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Juan Venegas

Full name: Juan Evangelista Venegas
Gender: Male
Born: June 2, 1929 in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Died: San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Country: PUR Puerto Rico
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Juan Venegas grew up in poor neighborhood and learned to fight as a means of survival. He was a member of Puerto Rico’s first Olympic team in 1948, and won Puerto Rico’s first Olympic medal. On his return home, he turned professional and had a short career, with eight bouts, winning six be decision, and losing two. The Puerto Rican Boxing Commission sponsored the Juan Evangelista Venegas Boxing Tournament in his memory. He died in the 1980s in San Juan.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Men's Bantamweight Puerto Rico PUR 3 Bronze

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Puerto Rico PUR Final Round Match 3/4 1 1948-08-13 Venegas (PUR) , Vicente (ESP) decision
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Puerto Rico PUR Semi-Finals Match #1 2 1948-08-12 Csík (HUN) , Venegas (PUR)
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Puerto Rico PUR Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-11 Venegas (PUR) , Perera (SRI) decision
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Puerto Rico PUR Round Two Match #2 1 1948-08-10 Venegas (PUR) , Lall (IND) decision
1948 Summer 19 London Boxing Puerto Rico PUR Round One Match #3 1 1948-08-07 Venegas (PUR) , Calebout (BEL) decision