Five facts about Orlando Maldonado, Puerto Rico’s second Olympic medalist

Five facts about Orlando Maldonado, Puerto Rico’s second Olympic medalist

At just 16 years old, but with a brilliant resume as an amateur fighter, Orlando Maldonado became in 1976 only the second medalist from Puerto Rico in a few years. Olympic Games.

Natural of Vista Alegre, in Bayamonthe boxer won a couple of Golden Gloves tournaments as a preamble to his Olympic event 48 years ago.

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Below are five facts about Maldonado:

  1. He was born in Bayamon on November 21, 1959 and grew up in the Vista Alegre neighborhood, very close to the Jose “Pepin” Cestero field, where he trained and once dabbled in boxing. He still resides in Bayamon, at 64 years old.
  2. Before participating in the Montreal Olympics in July 1976, he was national flyweight champion in 1975, and champion that same year of the Golden Gloves tournament in Florida, where he was chosen as the most outstanding boxer of the contest.
  3. He secured the bronze medal at the Montreal Olympic Games by defeating Argentine Hector Patri by decision of the judges, 5-0, four months before his 17th birthday. This fight, his third of the Games, was in the round of the quarterfinals, after obtaining victories in the first two rounds, including a knockout. In the semifinals he lost a 5-0 decision against Cuban Jorge Hernandez, who went on to the final and eventually won gold.
  4. Following his amateur career, he debuted in professional boxing in 1977, and had a career that lasted until 1984, finishing with a record of 27-5 with two draws and 14 of his wins by knockout.
  5. He was a contender for a world title only once, fighting in 1983 for the WBC super flyweight title against the Venezuelan Rafael Orono, who defeated him by technical knockout in the fifth round. That would be the penultimate fight of Maldonado’s professional career.

Did you know…

The Puerto Rican Carlos Santos was a teammate of Orlando Maldonado in that delegation at the Montreal Olympic Games, and fighting in the 67 kilo division, he could have also been a bronze medalist, but he was a victim of what some have called a theft of the judges in the quarterfinal fight, according to journalist Chu Garcia, who was in charge of covering that event for The new day.

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