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Raúl Castañeda

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRaúl•Castañeda
Used nameRaúl•Castañeda
Born20 September 1982 in Guaymas, Sonora (MEX)
Died6 September 2017 in La Paz, Baja California Sur (MEX)
Measurements156 cm / 48 kg
NOC(s) Mexico


Raúl Castañeda competed as a light-flyweight at the 2004 Athina Olympics. He continued to compete as an amateur and won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. Castañeda actually started competing as a professional in 2005, winning his first bout on 1 October. He fought professionally through 2012, finishing with a record of 15 wins (8 by KO) and 2 losses. In May 2009 Castañeda fought Mario Rodríguez for the WBC Continental Americas Minimumweight title, but lost by decision.

Castañeda had difficult times in later life, and was arrested several times for robbery. He was killed in 2017 in what appears to have been a drive-by shooting.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Boxing Light-Flyweight, Men Olympic =9 MEX Raúl Castañeda

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