Ricardo Mendoza Fortaleza (Born April 18, 1951 in Malate, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino-Australian retired Olympic amateur boxer/amateur boxing coach and boxing instructor. He now resides in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia.
Ricardo fought in the bantamweight division. He has won a gold medal in Tokyo, Japan in 1969 at the first Asian youth championships. He has won the only gold medal in Amateur Boxing for the Philippines in the 6th Asian Games in Bangkok and a silver medal finish in the 1971 Asian Boxing Championship in Tehran. Ricardo was Philippine National Games champion in 1969-1974 and Manila Golden Gloves champion in 1965-1967.
The Fortaleza brothers
Ricardo was one of the four famous Fortaleza brothers in the Philippines, they were all famous in the sport of Boxing. The four consisted of Ricardo "Ric", Reynaldo "Rey", Renato "Rene" and Rogelio "Roger". Although Ric was the most successful of the four, Rey, Rene and Roger did have great achievements to.
Ricardo also represented Philippines in the 1972 Munich Olympics as a bantamweight, losing by 2nd round TKO to Alfonso Zamora of Mexico.
Semi-retirement, boxing coach/instructor
Together with his younger brother Renato, they bid amateur boxing goodbye after topping the 1974 tryouts for the seventh Asian Games in Tehran. He eventually became the Philippines boxing team coach from 1976 to 1980.
Ricardo led the Philippine team at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the President's Cup in Jakarta, the King's Cup in Bangkok, the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, the second World Boxing championships in Belgrade, the Asian Games in Bangkok, the Inter-Cup tournament in Schriesheim (Germany), the Acropolis Cup in Athens and several other international tournaments.
Ricardo also got assigned to train boxers from different parts of the world. He helped introduce the sport of amateur boxing in Oman, when he was assigned to the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. He coached the Oman boxing team from 1986 to 1990, and led the team to the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.
He was also boxing coach at Taipei College of Physical Education in Taiwan.
Sydney Olympics 2000
Ricardo migrated with his family to Australia in the early 2000s. He also volunteered at the Sydney Olympic games in boxing tournaments.
Ricardo is actually one of twelve kids, two of which died at birth, he is the third oldest. His father Raymundo Fortaleza and mother Lorenza Fortaleza had a hard time taking care of ten kids at a time.
Ricardo has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Physical Education. He also took up Electrical Engineering at Far Eastern University in Manila.
He is currently married to his childhood love, and now wife for 32 years, Elisa Fortaleza. They have three children, Richelle, Cherille and Eric.
Ricardo currently teaches boxing at Blacktown, PCYC.
Championships and accomplishments
Gold medal - 6th Asian Games Silver medal - 1971 Asian Boxing Champhionship olympian - 1972 Munich Olympics Philippine's Amateur Boxer of the year - 1970, 1971 and 1972 Araullo High School's Most Outstanding Alumnus in Sports in 1993 Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_Fortaleza"
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