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Oscar Natalio "Ringo" Bonavena was a heavyweight professional boxer with a career record of 58 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. A rugged, wild-swinging puncher, he was nicknamed "Ringo" because of his Beatles haircut, and enjoyed professional success in both the United States and Argentina.
Born in Buenos Aires, Bonavena began his early career in New York State under the management of World War II hero and dentist, Marvin Goldberg. Known as "The Argentine Strong-Boy", he racked up a quick string of early knockouts, but was overmatched early and lost by decision to highly-rated Zora Folley. After that, he returned to Argentina, where his winning and knockout streak continued. However, the free-swinging Bonavena ran into trouble outside the ring with "off-beat" remarks, lawsuits brought about by reporters with broken cameras and other such "colorful" events.
Bonavena first came to wide public attention after defeating the Canadian champion, George Chuvalo, then going the distance against the hard-hitting great Joe Frazier on two occasions. In their first fight, Bonavena had the future champion down twice in the second round before Frazier rallied to win the decision. After the World Boxing Association stripped Muhammad Ali of the title for refusing to be inducted into the U.S. military, Bonavena participated in that sanctioning body's 1967 tournament to crown a new heavyweight champion. After defeating European champion Karl Mildenberger by a decision in Frankfurt, West Germany, he was knocked down twice by eventual tournament winner Jimmy Ellis in the semi-finals in Louisville, and lost by unanimous decision.
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