Armando Muñiz represented the United States as a welterweight boxer in the 1968 Olympic Games. From 1970-1979, “El Hombre” had a successful professional career with a 44-14-1 (30 KO’s) record. He fought for world titles on four occasions against the toughest fighters in his weight class, losing closely each time. In one contest with Jose Napoles, he had the champion thoroughly beaten through 12 rounds when the fight was inexplicably stopped and awarded to Napoles. Armando became known as the “uncrowned champion” by the boxing press and fans alike who knew that he had won the fight. His 1977 fight with Carlos Palomino was the first championship fight between two competitors with college degrees. Boxing enthusiasts worldwide loved him because he gave everything that he had in the ring when the bell rang.
Armando used the lessons that he learned as a boxer in his post-fight career by becoming a long-time educator and community leader. Beginning in 1987, he became a teacher and wrestling coach at Rubidoux High School, helping countless youth under his direction. He has also served on the Rubidoux Community Services District. Armando has served honorably as the President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame located in Riverside.