In a move that has not been seen before or since, WBN recalls legendary showman and former world champion Jorge Paez, who went to the ring in a wedding dress.
Paez was the most shocking of his ring entrances, trying to confuse his opponent at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas by wearing a white veiled dress.
In the 1990s, commentators saw amazing performances in the boxing ring, but even the analyst team was surprised by what they saw that night in Nevada.
“Unbelievable,” said one.
Barry Tompkins, famous for Rocky IV and longtime boxing broadcaster, added, “The longer I’ve been boxing, the more convinced I have not seen it all!”
Paez, who unsuccessfully fought Oscar De La Hoya and Pernell Whitaker during his career, later discussed why he wanted to be a showman.
“After my wins, I would always do the backflip,” said Paez, whose nickname “El Maromero” means “somersault” in English.
“I wanted the fans to know that I was a performer. I was there to do a show. And I was from the circus.
“I wanted to be different from other fighters. Other fighters almost always wore the same trunks, and I wanted to be different. Not only did I want to have a good fight, I wanted to put on a good show. “
“I’ve been criticized a lot for being a clown,” he said. “But I wasn’t just a clown. I was a good clown who came to fight too, ”he added in an interview with Ring Magazine.
JORGE PAEZ versus DE LA HOYA
When asked about the De La Hoya fight, Paez added that the young star, fresh from the Olympics, was one of the toughest players he has ever fought.
“I felt like Rafael beat Ruelas all night. The fight with Oscar De La Hoya didn’t last long enough. I know I fell from that shot and couldn’t move on.
“Well, for a young kid who just came back from the Olympics, he did a solid job,” said Paez.
Paez retired in 2003 and set a 79-14-5 record in the ring. In featherweight he won the world title.
Fans will never forget him for his extroverted demeanor that he could support on the ropes.