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Luisito Espinosa boxer

Luisito Espinosa image
Status inactive
Division featherweight
Height 5′ 7½″/172cm
Reach 69″/175cm
Debut 1984-05-25
Born 1967-06-26
Nationality Philippines
Residence San Francisco, California, USA
bouts
60
won
47
lost
13
draw
0
bouts
60
won
47
lost
13
draw
0
Status inactive
Division featherweight
Height 5′ 7½″/172cm
Reach 69″/175cm
Debut 1984-05-25
Born 1967-06-26
Nationality Philippines
Residence San Francisco, California, USA

Espinosa turned professional in 1984. In 1989, he won the WBA Bantamweight title by knocking out Kaokor Galaxy in the first round. He was then managed by famed boxing analyst and businessman Hermie Rivera. Espinosa defended the title twice before losing it to Israel Contreras by a fifth-round knockout in 1991.Espinosa made an arduous climb back to the top, this time fighting under Joe Koizumi's stable. His comeback culminated in 1995, when he won the WBC Featherweight title by outpointing Manuel Medina. In his first title defense, Espinosa knocked out Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzalez in the 4th round in Mexico. He then took on the hard-hitting body-puncher César Soto at Luneta (Rizal) Park in Manila and hammered out a well-deserved unanimous decision in front of his countrymen, which included no less than President Fidel V. Ramos. He defended the title seven times before losing the belt in 1999 to Soto who won by a controversial unanimous decision. The following year, he challenged Guty Espadas, Jr. for the Vacant WBC Featherweight Title, but was outboxed and lost a technical decision after their fight was stopped after a clash of heads.

Espinosa turned professional in 1984. In 1989, he won the WBA Bantamweight title by knocking out Kaokor Galaxy in the first round. He was then managed by famed boxing analyst and businessman Hermie Rivera. Espinosa defended the title twice before losing it to Israel Contreras by a fifth-round knockout in 1991.Espinosa made an arduous climb back to the top, this time fighting under Joe Koizumi's stable. His comeback culminated in 1995, when he won the WBC Featherweight title by outpointing Manuel Medina. In his first title defense, Espinosa knocked out Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzalez in the 4th round in Mexico. He then took on the hard-hitting body-puncher César Soto at Luneta (Rizal) Park in Manila and hammered out a well-deserved unanimous decision in front of his countrymen, which included no less than President Fidel V. Ramos. He defended the title seven times before losing the belt in 1999 to Soto who won by a controversial unanimous decision. The following year, he challenged Guty Espadas, Jr. for the Vacant WBC Featherweight Title, but was outboxed and lost a technical decision after their fight was stopped after a clash of heads.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Feb. 18, 2005 Cristobal Cruz LWLWWW Memorial Civic Auditorium, Stockton LOSS
KO
July 9, 2004 Carlos Navarro WWLDLW Reno Hilton Theater, Reno vacant World Boxing Council Mundo Hispano Super Featherweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
March 27, 2003 Marco Angel Perez LWWWLL Oakland Arena, Oakland vacant World Boxing Council Mundo Hispano Super Featherweight

WIN
KO
Oct. 11, 2002 Zahir Raheem WWWWWW Creek Nation Gaming Center, Tulsa LOSS
Technical knockout
May 23, 2002 Ever Beleno WLLLLL Compaq Center, San Jose WIN
KO
Jan. 6, 2001 Augie Sanchez WWWWWL Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas LOSS
Technical knockout
Oct. 20, 2000 Ramon Aragon WWLLLW The Palace, Auburn Hills WIN
Corner retirement
April 14, 2000 Guty Espadas Jr WWWWWW Polyforum Zam Ná, Merida vacant World Boxing Council World Featherweight

LOSS
TD
May 15, 1999 Cesar Soto WWWWWW Equestrian Center, El Paso World Boxing Council World Featherweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Nov. 28, 1998 Kennedy McKinney WWLWWW Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio World Boxing Council World Featherweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 15, 1998 Juan Carlos Ramirez WWWWWW County Coliseum, El Paso World Boxing Council World Featherweight

WIN
TD
Dec. 6, 1997 Carlos Rios WWWWWW South Cotabato Stadium, Koronadal City WIN
Technical knockout
May 17, 1997 Manuel Medina WWLWLW Luneta Park, Manila WIN
TD
Nov. 2, 1996 Nobutoshi Hiranaka WWWWLW Marine Messe, Fukuoka World Boxing Council World Featherweight

WIN
Technical knockout
July 6, 1996 Cesar Soto WLWWWW Luneta Park, Manila World Boxing Council World Featherweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 1, 1996 Alejandro Gonzalez WWWWWL Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara World Boxing Council World Featherweight

WIN
KO
Dec. 11, 1995 Manuel Medina LWWLWW Korakuen Hall World Boxing Council World Featherweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 9, 1995 Raul Perez WLWDL Korakuen Hall WIN
KO
July 30, 1995 Tomoaki Iwasa WLLWWW Aichi Prefectural Gym, Nagoya WIN
Technical knockout
May 6, 1995 Singnum Chuwatana WWWWLW Korakuen Hall WIN
KO
May 14, 1994 Hong-Nam Yong Araneta Center, Quezon City WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 13, 1993 Alejandro Gonzalez WWWWWW Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara World Boxing Council International Featherweight

LOSS
KO
May 20, 1993 Boyet Andales LWLWWW Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 20, 1993 Raul Martinez Mora LWLWWW Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila vacant World Boxing Council Mundo Hispano Featherweight

WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 28, 1992 Evgeny Burchak WDWWLW Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 26, 1992 Thanomchit Kiatkriengkrai LWWWWW Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila WIN
KO
July 17, 1992 Eduardo Rojas LDLLWL Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila WIN
Unanimous decision
March 14, 1992 Rudy Cabiles WWDLLW Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 19, 1991 Israel Contreras WWWWWW Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City LOSS
KO
Nov. 29, 1990 Thanomsak Sithbaobay WWWWWW Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok World Boxing Association World Bantamweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 12, 1990 YongMan Chun WWLLLL Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila WIN
Technical knockout
May 30, 1990 Hurley Snead WWWWWW Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok World Boxing Association World Bantamweight

WIN
Corner retirement
Dec. 1, 1989 Juan Mendoza LLWL Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 18, 1989 Khaokor Galaxy WWWWWW Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok World Boxing Association World Bantamweight

WIN
KO
Aug. 30, 1989 Keiichi Ozaki WWDWWL Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu WIN
Unanimous decision
June 28, 1989 Yung-Duk Park WLDLLL Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu WIN
Technical knockout
April 28, 1989 Pedro Rodriguez LLLLWL Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 18, 1989 Somboonyod Singsamang LWWWLL Ninoy Aquino Stadium, District of Malate, Manila WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 4, 1988 Young Chun Min WWWWWW Indoor Gymnasium, Gwangju City LOSS
Split-decision
July 23, 1988 Mauro Diaz DWLWLW Concourse Exhibit Hall, San Francisco USA California State Bantamweight

WIN
KO
May 20, 1988 Ron Cisneros LLLLWL Concourse Exhibit Hall, San Francisco USA California State Bantamweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 14, 1988 Juan Jose Estrada WWWLLW Tijuana World Boxing Council International Bantamweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Sept. 27, 1987 Loremer Pontino WWWWWW Tagum City WIN
KO
Sept. 5, 1987 Dadoy Andujar WWWLLW Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City WIN
Unanimous decision
May 16, 1987 Roger Pilapil WLWWWW Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 7, 1987 Ruben De La Cruz WWDLLL Davao City WIN
KO
Nov. 8, 1986 Bong Ho Lee LWLWDL Manila Midtown Ramada Hotel - Malate, Manila WIN
Unanimous decision
June 25, 1986 Ari Blanca WWLWWW Elorde Sports Center, Paranaque City WIN
Points
March 22, 1986 Robinson Cabusao WLLLLW WIN
Points
Feb. 2, 1986 Dadoy Andujar LWLWWW General Santos City LOSS
Split-decision
Dec. 6, 1985 Jun Resma WWWDWD Paranaque City LOSS
Points
July 19, 1985 Romy Navarrete WWWLWW University of Life Training & Recreational Arena (ULTRA), Pasig City WIN
Points
May 29, 1985 Roger Pilapil WDLLLW Elorde Sports Center, Paranaque City WIN
Unanimous decision
March 22, 1985 Romy Austria LLLLLW Pasay City Sports Complex, Pasay City WIN
Points
Nov. 16, 1984 Titing Dignos L Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City WIN
Points
Sept. 22, 1984 Danny Duran LWLLLL Pasay City Sports Complex, Pasay City WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 15, 1984 Manuel Corpus WL Pasay City Sports Complex, Pasay City WIN
KO
Aug. 17, 1984 Ariel Samson WWWL Tayuman, District of Santa Cruz, Manila LOSS
Points
July 29, 1984 Ric Santiago Pasay City Sports Complex, Pasay City WIN
Points
May 25, 1984 Vladimer Raffy D San Pedro WIN
Points