Name: Roberto Ayala
Hometown: Hialeah, Florida, USA
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Roberto Ayala was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Hialeah, Florida. As a youngster his heros were the famous boxers of his native country: Kid Chocolate and Benny (Kid) Paret. His cousin Frankie Otero, was beginning an amateur career, and Roberto wanted to follow in his footsteps. Roberto entered the local amateur boxing program and posted an undefeated record of 12-0-0.
Ayala turned professional in Miami Beach, Florida, under the promotional banner of Chris Dundee. Ayala was a popular attraction on the Beach and streaked to an unbeaten record of 17-0-1. However, various injuries sidelined his title hopes and he decided to retire at the age of 26.
In the late 1980s, Ayala suffered severe brain damage by mixing drinks and drugs. Ayala was in a coma-like state for over 20 years. He died in 2003.