On March 22, The Anniversary would celebrate the all time best Latvian boxer, European Champion and vice-champion, Aloiz Tuminsh.

Aloiz Tuminsh was born 1938 in Atasiene village, near to the town of Jekabpils. As the teenager, Aloiz traveled to Riga to study in the college, to the ship's mechanic. Also, he began his boxing carrier under the guidance of the coach Albert Lavrinovic, in the society of Labor Reserves. As the amateur Tuminsh had a record of 200-20. He captured the seven Latvian titles, was the runner-up on the 1958's, 59's and 60's Soviet Union Championships, and became the USSR Champion in 1961 and 1963. The best achievement for Aloiz was in 1961, when he captured the light-welter (63.5 Kilo) European title in then-Yugoslavian capital Belgrade. At the semifinals Tuminsh beat the future Olympic Champion, The Pole Marian Kasprzyk, but at the final took over The Serb, Ljubisha Mehovic. Tuminsh also was awarded as the tournament's best fighter, but by the end of the year he was named The Athlete of the Year in Latvia. At the 1963 European Championships in Moscow, Tuminsh had three straight wins which led him in to the finals, where in the very close fight he lost to the next 2-time Olympic Champion, Jerzy Kuley of Poland. Then many observers thought that Tuminsh was robbed. After that Aloiz retired from the ring and went to Leningrad, where he graduated from the Higher School of Sports with the Diploma of boxing coach. From now, Tuminsh taught the young boxers in Riga. Aloiz Tuminsh is considered as the best ever boxer from Latvia, he was skillful technician boxer with the knockout punches from the both hands. It is the shame that Soviet fighters of that time never turned pro, Tuminsh, no doubt, could be the great champion on the pro ring, too. On January 29, 2009, after the hard battle with the illness, Aloiz Tuminsh pasted away, he was 70! On March 22, The Master would celebrate his Anniversary- 80!!!

At the very same day another Anniversary is celebrating the greatest Spaniard on the professional ring, Javier Castillejo. Born in 1968 in Parla, the neighborhood of Madrid, Francisco Javier Castillejo Rodriguez earned the ringname El Lince de Parla, or The Dodger of Parla. Twice Castillejo became the light-middleweight European Champion. During 1994 he defended his belt for four successful times, but in 1995 lost it to the famous Frenchman, Laurent Boudouani. In 1999, Javier captured the WBC belt. After the five successful defenses he lost it, in 2001, to Oscar De La Hoya, by points in Las Vegas. In 2006, Castillejo sensationally knocks out The German Felix Sturm in the 10-th, and took his WBA middleweight title. In their rematch, the one year later, Javier lost on points. Castillejo retired in 2009, with the record of 62(43 KO)-8(2 KO)-1. On March 22, The Dodger of Parla becomes the 50-years-old!

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