Venezuelan Boxer Luis Estaba: A Legendary Underdog

Luis Alberto Estaba, a former boxer from Venezuela, was born on August 13, 1938, in Güiria. He was nicknamed “Lumumba” due to his resemblance to the Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba. Despite being a late starter in boxing, Estaba turned professional in 1967 at the age of 29.

Estaba’s journey to becoming a world champion was filled with challenges and setbacks. He lost his first fight abroad against Natalio Jimenez in Santo Domingo, but he quickly avenged that loss in his next bout. In 1975, Estaba achieved his greatest triumph when he became the second world champion ever in the Jr. Flyweight division by knocking out Rafael Lovera in the fourth round to claim the vacant WBC title.

Over the next three years, Estaba successfully defended his title 12 times, defeating former and future world champions like Franco Udella, Rafael Pedroza, and Netrnoi Vorasingh. His remarkable achievements earned him the honor of being named the Venezuelan Athlete of the Year in 1977.

However, Estaba’s reign as champion came to an end in 1978 when he lost the title to Mexico’s Freddie Castillo by a knockout in the 14th round. After winning the Central American title in his division, Estaba challenged Vorasingh for the world title but lost by a knockout in the fifth round, marking his retirement from professional boxing at the age of 40 due to Venezuelan boxing laws.

Estaba left the sport with an impressive record of 41 wins, 9 losses, and 2 draws, with 27 of his victories coming by way of knockout. His remarkable journey from a late starter to a world champion and his resilience in the face of adversity have cemented his legacy as a true underdog hero in the annals of Venezuelan boxing history.


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