Costello Cruz

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Costello Cruz

Name: Costello Cruz
Born: 1922-12-03
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Died: 1959-06-19 (Age:36)
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click
Judging Record: click

Manager and Trainer: Gus Wilson
Officiating Record: Judge

Costello Cruz, a Mexican-American, was a Middleweight and Light Heavyweight contender during the early-to-mid 1940s, with his career being halted by his service in World War II. Cruz had a succesful amateur career in which he won all 67 of his bouts. Cruz was known for his sudden switch between orthodox and southpaw stances, which he often punctuated with powerful uppercuts or left hooks. Two of Cruz's most impressive victories, came against Joe Kahut in Portland, stopping him on cuts and easily decisioning him in a rematch.

Cruz was also reported to have had a few fights in Texas with Heavyweights in 1946, prior to his rematch with Joe Kahut. His brother Rudy Cruz was also a Lightweight contender during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Cruz became an official with the California State Athletic Commission after his retirement, before succumbing to cancer in 1959.


  • Los Angeles Times, November 5, 1941 (mentions amateur record)