Prudencio Cardona

Prudencio Cardona

Prudencio Cardona

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Prudencio Cardona (born December 22, 1951 in San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia) is a former boxer who was world flyweight champion. He represented his native country at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.

Professional boxing career

Prudencio Cardona made his professional boxing debut on November 2, 1973 defeating Luis Ramos by a four round decision in Barranquilla, Colombia. Twenty two days later, Cardona earned his first knockout win, knocking out Humberto Ortega in four rounds at Barranquilla. Cardona's first seven fights were in Barranquilla; he won five of these bouts by knockout.

On September 29, 1974, Cardona fought away from Barranquilla for the first time, losing his tag as an undefeated fighter when he dropped an eight round decision to Henry Diaz in Cartagena. Seven weeks later, Prudencio Cardona had his first professional contest in Bogotá, knocking out Ben Villareal in two rounds on November 23. Cardona then won one fight and lost another before having his first bout abroad, on August 9, 1975, when he fought Luis Reyes Arnal in Caracas, Venezuela, defeating Reyes Arnal by a fifth round knockout. Cardona won seven more fights before returning to Venezuela, where he boxed Betulio González on March 12, 1977, being knocked out in the third round.

Five victories followed his defeat at the hands of Gonzalez. These included a third round knockout win over Villareal in a rematch, a ten round decision over future world champion Alfonso Lopez on March 10,...
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