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PARAGUAY, OL�
Pat Putnam
March 16, 1981
In January of 1975 the WBC ordered Rafael Lovera of Paraguay to fight Luis Estaba of Venezuela for the vacated light flyweight title. At the time the president of the WBC was Ramon Valesquez, a playground director in Mexico City who likes to be addressed as "doctor." (A year before, a stunned American fight official claimed to have seen Valesquez collect $20,000 in cash from a Bangkok promoter and pass it off as a combination of sanction fees and fines.)
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March 16, 1981

Paraguay, Ol�

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In January of 1975 the WBC ordered Rafael Lovera of Paraguay to fight Luis Estaba of Venezuela for the vacated light flyweight title. At the time the president of the WBC was Ramon Valesquez, a playground director in Mexico City who likes to be addressed as "doctor." (A year before, a stunned American fight official claimed to have seen Valesquez collect $20,000 in cash from a Bangkok promoter and pass it off as a combination of sanction fees and fines.)

Although no one in South America had heard of Lovera, his record was cited by the WBC as 20-1-1. The champion at the time was Franco Udella, a mediocre fighter from Italy. Valesquez first ordered Udella to fight Lovera, but when the Italian pleaded illness, he was stripped of the title.

Valesquez then ordered the Lovera-Estaba fight for the vacated crown. Lovera was knocked out in the third round. That was no surprise. It was, in fact, Lovera's first professional fight.

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