Ruben Olivares can be said as the greatest Mexican boxer ever to grace the ring. He had a record of a whooping 88 wins, 13 losses, and 3 fights ending in a draw. He is also notable for appearing in cameo roles in his home country of Mexico.
Olivares began his journey to success and fame in 1964. In his first bout against Freddy Garcia, Olivares sent the opponent sprawling on the canvas, a win that heralded his success at the boxing ring. A series of 22 consecutive wins followed after that–he stayed undefeated for 51 bouts–marking Olivares’s spot in world boxing history.
Olivares defeated several big boxing names on his day, such as Tony Gallegos, Monito Aguilar, Antonio Leal, and Salvatorre Burruni. A great percentage of his victories are knockouts; 78 times, he sent an unlucky opponent down on the mat.
Olivares first tasted a draw on July 29, 1967. It was his bout with German Bastidas. He was fighting Bastidas until the tenth round when the draw was called. However, Olivares more than avenged himself. He knocked out Bastidas during their rematch on January 28, 1968. Bastidas was only able to withstand him up until the fourth round, which was totally different from his performance in their previous bout. His second draw came from Guillermo Morales, whom he fought on April 22, 1979.
Olivares himself tasted what it was like to be knocked out. Eusebio Pedroza was the first person to do that, but he managed to stand up for 12 rounds before the TKO (technical knockout) dropped him. Olivares had challenged Pedroza for the World Boxing Association’s Featherweight belt.
For eight more years, Olivares continued to campaign and fight bouts. His performances this time are mixed and varied. Olivares finally decided to retire and leave the world of boxing in 1988.