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Jorge Fernando "Locomotora" Castro (Spanish: locomotive) (born August 18, 1967) is an Argentine boxer and former middleweight champion of the world, who is best known for his second defense of the title against John David Jackson in 1994.

Jorge Castro
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Real nameJorge Fernando Castro
Nickname(s)Locomotora/El Roña
Weight(s)Middleweight
Super welterweight
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Argentina
Born (1967-08-18) August 18, 1967 (age 51)
Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights144
Wins130
Wins by KO90
Losses11
Draws3

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Early yearsEdit

Castro, who in 1985 was set to become a professional boxer but suffered a bicycle accident that left him injured so badly that doctors told him he'd never be able to fight as a professional, recuperated from the accident and turned professional, defying the doctor's predictions, in 1987.

Professional careerEdit

In December 1991, at Palais Omnisports, Bercy, France, Castro lost to Terry Norris by a wide unanimous decision in a challenge for the WBC super welterweight title. It was reported that prior to the bout, Castro had done roadwork for the first time in his life.

In June 1992, at the Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida, United States, Castro lost a wide decision over ten rounds to future pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr..

Castro became a world champion in 1994 by defeating Reggie Johnson in Buenos Aires by split decision to win the vacant WBA middleweight title. After defeating Alex Ramos by a knockout in two rounds to retain the belt, he travelled to Monterrey, Mexico, to defend against the former undefeated holder of the WBA title John David Jackson in December 1994.

What began merely as an undercard world title fight in a pay-per-view program featuring Félix Trinidad vs Oba Carr and Julio César Chávez vs Tony Lopez, soon became a fight that is part of boxing's lore. Castro was trailing badly on all three scorecards, with one eye closed and the other one only halfway opened, bleeding and taking combination after combination against the ropes. Seemingly on the verge of being stopped, Castro landed a left hook to Jackson's chin and Jackson hit the floor. Jackson got up, but he suffered two more knockdowns and Castro completed what could be said that was one of the greatest turnarounds ever in a boxing fight, retaining the title by a knockout in the ninth round.

At the press conference after the fight, Castro called his winning punch La mano de Dios, (The hand of God), in reference to the Hand of God goal by Diego Maradona during a win by Argentine national team at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, which, like the fight, had taken place in Mexico. Therefore, that moment became known as boxing's version of The hand of God. The fight, and its ending, were talked about for months on many boxing magazines and books.

Castro defended his title another two times, including a rematch win over Reggie Johnson, and then he lost the title to Shinji Takehara by a decision in twelve. He split two 10 round decisions with Roberto Durán, winning the first in Argentina, but losing the rematch in Panama, and then he gave Jackson a rematch, this time winning by a decision in ten.

Castro has lost two more world championship fights: on December 2000, he went to Germany and lost by a knockout in 10 to WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gómez, and on February 2002, he went to Phoenix and challenged IBF cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov, a Kazakhstan native who lives in Phoenix, losing by a decision in twelve. Despite his failures in these attempts to become a world champion again, he has not announced a retirement.

On June 18, 2005, Jorge Castro suffered a car accident in Buenos Aires, with a collapsed lung and some broken ribs. The accident and its consequences were similar to the one suffered by archrival Duran in Buenos Aires a few years before. Castro required hospitalization and emergency surgery, and was in stable condition after the surgery. He recuperated from his injuries.

On April 22, 2006, Castro fought Jose Luis Herrera, losing by a fourth round knockout. He had his "revenge" against the same opponent on January 27, 2007, when Castro won by technical K.O. in the second round.

Currently, he has a record of 130 wins, 11 losses and 3 draws, with 89 knockout wins, which ranks him among the most prolific knockout winners in boxing history according to the records of Ring Magazine.

Professional boxing recordEdit

130 Wins (90 knockouts, 40 decisions), 11 Losses (2 knockouts, 9 decisions) 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 130–11–3   Jose Luis Herrera TKO 2 27 January 2007   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 129–11–3   Jose Luis Herrera TKO 4 22 April 2006   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 129–10–3   Derrick Harmon TKO 7 26 May 2005   Buenos Aires, Argentina RetainedWBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title/World Heavyweight Title Eliminator
Win 128–10–3   Peter Venancio UD 10 28 January 2005   Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina Won WBA Fedelatin Light Heavyweight Title
Win 127–10–3   Miguel Aguirre UD 12 10 July 2004   Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained South American Cruiserweight Title
Win 126–10–3   Aaron Orlando Soria RTD 7 1 May 2004   Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 125–10–3   Arturo Rivera TKO 2 21 February 2004   Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Win 124–10–3   Miguel Aguirre DQ 5 20 December 2003   Buenos Aires, Argentina Won South American Cruiserweight Title
Win 123–10–3   Livin Castillo KO 4 25 October 2003   Corrientes, Argentina
Loss 122–10–3   Sebastiaan Rothmann UD 12 12 July 2003   Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa For IBO World Cruiserweight Title
Loss 122–9–3   Paul Briggs UD 10 13 April 2003   Carrara, Queensland, Australia
Win 122–8–3   Miguel Angel Robledo KO 9 13 December 2002   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 121–8–3   Etianne Whitaker UD 10 15 November 2002   Cordoba, Argentina
Win 120–8–3   Sergio Martin Beaz RTD 8 24 August 2002   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 119–8–3   Vassiliy Jirov UD 12 1 February 2002   Phoenix, Arizona, United States For IBF World Cruiserweight Title
Win 119–7–3   Imamu Mayfield RTD 9 20 October 2001   Buenos Aires, Argentina IBF World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator
Win 118–7–3   Peter Venancio KO 8 25 August 2001   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 117–7–3   Peter Venancio UD 10 7 April 2001   Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 116–7–3   Roberto Coelho TKO 6 10 February 2001   Necochea, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 115–7–3   Juan Carlos Gómez TKO 10 16 December 2000   Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany For WBC World Cruiserweight Title
Win 115–6–3   Fabian Alberto Chancalay KO 7 28 October 2000   San Justo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 114–6–3   Marco Antonio Duarte TKO 4 18 August 2000   San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
Win 113–6–3   Bruno Ruben Godoy RTD 5 8 July 2000   Neuquén, Argentina
Win 112–6–3   Oscar Angel Gomez KO 7 13 May 2000   Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 111–6–3   Juan Carlos Giménez Ferreyra UD 10 11 September 1999   Olavarría, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 110–6–3   Marco Antonio Duarte UD 10 23 July 1999   Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 109–6–3   Miguel Angel Robledo KO 5 15 May 1999   Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Draw 108–6–3   Miguel Angel Robledo PTS 10 6 March 1999   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 108–6–2   Miguel Angel Robledo UD 10 10 October 1998   Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Win 107–6–2   Sandro Abel Vazquez KO 4 5 September 1998   Santa Fe, Argentina Retained WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title
Win 106–6–2   Armando Grueso KO 2 25 April 1998   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 105–6–2   John David Jackson UD 10 20 February 1998   Cipoletti, Río Negro, Argentina Retained WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title
Win 104–6–2   Rogério Lobo KO 3 23 January 1998   San Bernardo, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title
Win 103–6–2   Adolfo Caballero KO 1 29 November 1997   Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 102–6–2   Nicasio Moray Martinez TKO 4 18 October 1997   Cipoletti, Río Negro, Argentina
Loss 101–6–2   Roberto Durán UD 10 14 June 1997   Panama City, Panama
Win 101–5–2   Roberto Durán UD 10 15 February 1997   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 100–5–2   Nicasio Moray Martinez KO 4 6 July 1996   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 99–5–2   Sergio Medina TKO 1 12 April 1996   Cupecoy Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Loss 98–5–2   Shinji Takehara UD 12 19 December 1995   Tokyo, Japan Lost WBA World Middleweight Title
Win 98–4–2   Reggie Johnson SD 12 13 October 1995   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina Retained WBA World Middleweight Title
Win 97–4–2   Anthony Andrews TKO 12 27 May 1995   Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Retained WBA World Middleweight Title
Win 96–4–2   John David Jackson TKO 9 10 December 1994   Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico Retained WBA World Middleweight Title 1994 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
Win 95–4–2   Alex Ramos KO 2 5 November 1994   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina Retained WBA World Middleweight Title
Win 94–4–2   Reggie Johnson SD 12 12 August 1994   San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina Won WBA World Middleweight Title
Win 93–4–2   Royan Hammond KO 4 17 July 1994   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 92–4–2   Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 8 July 1994   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 91–4–2   Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 20 May 1994   Concordia, Entre Ríos, Argentina
Win 90–4–2   Wilberforce Kiggundu TKO 7 14 May 1994   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 89–4–2   Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 11 April 1994   Orán, Salta, Argentina
Win 88–4–2   Juan Italo Meza TKO 4 11 March 1994   Rosario de la Frontera, Salta, Argentina
Win 87–4–2   Francisco de Assis KO 9 12 February 1994   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 86–4–2   Francisco de Assis TKO 6 8 January 1994   Los Antiguos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 85–4–2   Brinatty Maquilon TKO 7 10 December 1993   San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina
Win 84–4–2   Jorge Alberto Morello TKO 5 1 October 1993   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 83–4–2   Hector Abel Lescano KO 9 16 July 1993   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 82–4–2   Brinatty Maquilon PTS 10 26 June 1993   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 81–4–2   Jose Laercio Bezerra de Lima KO 2 18 June 1993   Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
Win 80–4–2   Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 3 April 1993   Temperley, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 79–4–2   Abdenago Jofre KO 2 19 March 1993   Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 78–4–2   Jacobo Garcia TKO 5 22 February 1993   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 77–4–2   Juan Italo Meza PTS 10 12 February 1993   Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 76–4–2   Hector Hugo Vilte KO 5 18 December 1992   Salta, Argentina
Win 75–4–2   Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 5 December 1992   La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 74–4–2   Hector Abel Lescano PTS 10 20 November 1992   Bella Vista, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 73–4–2   Sergio Eduardo Ronconi KO 3 12 November 1992   Pico Truncado, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 72–4–2   Sandro Abel Vazquez TKO 5 19 September 1992   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 71–4–2   Danny Vargas KO 1 14 August 1992   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Loss 70–4–2   Roy Jones Jr. UD 10 30 June 1992   Pensacola, Florida, United States
Win 70–3–2   Eduardo Domingo Contreras KO 8 13 June 1992   Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 69–3–2   Anibal Miranda PTS 10 9 May 1992   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 68–3–2   Ernesto Rafael Sena KO 6 11 April 1992   Buenos Aires, Argentina Retained Argentina Light Middleweight Title
Loss 67–3–2   Terry Norris UD 12 13 December 1991   Bercy, France For WBC Light Middleweight Title
Win 67–2–2   Joe Hernandez TKO 1 24 October 1991   Paris, France
Win 66–2–2   Julio Abel Gonzalez PTS 10 13 September 1991   Posadas, Misiones, Argentina
Win 65–2–2   Edmundo Antonio Diaz TKO 5 6 September 1991   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 64–2–2   Juan Italo Meza PTS 10 17 August 1991   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 63–2–2   Mario Sanchez KO 1 27 July 1991   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 62–2–2   Antonio Madureira KO 2 29 June 1991   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 61–2–2   Hernan Raul Perez Ramos TKO 6 7 June 1991   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina Retained South American Light Middleweight Title
Win 60–2–2   Ikleff Ahmed Hadjalla PTS 8 4 May 1991   Paris, France
Win 59–2–2   Mario Alberto Gaston Chavez TKO 8 13 April 1991   Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina Retained Argentina Light Middleweight Title
Win 58–2–2   Miguel Angel Arroyo KO 1 30 March 1991   Salta, Argentina Retained South American Light Middleweight Title
Win 57–2–2   Judas Clottey SD 8 7 March 1991   Madrid, Spain
Win 56–2–2   Bruno Ruben Godoy TKO 5 22 February 1991   Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
Win 55–2–2   Sergio Eduardo Ronconi TKO 6 15 February 1991   Tartagal, Salta, Argentina
Win 54–2–2   Ramon Rogue Garro TKO 3 14 January 1991   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 53–2–2   Felipe Nino Molinar KO 4 21 December 1990   Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 52–2–2   Hugo Raul Marinangeli TKO 12 14 October 1990   Santa Rosa, Salta, Argentina Won South American Light Middleweight Title
Loss 51–2–2   Hector Hugo Vilte PTS 10 5 October 1990   Salta, Argentina
Win 51–1–2   Francisco Bernabe Bobadilla Frasqueri PTS 10 21 September 1990   Salta, Argentina
Win 50–1–2   David Ellis Venegas KO 1 7 September 1990   Salta, Argentina
Win 49–1–2   Julio Abel Gonzalez PTS 10 25 August 1990   San Salvador de Jujuy, Jujuy Province, Argentina
Win 48–1–2   Ricardo Hector Silva KO 3 22 June 1990   San Miguel, Tucumán, Argentina
Win 47–1–2   Pedro Ramon Chavero KO 2 15 June 1990   Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 46–1–2   Juan Italo Meza UD 10 24 May 1990   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 45–1–2   Jorge Argentino Tejada PTS 10 4 April 1990   Chacabuco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 44–1–2   Hector Abel Lescano TKO 6 3 March 1990   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 43–1–2   Cesar Roberto Guerrero KO 6 8 February 1990   General Las Heras, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 42–1–2   Daniel Omar Dominguez TKO 2 23 December 1989   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 41–1–2   Miguel Angel Arroyo RTD 9 2 December 1989   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 40–1–2   Juan Carlos Ortíz KO 9 17 November 1989   Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 39–1–2   Jose Maria Julian Raies KO 2 3 November 1989   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 38–1–2   Jake Torrance TKO 5 27 July 1989   New York City, United States
Loss 37–1–2   Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 10 June 1989   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 37–0–2   Jorge Alberto Morello PTS 10 19 May 1989   Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 36–0–2   Hugo Raul Marinangeli KO 4 14 April 1989   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina Won Argentina Light Middleweight Title
Win 35–0–2   Ernesto Rafael Sena PTS 10 20 March 1989   Mendoza, Argentina
Win 34–0–2   Jorge Oscar Martinez KO 4 10 March 1989   La Rioja, Argentina
Win 33–0–2   Lorenzo Luis Garcia PTS 10 27 February 1989   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 32–0–2   Jose Eugenio Toloza TKO 4 4 February 1989   Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba, Argentina
Win 31–0–2   Roberto Osvaldo Diaz KO 1 23 January 1989   Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 30–0–2   Mario Edgardo Matthysse TKO 7 23 December 1988   Trelew, Chubut, Argentina
Win 29–0–2   Juan Carlos Ortíz TKO 2 10 December 1988   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 28–0–2   Jean-Pierre Iniama TKO 4 22 November 1988   San Pellegrino, Abruzzo, Italy
Win 27–0–2   Alphonso Bailey KO 5 8 November 1988   Monte Carlo, Monaco
Win 26–0–2   Ramon Angel Alegre KO 4 22 October 1988   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 25–0–2   Ramon Gaspar Abeldano KO 1 8 October 1988   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 24–0–2   Fernando Dos Santos Ernesto KO 2 24 September 1988   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 23–0–2   Antonio Rene Juarez PTS 10 10 September 1988   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 22–0–2   Ramon Gaspar Abeldano UD 10 30 July 1988   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 21–0–2   Robinson Rodrigo Zamora KO 2 17 July 1988   Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 20–0–2   Carlos Fauriciano Pastran RTD 2 2 July 1988   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 19–0–2   Carlos Cesar Prieto KO 7 17 June 1988   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 18–0–2   Carlos Victor Velazquez KO 6 28 May 1988   Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 17–0–2   Ramon Florencio Ramos KO 1 13 May 1988   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 16–0–2   Domingo Simon Sosa TKO 1 9 April 1988   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 15–0–2   Hugo Alfredo Luero TKO 7 19 March 1988   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 14–0–2   Cesar Oscar Perez KO 1 4 March 1988   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 13–0–2   Pedro Ruiz KO 3 19 February 1988   Catamarca, Argentina
Win 12–0–2   Hugo Alfredo Luero DQ 8 15 January 1988   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 11–0–2   Sergio Eduardo Ronconi PTS 10 23 December 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 10–0–2   Jose Alberto Alvarado KO 3 11 December 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 9–0–2   Jorge Pino PTS 10 13 November 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 8–0–2   Sergio Norberto Combis PTS 10 9 October 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 7–0–2   Antonio Rene Juarez PTS 10 24 September 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 6–0–2   Luis Armando Sanchez TKO 2 12 September 1987   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Draw 5–0–2   Jorge Alberto Morello PTS 10 4 August 1987   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 5–0–1   Carlos Omar Almada RTD 3 3 July 1987   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 4–0–1   Sergio Saez KO 1 5 June 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 3–0–1   Jose Alberto Alvarado KO 2 7 May 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Win 2–0–1 Roberto Martinez PTS 6 10 April 1987   Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina
Draw 1–0–1   Jorge Alberto Morello PTS 6 14 March 1987   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Win 1–0   Patricio German Caracci KO 1 14 February 1987   Caleta Olivia, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Achievements
Preceded by
John David Jackson
Stripped
WBA Middleweight Champion
12 August 1994 – 19 December 1995
Succeeded by
Shinji Takehara
Awards
Previous:
Michael Carbajal KO7
Humberto González
The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
KO9 John David Jackson

1994
Next:
Saman Sorjaturong KO7
Humberto González

TriviaEdit

  • He is known to be a good autograph signer.
  • In Argentina, he is also known as el Roña (Spanish for 'the dirt').
  • On May 13, 2007, Locomotora Castro joined the reality TV show Gran Hermano Famosos (Big Brother), along with 13 other celebrities from Argentina. The show was aired on Telefe Channel. Castro was the 8th eliminated, after staying in the house 58 days.
  • He was a contestant in Bailando 2011, but he and her partner, Sofía Macaggi, were the 2nd couple eliminated.

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