Sixto Escobar

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Sixto Escobar
Class of 2002
Old Timer Category
Hall of Fame bio:click

Name: Sixto Escobar
Alias: El Gallito
Born: 1913-03-23
Birthplace: Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Died: 1979-11-17 (Age:66)
Hometown: Barceloneta, Puerto Rico
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 3″   /   160cm
Boxing Record: click

Managers: Tony Rojas & Lou Brix
Trainers: Ray Arcel, Whitey Bimstein
Sixto Escobar Gallery


Sixto Escobar was the first boxer from Puerto Rico to win a World Championship. (See also, Puerto Rican World Champions.)

According to the Oct. 25, 1934 Montreal Gazette, boxer Tony Rojas was Escobar's early manager. It was Rojas who had brought Escobar to the United States. Lou Brix was Escobar's manager on the continent. When Escobar came to Montreal, Rojas and Brix had a dispute over Escobar's management.

After he had won the world title, Escobar became a hero of Puerto Rico. In early December 1935 he went back to San Juan where Acting Governor Jose Padin ordered all schools closed, and government offices "opened one hour late so that all employees could go to the dock" to welcome Escobar. There was a parade around the entire city with "Escobar holding aloft the lone star flag of Puerto Rico. Newspapers and Nationalists warned against the display of the American flag." He also received a trophy given by the insular board of athletics. "Barceloneta, his home town, has declared a week of festive rejoicing in his honor." Dec. 8 & Dec. 9, 1935 New York Times. Also in 1935, a stadium in San Juan was named in his honor. The Sixto Escobar Stadium exists to this day.

Escobar was featured on the cover of the December 1936 The Ring magazine, (and co-featured on the October 1937 cover).

According to a Nov. 1, 1943 Tacoma News Tribune newspaper (Tacoma, WA, USA) wire report, Escobar was serving in the U. S. Army's Antilles Air Command Coast Artillery at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Escobar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002.


Notable fights include:

See also, Main Wikipedia Bio; Boxing News Blog bio: [1]


Escobar's BoxRec boxing record does not show the following unverified and undated Puerto Rican fights, sometimes shown in published records for him, but which have not been located in San Juan newspapers:

1930, W TKO 3, El Kid; 1930, W Points 6, Luis Perez; 1930, W Points 6 (a supposed second fight) Luis Perez; 1931, Luis Perez, W KO 2; 1931, Firpo Zuliano, W KO 5; 1932, K.O. Tiger, W Points 8; 1932, Jose Lago, W Points 10; 1932, Young Pancho Villa, W Points 10; 1933, Felipe Andrade, Draw 10; 1933, Felipe Andrade (a second fight), Draw 10; 1934, Billy Nelson, W KO 10; 1934, Ray Lulolo, W Points 10; 1934, Kid Truyol, W KO 8.

Some of these supposed fights appear to be duplications. Others may have occurred, but have not been found, and can be entered when verified.



Preceded by:
Panama Al Brown
Recognition withdrawn
Montreal Athletic Commission World Bantamweight Champion
26 Jun 1934– 26 Aug 1935
Succeeded by:
Lou Salica
Preceded by:
Panama Al Brown
Recognition withdrawn
NBA World Bantamweight Champion
7 Aug 1935– 26 Aug 1935
Succeeded by:
Lou Salica
Preceded by:
Panama Al Brown
Recognition withdrawn
NYSAC World Bantamweight Champion
7 Aug 1935?– 26 Aug 1935
Succeeded by:
Lou Salica
Preceded by:
Lou Salica
World Bantamweight Champion
Disputed until defeat of Tony Marino on August 31, 1936

15 Nov 1935– 23 Sep 1937
Succeeded by:
Harry Jeffra
Preceded by:
Harry Jeffra
World Bantamweight Champion
20 Feb 1938– Oct 1939
Abandons
Succeeded by:
Georgie Pace (NBA)
Lou Salica (New York), (California, disputed)
Little Dado (California, disputed)