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Former champ Chucho Castillo passes

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA/WBC bantamweight world champion Jesus “Chucho” Castillo passed away at the age of 68 on Tuesday afternoon in Mexico City after suffering a heart attack. Castillo had a career record of 47-18-2 with 22 KOs and fought the best of his era including Jose Medel, Bernardo Caraballo, Jesus Pimentel, Lionel Rose, Rafael Herrera, Ruben Olivares, Enrique Pinder, Bobby Chacon, Rafael Ortega and Danny Lopez among others. On October 16, 1970 at the Forum in Inglewood, California, he snatched the WBA and WBC bantamweight crowns from Ruben Olivares by TKO in 14 rounds. He was currently working at the Metro Workers Union in Mexico City and was known as a kind and decent man.

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