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Recalling the career of Manuel Ramos – Mexico’s first heavyweight of note
Miles Templeton Boxing historian

ALTHOUGH Mexico has produced some outstanding fighters, the country is not known for producing worldclass heavyweights. That has all changed with Andy Ruiz Jnr. An American by birth, Ruiz has Mexican roots, and he represented that country as an amateur. Another American of Mexican heritage, Chris Arreola, has had three cracks at the WBC heavyweight title but has failed to last the distance in any of them. Arreola, though, was not the first Mexican to challenge for world heavyweight honours, as Manuel Ramos, now largely forgotten, took this accolade in 1968 when he fought the legendary Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden.

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