Venezuela celebrates 56 years of the title of "Morocho" Hernández

This Monday marks another year of that joy that made the country move that night of January 18, 1965, when at the Nuevo Circo de Caracas, Carlos “Morocho” Hernández was crowned in the junior welterweight category by beating the American Eddie Perkins .

In that fight controversy arose after the victory was given by a decision divided into fifteen rounds, where two Venezuelan judges (Dimas Hernández and Santos Arismendi) saw 145-143 and 143-141 respectively win over "Morocho", the Another referee, American Henry Armstrong scored 150-139 in favor of Perkins.

The euphoria for the championship achieved lasting several days, the streets of the Venezuelan capital crowded to greet Hernández.

Title defense

After his triumph in the capital bullring, Hernández defended his title three times. The first, in Maracaibo on May 15, 1965, defeating Colombian Mariano Rositto by KO in the fifth round. And in that same year, on July 10 he beat Jamaica's striker Percy Hayles on the fast track. In what would be his last defense, on April 29, 1966, in Rome, Italy, he lost the crown by split decision to Sandro Lopopolo.

The Venezuelan received a new opportunity to retake the world title of 150 pounds against the Argentine Nicolino Loche, in Buenos Aires, on May 10, 1971. The Venezuelan fell by unanimous decision in 15 rounds.

On May 10, 1971, Hernández traveled to England to challenge Scotsman Ken Buchanan, falling by knockout in the eighth round. This was his last confrontation as a professional.

In his career, the brand-new Caracas banker left a record 60-12-4 (44 victories by way of the dream). He also faced great fighters of the time, such as Alfredo Urbina, Ismael Laguna and Davey Moore.

"Morocho" Hernández died in his hometown on July 2, 2016, at the age of 76, after battling Alzheimer's for 3 years.