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.
Carlos Cruz died in a Feb. 15, 1970, plane crash.
Ramos passed away at his San Pedro home on July 6, 2008. Here is a link to his Los Angeles Times obituary: L.A. fighter's career cut short by addictions.