Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Luis "El Feo" Rodríguez

Born: March 14, 1937 - Died: July 8, 1996
Welterweight | Pro record: 106-13-2 (49 KOs)
1956 - Turns pro in Cuba, and moves to the U.S.
Goes undefeated in 36 fights until he loses a split decision to Emile Griffith.
Rodriguez and Griffith fight a total of four times, and each fight is "razor close…"
It is said of Rodriguez that "he was so stylish that Muhammad Ali incorporated many of his moves into his repertoire," as both men trained at Miami's 5th Street Gym.
1963 - Wins the welterweight title in a unanimous decision over Emile Griffith.

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