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Carlos Zarate
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Boxer
    (May 23, 1951- )
    Born in Tepito, Mexico
    Pronounced ZARE - AH - TAY as opposed to rhyming with karate
    Real last name: Cerna
    Professional boxer and world bantamweight champion from 5/8/75 to 6/3/79
    Career professional record of 66 wins (63 by KO) and 4 losses (2 by KO)
    Possessed possibly the best percentage of knockout wins by a world champion in any weight division
    He didn't take a particularly good punch himself.
    Well after retirement, he predictably launched a comeback that predictably ended in defeat.
    He was kind of goofy looking: scrawny, a sad looking mustache, and losing his hair, starting in his twenties.
    Much of his competition was of very poor quality, with over half of his victories coming against fighters with losing records and almost a fifth against winless fighters.
    He was never able to achieve stardom in the United States.
    He was managed by his father.
    He was one of the hardest punchers in boxing history and certainly one of the hardest hitting of the little guys.
    He was the national hero of Mexico when he was champion.
    Hurt and down in the fourth round of his fight with Wilfredo Gomez the referee didn't hear the bell ending the round allowing Gomez to pound on him and knock him down again before the referee stopped the action leading to Zarate losing by TKO in the fifth round. His loss by decision to Lupe Pintor for the bantamweight title was a shock, seeming to surprise even Pintor. When neither fighter would give him a rematch he retired.
    He stayed out of trouble outside the ring.
    He fought in a straight-up classic puncher's style unlike the wild brawling style of most Mexican fighters.
    He was a clean fighter.
    He didn't whine about or make excuses for his losses.

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