World Jr. Welterweight Champion who successfully defended his title an amazing 16 times. He is considered one of the best Colombian boxers of all-time.
He shined shoes and sold cigarettes to survive as a child.
He was named Fighter of the Century by the Colombian Boxing Federation and National Association of Professional Boxing in 2000.
He was born into an impoverished Colombian family.
He was succeeded as WBA Super Lightweight Champion by Wilfred Benitez in 1976.