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Hugo Pastor Corro (November 5, 1953 – June 15, 2007), better known plainly as Hugo Corro, was a former Argentine boxer who was a world middleweight champion.[1]

Hugo Corro
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Real nameHugo Pastor Corro
Nickname(s)Itaka
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach172 cm (68 in)
NationalityArgentine
Born(1953-11-05)November 5, 1953
San Carlos, Mendoza, Argentina
DiedJune 15, 2007(2007-06-15) (aged 53)
Mendoza, Argentina
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights59
Wins50
Wins by KO26
Losses7
Draws2
No contests0

Corro beat Rodrigo Valdez for the world middleweight title, and he would beat Valdez in a rematch. Valdez had succeeded Carlos Monzón as world champion. Since Monzon had beaten Valdez twice also during his period as champion, the comparisons between Corro and Monzon became inevitable. The fact that Corro went to Europe to defend his title was another common trait he shared with Monzon. Corro's championship reign would ultimately prove to be inferior to Monzon's however, as Corro defended his title successfully only twice, and Monzon retained the crown for a then record of fourteen times.

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Professional careerEdit

Hugo Corro began fighting as a professional on August 30, 1973, with a sixth round knockout victory against Gustavo Dieff in the Argentine city of Tunuyan. His first ten bouts as a professional were held in Tunuyan. He had a draw (tie) against Pedro Pablo Bazan during his second fight, held on September 15, 16 days after his debut.

Corro reeled off three consecutive knockout wins, then faced Bazan in a rematch, on December 7. On his last fight of 1973, Corro was declared winner when Bazan was disqualified in the fourth round.

Corro won one more fight, and then, he fought ten rounds for the first time in his career, when he defeated Ramon Roberts by a ten-round decision on February 6, 1974. After another victory, he fought Juan Carlos Artaza on July 17. From a status standpoint, the fight had little significance, since Artaza only had two previous bouts, and he had lost both of them. But this was Corro's first fight outside Tunuyan. He beat Artaza by a ten-round decision in San Juan.

After one more win, he faced Hugo Saavedra, then a well established middleweight contender, on November 11. Saavedra gave Corro his first defeat, when he knocked out the future champion in the eighth round.

Corro rebounded with a sixth-round knockout win over Hugo Obregon on March 7, 1975. That marked the beginning of a thirteen fight winning streak, which included a rematch with Roberts, knocked out in six on July 4, two more fights with Obregon, both of which ended with Corro winning ten-round decisions, a victory by decision in ten against Norberto Cabrera, and two more fights against Saavedra.

His first rematch with Saavedra, on September 27, marked Corro's Buenos Aires debut. Corro was able to avenge his first defeat when he outpointed Saavedra over ten rounds. Their third bout, held on March 5, 1976 at Córdoba, ended when Saavedra was disqualified in the tenth round.

After a win against Roque Roldan, Corro met Norberto Cabrera for a second time. On May 21, he lost to Cabrera by a ten-round decision, in Buenos Aires. Corro, however, once again bounced back well, winning his next seven fights by knockout, including a rematch with Juan Carlos Artaza, who was beaten in round ten on September 10.

On December 10, he got his first shot at a title, when he fought Julio Medina for the vacant Argentine middleweight title. Corro won the national championship by knocking Medina out in round three of a fight that was scheduled for twelve rounds.

After two victories over Rodolfo Rosales, Corro had his first fight abroad, boxing against Marcelo Quinones on May 9, 1977, for the South American middleweight title, in Lima, Peru. He conquered the continental championship by decisioning Quinones over twelve rounds. The win also earned him a spot among the world's top ten middleweight challengers for the first time.

Corro followed that win with seven more victories, including title defenses of both his Argentine and his South American middleweight titles, before he got his first opportunity at becoming world champion: on April 22, 1978, Corro became the undisputed world middleweight champion by beating Valdez by a fifteen-round decision in Italy.

His first world title defense came against Ronnie Harris, on August 5, back in Argentina. He outpointed Harris over fifteen rounds, and then, on November 11, he retained the title in his rematch with Valdez, by a fifteen-round decision at Buenos Aires.

He traveled to Monte Carlo, where Monzon defended his title a few times, to face Vito Antuofermo for his third world title defense. Corro lost the title on June 30 of 1979 in a fight that was actually held at Monaco's royal palace. Corro in reality lost his title by only one point, as Antuofermo beat him by a split decision, and each judge had a one-point difference on their scorecard (scores of 146-145, 145-146 and 142-143). Asked about the fight during the press conference that proceeded it, Corro answered "I only had one problem, his head". By saying this, he meant that he felt Antuofermo butted him many times during the contest.

After winning one more fight and losing another one, Corro decided to retire for the first time in 1981. Inspired by the relative success of his much younger brother Osvaldo, a contender during the late 1980s, however, Hugo attempted a comeback during 1988. He made some headlines after winning his first two bouts, but he lost three of his next four bouts, with one draw. On September 16 of '88 he lost to another famous Argentine boxer, Juan Roldán, by knockout in round one. After losing by knockout in four rounds to Hugo Antonio Corti on February 17 of 1989, Corro retired from boxing for good.

Corro had one fight in Chile. He never boxed in the United States as a professional.

Corro had a record of 50 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws as a professional boxer, with 29 wins by way of knockout. On June 15, 2007, he died after suffering from an acute liver disease.[2]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
59 fights 50 wins 7 losses
By knockout 26 3
By decision 22 4
By disqualification 2 0
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
59 Loss 50–7–2   Antonio Corti KO 4 (10) Feb 17, 1989   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
58 Draw 50–6–2   Jorge García PTS 10 Dec 9, 1988   Neuquén, Neuquén, Argentina
57 Loss 50–6–1   Juan Roldán KO 1 (10) Sep 16, 1988   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
56 Loss 50–5–1   Miguel Angel Maldonado PTS 10 Jul 8, 1988   Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina
55 Win 50–4–1   Manuel Perez PTS 10 Jun 9, 1988   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
54 Win 49–4–1   Juan Carlos Ledesma KO 4 (10) Feb 4, 1988   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
53 Loss 48–4–1   Antonio Garrido MD 10 Dec 4, 1981   Santiago, Santiago, Chile
52 Win 48–3–1   Juan Alberto Mora KO 5 (10) Jul 17, 1981   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
51 Loss 47–3–1   Vito Antuofermo SD 15 Jun 30, 1979   Esplanade de Fontvieille, Monte Carlo, Monaco Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
50 Win 47–2–1   Rodrigo Valdéz UD 15 Nov 11, 1978   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
49 Win 46–2–1   Willie Warren PTS 10 Oct 6, 1978   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
48 Win 45–2–1   Ronnie Harris UD 15 Aug 5, 1978   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
47 Win 44–2–1   Rodrigo Valdéz UD 15 Apr 22, 1978   Teatro Ariston, Sanremo, Liguria, Italy Won WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
46 Win 43–2–1   Juan Carlos Bogado PTS 10 Mar 3, 1978   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
45 Win 42–2–1   Antonio Garrido PTS 12 Dec 20, 1977   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina Retained South American middleweight title
44 Win 41–2–1   Mario Romersi PTS 8 Nov 19, 1977   Palazzo dello Sport, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
43 Win 40–2–1   Bob Patterson KO 5 (10) Nov 5, 1977   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
42 Win 39–2–1   Roque Roldan PTS 10 Oct 17, 1977   Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba, Argentina
41 Win 38–2–1   Norberto Fleitas KO 2 (12) Sep 2, 1977   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina Retained South American middleweight title
40 Win 37–2–1   Pedro Duarte PTS 12 Jul 2, 1977   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained Argentine middleweight title
39 Win 36–2–1   Marcelo Quiñones SD 12 May 9, 1977   Estadio Nacional, Lima, Lima, Peru Won South American middleweight title
38 Win 35–2–1   Rodolfo Rosales PTS 10 Apr 6, 1977   San Luis, San Luis, Argentina
37 Win 34–2–1   Rodolfo Rosales PTS 10 Feb 23, 1977   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
36 Win 33–2–1   Julio Medina TKO 3 (12) Dec 10, 1976   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina Won vacant Argentine middleweight title
35 Win 32–2–1   Pedro Acuña TKO 1 (6) Nov 26, 1976   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
34 Win 31–2–1   Raul Paez TKO 2 (10) Nov 5, 1976   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
33 Win 30–2–1   Francisco Rodriguez Martin TKO 2 (8) Oct 8, 1976   Palacio de Deportes, Madrid, Community of Madrid, Spain
32 Win 29–2–1   Juan Carlos Artaza KO 10 (10) Sep 10, 1976   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
31 Win 28–2–1   Juan Carlos Bogado TKO 10 (10) Aug 6, 1976   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
30 Win 27–2–1   Roberto Marziali TKO 9 (10) Jul 8, 1976   Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
29 Win 26–2–1   Gregorio Navarro TKO 4 (10) Jun 11, 1976   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
28 Loss 25–2–1   Norberto Cabrera PTS 10 May 21, 1976   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
27 Win 25–1–1   Roque Roldan PTS 10 Mar 27, 1976   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
26 Win 24–1–1   Hugo Saavedra DQ 10 (10) Mar 5, 1976   Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
25 Win 23–1–1   Hugo Obregon PTS 10 Feb 6, 1976   Salta, Salta, Argentina
24 Win 22–1–1   Hugo Obregon PTS 10 Dec 19, 1975   Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
23 Win 21–1–1   Norberto Cabrera PTS 10 Nov 7, 1975   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
22 Win 20–1–1   Hugo Saavedra PTS 10 Sep 27, 1975   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
21 Win 19–1–1   Camilo Gaitan RTD 4 (10) Aug 22, 1975   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
20 Win 18–1–1   Octavio Escauriza KO 3 (10) Jul 25, 1975   Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Argentina
19 Win 17–1–1   Ramon Robert RTD 6 (10) Jul 4, 1975   Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina
18 Win 16–1–1   Norberto Fleitas TKO 4 (10) Jun 13, 1975   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
17 Win 15–1–1   Orlando Nasul PTS 10 May 29, 1975   Salta, Salta, Argentina
16 Win 14–1–1   Eliseo Nieva TKO 8 (10) Mar 26, 1975   Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
15 Win 13–1–1   Hugo Obregón TKO 6 (10) Mar 7, 1975   Salta, Salta, Argentina
14 Loss 12–1–1   Hugo Saavedra KO 8 (10) Nov 8, 1974   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
13 Win 12–0–1   Ruben Martinez TKO 5 (10) Oct 4, 1974   San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
12 Win 11–0–1   Carlos Robledo TKO 7 (10) Sep 8, 1974   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
11 Win 10–0–1   Juan Carlos Artaza PTS 10 Jul 19, 1974   San Juan, San Juan, Argentina
10 Win 9–0–1   Orlando Nasul PTS 10 Jun 20, 1974   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
9 Win 8–0–1   Ruben Martinez TKO 5 (10) Apr 14, 1974   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
8 Win 7–0–1   Ramon Robert PTS 10 Feb 8, 1974   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
7 Win 6–0–1   Rafael Lazcano KO 3 (6) Dec 21, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
6 Win 5–0–1   Pedro Bazan DQ 4 (8) Dec 7, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
5 Win 4–0–1   Oscar Mercado KO 7 (8) Nov 23, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
4 Win 3–0–1   Raul Fleita KO 2 (6) Oct 26, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
3 Win 2–0–1   Juan Carlos Cantero RTD 4 (6) Oct 5, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
2 Draw 1–0–1   Pedro Bazan PTS 6 Sep 15, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
1 Win 1–0   Gastón Diet TKO 6 (6) Aug 30, 1973   Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Lineal Middleweight Champions". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ El Boxeo llora a Hugo Corro Los Andes newspaper, 17 June 2007 (in Spanish)

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Achievements
Preceded by
Rodrigo Valdez
WBA Middleweight Champion
April 22, 1978 – June 30, 1979
Succeeded by
Vito Antuofermo
WBC Middleweight Champion
April 22, 1978 – June 30, 1979
The Ring Middleweight Champion
April 22, 1978 – June 30, 1979
Lineal Middleweight Champion
April 22, 1978 – June 30, 1979