As all admirers of Lee Wylie are no doubt aware, he is an aficionado of the finer points of boxing technique, the often overlooked subtleties and arcane methods of advanced ringcraft. Thus it should surprise no one that he is an enthusiast of the prizefighter they call “El Intocable,” the chain-smoking defensive genius from Argentina who dazzled fans with his extraordinary reflexes, clever tactics, and ability to control the ring.
After an astonishing amateur career that saw him lose only five times in 122 bouts, Locche turned pro in 1958. He would go on to win Argentine and South American championships at lightweight before moving up to 140 pounds. He won the world title in 1968 and boasts victories over such elite talents as Joe Brown, Eddie Perkins, Carlos Hernandez, and Antonio Cervantes, and he drew with both Ismael Laguna and the great Carlos Ortiz.
In Wylie’s newest creation, he focuses on Locche’s awesome title-winning performance against Takeshi Fuji in December of 1968. Locche was the underdog, but to everyone’s surprise the match wasn’t even close; showing remarkable skill and audacity, “El Intocable” controlled the ring, dominated the champion and annexed the world title.
In his new video Wylie shows how Locche achieved this great win and the specific tactics which, in Wylie’s view, make the Argentinian a true boxing “genius,” a brilliant defensive maestro whose ring proficiency, when he was in his prime, was perhaps second only to that of Willie Pep. Check it out: