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Arturo Godoy (October 10, 1912 – 1986) was a Chilean boxer, also nicknamed "Arturito".

Biography

He was born in Iquique, Chile, on October 10, 1912. He was South American Heavyweight Champion and had an extensive and successful career in Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and the United States roughly between 1931 and 1954. In New York he beat Tony Galento. He is best known for his two epic fights with Joe Louis for the World Heavyweight Championship in 1940. The first was held at the Madison Square Garden on February 10, 1940, and went the full length of 15 rounds. The 2 ringside judges split their votes and the tie was broken by the referee, who gave it to Louis, to the protest of a substantial part of the audience, who had been won over by the fact that Godoy showed no fear of Louis and by the additional fact that Louis was not able to knock out his opponent after a string of K.O.s and T.K.O.s. South Americans and Chileans in particular thought that Godoy had indeed won the fight and from then on the figure of Godoy acquired mythical proportions. A second fight was scheduled for June 20, 1940. Joe Louis prepared to counteract Godoy's strategy and ring tactics, focusing on bringing him up from his unusual low stance with a combination of hooks to the body and uppercuts. Godoy fought bravely but the referee had to stop the fight in the 8th round. Godoy continued fighting until 1954 and returned to Chile, where he was regarded as a hero. He died in Chile in 1986.

Legacy

His life was used as the base for the novel "Muriendo por la dulce patria mía" (Planeta, 1998) by Roberto Castillo Sandoval.

Professional career

| style="text-align:center;" colspan="8" | 91 Wins (51 knockouts, 39 decisions, 1 disqualification), 22 Losses (3 knockouts, 18 decisions, 1 disqualification), 12 Draws, 2 No Contest |- style="text-align:center; background:#e3e3e3;" | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Res. | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Record | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Opponent | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Type | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Round | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Date | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Location | style="border-style:none none solid solid;" | Notes |- align=center |Win |56–12–7 |align=left| Tony Musto | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |55–12–7 |align=left| Gus Dorazio | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |54–12–7 |align=left| Joe Louis | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |54–11–7 |align=left| Joe Louis | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |54–10–7 |align=left| Eduardo Primo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |54–9–7 |align=left| Valentin Campolo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |53–9–7 |align=left| Alberto Santiago Lovell | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |52–9–7 |align=left| Valentin Campolo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |52–8–7 |align=left| Eusebio Ramirez | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |51–8–7 |align=left| Hans Birkie | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |50–8–7 |align=left| Hans Havlicek | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |49–8–7 |align=left| Alberto Santiago Lovell | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |49–7–7 |align=left| Valentin Campolo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |48–7–7 |align=left| Dionisio Cristante | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |47–7–7 |align=left| Eddie Mader | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |46–7–7 |align=left| Nathan Mann | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |46–6–7 |align=left| Roscoe Toles | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |46–6–6 |align=left| Tony Galento | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |45–6–6 |align=left| Roscoe Toles | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |45–5–6 |align=left| Tony Galento | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |44–5–6 |align=left| Maurice Strickland | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |44–5–5 |align=left| Art Sykes | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |43–5–5 |align=left| Otis Thomas | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |42–5–5 |align=left| Jack Roper | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |41–5–5 |align=left| Al Ettore | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |41–5–4 |align=left| Leroy Haynes | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |41–5–3 |align=left| Luis Angel Firpo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |40–5–3 |align=left| Vincenz Hower | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |39–5–3 |align=left| Eduardo Primo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |38–5–3 |align=left| Oscar Davidson | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |37–5–3 |align=left| Eduardo Primo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |37–5–2 |align=left| Antonio Sebastiao | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |36–5–2 |align=left| Tommy Loughran | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |35–5–2 |align=left| Tommy Loughran | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |35–4–2 |align=left| Jose Carattoli | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |34–4–2 |align=left| Tommy Loughran | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |34–4–1 |align=left| Eduardo Primo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |33–4–1 |align=left| Billy Jones | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |33–3–1 |align=left| Erwin Klausner | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |32–3–1 |align=left| Erwin Klausner | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |31–3–1 |align=left| Victorio Campolo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |31–2–1 |align=left| Esteban Senestraro | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |30–2–1 |align=left| Mario Lenzi | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |29–2–1 |align=left| Salvatore Zaetta | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |28–2–1 |align=left| Vicente Parrile | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |27–2–1 |align=left| Mateo de la Osa | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |26–2–1 |align=left| Raul Bianchi | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |25–2–1 |align=left| Rafaele Siciliano | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |24–2–1 |align=left| Santiago Sola | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |23–2–1 |align=left| Jesus Rodriguez | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |22–2–1 |align=left| Angel Roman | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |21–2–1 |align=left| Young John Herrera | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |20–2–1 |align=left| Frank Cawley | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |19–2–1 |align=left| Pantaleon Cuesta Musolino | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |18–2–1 |align=left| Rufino Alvarez | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |17–2–1 |align=left| Dewey Kimrey | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |16–2–1 |align=left| Frankie Edgren | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |16–1–1 |align=left| Chick Raines | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |15–1–1 |align=left| Johnny Mack | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |14–1–1 |align=left| Frankie Palmo | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |13–1–1 |align=left| Tony Ferrante | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |12–1–1 |align=left| Joe King | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |11–1–1 |align=left| Irving Ashkenazy | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |10–1–1 |align=left| Cyclone Smith | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |9–1–1 |align=left| Ben Logan | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |8–1–1 |align=left| Gordon Fortenberry | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |7–1–1 |align=left| Ray Swanson | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Draw |6–1–1 |align=left| Pedro Proenza | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |6–1 |align=left| Antonio Hevia | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |5–1 |align=left| Pantaleon Cuesta Musolino | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |4–1 |align=left| Luis Aravena | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |3–1 |align=left| Peter Johnson | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |2–1 |align=left| Oscar Ramirez | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |1–1 |align=left| Luis Aravena | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |1–0 |align=left| Peter Johnson | | | |align=left| |align=left|

External links

* {{DEFAULTSORT:Godoy, Arturo Category:1912 births Category:1986 deaths Category:Heavyweight boxers Category:People from Iquique Category:Chilean male boxers