Ex-World Flyweight Champion Prudencio Cardona Dies in Colombia at Age 67
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Barranquilla, Colombia (August 9th, 2019)– Former World Boxing Council World Flyweight champion Prudencio Cardona of Colombia has died in Barranquilla from the effects of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, a belated after effect of his boxing career. Cardona was 67 years old.
Cardona fought between 1973 and 1992, winning 40 bouts, losing 23, and drawing one bout, with 27 knockouts. Prudencio won the WBC World Flyweight title in his first opportunity, knocking out Mexico’s world champion Antonio Avelar in the first round in Avelar’s native Mexico in a shocker in March 1982. Prudencio lost the WBC world title in July 1982 in Mexico in his first defense, a 15 decision round loss to Freddy Castillo. After going undefeated in his next five bouts, Prudencio traveled to Cordoba, Argentina, where, in an attempt to regain an option of the world flyweight title, he was knocked out by Santos Laciar in the tenth round of a WBA World Flyweight title bout. Prudencio lost 15 of his next 20 bouts, including losing 14 of his last 15, having never recovered from the titular knockout loss to Laciar.
Prudencio’s brother, the late Ricardo Cardona, who died in 2015, fought between 1973 and 1984, held the WBA World Super Bantamweight title from 1978-1979 and fought in eight WBA world super bantamweight title bout, making Prudencio and Ricardo Cardona among the rare few boxing brothers in Latin America to win professional world titles.