Name: ZARATE, CARLOS SIGNED FIRST DAY ENVELOPE (1994)
History: Carlos Zárate Serna (born May 23, 1951 in Tepito, Distrito Federal, Mexico) is a former Mexican boxer, who was better known in the world of boxing as Carlos Zarate. He has the distinction of being the only boxer in history to put together two streaks of 20 or more knockout wins in a row. He was ranked #21 on The Ring's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. He is also the father of undeafeated Light Welterweight prospect Carlos Zárate, Jr. In 1970, Carlos made his professional debut with a 2 round knockout win over Luis Castaneda in Cuernavaca. That marked the beginning of a 23 fight knockout winning streak. The only boxers to get past the third round during that streak were Al Torres and Antonio Cataneda, who lasted 5 and 9 rounds respectively, both at Tijuana. Victor Ramirez became the first boxer to last the distance with Zarate when Zarate beat him on points in January 1974 in Mexico City over ten rounds. Next began his second 20 plus knockout wins in a row streak, when none of his next 28 opponents heard the final bell on their feet. After knocking out former world title challenger Nestor Jimenez in two rounds at Mexicali to end 1975, the WBC made Zarate their number one challenger at the Bantamweight division. So, after beating Cesar Desiga by a knockout in four on March 29, 1976 in Monterrey, Zarate was faced on the night of May 8 of that year with defending WBC Bantamweight Champion Rodolfo Martínez in Los Angeles. Zarate became a world Bantamweight champion by knocking his countryman out in the eighth round. Zarate next won two fights by a knockout in the second and then defended it against Paul Ferreri, who lost by knockout in 12 in Los Angeles too. He finished '76 with a four round knockout over Waruinge Nakayama in a title defense held at Culiacán. Offered here is a first day envelope issued by the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 1994 which has been signed in ink by Carlos Zarate.
Full description: This is an original first day envelope date stamped June 12, 1994. Boldly signed in black ink by Carlos Zarate. Not creased or torn. Clean front and back. Bold color. 3 5/8" x 6 1/2."
Size: 3 5/8 x 6 1/2
Categories: Zarate, Carlos - First Day Cover, Promo - Autograph
Condition: near mint
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