Albarado’s big dreams land boxer in hall of fame

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Born in Pecos, raised in Uvalde, a young man with humble beginnings etched his name alongside some of boxing’s greatest when he won the Junior Middleweight boxing title on June 4, 1974, in Nihon University Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

Oscar “Shotgun” Albarado reached the pinnacle of his profession when he knocked out Koichi Wajima at 1:53 of the 15th round. The 25-year-old Texan punished the 31-year-old champ with brutal body blows, but it was a long right that sent Wajima down for the compulsory eight count.

Moments later Wajima was on the canvas again desperately holding on to Albarado’s leg, but the title belt was already on its way to Uvalde.

It all started in the back of the American Legion Hall on West Main in Uvalde. He was a little boy with a big dream, and he loved boxing. He was a scrappy lad who would climb into the ring with anyone. He won three Golden Glove titles as a member of the Uvalde Boxing Club.


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