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Loreto Garza

Professional Boxing

High School: Notre Del Rio

 

* WBA Light Welterweight World Champion

​​* WBC Americas Light Welterweight Champion

​​* USBA Light Welterweight Champion

* Career Record:  32-2-1, 28 KO’s

* 3-Time Golden Gloves Champion

Loreto Garza was one of the best boxers to come out of Sacramento and a fierce competitor in the ring.   During a highly decorated amateur career he won the Golden Gloves all three years he competed and was also a member of the USA boxing team. 
 

He turned pro in 1983 at the age of 21.  In 1988, he won the WBC Americas light welterweight championship with a spectacular first-round knockout of former world champion Harry Arroyo.  Later that year Loreto knocked out former world champion Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown in four rounds. 
 

In 1989, Garza, with a single right hand in the 7th round, knocked former world champion Joe Manley out cold.   Later that year Garza won a unanimous decision in a 12-round battle to win the USBA championship over #1 ranked contender Frankie Warren; Garza fought the last 5 rounds with his left eye swelled shut.  Many boxing annals argue that Garza vs. Warren should have been the fight of the year. Then on August 17, 1990, with only two weeks' notice Garza flew to Nice, France and won the WBA light welterweight world title by majority decision over Juan Coggi. 
 

In 1990, Loreto had one of his biggest fights of his career and defended his world title at Arco Arena against former world champion Vinny Pazienza.  Garza was superb in frustrating Pazienza throughout the fight.  In round 11, Pazienza picked Garza up and tried to slam him in the ring.  The referee disqualified Pazienza and Loreto retained his belt.  Garza later lost his title to three time World Champion Edwin Rosario.
 

Loreto went on to win his final three bouts all by knockouts but all the champions were afraid to fight him so he abruptly retired in 1993.  Loreto continues to live in Sacramento and is still a fan favorite.

“Sacramento has many great athletes that played at the highest levels in all sports. Being part of Sacramento's rich sports history makes me proud. It is an honor to be inducted among the greatest athletes into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame.”