José Isidro "Pipino" Cuevas González (born December 27, 1957 in Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, Mexico) is a Mexican former world champion boxer at the welterweight division.
Cuevas was inducted into both the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Cuevas turned professional at age 14; he won only seven of his first twelve bouts but eventually put together an eight bout winning streak before losing to Andy Price. On July 17, 1976, he received a shot at the WBA welterweight title against champion Ángel Espada. Cuevas pulled off an upset victory by knocking Espada to the canvas three times in the second round. Cuevas then defended his title against Shoji Tsujimoto.
One of the greatest wins of his career was against Argentinian Miguel Angel Campanino, who boasted an impressive record (84-4-4), including a thirty-two fight winning streak. Once again, Pipino disposed of his challenger before the end of the second round.
On June 8, 1977, he faced veteran Clyde Gray who had only been stopped twice in his entire career which included fifty-eight wins. Yet again, Cuevas pulled off another second round knock out. A few months later, Cuevas returned to the ring for a rematch against Espada. This time Cuevas defeated Espada in the eleventh round after he sustained a broken jaw. On March 4, 1978, he disposed of Harold Weston in the ninth round after Weston also sustained a broken jaw like Cuevas' previous challenger. Cuevas then defeated former champion Billy Backus in one round. On September 9, 1978, he defeated hometown favorite Pete Ranzany (40-2-1) in Sacramento, California via a second-round knockout. He defeated Scott Clark (28-1-0) in another second-round knockout. Cuevas next title defense went the distance in a unanimous decision win against the durable Randy Shields(33-5-1). On December 8, 1979, he faced Espada for a third time, stopping him in the tenth round. Cuevas then defeated South African national champion Harold Volbrecht by fifth-round knockout.
Loss of Title
Cuevas finally lost his title in 1980 to the undefeated and up-and-coming hometown hero Thomas Hearns in Detroit. The much taller and lankier Hearns was able to use his reach to his advantage as he kept Cuevas at a distance and knocked him out in the second round. Cuevas' talent began to decline after that loss; the most notable opponent he faced was Roberto Durán, who stopped him in the fourth round in the spring of 1983. He also lost to former world title challenger Jun Sok-Hwang and future or former world champions Jorge Vaca and Lupe Aquino before finally retiring in 1989.
Pipino Cuevas finished with a career record of 35 wins, 15 losses, 0 draws, with 31 knockouts. He fought during a period when an unusual number of accomplished welterweights were active: Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benítez, Carlos Palomino, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Durán, although his reign had nearly come to an end as Leonard, Benítez, Hearns, and Duran emerged as welterweight champions. Cuevas successfully defended his welterweight title eleven times over a four-year span. During his reign as champion, Cuevas fought the best opposition available to him. In total, the opponents he faced throughout his career had a combined record of 505-70-29. In 2003, The Ring listed Cuevas as number thirty-one on their list of the 100 greatest punchers of all-time. In 2002, Cuevas became a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Cuevas is the owner of a restaurant and a security company in Mexico City. At one point of his career, he was also the owner of a famous sports and luxury car collection, and he was one of the first boxers to sport a golden tooth. Most people probably know him for his nickname Pipino, which is far more used to refer to him than Jose by fight commentators and magazine writers.
He ran into trouble with the law in 2001 when he was accused of racketeering in Mexico, in connection with a Mexican mayor. But he was declared innocent in 2002.
His record as a boxer was of 35 wins and 15 losses, with 31 wins by knockout.
Professional boxing record
|35 Wins (31 knockouts, 4 decisions), 15 Losses (6 knockouts, 9 decisions) |
|Loss||35–15||Lupe Aquino||KO||2 (10)||1989-09-25||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||35–14||Martín Martínez||KO||1 (10)||1989-07-31||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||34–14||Francisco Carballo||KO||4 (10)||1989-05-29||Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||33–14||Daniel Valenzuela||KO||6 (10)||1987-07-25||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Loss||32–14||Jorge Vaca||KO||2 (10)||1986-12-19||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Loss||32–13||Lorenzo Luis García||MD||10||1986-10-04||Salta, Salta, Argentina|
|Win||32–12||Luis Mateo||TKO||3 (10)||1986-07-25||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||31–12||Steve Little||MD||10||1986-03-03||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||31–11||Felipe Vaca||UD||4||1986-02-25||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Loss||30–11||Herman Montes||KO||3 (10)||1985-03-07||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||30–10||Jun-Suk Hwang||MD||10||1984-07-12||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||30–9||Mauricio Bravo||TKO||1 (10)||1984-03-01||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||29–9||Roberto Duran||TKO||4 (12)||1983-01-29||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||29–8||Roger Stafford||UD||10||1981-11-07||Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||1981 Upset of the Year - The Ring Magazine|
|Win||29–7||Jørgen Hansen||TKO||1 (10)||1981-06-25||Astrodome, Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||28–7||Bernardo Prada||KO||2 (10)||1981-02-07||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||27–7||Thomas Hearns||TKO||2 (15)||1980-08-02||Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan, United States||Lost WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||27–6||Harold Volbrecht||KO||5 (15)||1980-04-06||Astro Arena, Houston, Texas, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||26–6||Ángel Espada||TKO||10 (15)||1979-12-08||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||25–6||Randy Shields||UD||15||1979-07-30||International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||24–6||Scott Clark||TKO||2 (15)||1979-01-29||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||23–6||Pete Ranzany||TKO||2 (15)||1978-09-09||Hughes Arena, Sacramento, California, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||22–6||Billy Backus||TKO||2 (15)||1978-05-20||Forum, Inglewood, California, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||21–6||Harold Weston||TKO||9 (15)||1978-03-04||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||20–6||Ángel Espada||TKO||12 (15)||1977-11-19||Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||19–6||Clyde Gray||KO||2 (15)||1977-08-06||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||18–6||Miguel Ángel Campanino||KO||2 (15)||1977-03-12||Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||17–6||Shoji Tsujimoto||KO||6 (15)||1976-10-27||Jissen Rinri Hall, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan||Retained WBA World Welterweight title|
|Win||16–6||Ángel Espada||TKO||2 (15)||1976-07-17||Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico||Won WBA World Welterweight title|
|Loss||15–6||Andy Price||UD||10||1976-06-02||Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||15–5||Rafael Piamonte||KO||1 (10)||1976-04-03||Plaza de Toros Calafia, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico|
|Win||14–5||José Palacios||KO||10 (12)||1975-09-27||Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Won Mexico Welterweight title|
|Win||13–5||Carlos Obregón||UD||10||1975-07-12||Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||12–5||Rubén Vázquez Zamora||UD||10||1975-01-25||Arena Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||11–5||Sammy García||KO||3 (10)||1974-10-26||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||10–5||José Luis Pena||KO||1 (10)||1974-08-21||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||9–5||Sugar Sanders||TKO||1 (10)||1974-06-12||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||8–5||Salvador Ruvalcaba||KO||1 (10)||1974-05-11||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Loss||7–5||Eleazar Delgado||MD||10||1973-11-24||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||7–4||Octavio Amparan||TKO||7 (10)||1973-10-06||Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||6–4||José Figueroa||TKO||3 (10)||1973-08-04||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Loss||5–4||Memo Cruz||UD||10||1973-05-13||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||5–3||Sergio Alejo||KO||4 (8)||1973-03-01||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||4–3||Raúl Martínez||KO||1 (8)||1972-12-07||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Loss||3–3||Juan Pablo Oropeza||MD||8||1972-08-19||Campeche, Campeche, Mexico|
|Win||3–2||Pancho Benítez||TKO||2 (8)||1972-06-22||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||2–2||Rielero Rodríguez||TKO||2 (6)||1972-05-24||Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico|
|Loss||1–2||Mario Roman||MD||6||1972-03-04||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Win||1–1||José Arias||TKO||4 (6)||1972-01-01||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico|
|Loss||0–1||Alfredo Castro||KO||2 (4)||1971-11-14||Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Cuevas's professional debut.|