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José Manuel Ibar Azpiazu

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José Manuel Ibar Azpiazu
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Urtain
Born(1943-05-14)May 14, 1943
Aizarnazabal, Spain
💀DiedJuly 21, 1992(1992-07-21) (aged 49)
Madrid, SpainJuly 21, 1992(1992-07-21) (aged 49)
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)
  • Cecilia Urbieta (m. 1963)
👶 Children3, José Manuel, María Jesús y Francisco

José Manuel Ibar Azpiazu — also known as Urtain — (Aizarnazabal, Gipuzkoa, 14 May 1943 – Madrid, 21 July 1992) was a Basque boxer, who became the EBU heavyweight champion in 1970 and 1971.[2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Aizarnazabal, he was nicknamed Urtain as it was the name of the house were he spent his childhood in Zestoa. When we has young he started practising Basque rural sports, known as Herri Kirolak, specially aizkolaritza (wood-chopping) and harri jasotzea (stone lifting) but he became famous as a boxer.[3]

He started boxing in Ordizia in 1968 and we won 27 fights in a row by knock-out. In 1970, he became the european heavyweight champion in Madrid after wining against the German Peter Weiland in the seventh round.[4][5]

He then lost his crown on 10 November 1970 in the Wembley stadium in London against the British Henry Cooper.[6][7] He recovered the title against Jack Bodell,[8] but he lost it again in 1972 against Jurgen Blin.[9][10]

He tried to recover the title again in 1977 in Anberes against Jean Pierre Coopman but he could not defeat the Belgian boxer.[11][12]

Urtain became very famous and made many interviews for TV, radio and press. But when he retired, he did not have much success in business, and he committed suicide by jumping from the 10th floor of his home in Madrid.[13]

During his period as a boxer (1968–1977) he took part in 68 fights, of which we won 53 (41 by knock-out), lost 11 and other 4 were declared as null.

References[edit]

  1. "Jose Manuel Urtain, EBU Boxing, Rock Lifting Champion, Held Ali Overhead". boxinginsider.com. January 2, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  2. Script error: The function "in_lang" does not exist. "BoxRec: Titles". Boxrec. Retrieved 2021-02-23.
  3. "25 years since Urtain suicided: 'Won much, wasted all'". El Mundo. July 21, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  4. "Jose Manuel Urtain, EBU Boxing, Rock Lifting Champion, Held Ali Overhead". boxinginsider.com. January 2, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  5. Jose Manuel Urtain vs Peter Weiland (boxrec.com)
  6. "Cooper Has Another Go At Title Against Urtain". The New York TImes. November 8, 1970. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  7. Jose Manuel Urtain vs Henry Cooper (boxrec.com)
  8. "Urtain Dethrones Bodell In Madrid". The New York Times. December 18, 1971. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  9. "Friday Night Fights". The New York Times. June 11, 1972. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  10. Jose Manuel Urtain vs Jack Bodell (boxrec.com)
  11. "Coopman Stops Urtain For European Ring Crown". The New York Times. March 13, 1977. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  12. Jose Manuel Urtain vs Jean-Pierre Coopman (boxrec.com)
  13. "25 years since Urtain suicided: "Won much, wasted all"". El Mundo. July 21, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2021.

External links[edit]


Category:Lists of boxing champions

[[:Category:Deaths in Madrid]] [[:Category:Suicides]] [[:Category:1943 births]] [[:Category:1992 deaths]] [[:Category:Spanish male boxers]] [[:Category:Heavyweight boxers]] [[:Category:People from Catford]] [[:Category:European Boxing Union champions]]



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