The World Boxing Association (WBA) mourns the passing of former Nicaraguan world champion Eddy Gazo on Tuesday, September 19 at the age of 73.
Gazo was one of the greatest glories of Nicaragua, a very important country for boxing, and was only the second native to become a world champion after Alexis Argüello.
On March 5, 1977 he captured the WBA super welterweight crown by defeating Argentine Miguel Angel Castellini at the old General Somoza National Baseball Stadium. He made three defenses of his belt in Asia and in the fourth exhibition he succumbed to Masashi Kudo in 1978.
After his retirement in 1984 he became a trainer and was always a great worker for boxing in his country.
The pioneer body sends its condolences to the family and friends of one of the great historical champions of the WBA.