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HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR
HALL OF FAMER NICOLINO LOCCHE

    CANASTOTA, NY - SEPTEMBER 9, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of junior welterweight champion Nicolino Locche. He passed away Wednesday, September 7, at the age of 66.

Locche was born September 2, 1939 in Tunuyan, Mendoza, Argentina. Known as “The Untouchable” for his uncanny defensive abilities, Locche turned pro in 1958 after an impressive amateur career (only 5 losses in 122 bouts). In 1968 he captured the WBA junior welterweight title via 10th round TKO over Paul Fujii and successfully defended five times before losing the title in 1972. He retired from the ring in 1976 with a 117-4-14 (14KOs) record that includes wins over Hall of Famers Joe Brown and Antonio Cervantes.

“Nicolino Locche was one of Argentina's boxing heroes. He captured the hearts of his many fans,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “He will be missed.”

In 2003, Locche was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
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