Antonio Cervantes aka Kid Pambele is a Colombian boxing trainer and former two time world Jr. Welterweight champion. Cervantes, who is Afro-Colombian, was born in Palenque, also known as the first site of a slave rebellion in Latin America. Cervantes used to sell contraband cigarettes and shine shoes as a child to survive.
He met boxing trainer Carmelo Prada, who helped shape his style. Cervantes only had three amateur bouts, winning two and losing one. On January 31, 1964, Cervantes entered the boxing ring as a professional for the first time, beating Juan Martinez by decision in six rounds. His ...
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