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  • Kid Blast
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    "Nice little trip down memory lane. I remember seeing many of those fights." Frederick Romano

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  • Kid Blast
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    This just in from Steve Corbo:

    "Ted, Nice piece about a guy not too many people remember. I saw him fight a few times in person. I also had the pleasure, make that the honor, of working in the corner of “Tough” Tony Willis when he fought Geraldo, in Chicago, on 7/25/1986. Willis stopped him in the 10th.

    I have to give Geraldo much respect. He was a pro’s pro. He always came to fight. He was tough. He knew his way around the ring. He’d fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, if the price was right. If you took him light, you were in for a rough night. With all the different sanctioning bodies, meaningless championship belts and of course the lack of talent in today’s game… think what Geraldo could do if he was boxing today. Imagine what he’d do in a world where he didn’t have to fight guys with the talent level of Hearns, Hagler, Leonard, Nunn, Virgil Hill... "

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  • Kid Blast
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    "The only Geraldo I remember is (the great!) Geraldo Rivera and he didn't box. He fought outside the ring several times, but never in the squared circle.

    Anyway, I'll look Marcos Geraldo up on YouTube. Nice piece, Ted.

    ~Johnny Tango"

    Geraldo was and is a phoney.

  • ArneK.
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    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

    Stay warm, stay safe, and be well.

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    Robert Mladinich responds via email as follows: Hi Ted,

    "Nice story on Marcos Geraldo. I love those Mexican warhorse types of fighters. Miguel Roman is a current incarnation. I also loved the Silver Slipper in the 1970s and early 1980s. The real deal. I believe Tommy Hearns said Geraldo was the strongest opponent he faced. My kind of fighter and a man's man. Like you. Happy Thanksgiving. Big Bob"

    PS: "Actually I think Sugar Ray called Geraldo his strongest opponent in one of those THe Best I Faced Features in The Ring."

  • Kid Blast
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    Bernard slotted him quite nicely: "Bull, Good job on Marcos Geraldo. Too good a fighter to be anyone's automatic designated victim, but not quite good enough to break through to the next level. Entire careers spend in a sort of ongoing limbo."

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    Nice note from John Raspsanti: "Good stuff Ted.

    Marcos did have a "different" career. A durable guy for sure. (and better than most realized)"

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    By Ted Sares

    If you play word association with retired boxer Marcos Geraldo, you might come up with “chinny,” or “easy work.” But if you did, you would be wrong.

    This extremely active Mexican boxer fought out of Baja California but was a staple in Nevada and Southern California and was 38-12 before he ventured outside these regions

    Many saw Geraldo as easy work because of the 21 KOs he suffered but what they missed was the fact he had 50 KOs of his own and that made him an ultra-exciting type of fighter--and it guaranteed him plenty of marquee events. If you didn’t get Marcos, he was likely to get you. That translated to bringing in fans. He also was an active fighter and fought, for example, 12 times in 1972 alone. He also toiled 25 times at the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas—yes, 25 times—and he went 21-4!

    Along the way, Geraldo (who at various times was the middleweight and light heavyweight champion of Mexico) did battle with four Hall of Famers -- Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Virgil Hill -- several world champions, and numerous title contenders. (Michael Nunn, another stiff opponent, could someday become a member of the Hall as well.)

    As his career progressed, the level of his opposition became stiffer. Listed in the order of appearance, these are the records of some of his opponents at the time that he fought them: Peter Cobblah (48-46-5), Angel Robinson Garcia (138-80-21), Armando Muniz (32-6-1), George Cooper (49-4-3), Sugar Ray Leonard (21-0), John LoCicero (15-3), Marvin Hagler (48-2-2), Caveman Lee (13-2), Thomas Hearns (33-1), Fred Hutchings (20-1), Ron Wilson (71-33-7), Prince Mama Muhammad (29-1-1), Michael Nunn (7-0), Tony Willis (9-0), Chris Reid (14-0-1), Virgil Hill (16-0), Jesus Gallardo (16-1), Antoine Byrd (6-1-1).

    Whew!

    In 1979, Geraldo went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard which surprised boxing buffs though Ray had previously been extended by others.

    The following year he gave Marvelous Marvin Hagler all he could handle while losing a unanimous but close decision in a surprisingly tough thriller.

    Hagler (May 1980)

    Hagler pressed the action in-close but surprisingly was met with strong counterpunching. Both did plenty of shoe shining. First Hagler; then Geraldo. It was tit for tat and the fans roared their approval. What won the fight for Hagler was his stamina and harder punching which enabled him to tire the tough Mexican, but he never managed to break him down.

    The scoring was Duane Ford 97-93, Art Lurie 97-94, and Chuck Minker 97-95.

    The fans at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas gave both fighters a standing ovation as they raised each other’s arm up in a marvelous (no pun intended) show of mutual respect. The media framed it it as a “great” fight. It defined “fan–friendly.”

    Geraldo had stopped Bomber John LoCicero before the Hagler fight, but was KOd in round one by both Caveman Lee and Thomas Hearns subsequent to Hagler. And then he was stopped much later by Michael Nunn and Virgil Hill.

    His final slate was 71-28-1 -- 100 bouts put him in rarefied company. Also, seven of those 21 KO losses came in his last eight fights.

    After a very close review of his career, the word association that could more appropriately fit might be “incongruity,” or “action, or “resilient,” or even “peculiar.”

    Sadly, he was always one big win away from entering the top tier.

    Ted Sares can be reached at tedsares@roadrunner.com

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