Titles: WBA welterweight champion 1976-1980 Record: 35-15 Born: December 27, 1957 in Mexico City, Mexico Years active: 1972-1989 Nickname: None Pipino Cuevas fits the mold of Mexican puncher perfectly, a powerpuncher who dug to the body and had a very good left hook. Of course Pepino also showed a lack of defense. Cuevas did not just knock people out he broke bones and speed bags with frightening ease! The career of Cuevas like many Mexican fighters started early, and at the age of 14 was on the loosing end of 4 of his first 11 fights that went the distance......he knocked the other 7 men out. By the age of 17 he was the Mexican welterweight champion when he knocked out world rated Jose Palacios. Like many who achieved such a feat at a young age he hit the party circuit and did not train for his fights. It caught up to him when Andy Price a defensive boxer outpointed him 2 fights later. This set Cuevas back to the gym's with a vengeance and WBA champion Angel Espadas mistakenly thought Cuevas would be a easy defense after his loss to Price. He would not see the third round as Cuevas destroyed him with vicious hooks. His reign as champion was impressive as only 1 challenger (Randy Shields) survived to the last bell. The opposition was not weak either Clyde Gray, Harold Grey, Pete Ranzany, Billy Backus and a rematch with Angel Espada were all thought to be good challengers. Now Cuevas enjoyed tremendous popularity in Mexico but like other fighters who started their career at a early age Cuevas faded almost overnight. The end for Cuevas would be swift and come in the form of another big puncher in Thomas Hearns. The loss to Hearns took away his aura of invincibility and worse of all took away his own self belief. After the Hearns loss 3 years passed and Cuevas fought on with success against low level opposition before he lost in 4 rounds to a comebacking Roberto Duran. For the next 6 years he struggled on and as usual had tough times against good boxers and finally retired at the young at of 31. His prime was short but it was filled with some of the most impressive kayo wins in welterweight history.