Inducted on November 14, 1996
My grandparents were originally from Spain, and I was born and raised in Puerto Rico.
I lived in New York for many years. Since 1983, my wife Barbara and I have resided in Barnegat, New Jersey.
As an amateur boxer, I had 69 bouts, and won 65 of them. I also boxed professionally, and won 11 out of 14 bouts.
In 1967, I became an amateur referee. I received my professional referee’s license in 1969. Since then, I have officiated in 19 countries, and have refereed 93 world championship fights, including Ali-Frazier II, Frazier-Ellis, Ali-Wepner, Sanchez-Nelson, Arguello, Mancini, and Chavez, Lockridge.
In addition to being a boxing referee, I also:
• Served in the u.S. Army for four years, including a stint in the Korean War;
• Worked as a sales representative for Seagram Distillers Co. for thirty years;
• Appeared in the movie “The Last Fight” (the Salvador Sanchez Story) with Ruben Blades, Jose Torres and Salvador Sanchez, as himself; and
• Was a baseball umpire for twenty-five years.
I met Barbara when we worked together at Seagram’s. We have now been married for over sixteen years. Barbara has been a professional boxing judge for over eleven years, and has judged thirty world title fights. Barbara and I both belong to the World Boxing Council.
My thanks to the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame for this great honor.