Salvador Sanchez

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Class of 1991
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Salvador Sanchez
Alias: Chava
Born: 1959-01-26
Birthplace: Tianguistenco, México, Mexico
Died: 1982-08-12 (Age:23)
Hometown: Tianguistenco, México, Mexico
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 6″   /   168cm
Reach: 68″   /   173cm
Boxing Record: click

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Salvador Sanchez was a complete fighter who possessed speed, power, and excellent counter-punching skills.

Sanchez won the WBC Featherweight Championship in 1980 by stopping Danny Lopez in thirteen rounds, becoming the first Mexican since Ruben Olivares to win a world featherweight title. He made nine successful title defenses.

In his highest profile fight, Sanchez stopped the undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Wilfredo Gomez in eight rounds in 1981. Gomez, who was 32-0-1 (32 KOs), was a 2-1 betting favorite.

The Ring named Sanchez Fighter of the Year for 1981, along with Sugar Ray Leonard.

In his last fight, Sanchez stopped Azumah Nelson in fifteen rounds on July 21, 1982.

Sanchez died August 12, 1982, when his white Porsche was hit head-on by a truck as he attempted to pass another truck in front of him.

In 1991, Sanchez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 1999, The Associated Press named Sanchez the 3rd greatest featherweight of the 20th century.

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Preceded by:
Danny Lopez
WBC Featherweight Champion
1980 Feb 2 – 1982 Aug 12
Succeeded by:
Juan La Porte