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|Real name||Éder Jofre|
|Nickname(s)||Galo de Ouro (Golden Rooster)
Jofrinho (Lil' Jofre)
|Height||1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)|
|Reach||168 cm (66 in)|
March 26, 1936 |
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
|Wins by KO||50|
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.
Jofre has since dedicated himself to being a boxing trainer in Brazil. He also owns businesses such as supermarkets and others.
Exhibitions and Calisthenics
Jofre has occasionally come out of retirement to fight exhibitions. Some of his more noteworthy exhibitions have been against Servilio de Oliveira and the late Alexis Arguello. In 2010, at age 74, Jofre, a physical fitness fanatic who is still the reflection of great health, put out a calisthenics video.
Professional boxing record
|72 Wins (50 knockouts, 22 decisions), 2 Losses (2 decisions), 4 Draws|
|Win||72–2–4||Octavio Gomez||UD||12||1976-10-08||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||71–2–4||Juan Antonio López||UD||10||1976-08-13||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||70–2–4||Jose Antonio Jimenez||UD||10||1976-07-02||Ginásio do Corinthians, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||69–2–4||Pasqualino Morbidelli||KO||4 (10), 1:07||1976-05-29||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||68–2–4||Michel Lefevbre||KO||3 (10), 1:15||1976-05-02||Ginásio Presidente Medici, Brasília|
|Win||67–2–4||Enzo Farinelli||KO||4 (10)||1976-02-24||Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul|
|Win||66–2–4||Niliberto Herrera||UD||10||1975-01-03||Jundiaí, São Paulo|
|Win||65–2–4||Vicente Saldivar||KO||4 (15)||1973-10-21||Ginásio Municipal, Bauru, São Paulo||Retained WBC featherweight title.
Title stripped on June 18, 1974 due to inactivity.
|Win||64–2–4||Frankie Crawford||UD||10||1973-08-25||Ginásio Municipal, Bauru, São Paulo|
|Win||63–2–4||Godfrey Stevens||KO||4 (10)||1973-07-21||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||62–2–4||José Legrá||MD||15||1973-05-05||Ginásio Presidente Medici, Brasília||Won WBC featherweight title.|
|Win||61–2–4||Djiemai Belhadri||KO||3 (10)||1972-09-29||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||60–2–4||Shig Fukuyama||TKO||9 (10)||1972-08-18||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||59–2–4||Jose Bisbal||KO||2 (10)||1972-06-30||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||58–2–4||Felix Figueroa||PTS||10||1972-04-28||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||57–2–4||Guillermo Morales||KO||6 (10), 2:35||1972-03-24||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||56–2–4||Robert Porcel||KO||2 (10), 2:37||1971-10-29||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||55–2–4||Tony Jumao-As||PTS||10||1971-09-10||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||54–2–4||Domenico Chiloiro||PTS||10||1971-07-09||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||53–2–4||Jerry Stokes||KO||2 (10)||1971-03-26||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||52–2–4||Giovanni Girgenti||PTS||10||1970-11-06||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||51–2–4||Roberto Wong||KO||3 (10)||1970-09-25||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||50–2–4||Manny Elias||UD||10||1970-05-29||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||49–2–4||Nevio Carbi||PTS||10||1970-01-30||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||48–2–4||Rudy Corona||KO||6 (10)||1969-08-27||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Loss||47–2–4||Fighting Harada||UD||15||1966-05-31||Nippon Budokan, Tokyo||For WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.|
|Draw||47–1–4||Manny Elias||PTS||10||1965-11-05||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Loss||47–1–3||Fighting Harada||SD||15||1965-05-18||Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium, Nagoya, Aichi||Lost WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.|
|Win||47–0–3||Bernardo Caraballo||KO||7 (15), 2:50||1964-11-27||Plaza de Toros de Santamaría, Bogotá||Retained WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.|
|Win||46–0–3||Johnny Jamito||TKO||12 (15)||1963-05-18||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBC & WBA bantamweight titles.|
|Win||45–0–3||Katsutoshi Aoki||KO||3 (15), 2:12||1962-09-11||Kokugikan[disambiguation needed], Tokyo||Won first-ever WBC bantamweight title.
Retained WBA bantamweight title.
|Win||44–0–3||José Medel||KO||6 (15)||1962-09-11||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo||Retained WBA bantamweight title.|
|Win||43–0–3||Herman Marques||TKO||10 (15), 2:15||1962-05-04||Cow Palace, Daly City, California||Retained world bantamweight title.|
|Win||42–0–3||Johnny Caldwell||TKO||10 (15), 2:45||1962-01-18||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo||Won world bantamweight title.|
|Win||41–0–3||Fernando Gonçalves||KO||8 (10), 1:45||1961-12-06||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||40–0–3||Ramon Arias||TKO||7 (15)||1961-08-19||Estadio Universitario, Caracas||Retained NBA bantamweight title.|
|Win||39–0–3||Sadao Yaoita||KO||10 (10), 2:12||1961-07-26||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||38–0–3||Sugar Ray||KO||2 (10)||1961-04-18||Ginásio do Estádio Pacaembu, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||37–0–3||Piero Rollo||RTD||9 (15)||1961-03-2||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||Billy Peacock||KO||2 (10)||1960-12-16||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||35–0–3||Eloy Sanchez||KO||6 (15), 1:30||1960-11-18||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California||Won vacant NBA bantamweight title.
Relinquished the South American title.
|Win||34–0–3||Ricardo Moreno||TKO||6 (10)||1960-09-30||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||33–0–3||José Medel||KO||10 (12)||1960-08-18||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||32–0–3||Claudio Barrientos||TKO||8 (10)||1960-07-15||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||31–0–3||Ernesto Miranda||KO||3 (15), 2:20||1960-06-10||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo||Retained South American bantamweight title.|
|Win||30–0–3||Ernesto Miranda||PTS||15||1960-02-19||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo||Won South American bantamweight title.|
|Win||29–0–3||Danny Kid||UD||10||1959-12-12||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||28–0–3||Giovanni Zuddas||PTS||10||1959-10-30||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||27–0–3||Angel Bustos||KO||3 (10)||1959-10-09||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||26–0–3||Ruben Cáceres||KO||7 (10)||1959-07-31||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||25–0–3||Salustiano Suarez||TKO||1 (10)||1959-06-28||Estúdios TV Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Win||24–0–3||Angel Bustos||TKO||4 (10)||1959-06-19||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||23–0–3||Leo Espinosa||PTS||10||1959-06-04||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||22–0–3||Salustiano Suarez||KO||4 (10)||1959-04-20||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||21–0–3||Aniceto Pereyra||PTS||10||1959-03-23||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||20–0–3||Roberto Castro||KO||2 (10)||1958-12-12||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||19–0–3||Jose Smecca||TKO||7 (10)||1958-11-14||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||18–0–3||Jose Casas||KO||3 (10)||1958-10-10||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||17–0–3||Jose Casas||PTS||10||1958-09-12||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||16–0–3||Roberto Olmedo||TKO||5 (10)||1958-07-18||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||15–0–3||Juan Carlos Acebal||KO||2 (10)||1958-07-18||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||14–0–3||German Escudero||KO||2 (10)||1958-06-29||Estúdios TV Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Win||13–0–3||German Escudero||KO||2 (10)||1958-06-20||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Draw||12–0–3||Ruben Cáceres||PTS||10||1958-05-14||Palacio Peñarol, Montevideo|
|Win||12–0–2||Cristobal Gabisans||TKO||6 (10)||1958-03-07||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||11–0–2||Avelino Romero||TKO||2 (10)||1958-01-29||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||10–0–2||Cristobal Gabisans||PTS||8||1957-12-22||Estúdios TV Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Win||9–0–2||Adolfo Ramon Pendas||PTS||10||1957-12-13||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||8–0–2||Luis Angel Jimenez||KO||8 (10)||1957-10-30||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Draw||7–0–2||Ernesto Miranda||PTS||10||1957-09-06||Ginásio do Estádio Pacaembú, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Draw||7–0–1||Ernesto Miranda||PTS||10||1957-08-16||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||7–0||Raul Jaime||PTS||10||1957-07-19||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||6–0||Raul Jaime||PTS||10||1957-07-05||São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||5–0||Juan Gonzalez||KO||5 (10)||1957-06-14||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||4–0||Osvaldo Perez||KO||2 (10)||1957-06-07||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||3–0||Osvaldo Perez||TKO||10 (10)||1957-05-24||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||2–0||Raul Lopez||KO||3 (10)||1957-04-26||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Win||1–0||Raul Lopez||KO||4 (6)||1957-03-29||Estádio Pacaembú, São Paulo, São Paulo|
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.
- "IBRO Rankings". Retrieved 2012-02-12.
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|NBA Bantamweight Champion (later WBA)
18 November 1960– 18 May 1965
|World Bantamweight Champion
18 January 1962– 18 May 1965
|WBC Bantamweight Champion
1963– 18 May 1965
|WBC Featherweight Champion
5 May 1973– 17 June 1974