Éder Jofre

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Éder Jofre
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Real name Éder Jofre
Nickname(s) Galo de Ouro (Golden Rooster)
Jofrinho (Lil' Jofre)
Rated at Bantamweight
Featherweight
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Reach 168 cm (66 in)
Nationality Brazilian
Born (1936-03-26) March 26, 1936 (age 78)
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 78
Wins 72
Wins by KO 50
Losses 2
Draws 4
No contests 0

Éder Jofre (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɛdeɾ ˈʒofɾi]; born March 26, 1936) is a retired Brazilian professional boxer and former Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Jofre represented his native country at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

Olympic Results[edit]

Pro career[edit]

A native of São Paulo, Jofre, son of Aristides, whose nicknames were "Galinho de ouro" (The Golden Bantam) and "Jofrinho," made his professional debut on March 23, 1957, beating Raul Lopez by knockout in five rounds. He had a total of twelve fights in 1957, including two each against Lopez, Osvaldo Perez and Ernesto Miranda, against whom Jofre sustained his first two record stains: two ten round draws (ties).

He began 1958 by winning four more fights, and then, on May 14 of that year, he had his first fight abroad, drawing in ten rounds against Ruben Caceres in Montevideo, Uruguay. On November 14, Jose Smecca became the only man to drop Jofre in his career; Jofre got up from a first round knockdown to knock Smecca out in seven rounds.

Jofre won eight fights in 1959, including one against two time world title challenger Leo Espinoza, and a seventh round knockout in a rematch with Caceres.

On February 19, 1960, he fought Ernesto Miranda for the third time, this time with the South American Bantamweight title on the line. Jofre outpointed Miranda over fifteen rounds to win his first title as a professional. Jofre retained the title with a knockout in three rounds in a fourth fight with Miranda, and, after one more win, he made his American debut, defeating top ranked challenger Jose Medel by knockout in ten rounds on August 16 at Los Angeles. Next, he defeated the power punching Ricardo Moreno (later ranked among boxing's all time best punchers by Ring Magazine), by a knockout in the sixth round.

On November 18 of that year, Jofre became world champion, when he knocked out Eloy Sanchez in six rounds, at Los Angeles, to claim the vacant WBA World Bantamweight title.

Jofre proved to be a busy world champion, fighting top notch fighters, both in title engagements and in non title fights. From 1960 to 1965, he retained his title against Piero Rollo, Ramon Arias (in Caracas, Venezuela), Johnny Caldwell, Herman Marques, Jose Medel, Katsuyoshi Aoki (in Tokyo), Johnny Jamito (in Manila) and Bernardo Caraballo (in Bogotá, Colombia).

In addition, he defeated such fighters as Billy Peacock, Sadao Yaoita and Fernando Soto in non title bouts. After the fight with Aoki, Jofre was also recognized as World Bantamweight Champion by the WBC, therefore, becoming the Undisputed World Champion.

Up until his defense against Caraballo, Jofre had the record for the longest undefeated run in boxing history since the start of a career. This record would shortly after be broken by Nino Benvenuti and, much later on, by Julio César Chávez.

On May 17, 1965, his streak as an undefeated fighter was broken when he lost to "Fighting Harada" by a controversial fifteen round split decision in Nagoya, Japan, to lose the world Bantamweight title. Harada was the only fighter ever to defeat Jofre as a professional.

After losing to Harada by unanimous decision at a rematch held in Tokyo on June 1, 1966, Jofre retired.

In 1969, he made a comeback, beating Rudy Corona by a knockout in six rounds on August 26. After winning thirteen fights in a row, he challenged for a world title once again: on May 5, 1973, he fought Jose Legra for the WBC world Featherweight title, in Brasilia. Jofre became a two division world champion by defeating Legra with a fifteen round majority decision.

Despite having won his second world title, Jofre realized he was nearing the end of the road as far as his boxing career was concerned. He did defeat Frankie Crawford in a non title affair and defended his world Featherweight title against fellow former world Bantamweight champion, Vicente Saldivar of Mexico, in a "super fight" held at Salvador. He knocked Saldivar out in four rounds.

After a string of fights against lesser opponents, he retired, having beaten the Mexican Octavio Gomez by a unanimous but controversial decision (120 x 110 by judge Antonio Di, 119 x 115 by judge Adriano Carollo and 117 x 116 by judge Américo Vieira) in São Paulo on October 8 of 1976. In this last fight, Jofre was slow and uncertain, and himself put in doubt the correcteness of the arbiters decision ("Digam o que disserem, eu não venci Famoso Gomez," in the Rio de Janeiro newspaper "O Globo").

He had a record of 72-2-4 (50 KOs), making him a member of the exclusive group of boxers that has won 50 or more fights by knockout.

Boxing Trainer[edit]

Jofre has since dedicated himself to being a boxing trainer in Brazil. He also owns businesses such as supermarkets and others.

Exhibitions and Calisthenics[edit]

Jofre has occasionally come out of retirement to fight exhibitions. Some of his more noteworthy exhibitions have been against Servilio de Oliveira[1] and the late Alexis Arguello.[2] In 2010, at age 74, Jofre, a physical fitness fanatic who is still the reflection of great health, put out a calisthenics video.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

72 Wins (50 knockouts, 22 decisions), 2 Losses (2 decisions), 4 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 72–2–4 Mexico Octavio Gomez UD 12 1976-10-08 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 71–2–4 Mexico Juan Antonio López UD 10 1976-08-13 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 70–2–4 Spain Jose Antonio Jimenez UD 10 1976-07-02 Brazil Ginásio do Corinthians, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 69–2–4 Italy Pasqualino Morbidelli KO 4 (10), 1:07 1976-05-29 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 68–2–4 France Michel Lefevbre KO 3 (10), 1:15 1976-05-02 Brazil Ginásio Presidente Medici, Brasília
Win 67–2–4 Italy Enzo Farinelli KO 4 (10) 1976-02-24 Brazil Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
Win 66–2–4 Venezuela Niliberto Herrera UD 10 1975-01-03 Brazil Jundiaí, São Paulo
Win 65–2–4 Mexico Vicente Saldivar KO 4 (15) 1973-10-21 Brazil Ginásio Municipal, Bauru, São Paulo Retained WBC featherweight title.
Title stripped on June 18, 1974 due to inactivity.
Win 64–2–4 United States Frankie Crawford UD 10 1973-08-25 Brazil Ginásio Municipal, Bauru, São Paulo
Win 63–2–4 Chile Godfrey Stevens KO 4 (10) 1973-07-21 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 62–2–4 Cuba José Legrá MD 15 1973-05-05 Brazil Ginásio Presidente Medici, Brasília Won WBC featherweight title.
Win 61–2–4 Algeria Djiemai Belhadri KO 3 (10) 1972-09-29 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 60–2–4 Japan Shig Fukuyama TKO 9 (10) 1972-08-18 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 59–2–4 Spain Jose Bisbal KO 2 (10) 1972-06-30 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 58–2–4 Puerto Rico Felix Figueroa PTS 10 1972-04-28 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 57–2–4 Mexico Guillermo Morales KO 6 (10), 2:35 1972-03-24 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 56–2–4 France Robert Porcel KO 2 (10), 2:37 1971-10-29 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 55–2–4 Philippines Tony Jumao-As PTS 10 1971-09-10 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 54–2–4 Italy Domenico Chiloiro PTS 10 1971-07-09 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 53–2–4 United States Jerry Stokes KO 2 (10) 1971-03-26 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 52–2–4 Italy Giovanni Girgenti PTS 10 1970-11-06 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 51–2–4 Mexico Roberto Wong KO 3 (10) 1970-09-25 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 50–2–4 United States Manny Elias UD 10 1970-05-29 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 49–2–4 Italy Nevio Carbi PTS 10 1970-01-30 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 48–2–4 Mexico Rudy Corona KO 6 (10) 1969-08-27 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Loss 47–2–4 Japan Fighting Harada UD 15 1966-05-31 Japan Nippon Budokan, Tokyo For WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.
Draw 47–1–4 United States Manny Elias PTS 10 1965-11-05 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Loss 47–1–3 Japan Fighting Harada SD 15 1965-05-18 Japan Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya, Aichi Lost WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.
Win 47–0–3 Colombia Bernardo Caraballo KO 7 (15), 2:50 1964-11-27 Colombia Plaza de Toros de Santamaría, Bogotá Retained WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.
Win 46–0–3 Philippines Johnny Jamito TKO 12 (15) 1963-05-18 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.
Win 45–0–3 Japan Katsutoshi Aoki KO 3 (15), 2:12 1962-09-11 Japan Kokugikan[disambiguation needed], Tokyo Won first-ever WBC bantamweight title.
Retained WBA bantamweight title.
Win 44–0–3 Mexico José Medel KO 6 (15) 1962-09-11 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo Retained WBA bantamweight title.
Win 43–0–3 United States Herman Marques TKO 10 (15), 2:15 1962-05-04 United States Cow Palace, Daly City, California Retained world bantamweight title.
Win 42–0–3 United Kingdom Johnny Caldwell TKO 10 (15), 2:45 1962-01-18 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo Won world bantamweight title.
Win 41–0–3 Portugal Fernando Gonçalves KO 8 (10), 1:45 1961-12-06 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 40–0–3 Venezuela Ramon Arias TKO 7 (15) 1961-08-19 Venezuela Estadio Universitario, Caracas Retained NBA bantamweight title.
Win 39–0–3 Japan Sadao Yaoita KO 10 (10), 2:12 1961-07-26 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 38–0–3 Suriname Sugar Ray KO 2 (10) 1961-04-18 Brazil Ginásio do Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 37–0–3 Italy Piero Rollo RTD 9 (15) 1961-03-2 Brazil Botafogo Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Retained NBA bantamweight title.
Rollo was unable to answer the bell for the 10th round.
Win 36–0–3 United States Billy Peacock KO 2 (10) 1960-12-16 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 35–0–3 Mexico Eloy Sanchez KO 6 (15), 1:30 1960-11-18 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Won vacant NBA bantamweight title.
Relinquished the South American title.
Win 34–0–3 Argentina Ricardo Moreno TKO 6 (10) 1960-09-30 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 33–0–3 Mexico José Medel KO 10 (12) 1960-08-18 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 32–0–3 Chile Claudio Barrientos TKO 8 (10) 1960-07-15 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 31–0–3 Argentina Ernesto Miranda KO 3 (15), 2:20 1960-06-10 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo Retained South American bantamweight title.
Win 30–0–3 Argentina Ernesto Miranda PTS 15 1960-02-19 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo Won South American bantamweight title.
Win 29–0–3 Philippines Danny Kid UD 10 1959-12-12 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 28–0–3 Italy Giovanni Zuddas PTS 10 1959-10-30 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 27–0–3 Argentina Angel Bustos KO 3 (10) 1959-10-09 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 26–0–3 Uruguay Ruben Cáceres KO 7 (10) 1959-07-31 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 25–0–3 Argentina Salustiano Suarez TKO 1 (10) 1959-06-28 Brazil Estúdios TV Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Win 24–0–3 Argentina Angel Bustos TKO 4 (10) 1959-06-19 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 23–0–3 Philippines Leo Espinosa PTS 10 1959-06-04 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 22–0–3 Argentina Salustiano Suarez KO 4 (10) 1959-04-20 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 21–0–3 Uruguay Aniceto Pereyra PTS 10 1959-03-23 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 20–0–3 Argentina Roberto Castro KO 2 (10) 1958-12-12 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 19–0–3 Argentina Jose Smecca TKO 7 (10) 1958-11-14 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 18–0–3 Argentina Jose Casas KO 3 (10) 1958-10-10 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 17–0–3 Argentina Jose Casas PTS 10 1958-09-12 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 16–0–3 Argentina Roberto Olmedo TKO 5 (10) 1958-07-18 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 15–0–3 Argentina Juan Carlos Acebal KO 2 (10) 1958-07-18 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 14–0–3 Argentina German Escudero KO 2 (10) 1958-06-29 Brazil Estúdios TV Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Win 13–0–3 Argentina German Escudero KO 2 (10) 1958-06-20 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Draw 12–0–3 Uruguay Ruben Cáceres PTS 10 1958-05-14 Uruguay Palacio Peñarol, Montevideo
Win 12–0–2 Spain Cristobal Gabisans TKO 6 (10) 1958-03-07 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 11–0–2 Argentina Avelino Romero TKO 2 (10) 1958-01-29 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 10–0–2 Spain Cristobal Gabisans PTS 8 1957-12-22 Brazil Estúdios TV Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Win 9–0–2 Argentina Adolfo Ramon Pendas PTS 10 1957-12-13 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 8–0–2 Argentina Luis Angel Jimenez KO 8 (10) 1957-10-30 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Draw 7–0–2 Argentina Ernesto Miranda PTS 10 1957-09-06 Brazil Ginásio do Estádio Pacaembú, São Paulo, São Paulo
Draw 7–0–1 Argentina Ernesto Miranda PTS 10 1957-08-16 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 7–0 Argentina Raul Jaime PTS 10 1957-07-19 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 6–0 Argentina Raul Jaime PTS 10 1957-07-05 Brazil São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 5–0 Mexico Juan Gonzalez KO 5 (10) 1957-06-14 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 4–0 Argentina Osvaldo Perez KO 2 (10) 1957-06-07 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 3–0 Argentina Osvaldo Perez TKO 10 (10) 1957-05-24 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 2–0 Argentina Raul Lopez KO 3 (10) 1957-04-26 Brazil Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo
Win 1–0 Argentina Raul Lopez KO 4 (6) 1957-03-29 Brazil Estádio Pacaembú, São Paulo, São Paulo

Honors[edit]

He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 2003, he was listed as #85 on Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

He is listed as #19 on Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.

Jofre was ranked as the #1 bantamweight of all-time by the International Boxing Research Organization in 2006.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCooPIHFzD4
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuLIfVJDCDw
  3. ^ http://www.boxing.com/the_end_game.html
  4. ^ "IBRO Rankings". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jose Becerra
Retired
NBA Bantamweight Champion (later WBA)
18 November 1960– 18 May 1965
Succeeded by
Fighting Harada
Preceded by
Johnny Caldwell
World Bantamweight Champion
18 January 1962– 18 May 1965
Succeeded by
Fighting Harada
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WBC Bantamweight Champion
1963– 18 May 1965
Succeeded by
Fighting Harada
Preceded by
Jose Legra
WBC Featherweight Champion
5 May 1973– 17 June 1974
Stripped
Succeeded by
Bobby Chacon