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Re: I have MANY relatives in PR
Posted by: Juan Gonzalez Date: February 05, 2002 at 21:12:55
In Reply to: I have MANY relatives in PR by Benjamin Montanez of 175

My father was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico and his mother maid name was Montanez. His name was Julio Gonzalez-Montanez, also there was a boxer by the name of Pedro Montanez, from Cayey and him and my father were first cousins (Notice that I am using the past tense as they have pass away) that along with Sixto Escobar propelled Puerto Rico into fistic glory. Montanez was an excellent boxer despite never wining a title, he can still be found in some top 10 lists of Puerto Rican boxers. Montanez fought in the 1930s and '40s, was best known for his body punching and fighting on the inside in general. Established himself by beating the best of Europe, Tony Canzoneri was the champ and some claim he avoided Montanez. Pedro at one point went on a 61-fight unbeaten streak, if that does not get you a title shot what does? When Montanez did get a title shot he lost to Lou Ambers, this after beating him in a non-title fight only five months before. That was his one good chance to win a title and his skills faded badly after the loss. He got a title shot at welterweight on name recognition against a prime Henry Armstrong, but was knocked out. By the age of 26 Pedro retired. Pedro was also unique in that he was one of the very few Puerto Rican boxers of the Jewish faith (All of my father relative are of the Jewish faith). His overall record was 87-7-5 with 51 KOs. He trained other boxers and became a successful businessman after retirement. I left home when I was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and after serving three (3) tours in Vietnam never return back home. I decide to settle in the middle west (Texas to be more precise). So you see there is a lot of my family that I really do not know, but I am willing to find them as I have granddaughters and I think that is necessary for them to know there family roots. May be we are family, so please feel free to Email me at jgonza1370@aol.com.


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