Bazooka Limon

If being a warrior put people in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Rafael “Bazooka” Limon would be a first ballot hall of famer. We love all kinds of fighters here at For The Suits. From the defensively gifted to the men who have moved around the ring with skill and poise to rival a ballerina, we appreciate every different style of fighter. But we have to admit, we appreciate the hard luck battler more than anything. A record doesn’t mean nearly as much to us as does a man possessing the heart to leave everything thing he has in the ring over the course of every single fight. So, as you might have guessed by now, we love Bazooka Limon. His style was far from perfect. He often times had more punches land on the arms of opponents than on their heads. But that didn’t matter, when you punch with the regularity and ferocity that Limon possessed you quickly made opponents think twice about just how long they wanted to stand toe to toe with you. Numerous times throughout his career he was written off as past his sell by date. But you can never underestimate a cat like Limon. A lot of great life lessons can be learned through the sport of boxing. One is that much like an opponent in the ring, life throws everything it can at you. You have to be the one to withstand it all and keep moving forward, never accepting defeat. Limon embodied that mentality. It didn’t matter how many times he was put down, he was going to do his damnedest to get back on his own two feet. It was that mentality that gave him a special kinship with Bobby “Schoolboy” Chacon. Their four fights over the course of seven years were all wars. The men were too similar in their dogged determination to be anything but great opponents for one another. The fourth fight between the two, featured here a few days ago, is one of the greatest of all time. It didn’t take place amidst the glitz and glam better known fighters get. It was fought in the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento in front of a rabid crowd. The sort of place Limon could shine. He may have lost the fight, but with Limon the story was never about the wins. It was about a man who never quit. Thus we felt it fitting to use the picture we used. It isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about never admitting defeat.

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