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International Boxing Hall of Fame
Alberto "Baby" Arizmendi
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Alberto Arizmendi, AKA Baby Arizmendi (March 17, 1914 – December 31, 1963) was a featherweight and welterweight boxer who is famous for being the youngest boxer to turn pro. He got the nickname "Baby" from the smile he always had on his face. He fought his first pro fight at age 13 and never looked back. Baby used a charging, bruising style, making him a very strong two-fisted fighter. He won his first title in November of 1931 when he won the Mexican bantamweight title. With victories over such names as Fidel LaBarba, Baby established himself as a worthy contender for the featherweight crown. Unfortunately, Arizmendi was beaten by Freddie Miller in a 10-round bout for the featherweight crown. However, Arizmendi didn't give up, as he defeated Mike Belloise for the New York state featherweight crown. On January 2, 1935, Arizmendi won one of 5 bouts with Henry Armstrong for the Mexican featherweight title. His last bout with Armstrong was his last shot for a World title, where he dropped a 10-round decision for the World Welterweight title. He continued to box up until 1942, with occasional bouts with Lou Ambers, Sammy Angott, and George Latka, but never again went for a title. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.