Ceferino Garcia

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Ceferino Garcia
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Statistics
Real name Ceferino Garcia
Nickname(s) Bolo Punch
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born August 26, 1906
Naval, Philippines
Died January 1, 1981(1981-01-01) (aged 74)
San Diego, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 142
Wins 102
Wins by KO 67
Losses 28
Draws 12

Ceferino Garcia (August 26, 1906 — January 1, 1981) was a champion boxer born in Naval, Biliran, Philippines. He holds the most victories ever achieved by a Filipino boxer and is also the only boxer from the Philippines to become world champion in the middleweight division.[1] Garcia is commonly credited to as the first well known user of the bolo punch, which was later popularized by Cuban fighter Kid Gavilan.[2] He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1977 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1989.[3]

Early life[edit]

Ceferino Garcia was the son of Fortunato and Pascuala Garcia and was the oldest of six children.[4] He never completed first grade and became quite indulged in gambling.[4] At 17, he was feared by many that nobody would take him in a street fight. He was also a skilled blacksmith.

Boxing success[edit]

While working at a bakery in Cebu City, Garcia met a boxing promoter. This was where his career as boxer started.[4]

On September 23, 1937, Garcia first had a shot for a world title in the welterweight division. However, Barney Ross bested him by unanimous decision.

On October 2, 1939, Garcia fought for the world Middleweight title in the United States and won it. He defended that title three times until he lost to Ken Overlin on points. He was managed, during the final years of his career by George Parnassus.

Life after boxing[edit]

After retiring from the ring he made a few uncredited appearances in Hollywood films with the exception of "Joe Palooka, Champ" in which he plays himself.[5] He was also employed for a time by actress Mae West as her chauffeur and bodyguard.

Garcia died on January 1, 1981 while in San Diego, California.[6] His grave is located at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California.[7]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[8]
Win Mexico Kid Azteca PTS 10 1944-10-06 Mexico Arena Coliseo, Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Loss Greece Anton Christoforidis PTS 10 1941-12-01 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Draw United States Billy Soose TD 8 (12) 1941-09-15 United States Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California
Loss United States Ken Overlin UD 15 1940-05-23 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost NYSAC World Middleweight Title.
Draw United States Henry Armstrong PTS 10 1940-03-01 United States Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California
Win United States Fred Apostoli KO 7 (15) 1939-10-02 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won NYSAC World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Lloyd Marshall TKO 5 (10) 1939-03-17 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Win United States Lloyd Marshall PTS 10 1939-02-22 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Loss United States Henry Armstrong UD 15 1938-11-25 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York For World Welterweight Title.
Loss United States Barney Ross UD 15 1937-09-23 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York For World Welterweight Title.
Win Mexico Kid Azteca KO 5 (10) 1936-07-17 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win United States Young Peter Jackson PTS 10 1936-06-09 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss United States Barney Ross UD 10 1935-11-29 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss United States Barney Ross PTS 10 1935-09-13 United States Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California
Loss Netherlands Bep van Klaveren PTS 10 1934-12-07 United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win Netherlands Bep van Klaveren PTS 10 1934-10-30 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss United States Young Peter Jackson KO 3 (10) 1934-04-10 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss Mexico Kid Azteca TKO 8 (10) 1933-07-25 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss Mexico Kid Azteca PTS 10 1933-07-11 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss Italy Young Corbett III PTS 10 1932-10-25 United States Civic Auditorium, Fresno, California
Loss United States Freddie Steele KO 2 (4) 1932-09-20 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss Italy Young Corbett III PTS 10 1932-04-12 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Loss United States Freddie Steele KO 2 (6) 1932-05-18 United States Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ceferino Garcia the first Filipino Champ of the World!". Boxing360.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Ceferino Garcia - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Ceferino Garcia". Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  4. ^ a b c "Where Is Ceferino Garcia?". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  5. ^ Ceferino García - Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
  6. ^ AP (1981-01-02). "Ceferino Garcia, Former Boxer - Won Middleweight Crown in '39". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  7. ^ "Ceferino Garcia (1906 - 1981) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^ Ceferino Garcia's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fred Apostoli
NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
Oct 2, 1939– May 23, 1940
Succeeded by
Ken Overlin