The story of the legendary boxer, Nicolino Locche, a portrait of a genius who boxed with intelligence. As any admirer of Lee Wylie knows, he was a fan of fine boxing techniques, often overlooked intricacies, and elusive methods in the advanced art of boxing.
Therefore, it is not surprising that he is a fan of Nicolino Locche, the boxer nicknamed “El Intocable,” a boxing genius who possessed extraordinary defensive abilities and amazed fans with his incredible reflexes, clever tactics, and ability to control the ring. A few days ago marked Locche’s birth anniversary, so what better time to pay tribute to the talents of this most talented boxer?
After a stunning amateur career, in which Locche lost only five times in 122 fights, he became a professional boxer in 1958. He went on to win the Argentinian and South American championships at lightweight before moving up to 63.5 kg and capturing the world title.
He boasted wins over such elite fighters as Joe Brown, Eddie Perkins, Carlos Hernandez, and Antonio Cervantes, and he drew with the greats Ismael Laguna and Carlos Ortiz, in a remarkable career that spanned eighteen years and 117 wins.
But here, in another great video, Wylie specifically focuses on Locche’s incredible championship-winning performance against Takeshi Fuji in December 1968. At the time, the Argentinian was an underdog, but one that surprised everyone , the match didn’t even end in a draw.
Showing incredible skill and courage, “El Intocable” took control of the ring, dominated the champion, and captured the super lightweight world title when an overwhelmed Fuji surrendered in the ninth round. With renowned insight and artistry, Wylie shows exactly how Locche achieved this victory and explains the specific tactics used in “one of the finest displays of pure boxing ever captured on film.”
It was these skills that made “El Intocable” a “genius” in boxing, a brilliant defensive maestro whose prowess in the ring was perhaps second only to Willie Pep.