Jose Becerra Dies This Day August 7, 2016
Mexican bantamweight was a legend
Here’s his defense against former champ Alphonse Halimi
Jesus “Hit man” Becerra (15 April 1936) is a retired Mexican boxer. He became world champion in the bantamweight division.
Becerra was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, the youngest of the five children of a rich family. His parents were Maria Covarrubias and Jesus Becerra. At age 12, in the 5th grade, Jose quit school to work in a carriage repair shop.
Becerra was discovered by veteran Mexican fight manager, Pancho Rosales, who developed the youngster’s skills. .
Becerra received his first public notice in the Mexican sports world by scoring an upset over the vastly more experienced Manuel Armenteros. After some ups and downs, Becerra earned a top 10 ranking by knocking out former world champion Mario D’Agata. A short time later, Becerra won the World Bantamweight Championship with a knockout over Alphonse Halimi.
After two successful title defenses, Becerra lost a stunning upset, being knocked out by club-fighter Eloy Sanchez in a non-title fight. Becerra was so dejected by the defeat that he announced his retirement at age 24.
In 1962, Mexican club fighter, Rudy Coronado was seriously injured in a fight. On a special benefit show for Coronado and his family, Becerra returned to the ring and won a 6 round decision over Alberto Martinez. Becerra donated his fight-purse to the injured boxer’s family. Becerra never fought again.