A rare three-sport athlete while at Cal Poly, Eduardo traveled from his hometown of Los Mochis, Sinaloa in Mexico to attend Cal Poly in the 1950s.
He participated in boxing, wrestling and soccer while at Cal Poly. He received the prestigious Van Horn Trophy as Cal Poly's Athlete of the Year, selected by the Block P Society after capturing the NCAA National Championship title in 1957. In three years competing on the Cal Poly boxing team, Labistida Ochoa won 26 of 32 matches. As a sophomore, he was a finalist in the 1955 Pacific Coast Intercollegiate tournament at 119 pounds. It was hard finding opponents in his weight division. Labistida Ochoa was forced to box mostly at 125 pounds, winning the national championship at the higher division over Idaho State's Bob McCollum.
An agricultural engineering graduate, Eduardo is currently a successful businessman as he runs his large agricultural business in Los Mochis, Mexico.