Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo

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Country: El Salvador       City: Usulután          Founded: September 17, 1923

Colors: Red and White            Stadium: Estadio Sergio Torres

Web: www.la-firpo.com

Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo is a ten time winner of the El Salvador Primera Division. In 1995, it was runner-up to Tecos in the CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup. The team was renamed after a famous Argentine boxer shortly after its inception.

Nicknamed “The Wild Bull of the Pampas”, Luis Ángel Firpo was quite successful as a boxer. He had a career record of 32-4-2 with twenty-six knockouts. Firpo is probably best known for his fight on September 14, 1923 against Jack Dempsey at the Polo Grounds in New York. This fight saw Luis Ángel Firpo become the first South American to fight for the heavyweight title. Esteemed boxing historian, Burt Sugar called the bout one of the best of all time. Firpo went toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, even knocking him out of the ring in the first round. It’s said that when Dempsey went through the ropes, he hit his head on a typewriter at ringside. Dempsey was helped back into the ring and went on to knockout Firpo in the second round. Three days after the fight, the founders of the club changed its name from Tecún Umán to Club Deportivo Luis Ángel Firpo.

After retirement, Firpo became a rancher and managed boxers. He and Jack Dempsey even went on to become friends and co-managed Abel Cestac. In 2003, Ring Magazine named Luis Ángel Firpo in their top 100 greatest punchers of all time.

 

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