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Rafael Herrera boxer

Rafael Herrera image
Status inactive
Division bantamweight
Height 5′ 4″/163cm
Debut 1963-03-20
Born 1945-01-07
Nationality Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
bouts
60
won
47
lost
9
draw
4
bouts
60
won
47
lost
9
draw
4
Status inactive
Division bantamweight
Height 5′ 4″/163cm
Debut 1963-03-20
Born 1945-01-07
Nationality Mexico
Residence Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Herrera turned pro in 1963 and in 1972 defeated Rubén Olivares by TKO to capture the Lineal, WBC and WBA bantamweight titles. He lost the titles in his first defense to Enrique Pinder. Pinder was stripped of the WBC title after this fight for failure to defend against Rodolfo Martinez. Herrera fought Martinez for the vacant WBC bantamweight title the following year and won by TKO, a fight in which Martinez down four times (twice in 4th, twice in 11th), and Herrera was down in the 8th. He defended the title twice before losing it in 1974 in a rematch with Martinez. The outcome of the bout was controversial, as Herrera was on his feet at the count of 7 after being knocked down and was asked by the referee if he could continue. Herrera nodded "yes" but a split second later the referee raised Martinez' hand and declared him the winner. Herrera lurched forward but the referee contained him. The ensuing conversation between Herrera and the referee was heard on the national TV broadcast.

Herrera turned pro in 1963 and in 1972 defeated Rubén Olivares by TKO to capture the Lineal, WBC and WBA bantamweight titles. He lost the titles in his first defense to Enrique Pinder. Pinder was stripped of the WBC title after this fight for failure to defend against Rodolfo Martinez. Herrera fought Martinez for the vacant WBC bantamweight title the following year and won by TKO, a fight in which Martinez down four times (twice in 4th, twice in 11th), and Herrera was down in the 8th. He defended the title twice before losing it in 1974 in a rematch with Martinez. The outcome of the bout was controversial, as Herrera was on his feet at the count of 7 after being knocked down and was asked by the referee if he could continue. Herrera nodded "yes" but a split second later the referee raised Martinez' hand and declared him the winner. Herrera lurched forward but the referee contained him. The ensuing conversation between Herrera and the referee was heard on the national TV broadcast.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Feb. 25, 1986 Alfredo Meneses LLWLWL Forum, Inglewood WIN
Majority decision
May 23, 1976 Jose Cervantes WWLWWD Maestranza Cesar Giron, Maracay DRAW
Points
Nov. 10, 1975 Jose Luis Soto WWLWWL Los Mochis LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 5, 1975 Octavio Gomez WLWWLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 7, 1974 Rodolfo Martinez WLWWLW Plaza de Toros, Merida World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
May 25, 1974 Romeo Anaya WWWWWL Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 13, 1973 Venice Borkhorsor WWWWWW Forum, Inglewood World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

WIN
Split-decision
April 14, 1973 Rodolfo Martinez WWWWWW Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey vacant World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 14, 1972 Ruben Olivares WWWWLW Forum, Inglewood WIN
Majority decision
July 29, 1972 Enrique Pinder WWWWWW Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City World Boxing Association World Bantamweight

World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 19, 1972 Ruben Olivares WWWWWW El Toreo de Cuatro Caminos, Mexico City World Boxing Association World Bantamweight

World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

WIN
KO
Aug. 23, 1971 Chucho Castillo LWWWLW Forum, Inglewood NABF Bantamweight

WIN
Split-decision
June 14, 1971 Modesto Boy Dayaganon WWWDWL Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana NABF Bantamweight

WIN
KO
April 2, 1971 Cesar Deciga WWWWWW Forum, Inglewood WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 20, 1971 Rodolfo Martinez WWWWWW Forum, Inglewood vacant NABF Bantamweight

WIN
Majority decision
Sept. 5, 1970 Octavio Gomez DWDWWW Forum, Inglewood vacant NABF Bantamweight

WIN
Points
April 18, 1970 Jose Lopez Forum, Inglewood vacant NABF Bantamweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
March 17, 1970 Cesar Chavez WWWLWL Frontón Palacio Jai Alai, Tijuana vacant NABF Bantamweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 20, 1970 Yoshimoto Suda LLLWDD Frontón Palacio Jai Alai, Tijuana vacant NABF Bantamweight

WIN
KO
Sept. 25, 1969 Lenny Brice LWWWWL Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Technical knockout
July 26, 1969 Raul Cruz LWLWWW Arena Mexico, Mexico City LOSS
Points
April 17, 1969 Billy McGrandle WLWWWW Sales Pavilion, Edmonton DRAW
Points
March 29, 1969 Ricardo Solis WLLWLL Plaza de Toros, Torreon WIN
Technical knockout
March 4, 1969 Ken Nagamine WLWLLD Valley Music Theatre, Woodland Hills WIN
Points
Feb. 15, 1969 Chucho Castillo WWWWWL Plaza de Toros Monumental, Monterrey Mexico Bantamweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Dec. 19, 1968 Jerry Stokes LWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 21, 1968 Lenny Brice WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 28, 1968 Guillermo Tellez LLWWWL Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 3, 1968 Ronnie Jones LWWLLL Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
June 29, 1968 Santos Sandoval WWDWWW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
March 30, 1968 Raul Vega WLWWWL Arena Mexico, Mexico City WIN
Points
Dec. 5, 1967 Alex Rivera LDLL Civic Auditorium, San Jose WIN
Points
Oct. 17, 1967 Ricardo Solis LWL Civic Auditorium, San Jose WIN
KO
Sept. 19, 1967 Lupe Gonzalez WWLLDL Civic Auditorium, San Jose DRAW
TD
Aug. 18, 1967 Elias Vargas WWWWLL Arena, San Bernardino WIN
KO
July 6, 1967 Elias Vargas WWWWWL Mexico City WIN
Points
June 5, 1967 Alex Rivera LDL Stockton WIN
Points
May 16, 1967 Raton Perez LLWLLL San Jose WIN
Points
April 6, 1967 Jose Hernandez LLWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
March 2, 1967 Manuel Magallanes LLLLLW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Points
Jan. 21, 1967 Gerardo Luna WWWLWW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City DRAW
Points
Nov. 16, 1966 Alfredo Meneses WWLLLW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
July 13, 1966 Cornelio Vega WWLWLL Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
June 8, 1966 Gerardo Luna WLWWWW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
Jan. 6, 1966 Coruco Contreras WLWL Mexico City WIN
KO
Nov. 8, 1965 Coruco Contreras WLW Tuxtla Gutierrez WIN
KO
Oct. 9, 1965 Alfredo Meneses WWWWL Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
May 1, 1965 Gerardo Luna WWWLW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City LOSS
Points
April 3, 1965 Rogelio Rea WLWW Arena Mexico, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 27, 1965 Cid Cardenas WLLLWW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
Nov. 21, 1964 Andres Molina LLWWWW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 10, 1964 Alfonso Izquierdo LW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
Sept. 20, 1964 Miguel Zamudio Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 26, 1964 Jose Luis Madrid WW Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 7, 1964 Jose Luis Madrid Poza Rica LOSS
KO
Sept. 21, 1963 Alfonso Jose Cazares WWWWWL Arena Mexico, Mexico City LOSS
Points
July 13, 1963 David Monroy WLLWLL Arena Mexico, Mexico City WIN
Points
May 25, 1963 Wenceslao Angeles Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
April 17, 1963 Raul Martinez LL Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points
March 20, 1963 Memo Gonzalez LLLLLL Arena Coliseo, Mexico City WIN
Points