Former WBC champ Rigoberto Riasco passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Sad to announce the passing of former world champion Rigoberto “El Pequeno Veneno” Riasco who died in Panama City at the age of 69. Riasco went into the history books as the first WBC super bantamweight champion ever when he defeated Waruinge Nakayama in eight rounds at the New Panama Gym in Panama City on April 3, 1976. He successfully defended the title twice and finished with a record of 26-9-4 with 13 KOs.

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  • Very good boxer with excellent skills, his weak chin prevents him to reach greatness. The great Alexis Arguello stopped him in 2 rounds in a premature referee intervention that could have been worse, because he almost stopped the fight when both fighters where exchanging seconds before. Rest in peace campeon

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