Tough guy Castillo dies at 68
Former WBA and WBC bantamweight champion Jesus Castillo has died at the age of 68.
“Chucho” Castillo, who fought from 1962 to 1975 and was involved in some memorable bouts, died in Mexico City after surgery.
Castillo is best remembered for his three fights against another Mexican, Ruben Olivares.
All three fights were at the Forum in Inglewood. In the first one, on April 18 1970, Castillo lost on points over 15 rounds in a challenge for the WBA and WBC bantamweight titles. On October 16 the same year he won the titles by stopping Olivares in the 14th round.
On April 2 1971 Olivares regained the titles in another closely fought contest.
Castillo, whose real names were Jesus Castillo Aguillera, was born on June 17 1944. He made his professional debut on April 26 1962 when he lost on points over six rounds to Carlos Navarrette.
He won the Mexican bantamweight title in April 1967 when he outpointed Jose Medel and first challenged for a major title in December 1968 when he fought Lionel Rose for the WBC and WBA bantamweight titles.
Castillo lost on a split decision after knocking Rose down in the last round. The result triggered a riot in which debris was thrown into the ring and cars overturned in the parking lot.
Among the top fighters he faced were Bernardo Caraballo, Jesus Pimental, Rafael Herrera, Enrique Pinder, Bobby Chacon, Rafael Ortega and Danny Lopez.
After his third fight against Olivares he won only five more fights and lost seven to finish with record of 47-18-2, including 22 knockouts.