José Becerra

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Jesus "José" Becerra (15 April 1936 – 6 August 2016)[1] was a Mexican boxer. He became world champion in the bantamweight division.

Jose Becerra
Real nameJosé Becerra Covarrubias
Height5′ 5" / 165cm
Born(1936-04-15)15 April 1936
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Died6 August 2016(2016-08-06) (aged 80)
Boxing record
Total fights75
Wins by KO42

Becerra was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, the youngest of the five children. His parents were Maria Covarrubias and Jesus Becerra. At age 12, in the 5th grade, Becerra quit school to work in a carriage repair shop.

Professional careerEdit

Becerra received his first public notice in the Mexican sports world by scoring an upset over the vastly more experienced Manuel Armenteros. After some ups and downs, Becerra earned a top 10 ranking by knocking out former world champion Mario D'Agata. A short time later, Becerra won the Lineal bantamweight championship with a knockout over Alphonse Halimi.[2]

After two successful title defenses, Becerra lost a stunning upset, being knocked out by club-fighter Eloy Sanchez in a non-title fight. Becerra was so dejected by the defeat that he announced his retirement at age 24.

In 1962, Mexican club fighter, Rudy Coronado was seriously injured in a fight. On a special benefit show for Coronado and his family, Becerra returned to the ring and won a 6-round decision over Alberto Martinez. Becerra donated his fight-purse to the injured boxer's family. Becerra never fought again.

Exhibition TourEdit

As world champion, Becerra went on a successful exhibition tour which drew big crowds. The tour was as follows:

  • 1959: Sept. 1-Sandy Garcia, Fresno, CA......Exch. 4 rounds
  • 1959: Date ?-Joe Vargas, Stockton, CA.......Exch. TKO 3 rounds
  • 1959: Sept.8- Willie Sanchez, San Jose, CA..Exch. 2 rounds
  • 1959: Sept.8-Cy Ruiz, San Jose, CA,.........Exch. 2 rounds
  • 1959: Sept.9-Eduardo Santos, El Paso, TX....Exch. 4 rounds
  • 1959: Sept.?-Jessie Leija, San Antonio, TX..Exch. 4 rounds
  • 1959: Sept.14-Henry Miramontes, Dallas, TX..Exch. 4 rounds


  1. ^ Former champ Jose Becerra passes Archived 2016-09-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "José Becerra - Lineal Bantamweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.

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Preceded by
Alphonse Halimi
World Bantamweight Champion
July 8, 1959 - May 23, 1960
Succeeded by
Eder Jofre