Ricardo Fortaleza

Ricardo Fortaleza

Ricardo Fortaleza

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Ricardo Mendoza Fortaleza (born April 18, 1951 in Malate, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino-Australian retired Olympic amateur boxer/amateur boxing coach and boxing instructor. He now resides in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia.

Early career

Ricardo fought in the bantamweight division. He has won a gold medal in Tokyo, Japan in 1969 at the first Asian youth championships. He has won the only gold medal in Amateur Boxing for the Philippines in the 6th Asian Games in Bangkok and a silver medal finish in the 1971 Asian Boxing Championship in Tehran. Ricardo was Philippine National Games champion in 1969-1974 and Manila Golden Gloves champion in 1965-1967.

The Fortaleza brothers

Ricardo was one of the four famous Fortaleza brothers in the Philippines, they were all famous in the sport of Boxing. The four consisted of Ricardo "Ric", Reynaldo "Rey", Renato "Rene" and Rogelio "Roger". Although Ric was the most successful of the four, Rey, Rene and Roger did have great achievements too.

1972 Munich Olympics

Ricardo represented the Philippines at the 1972 Munich Olympics, losing to Alfonso Zamora in the preliminaries., 1972 Munich...
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