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The life of the first Colombian boxing world champion reaches television

The life of the first Colombian boxing world champion reaches television

The life of Antonio Cervantes “Kid Pambelé”, Colombia’s first world boxing champion, who achieved professional glory and met personal defeat, reaches the small screen with a production of 80 episodes.

“Pambelé” is the name of the production that will be broadcast by Channel RCN about this athlete who won his first world title on October 28, 1972 when he beat Panamanian Alfonso “Peppermint” Frazer, in a fight in the junior welterweight category of the World Boxing Association (WBA).

In his career, Pambelé played 106 fights, of which he won 91 and in 45 of them he won by knockout; he lost 12 and tied three.

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Pambelé faced great boxers of his time such as the Americans Wilfredo Benítez and Aaron Pryor, and the Argentine Nicolino Locche.

For his brilliance in the ring, Pambelé was elected the best boxer in the world in 1973 and declared the best Colombian athlete of the 20th century.

“Colombians will know the story of joy and defeat of one of the glories of the national sport that so many joys left along with a valuable life lesson,” said the RCN channel in a statement about the telenovela.

The production is based on the book “Gold and Darkness” (2005), in which the Colombian chronicler Alberto Salcedo Ramos delves into the glory of Pambelé and his subsequent fall into the world of drugs and alcohol.

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According to Sergio Osorio, one of the directors, the novel relives the “magnitude” of Pambelé’s fights on big stages such as Madison Square Garden in New York and Luna Park in Buenos Aires, and that was one of the greatest challenges of the film. production.

“It is a series filmed and recreated in a very beautiful period environment, with a very emotional feeling, with a photograph and a planimetry that is innovative and that is very close to the cinema,” said Juancho Cardona, the other director.

The telenovela of 80 episodes of 60 minutes each, is carried out by the Colombian actor Jarlin Martínez.

“Pambelé”, born on December 23, 1945 in San Basilio de Palenque, a town of former slaves near Cartagena de Indias, squandered his financial fortune after his retirement as a boxer in 1983 and his life has been linked to scandals.

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Due to his addictions, the 71-year-old retired fighter has been treated in recovery centers in Cuba, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Medellín. EFE

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