By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
30 years after his death, former WBC featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez was remembered Sunday as one of the greatest Mexican champions of all time.
Each year, Sanchez is remembered with a mass at the Shrine of Santa Maria del Buen Suceso in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico State, followed by a visit to the grave site, a meal and an amateur boxing event. This year hundreds of people gathered in memory of Sanchez including his former opponent Juan Laporte.
Sanchez was killed in an auto accident on August 12, 1982 at the peak of his career after making nine defenses of his WBC crown. He was only 23.
The remembrance tribute has been promoted over the years by Elvis Grant, the WBC and Sanchez Family.