A Tree Was Planted To Honor Featherweight Robinson Pitalúa (1964-1985)

By: Jaime Castro-Núñez -- Last October the 10th, in the city of Montería, Córdoba, Colombia, a tree was planted to honor featherweight hot prospect Robinson Pitalúa (6-0-0, 4 KO´s), who mysteriously drowned in Miami on September 22, 1985, while swimming with a friend. The tree, which was planted in front of the Sinú River, at Montería´s First Avenue, will remain as a perpetual tribute to whom was considered by The Ring Magazine as one of the biggest boxing hopes in Colombia during the eighties..

The emotive ceremony was headed by Robinson Pitalúa´s parents, Mr. Rafael Antonio Pitalúa and Mrs. María Elena Támara, who described their seventh kid not only as a disciplined athlete, but also as a “good son, friend and student.” Sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, friends, classmates, pedestrians, journalists and even former bantamweight champion of the world, Miguel “Happy” Lora, gathered together in order to remember the short life of Robinson Pitalúa, fifth in the Los Angeles 84 Olympic Games after being defeated on points by Maurizio Stecca of Italy.

After planting the tree, Pitalúa´s relatives discovered a small pedestal with the following inscription: “This tree is planted to honor Monterian boxer Robinson Pitalúa Támara, who gave great satisfactions to Colombia. Montería, October 10, 2008.”

Article posted on 02.11.2008

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