“Winning the title is not important. The only thing I want to do is beat that loudmouth, that clown. It is what I live for, what I dream of. Olivares does not deserve to be champion. I am the national champion, and I am the one that Mexican fans want to be the world champion, and I will be.”

Jesus “Chucho” Castillo, 1970

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  • Jimmy Tobin


    Admittedly I’d never heard of Castillo, so I looked him up on Boxrec. He’s the first guy to beat Oliveres. Oliveres was 61-0-1 at the time, but if Boxrec is correct, he was only 23, with five years as a pro under his belt. I interpret that as meaning Oliveres wasn’t faded yet, though his loses piled up after the loss to Castillo. Castillo on the other hand, had 10 loses going into the Oliveres fight, with a bunch of them coming by stoppage.
    I need a context for this. How did Castillo pull it off, and just how big an upset was it?


    • thenonpareil

      Hi JT,

      Castillo learned his trade as a pro, basically, and came up the hard way. He fought some of the toughest bantams in Mexico on his way up, during an era when there were plenty of them. A 26-9-3 record at that time in Mexico was a lot different than the 30-0′s you see today. A lot different. Guys like Esparza, Tellez, and Medel were no joke.

      When Castillo finally hit his stride, he fought the best bantamweights of his era. Pinto, Pimentel, and Caraballo were all Ring-rated top 10 bantamweights. Beating Pimentel–one of the hardest-hitting bantams in history–is a big deal in itself. And Castillo fought Olivares–the hardest-punching bantam ever, period–three times in less than a year. In the span of five years or so, Castillo fought Olivares three times, Rafael Herrera twice, Pimentel, Caraballo, Pinto, Pinder, and Lionel Rose, who was a fantastic fighter in his prime.

      Here is what Jim Murray said about Castillo (from the LA Times obituary):

      “He fights people no one else will fight,” Murray continued in a 1968 column for The Times. “As long as it doesn’t have scales or breathe fire or live under water or have tusks or a mane, Chucho will take the match.”

      It’s interesting how many times he was stopped–forget the last 3 years of his career, he was already done–considering the fact that neither Olivares nor Pimentel could knock him out, and they were both feared punchers in their day. Castillo’s record is the record of a genuine prizefighter, not to be confused with the records of 90% of the guys prancing around the ring today….