Zambrano-Sanmartin Preview

By Clarence George on July 31, 2015
Zambrano-Sanmartin Preview
Zambrano will defend his interim WBA World featherweight title against Jose Sanmartin.

Pretty big shoes for Carlos Zambrano to fill. Maybe he can, maybe he can’t. But Sanmartin isn’t the man to stop him…

Carlos Zambrano will defend his interim WBA World featherweight title against Jose Sanmartin over a scheduled 12 rounds at Coliseo Cerrado Mauro Mina in Chincha, Peru (Zambrano’s birthplace), on Saturday, August 1.

Thirty-one-year-old Zambrano won the vacant South American featherweight title in June 2012 by decisioning Darli Goncalves Pires, the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight title in March 2014 by knocking out Devis Perez in the 11th, and the interim WBA World featherweight title in March of this year by decisioning Daniel Ramirez. Undefeated, “Mina” is a seven-year pro (25-0, 11 KOs).

Sanmartin (17-1-1, 9 KOs) hasn’t lost since his first fight, decisioned by Hugo Berrio in September 2011. “El General” won the WBA Fedebol super bantamweight title in June 2014 by decisioning Devis Perez. He most recently fought this May, beating Felipe Almanza by third-round disqualification. His draw came in May 2012 against the omnipresent Perez. The upcoming bout will be his first outside his native Colombia.

Sanmartin has to go for the knockout, as Zambrano’s favorite-son status is the ultimate in favorite-son status. I mean, come on, a Peruvian fighting not only in the town of his birth, but at a venue named after his grandfather, who just happens to be a national boxing legend and treasure. It’s like Joe Schmoe taking on Joe Louis’ grandson at Joe Louis Arena.

Never stopped, light heavyweight Mauro Mina, aka El Expreso de Chincha, fought from 1955 to 1965, winning 52, 25 by knockout, losing three, and drawing three. He beat Bob Foster and Henry Hank, among other notables. South America’s light heavyweight champ, he was set to challenge Harold Johnson for the Light Heavyweight Championship of the World, but the discovery of a retinal injury put paid to that. The three men who had the honor of beating Mina were Luis Ignacio, Dogomar Martinez, and Gregorio Peralta. He drew against Ignacio, Humberto Loayza, and Allen Thomas. All of Mina’s fights took place in South America, most of them in Peru, except for his bout with Hank, whom he beat by split decision at Madison Square Garden on November 24, 1962.

Pretty big shoes for Carlos Zambrano to fill. Maybe he can, maybe he can’t. But Jose Sanmartin isn’t the man to stop him.

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  1. Clarence George 06:25am, 07/31/2015

    Irish:  It’s rather remarkable that Mina’s reputation never seems to have suffered because of his, well, insularity.  Fifty-seven of 58 fights in Latin America, and most of those in his native Peru.  I mean, come on.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:54am, 07/31/2015

    Clarence George-Big shoes indeed! I say Mauro had a strange career with only one fight outside of that hotbed of boxing Peru. Yet they were able to entice names like Foster and Cotton to fly over the Andes to take on Sr. Mina…..somebody in Chincha had some deep pockets.

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