in December of 1968.

He dropped Olivares in the third round of their first bout in 1970 but was outclassed over the 15-round distance. Still, Castillo was tough and game enough in that loss to earn a rematch six months later and he made the most of it, stopping Olivares in the 14th round (due to numerous facial cuts) of evenly contested bout before a crowd of 18,456 at the Forum. Olivares was unbeaten in 62 bouts, most of which were won by knockout, at the time.

Olivares won the rematch with a one-sided 15-round drubbing in ‘71, but Castillo had made his mark. The aggressive pressure fighter also owns a third-round TKO of Rafael Herrera (TKO 3) and a one-sided 12-round decision over murderous-punching contender Jesus Pimentel, who was 61-3 with 57 knockouts at the time.

“Chucho was a typical Mexican bantamweight, I hope that doesn‘t sound racist because I mean it as a compliment,” Caplan said. “He was an all-action fighter, one of the toughest I’ve ever seen.”

Castillo retired in 1975 following KO losses to featherweight up-and-comers Bobby Chacon and Danny Lopez.

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