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¡FENÓMENO! How Jose Basora Spanked Jake LaMotta, Smacked Fritzie Zivic, Spooked Out Sugar Ray Robinson & Wound Up Nearly Forgotten – The Cruelest Sport – A Professional Boxing blog

Jose Basora, one of the toughest, sharpest-dressed middleweights of the 1940s, owed his extraordinary career to a dynamic bantamweight named Sixto Escobar. Along with other Puerto Rican pioneers such as Angel Cliville, Atilio Sabatino, and Pedro Montanez, Escobar, at only 5’4”, put Puerto Rico on the boxing map with fists as hard as coconuts. Little Escobar became the first Boricua to win a world title when he knocked out Baby Casanova in 1934. What is truly amazing, however, is that Escobar accomplished this feat only seven years after boxing had been legalized in Puerto Rico. Needless to say, “El Gallito” became an idol from Fajardo to San German.

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