Bill Martinez is a retired Colombian professional wrestler, Jiu-Jitsu teacher, former boxer and Greco-Roman wrestler. He is known under the ring name El Tigre Colombiano.
His parents Salomon Martinez Quintero and Ana Patino met at the Colombian Consulate in New York and they married in that city. He was born on March 6, 1930 in New York City. At the age of 3, his parents went back to Colombia. They lived in Barranquilla where he was baptized. In order to avoid more paperwork, they said he was born in Barranquilla. At the age of 15, he got his Identification Card as a Colombian citizen.
Martínez has a vast background in sports. He. Was trained by Masiste II in boxing. His Olympic and Greco-Roman wrestling trainer was Luis A.Gutierrez, national champion of Colombia, he began his training with him in 1947. He trained Vale Tudo with Ivan Taranowski during 1949. His maestro en professional wrestling was the Chilean, Alirio Lillo.
In Bill's professional wrestling career, Bill wrestled in many countries in the late 40's and 50's. He visited South America, Africa, and Europe. Bill held many wrestling titles in Germany, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico & Colombia. Martinez retired from professional wrestling in the late 80's. Martinez lives in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and teaches Martial Arts.
In 1960, he traveled to Europe and after three months there, he won the World Championship in Munchen, Germany defeating the Yugoslavian Michael Ayovíj. His opponent broke his retina in that match. He retired from professional wrestling in 1985, because the good promoters were gone and the promotions were in charge of mediocre wrestlers. For these reasons, professional wrestling was no longer profitable for him.
With his vast knowledge in the real wrestling from the golden age, he competed in Mixed Martial Arts. He competed in three fight getting to wins and one loss. His license was revoked due to his age. However, he kept practicing with the best MMA exponents in USA. He holds a black belt 10th dan in MMA.
He traveled 43 countries including several Principalities. He was a bodyguard for the Rolling Stones and worked in several films. He lived in Europe for 25 years, 2 years in Africa, and 6 months in the Near East, Middle East, and the Far East.
Luchas de apuestas record
|Arena and/or Place
|Aníbal & Steve Wright
|René Guajardo & Tigre Colombiano
|Panama City, Panama
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