Letters to the Editor

June 18, 2014

Jose Ribalta is a champion

Re the June 21 story Former heavyweight Jose Ribalta set to join Florida Boxing Hall of Fame: I first met Jose “Nino” Ribalta in 1981 at the Golden Gloves Tournament in Coconut Grove. I was knocked out by five-time champion Larry Byrd, and Ribalta knocked out Reggie Neal. Ribalta went on to a successful professional boxing career in which he had 56 bouts and fought 12 world heavyweight champions, including Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko. I kickboxed and had 66 matches and fought Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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