Alberto Davila

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Albert "Alberto" Davila (born August 10, 1954) is a Mexican-American boxer who boxed during the 1970s and 1980s in the bantamweight division. During parts of 1983 and 1984, he held the World Boxing Council (WBC) championship. Davila lost world bantamweight championships matches three times, and temporarily left the sport. After his return, he was given a fourth title fight, versus Kiko Bejines, in 1983. Trailing after 11 rounds, Davila scored a knockout of Bejines to win the title, but Bejines died shortly afterward due to injuries suffered during the fight. Following one successful title defense, Davila suffered back injuries, leading the WBC to strip him of his title. He later fought in two more world championship fights, losing both.

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Boxing career

Early life and career

Originally from Olion, Texas, and later Pomona, California,[1] Davila took up boxing at the age of 12, and worked out daily at a boxing gym for six years. He graduated from Pomona Garey High School.[2] In his professional debut, on March 1, 1973, Davila defeated Carlos Villareal in a four-round bout decided on points. After 13 consecutive victories, he lost for the first time against Cecil Escobido in July 1974 by a split decision.[3] Davila boxed with many of the best boxers of the bantamweight division during the following years. He beat Lupe Pintor by a 10-round decision in 1976,[4] and lost to Wilfredo Gómez by a knockout in Puerto Rico, the first fight in which he was knocked out.[5] In 1978, Davila challenged Carlos Zarate for the WBC's world title, losing by a knockout.[6] Later that year, he fought for the World Boxing Association championship against Panama's Jorge Lugan. The bout took place in the Louisiana Superdome, and was part of the undercard for a world heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks. The 15-round fight ended in a decision victory for Lugan.[7] After Pintor beat Zarate for the WBC title,[8] Davila was given a second chance at that belt in a 1980 rematch with the Mexican world champion, and lost by a 15-round decision.[4] At one point, he retired from boxing for a time, working as a beer delivery man.[2][9] Davila was inactive for all of 1981, returning in early 1982 and going seven fights without a loss through April 1983.[3]

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