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Daniel Zaragoza
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Nickname(s) El Zurdo de Tacubaya,
Rated at Bantamweight
Super Bantamweight
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Reach 1.73 metres (68 in)
Nationality Mexican
Born 11 December 1957 (1957-12-11) (age 63)
Mexico City, Mexico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 66
Wins 55
Wins by KO 28
Losses 8
Draws 3
No contests 0

Daniel Zaragoza (born December 11, 1957 in Mexico City) is a Mexican former professional boxer known also as "Zurdo de Tacubaya". Described as a "road warrior" for his willingness to travel and fan friendly style, Zaragoza was a popular champion in the Bantamweight and Super Bantamweight divisions throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Amateur career

  • 1979 Represented Mexico as a bantamweight at the Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Results were:
    • Defeated Alfonso Abata (Ecuador)
    • Lost to Jackie Beard (United States) points
  • Represented Mexico as a bantamweight at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Results were:
    • Defeated Philip Sutcliffe (Ireland) points
    • Defeated Ray Gilbody (Great Britain) points
    • Lost to Michael Anthony (Guyana) TKO by 2

Professional career

In October 1980, Zaragoza won his pro debut against Ernesto Gutierrez.

WBC Bantamweight Championship

In 1985 he captured the vacant WBC Bantamweight title with a disqualification victory over Freddie Jackson in Aruba.

He lost his title in his first defense to Miguel "Happy" Lora. In his next bout in 1986, he suffered a non-title loss to IBF Bantamweight Champion and future International Boxing Hall of Fame member Jeff Fenech in Australia.

WBC Super Bantamweight Championship

Zaragoza moved up in weight in his next bout and scored 7 consecutive wins before capturing the vacant WBC Super Bantamweight title with a knockout win over future hall of fame member Carlos Zarate in 1988.

He successfully retained the title five times, including a hard-fought draw in South Korea against IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lee Seung-hoon, a knockout victory against future champion Valerio Nati in Italy, a decision victory over Paul Banke (16-3-0) in the first fight of their trilogy, a knockout victory against Frankie Duarte (47-7-1), and a decision victory over former champion Chan-Yong Park in South Korea. In 1990, he lost the belt to Paul Banke whom he had defeated just three fights prior.

Banke would go on to lose the title by knockout against Pedro Ruben Decima, who in turn was knocked out by Kiyoshi Hatanaka. In 1991, Zaragoza regained the belt with a split decision win over Hatanaka in Japan. He defended the belt against Chun Huh (25-2-0) of South Korea and avenged his loss to Paul Banke. In 1992, he lost his title to Thierry Jacob by decision in France. In his next two fights he battled newly crowned WBC super bantamweight titleholder Tracy Harris Patterson, who had recently defeated Jacob. He fought to a draw with Patterson in the first bout and lost by technical knockout in the second bout when the fight was stopped due to a cut despite the objections of Zaragoza.

Oldest Super Bantamweight Champion

In 1995 he would yet again get another crack at the title against WBC Super Bantamweight champion Hector Acero Sánchez, who had defeated Tracy Harris Patterson to win the title. The bout was controversially ruled a draw with most observers believing Zaragoza should have been declared the winner. He fought a rematch with Sánchez later in the year and won the belt via split decision. At 36 years 11 months, he became the oldest super bantamweight champion in history.

This began a late-career surge for Zaragoza who was able to defend the title four times, including two wins against former and future champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in Japan, a tko win over Tsuyoshi Harada (20-1-0) also in Japan, and an upset win against undefeated bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough who had recently moved up in weight. On Sep 6, 1997, he lost his title to then-undefeated 21-year-old Erik Morales, who knocked out Zaragoza in the 11th round. Zaragoza retired after the bout at the age of 39 with a record of 55-8-3.

Retirement

He was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
66 fights 55 wins 8 losses
By knockout 28 3
By decision 25 5
By disqualification 2 0
Draws 3
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
66 Loss 55–8–3 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Sep 6, 1997 United States County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Lost WBC super bantamweight title
65 Win 55–7–3 Japan Joichiro Tatsuyoshi UD 12 Apr 14, 1997 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan Retained WBC super bantamweight title
64 Win 54–7–3 United States Wayne McCullough SD 12 Jan 11, 1997 United States Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
63 Win 53–7–3 Japan Tsuyoshi Harada TKO 7 (12) Jul 20, 1996 Japan Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan Retained WBC super bantamweight title
62 Win 52–7–3 Japan Joichiro Tatsuyoshi TKO 11 (12) Mar 3, 1996 Japan Arena, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Retained WBC super bantamweight title
61 Win 51–7–3 Dominican Republic Hector Acero Sánchez SD 12 Nov 6, 1995 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won WBC super bantamweight title
60 Draw 50–7–3 Dominican Republic Hector Acero Sánchez MD 12 Jun 2, 1995 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, U.S. For WBC super bantamweight title
59 Win 50–7–2 Venezuela José Sanabria UD 10 Feb 11, 1995 United States Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
58 Win 49–7–2 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Vargas KO 7 (?) Oct 22, 1994 United States Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
57 Win 48–7–2 Mexico Nino Ruiz TKO 4 (?) Aug 11, 1994 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
56 Win 47–7–2 Mexico Wilfredo Urbina TKO 5 (?) Jul 1, 1994 Mexico Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico
55 Win 46–7–2 Mexico Juan Francisco Soto UD 10 Jun 11, 1994 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
54 Win 45–7–2 Puerto Rico Alejandro Batista RTD 2 (10) Dec 4, 1993 United States Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, U.S.
53 Loss 44–7–2 United States Tracy Harris Patterson TKO 7 (12) Sep 25, 1993 United States Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S. For WBC super bantamweight title
52 Draw 44–6–2 United States Tracy Harris Patterson SD 12 Dec 5, 1992 France Palais des Sports, Berck-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, France For WBC super bantamweight title
51 Loss 44–6–1 France Thierry Jacob UD 12 Mar 20, 1992 France Chapiteau-Vieux Fort Niculay, Calais, Pas-de-Calais, France Lost WBC super bantamweight title
50 Win 44–5–1 United States Paul Banke UD 12 Dec 9, 1991 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
49 Win 43–5–1 South Korea Joon Huh UD 12 Aug 24, 1991 South Korea Daehan Life Insurance Bldg, Seoul, South Korea Retained WBC super bantamweight title
48 Win 42–5–1 Japan Kiyoshi Hatanaka SD 12 Jun 14, 1991 Japan Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan Won WBC super bantamweight title
47 Win 41–5–1 Mexico Moi Hernandez PTS 10 Apr 5, 1991 Mexico Piedras Negras, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
46 Loss 40–5–1 United States Paul Banke TKO 9 (12) Apr 23, 1990 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Lost WBC super bantamweight title
45 Win 40–4–1 South Korea Park Chan-yong SD 12 Dec 3, 1989 South Korea Sunin Gymnasium, Incheon, South Korea Retained WBC super bantamweight title
44 Win 39–4–1 United States Frankie Duarte TKO 10 (12) Aug 31, 1989 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
43 Win 38–4–1 United States Paul Banke SD 12 Jun 22, 1989 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Retained WBC super bantamweight title
42 Win 37–4–1 Italy Valerio Nati KO 5 (12) Nov 26, 1988 Italy Palazzo dello sport, Forli, Emilia Romagna, Italy Retained WBC super bantamweight title
41 Draw 36–4–1 South Korea Seung Hoon Lee SD 12 May 29, 1988 South Korea Hongkuk Gymnasium, Yeosu, South Korea Retained WBC super bantamweight title
40 Win 36–4 Mexico Carlos Zárate Serna TKO 10 (12) Feb 29, 1988 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. Won vacant WBC super bantamweight title
39 Win 35–4 Mexico Noe Gonzalez KO 7 (?) Dec 17, 1987 Mexico Arena Naucalpan, Naucalpan de Juárez, México, Mexico
38 Win 34–4 United States Darryl Thigpen PTS 12 Jul 31, 1987 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
37 Win 33–4 United States Ramiro Adames TKO 5 (10) Jun 28, 1987 United States Las Americas Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S.
36 Win 32–4 United States Aaron Lopez UD 12 Apr 3, 1987 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Retained NABF super bantamweight title
35 Win 31–4 United States Mike Ayala KO 7 (12) Dec 6, 1986 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Won NABF super bantamweight title
34 Win 30–4 Mexico Raul Negrete TKO 7 (?) Aug 29, 1986 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
33 Win 29–4 Mexico Antonio Gonzalez PTS 10 Jul 4, 1986 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
32 Loss 28–4 Australia Jeff Fenech UD 10 Apr 11, 1986 Australia Entertainment Centre, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
31 Loss 28–3 Colombia Miguel Lora UD 12 Aug 9, 1985 United States Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S. Lost WBC bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Mexico Jorge Ramirez DQ 7 (12) May 4, 1985 Mexico Concorde Boxing Arena, Oranjestad, Aruba Won vacant WBC bantamweight title
Jackson was disqualified because of an intentional head-butt
29 Win 27–2 Mexico Jorge Ramirez PTS 12 Nov 30, 1984 Mexico La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
28 Win 26–2 Mexico Jorge Ramirez DQ 11 (12) Sep 21, 1984 Mexico Plaza de Toros Alberto Balderas, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
Ramirez was disqualified for butting
27 Win 25–2 Mexico Mario Gomez TKO 3 (12) May 21, 1984 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
26 Win 24–2 Australia Patrick Young TKO 4 (?) Mar 16, 1984 Mexico Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
25 Win 23–2 Mexico Javier Marquez TKO 5 (12) Feb 18, 1984 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
24 Win 22–2 Mexico Rigoberto Estrada PTS 12 Dec 16, 1983 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
23 Win 21–2 Mexico Rodolfo Martínez TKO 11 (12) Oct 29, 1983 Mexico Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
22 Win 20–2 Mexico Martin Torres TKO 5 (12) Sep 26, 1983 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
21 Loss 19–2 United States Harold Petty UD 12 Aug 8, 1983 United States Astro Arena, Houston, Texas, U.S. For NABF bantamweight title
20 Win 19–1 Mexico Jesus Lopez PTS 12 May 27, 1983 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
19 Win 18–1 Mexico Rigoberto Estrada PTS 12 Mar 18, 1983 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
18 Win 17–1 United States Lorenzo Ramirez PTS 10 Jan 29, 1983 United States Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 Mexico Jesus Lopez PTS 12 Nov 29, 1982 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico Retained Mexico bantamweight title
16 Win 15–1 Mexico Jorge Ramirez PTS 12 Sep 4, 1982 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won Mexico bantamweight title
15 Loss 14–1 United States Harold Petty UD 10 Jul 29, 1982 United States Showboat Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Ramon Concha TKO 2 (?) Apr 23, 1982 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Francisco Paco Mayo TKO 5 (?) Mar 5, 1982 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Miguel Juarez PTS 10 Feb 12, 1982 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Mario Chavez PTS 10 Nov 21, 1981 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Julio Avendano KO 4 (?) Oct 30, 1981 Mexico Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Javier Marquez TKO 8 (?) Sep 16, 1981 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Rayito Gonzalez TKO 4 (10) Aug 28, 1981 Mexico Campeche, Campeche, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 United States Alonzo Gonzalez PTS 10 Jul 22, 1981 United States Los Angeles, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Roque Guillen TKO 3 (?) Jun 27, 1981 Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Jose Zapata PTS 10 May 15, 1981 Mexico Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Jesus Maravilla KO 2 (?) Mar 29, 1981 Mexico Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Joel Segura KO 10 (10) Feb 21, 1981 Mexico Merida, Yucatán, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Porfirio Urrutia TKO 3 (?) Dec 19, 1980 Mexico Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Mario Ernesto Gutierrez KO 4 (?) Oct 17, 1980 Mexico Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
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