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Date of Birth 14 May 1943Arrona, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain
Date of Death 21 July 1992Madrid, Spain  (suicide jumping from a window)
Birth NameJosé Manuel Ibar Aspiazu
Nicknames El Tigre de Cestona
The New El Cid
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

From 1968-1970, Spain's Jose Manuel Ibar "Urtain" was the most feared heavyweight boxer in the world. He was the "Mike Tyson" of his time. His life-story was one of Hollywood fiction; only it was fact. Born to a modest, but slightly poor farming family, Jose Manuel spent his time tending animals on his family's farm and participating in the sport of "rock lifting". As he grew into his teens, his love of "rock lifting" helped him develop an extremely strong and muscular build. One day he was "discovered" by a boxing trainer who was awed by Jose's strength and powerful build. With no formal amateur boxing experience, Jose Manuel made his professional boxing debut on July 24, 1968 in Villafranca, Spain, knocking out Tony Rodri in one round. It was the beginning of an amazing run of 30 consecutive knockout victories which would propel this simple farmer into the most promising heavyweight prospect in 40 years. Dubbed "Urtain", he was considered a "superman". Words like unbeatable and invincible preceded his name in print. He made the cover of the internationally famous Ring Boxing Magazine in 1970. Spanish dictator, General Franco called him the new "El Cid". Pictures of him lifting cars or cattle were plastered in the sport's pages. He starred in a movie about his life. He was destined to be a world champion. And than suddenly, just as quickly as he rose to fame, the myth that was Jose Manuel Ibar Urtain crumbled. The invincible superman turned out to be human after all. Urtain was stopped in 9 rounds by England's Henry Cooper to lose his European Heavyweight Championshipon November 10, 1970. Though he continued to fight until 1977, he never again obtained the greatness or fame of his first two years. On March 12, 1977, he was knocked out in 4 rounds by Jean-Pierre Coopman in an attempt to recapture his European title. The fight marked the end of his career. His record was 56-11-4 with 42 knockouts. He dropped out of the public spotlight until July 21, 1992, when he "fell" out of a hotel window. His death at 49 brought a sad ending to the legend of "Urtain", the man once dubbed as "Boxing's Superman".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (1)

Cecilia Urbieta (1962 - 19??) (3 children)

Trivia (21)

Won the European Heavyweight Boxing Championship twice
Fastest knockout was in 17 seconds over Tony Rodri.
Won his first 30 fights all by knockout.
Lost to European Heavyweight Champions Jurgin Blin, Henry Cooper, Alfredo Evangelista and Jean-Pierre Coopman.
Defeated four European Heavyweight Boxing Champions: Peter Weiland, Jurgin Blin, Jack Bodell and Richard Dunn.
Defeated former World Boxing Association World Lightheavyweight Champion Vicente Rondon.
From the age of 14 to 25, Urtain was Spain's undefeated Rock-Lifting champion; able to lift a 220lbs. rock with one arm, and a 400 pound rock with two.
Had five brothers and four sisters.
His brother Candido was a star Jai Alai player in Florida.
Started professional boxing at 25 without having had any amateur fights.
Nat Fleischer the editor of Ring Magazine said that "No man who ever held the world heavyweight title could match Urtain's feats of strength."
Urtain's sister Antonia was a rock-lifter in 1970. At 18 she was able to lift a 220 pound stone 7-times.
Had three children Jose Manuel (born 1964), Maria Jesus (1966), and Francisco (1970).
Was a fan of Mexican music and Western movies.
Hobby of collecting and trading sport's cars.
Wasn't knocked off his feet until his 31st fight.
Proposed World Heavyweight Title bouts with champions Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali never materialized.
Held The European Heavyweight twice and was also the Heavyweight Champion of Spain.
On 27 May 1971 Urtain knocked out former European Lightheavyweight Champion Ivan Prebeg in 3 rounds in Germany.
On 2 July 1975 Urtain won the Heavyweight Championship of Spain by knocking out Casimiro Martinez in 9 rounds in Madrid, Spain.
Defeated Italian Heavyweight champion Dante Cane in 1976.

Personal Quotes (2)

Let me find the mark and my opponent is done.
"I fight for the Spanish people".

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