In the world of sports, an athlete’s career is measured by victories, trophies and world titles… very few become legends, while others leave us with the doubt of what they could have become.

That’s the story of a local boxer who despite coming up short in the ring, today he is inspiring amateur fighters though the sweet science.

Luis Ortiz tells us his story in the special series ‘The Victory of Defeat – the Story of Raul “El Tigre” Casarez’

Former professional boxer, Raul “El Tigre” Casarez is the first to admit he committed some big mistakes during his career such as drug addiction and alcoholism which saw him hang up the gloves early.

“I was a part-time fighter….full time in the streets. Doing drugs…drinking.”

Raul “El Tigre” Casarez began his professional career at 16 years old, defeating his first 8 opponents.

He would go on to retire with 20 wins and seven losses, the biggest one coming on the night of November 10, 2012 when he fought Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo.