Jose Legra

Sport: Boxing
Nationality: Cuba Cuba
Birth date: 1943-04-19 (71 years)

Jose Legra is a professional boxer of Cuban descent and is also a former title holder of the both the European and WBC featherweight belt.

His first fight as professional boxer was in June 1960 against Pedro Pinera. After four rounds he was ahead at the scorecards and won by points. He emerged winner against other two boxers, Victor Recio and Julian Perez, before getting his first draw in the match against Jose Ramon Ferrer. At that time he planned to fight in his native country of Cuba and in nearby Mexico for the next three years of his career. He won 27 fights with 5 draws, and 2 losses.

Jose then moved to Spain in order to improve his chances of becoming a world champion. In his first bout on October 1963, he won via a 6th round stoppage against Lazaro ben Layachi. The Cuban boxer then made an impressive 60 wins in the four years with only one recorded defeat. The only loss was with in the fight against Howard Winstone in 1965.

He got his first championship belt after defeating Yves Desmarets by knocking him out in the third round. In December 1967, he was awarded the European featherweight crown. Legra later gave up the belt without defending his title.

In a twist of fate, Jose got his opportunity to win the world title in 1968 in a rematch with Howard Winstone. The match was stopped in the fifth round due to Howard’s swollen left eye. Legra won by points and the WBC featherweight belt.

He won two more fights before losing the title to Johnny Famechon in 1969. He won the European featherweight title in the succeeding year and vacant WBC featherweight championship belt against Clemente Sanchez in 1972. His final boxing record was 134 wins with 3 losses, and 4 draws.

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