Former world boxing champion Miguel Ángel Castellini died of coronavirus

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He was admitted to the Fernández hospital for 10 days with pneumonia. He was 73 years old.

The ex-boxer from the Pampas Michelangelo Castellini, who was a world champion in the super welterweight category of the World Boxing Association, died this morning at the age of 73, a victim of the coronavirus, after having been hospitalized for 10 days in a Buenos Aires hospital.

The expugilist remained interned at the Fernández Hospital of the City of Buenos Aires as a result of pneumonia caused by the disease, as confirmed by medical sources.

Castellini was born in the city of Santa Rosa on January 26, 1947, although he began his career in San Miguel de Tucumán, and stood out in national boxing as one of the most convincing figures of Luna Park thanks to his powerful punch that earned him the nickname of “Chloroform” in the early 1970s.

Castellini conquered the world crown as a super welterweight with a victory over Spanish José Durán, on points, in Madrid on October 8, 1976, but the title slipped through his fingers like water five months later -March 5, 1977- when he lost in Nicaragua to local Eddie Gazo, a corporal in his country’s national guard, in his first defense.

In November of the same year in Denmark he faced the Ugandan Ayub Kalule, a rising promise who later became world champion. The defeat by technical knockout in the third round marked the end of his international career.

At the age of 33, he retired on September 20, 1980 after facing the already former world champion Gazo for the second time in a packed Luna Park. And he indulged in winning the fight by technical knockout in the ninth round. It was a revenge for that fight that he should never have lost to an opponent of so little strength.

Castellini, who had a boxing academy, made a total of 94 fights, of which he won 74, with 51 knockouts, lost eight and tied 12.

“At 73, the champion Miguel Ángel Castellini, Chloroformo, died of COVID. Thank you for the generosity and advice. A big hug to the family, friends and students,” the vice minister of Health of the province said this morning through Twitter from Buenos Aires, Nicolas Kreplak.

With information from Télam.

JPE​

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