From the Archives: Carlos ‘Teo’ Cruz defends world lightweight title
By Scott Harrison
Feb 20, 2019 | 1:00 AM
In the 1968 world lightweight boxing championship, teenager Mondo Ramos, 19, went up against the veteran Carlos “Teo” Cruz, age 30.
The Los Angeles Times reported that “About all teen-ager Mando Ramos had going for him Friday night in his bid for Carlos (Teo) Cruz’s world lightweight title was youth, guts and an unquenchable spirit … but they weren’t enough against the rugged, ringwise campaigner from Santo Domingo.”
Ramos won a Feb. 18, 1969, title rematch against Cruz. Ramos held the combined World Lightweight Champion and WBC Lightweight Champion titles twice in the early 1970s.