Former Puerto Rican World Junior Featherweight champion Victor Callejas wanted to be a singer as a child and
his childhood friend, Orvil Miller wanted to be a boxer. As it turned out, however, it was Callejas who was a boxer
and Miller who became a famous singer. Callejas' nickname was Luvi.
Luvi Callejas (left) poses with two fans
Callejas compiled a record of 36 wins and 4 defeats as an amateur boxer, and in 1979, he decided to turn professional.
That he did on the night of Feb. 18 of that year. In his first bout, Callejas lost. He was beaten by Jose Parilla by
a four round decision. For his next three bouts, he travelled around some of the other Carribean islands, gaining revenge
over Parrilla in St. Croix for his first professional win, knocking out Wilt Jones in one round in St. Martin for
his first knockout and beating Albert Pagan, also by a knockout, in five.
Between the fight against Jones and the fight versus Jose Ortiz in 1983, Callejas had a streak of 15 knockout wins in a
row, winning Puerto Rico's Jr. Featherweight title and earning a ranking among the world's top Jr. Featherweights with the
WBA along the way. Some fans even started to call him the next Wilfredo Gomez. His fight with Ortiz ended in a second
round no contest. But after that, on 5/7/83, he beat Juan Andrade Bazan by a knockout in three, and then, on 2/15/84, he beat
the WBA's number one challenger, Bernardo Checa, by a knockout in three in Guaynabo.
That same night, but in Milan, Italian boxer Loris Stecca was becoming the new Jr. Featherweight champion of the world
when he beat Leo Cruz by a knockout in round 12 for the WBA title.
On May of that year, Stecca went to Puerto Rico to defend his title against Callejas. On May 26, Callejas became world
champion by knocking Stecca out in round eight.
Callejas then began to face different problems to fight, and it was almost a year later that he could finally defend his
title for the first time, when he beat Seoung-Hoon Lee by a decision in 15 on 2/2/85, after dropping him in round 8,
at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.
Stecca had won five fights in a row since losing to Callejas, all by knockout. So the logical next step was for a rematch
to take place. The second time around, it was Callejas who had to travel to his rival's home turf, and so Callejas went to
Italy, where he complained about such pre-fight conditions as the heating system in his hotel room and the gestures made towards
him by some Stecca fans he met on the streets. Callejas-Stecca 2 took place on 11/8 in Rimini, with Gómez himself and
Ivonne Classbroadcasting the fight for Puerto Rican television. During round three of the rematch, the lights went off the
sports facility where the fight was held at, and the fighters had to keep boxing under a complete obscurity. But in round
six, Callejas retained the title with a highlight film knockout: He connected with a right hand that lifted Stecca off his
feet, and when Stecca came down, he landed on his knees, his upper body over his lower legs. He got up, but was saved by the
bell and not allowed to continue for round seven by his corner. This Callejas knockout earned many knockout of the year
Callejas would not fight again for two years. Many reasons were given for this, including managerial and weight making
problems. But when he came back in 1987, he won fights over contenders Cleo Garcia (by decision in 10) and Nivio Nolasco (knockout
in one), the latter of which marked Callejas' Las Vegas debut. Callejas was given an opportunity by the WBC to fight for another
world title in 1988, and so he travelled to Australia, where he met Jeff Fenech on March 7, losing by a knockout in ten for
the vacant WBC's world Featherweight title.
Later that year, Callejas did a two fight tour of the UK, beating Juan Torres by a knockout in seven in Belfast, and
Brian Roche by a decision in eight in London.
In his last fight as a professional, Callejas lost to Francisco Alvarez by a decision in eight at San Juan.
Callejas currently holds an important position in a government sports department in Puerto Rico.
30 Bouts: 29-3-0 21 KOs 1 NC.