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Argentine heavyweight Gregorio Peralta


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Sometimes it isn’t just talent that makes someone successful inside the ropes. A generous dash of luck usually helps. Also being in the right place at the right time doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately for Gregorio Peralta of Argentina on this occasion two out of three isn’t good. He had talent and lots of it but he lacked luck and the ability to be in the right place. Peralta was a throw back to the cagey old veteran boxers of decades before. He campaigned successfully in two weight divisions throughout the sixties and early seventies. As a light heavyweight he carried a pretty solid wallop to go along with his uncanny ring generalship. He defeated champion Willie Pastrano in a non title bout to qualify for a 1964 title shot. Pastrano fought maybe the best fight of his career but Peralta stayed right with him until a cut forced a stoppage in Willie’s favor. Gregorio would never receive another attempt at a championship.

 

 

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Sometimes it isn’t just talent that makes someone successful inside the ropes. A generous dash of luck usually helps. Also being in the right place at the right time doesn’t hurt. Unfortunately for Gregorio Peralta of Argentina on this occasion two out of three isn’t good. He had talent and lots of it but he lacked luck and the ability to be in the right place. Peralta was a throw back to the cagey old veteran boxers of decades before. He campaigned successfully in two weight divisions throughout the sixties and early seventies.

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--- Loathe to see that boxrec had edited down his storied 99-9-9, 60 KO record to 98-9-9, but such are the ever moving goalposts at boxrec.

 

Yeah, late in his long career he took on a young raging Foreman twice to great acclaim and then a draw against a young Ron Lyle in his last bout. Argentines have long provided some of the best talent in boxing but their best seldom get the breaks afforded to Americans in their bouts in the US. Any version of Peralta would have been a quantum step up from the likes of a Tavoris Cloud who really can't box and lacks power in the upper echelon that he was maneuvered into for a belt as just one example of the morass competitive boxing has fallen into.

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