Santos Laciar

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Santos Benigno Laciar (born January 31, 1959), from Huinca Renancó, Córdoba, Argentina, known familiarly as Santos Laciar and nicknamed Falucho, was considered by many to be one of the best world flyweight champions in history.

Some might say that Laciar exemplifies the problem many fighters in the lower weight divisions have faced throughout the years: despite their fame and success during their time as champions, they tend to be forgotten by the public after they retire, unlike boxers who won titles at the higher divisions.

Laciar began his career in his hometown, on December 3 of 1976, knocking out Carlos Maliene in four rounds. After three more wins, all by knockout, he was faced with Alejandro Holguin, who held him to a ten round draw, becoming the first boxer to face Laciar and not come out on the losing end. After three more wins, he drew once again, this time against Jose Ibiris, but in his next fight, he was able to take the Córdoba State Flyweight title away from Carlos Reyes Sosa in Villa María with a 12 round decision. He finished 1977 with four more wins, including a knockout in six in a rematch with Reyes Sosa.

In 1978 he had 13 fights, for an average of slightly more than one fight per month. Among his fights that year: a rematch with Ibiris, which ended in a ten round decision win for Laciar, two fights versus contender Ramon Soria, which ended in a draw and in Laciar's first defeat, a 10 round decision loss, a fight with Luis Gerez, who drew with Laciar, and Laciar's Buenos Aires debut, a 10 round decision win over Angel Luis Fernandez.

1979 was another busy year for Laciar, boxing 13 times again during that year. He won 9 of those bouts. Among his fights in '79, a loss to future world Junior bantamweight champion Gustavo Ballas, who beat him in 10 on points, a rubber match with Ibris, resulting in another Laciar 10 round decision win, two decision losses to Raúl Pérez, and a 10 round decision win against top contender Federico Condori.

But early in 1980 Laciar started what would turn out to be a great decade for him. He was matched with Miguel Lanzarte on February 26 of that year for the vacant Argentinian flyweight title and won the bout by a decision in 12. After a draw in ten against Condori's brother Ruben, he won four straight bouts, and on August 30, he challenged for the South American flyweight title. In what was his first fight outside Argentina, he and South American champion Jaime Miranda battled to an 8 round no contest (a no contest is declared when circumstances beyond boxing cause the fight to be stopped) in Santiago, Chile. After one more win over Federico Condori, Miranda returned the favor by travelling to Laciar's country and this time, Laciar won the South American title with a 12 round decision win. Laciar finished the year by travelling to England, where he lost a 10 round decision to future world champion Charlie Magri.

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