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Knockout to the Untouchable

The sculpture that honors Nicolino Locche was attacked and thrown to the ground. The art of destroying something for mere satisfaction. Now it's up to the Untouchable.

For some years, in Mendoza, there have been some acts of aggression and violence against some historical monuments located in squares and in green spaces. In no case have any grounds or responsible for these events been found. And  this time it was the Untouchable. He dodged thousands of hits above the ring, but, in this case,   Nicolino  could not and was shot down by a group of cowards.

“I invite the neighbors to visit this new homage of the City and to  take care of it among all. Nicolino Locche was a great idol  of the Mendoza and an outstanding exponent of the national sport.” With these words,  the Mayor of the City of Mendoza inaugurated, in 2018, the tribute to the Untouchable statue. However, some did not listen  and took care of interrupting the peace experienced by the Mendoza athlete,  after his death, in 2005.  

The monument to the historic mendocino boxer, located in the  Lineal Park of   Ciudad  , meters from Videla Correa, suffered several damage as it was thrown to the apartment.  The capital commune repudiated the episode and rejected “such acts of barbarism” and urged passers-by “to take care of monuments and make good use of public spaces.”

 The monument 

The author of the sculpture homage to the ex-pugil is the  artist Sonia López. The monument is a life-size representation of Locche, designed for people to interact and take pictures with it . It was made of polyester resin in order to make it lighter.

It is noteworthy that the park is named after the “Untouchable” in homage to dear Nicolino, as the former  boxer  lived nearby and used to walk around the area when he was going to train.

This green space,  stretching across Peru, from Videla Correa to Mosconi, is visited daily by thousands of people.  Created in 2015, it managed to become a more meeting place and to enjoy outdoor physical activities.

 The Untouchable 

Nicolino Locche,  was born on September 2, 1939, in Tunuyán, Mendoza.He was world champion in the superlight weight category in 1968, in Tokyo and retained the world title until 1972. 

He is considered one of the best Argentine boxers along with Carlos Monzón, Pascual Pérez and Víctor Galíndez. He is revered as one of the best defensive fighters of all time.  In 2003 he was incorporated into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 

 About Nicolino Locche Park 

This green space  features an open pit gym, playgrounds and from now on a new calisthenics circuit and exercisers. In addition, a bike path runs its entire length and is complemented by large parking spaces.  In order to deepen the use of bicycle, in Videla Correa and Peru, there is a place of the municipal program “En la Bici” where you can get one of these romed on loan.

In relation to its afforestation, it has about 160  trees  of species suitable for the place, while its lighting is full since new lighting equipment has been installed including powerful towers of lighting with white light lamps that allow better night vision and greater safety for neighbors.

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