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The story of José Bisbal, father of David Bisbal

The story of José Bisbal, father of David Bisbal

The famous singer David Bisbal has a great relationship with boxing. His father, José Bisbal , now suffering from Alzheimer's disease, is 81 years old and was a prominent amateur and professional boxer.


José Bisbal Carrillo: The Legacy in the Ring


José Bisbal Carrillo was born on December 1, 1941 in Almería, in the popular old square of the city. He dedicated himself to boxing and became champion of Andalusia as an amateur, as well as runner-up in Spain in 1960 in the flyweight, losing in the final against the Valencian Luis Rodríguez and champion the following year, taking the gold medal in the bantamweight in 1961 in the championships held in Madrid.


José Bisbal's Professional Career


He debuted as a professional on July 15, 1961 against Cristóbal Lobato , winning on points. Bisbal's career was very successful, an Almeria idol in those years he was a very complete boxer with great technique, he dominated the dodge on the ropes waiting for the opponent's failure to land his blows, with boxing on the counter, and without having great Stuck it hurt with both hands.


The National Champion: Triumphs and Recognitions


He soon became famous in the rest of Spain. Three years after his debut he won the national bantamweight title at the Almería festivities in August 1963, defeating Rafael Fernández on points. That night, his admirers and neighbors organized a caravan of more than forty horse-drawn carriages that toured the city, celebrating the triumph of their countryman.


Although in October of that year he lost against the Galician Ramón Casal in Barcelona, the following August, in 1964, he would become national champion in the next category, that of featherweight, and also defeating in the Plaza de Toros de Almería no less than to the Aragonese Luis Aisa , one of the most outstanding boxers of those years. But this triumph was preceded by notable victories against Miguel Calderín and the subsequent European champion Manolo Calvo , winning all of them on points. A great moment of form for Bisbal.


In his next fight he traveled to Manchester and faced the solid European champion Howard Winstone , who years later would be world champion, without a title at stake, losing on points in a great fight. At the end of 1964 he would suffer the first KO of his career, losing the national featherweight title in the third round against the Canarian Kid Tano , the boxer who has been Spanish champion the most times in history.


He would reign again at bantamweight by defeating Madrid's José Arranz , another of the greats of the moment. He fought against excellent boxers, such as the Italian Tommasso Galli , or the Spanish world champion José Legrá , in addition to touring Europe fighting and facing high-class boxers, such as the British Walter McGowan , candidate for the world title, or Alan Rudkin , champion of Europe, and the Swede Jean Person , whom he beats twice.


He also traveled to the United States, and in Mexico he faced the great Rubén Olivares , one of the great Mexican boxers of all time, losing by KO but taking home the largest purse of his career, $2,500 at the time. In Brazil he also fought with another illustrious world champion, the local Eder J


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