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Rubén Olivares (born December 12, 1947) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1966 to 1981. He is a three-time world champion in the bantamweight (118lb) and featherweight (126lb) divisions, having held the WBC bantamweight title twice between 1969 and 1972, and the WBA featherweight title from 1974 to 1975. Olivares is ranked by BoxRec as the 11th greatest bantamweight of all time, and the 9th greatest featherweight of all time.

Born in Tepic, Nayarit, Olivares had a tough childhood. His father was an alcoholic who would often beat him and his mother. When he was just seven years old, his father died from cirrhosis. To help support her family, his mother took a job as a maid. Olivares began working odd jobs when he was eight years old, shining shoes and selling newspapers. When he was eleven, he started boxing at a local gym.

Olivares made his professional debut in 1966, winning his first seventeen fights. In 1968, he fought for the Mexican bantamweight title, losing a close decision to future world champion Alfonso Zamora. The following year, Olivares won the Mexican featherweight title with a first-round knockout of Mario D’Agata.

In 1969, Olivares won the WBC bantamweight title with a fifteenth-round knockout of Japan’s Fighting Harada. He made three successful defenses of the title before losing it to Japan’s Shig Fukuyama in 1972. Olivares regained the title in 1973 with a knockout of Japan’s Kuniaki Shibata. He made two more successful defenses before losing the title to South Korea’s Choi Yong-soo in 1974.

In 1974, Olivares won the WBA featherweight title with a knockout of Colombia’s Rubén Darío Palacio. He made two successful defenses of the title before losing it to Panama’s Eusebio Pedroza in 1975.

Olivares retired from boxing in 1981 with a record of 89 wins (79 knockouts) and 13 losses.

During his career, Olivares fought some of the biggest names in boxing, including future world champions Zamora, Harada, Fukuyama, Shibata, Palacio, and Pedroza. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.

Olivares has been married three times and has eight children. He currently resides in Tepic with his third wife and their two children.

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Full NameRubén Olivares
Height1.67 m
ProfessionProfessional Boxer


MoviesNi Chana, Ni Juana, Las glorias del gran Púas

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1Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1985.
2Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 1991.
3World Boxing Council featherweight champion, 1975.
4World Boxing Association featherweight champion, 1974.
5World bantamweight boxing champion, 1969-1970 & 1971-1972.



Contra viento y marea2005TV SeriesRubén
Velo de novia2003TV SeriesEl Púas
Las paradas de los choferes1991
La pulquería ataca de nuevo1985as Rubén 'Púas' Olivares
Ni Chana, ni Juana1984Rosalio
Se sufre pero se goza1984
Nosotros los pelados1984
Las glorias del gran Púas1984
Los fayuqueros de Tepito1982
La pulquería1981as Rubén Olivares 'El Púas'
Que viva Tepito!1981El kid
El secuestro de los cien millones1979
Llanto, risas y nocaut1974
Nosotros los feos1973


El Boxeo2013DocumentaryHimself
Gancho al higado1983Documentary as Ruben Olivares

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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