Francisco Guilledo

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For the Mexican Revolutionary Francisco Villa also known as "Pancho Villa", see Pancho Villa.
Pancho Villa
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Real name Francisco Villaruel Guilledo
Nickname(s)

Pancho Villa

Filipino Whirlwind
Rated at Flyweight
Height 5 ft 1 in (154m)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1901-08-01)August 1, 1901
Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Died July 14, 1925(1925-07-14) (aged 23)
San Francisco, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 103
Wins 89
Wins by KO 22
Losses 8
Draws 4
No contests 2

Francisco Guilledo (August 1, 1901 – July 14, 1925), more commonly known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino professional boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch (154 cm) tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds (51 kg), despite the racial discrimination of that time, rose from obscurity to win as the first Asian World Flyweight Championship in 1923, earning acclaim in some quarters as "one of the greatest Asian/Filipino fighters in boxing history."[1] He was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at the age of 23 from complications following a tooth extraction.

Early life and Philippine boxing career[edit]

Guilledo was born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, the son of a cowhand who abandoned his family when Guilledo was just six months old. He grew up in the hacienda of a wealthy local, helping his mother raise goats she tended on the farm.

When Guilledo was 11, he sailed to Iloilo City to work as a bootblack. While in Iloilo, he befriended a local boxer and together they migrated to Manila, settling in Tondo. He would occasionally spar with friends and soon attracted the attention of local boxing habitués. He fought his first professional fight in 1919 against Alberto Castr. Within two years, he was the Philippine Flyweight Champion, having dethroned Terio Pandong. He nearly gave up boxing after being spurned by a woman he courted, actually returning to Negros early in 1922 to retire. The clamor of Filipino boxing fans compelled him to return to the ring.

It appears that during this period, Guilledo was under the tutelage of at least two important local boxing figures. One was the American boxing promoter based in Manila Frank E. Churchill. Another was a Filipino ice plant executive and boxing manager named Paquito Villa. The renaming of Francisco Guilledo to Pancho Villa has been attributed to both men, depending on the source. One version tags Churchill as having renamed Guilledo into Villa, taking the name from the Mexican guerrilla leader.[2] Another version maintains that Paquito Villa had legally adopted Guilledo as early as 1918, renaming him Pancho.[3]

World Flyweight Champion[edit]

In May, 1922, Villa received an invitation from famed boxing promoter Tex Rickard to fight in the United States. He accepted the invitation and sailed to America together with Churchill and Paquito Villa. He immediately won his first overseas fight against Abe Goldstein in Jersey City on June 7, 1922. He then fought and defeated Frankie Genaro on August 22, 1922. By this time, Villa had caught the attention of boxing aficionados and he was slated to fight against the American Flyweight Champion Johnny Buff on September 15, 1922.

Villa defeated Buff in an upset, knocking out the champion in the 11th round to win the American Flyweight Championship. At this point, Villa had been in the American phase of his career for only 4 months. Villa lost the title early the following year to Genaro, who defeated the Filipino on points in a widely criticized decision. The unpopularity of Villa's defeat on points proved fateful. Jimmy Wilde, the Welsh-born boxer and former World Flyweight Champion, had decided to end his recent retirement and seek the then vacant World Flyweight Championship in a fight to be staged in America. While Genaro, the American Champion, seemed as the logical choice to fight Wilde, Villa's growing popularity soon convinced promoters that the Filipino would prove as the better draw.

In what were described in that era as "pre-battle statements," the 31-year-old Wilde said: ~"I appreciate the fact that in Villa, I am going to meet one of the toughest little men in boxing. I appreciate the fact that I am going to be put to a real test, and that is what I have prepared for." In comments that summed up his fighting style, Villa said: ~"I am in condition and once in condition, my worries are over. I do not intend to give Wilde a minute's rest while we are in the ring."

Villa did not disappoint the ever pleasing crowd. On June 18, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York, Villa was cheered on to victory over Wilde by over more than 20,000 of fans screaming "Viva Villa!" The win came by way of a knockout in the 7th round, caused by a crashing right to Wilde's jaw. Villa was described as relentless, pummeling Wilde with both hands and causing the Welshman to also drop in the fourth and fifth rounds. Wilde never fought again.

The new World Flyweight Champion successfully defended his title several times and never relinquished it until his death just two years later. Villa returned to a hero's welcome in Manila in September 1924, feted with a parade and a reception at Malacañan Palace. He also returned to his old haunts in Iloilo and his hometown in Negros. Before returning to the United States, he fought one more bout in Manila, against Clever Sencio, on May 2, 1925. Villa prevailed. None of the thousands of fans who saw that fight at Wallace Field knew that they had just witnessed Villa's final victory and the second to the last fight of his life.

Death[edit]

Villa returned to the United States to prepare for his next match, a non-title fight against Jimmy McLarnin scheduled for July 4, 1925, at Ewing Field in Oakland. Days leading to the fight, Villa's face became swollen due to an ulcerated tooth. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, on the morning of the fight, Villa went to a dentist to have the tooth extracted. Despite the pain and swelling, Villa insisted on going ahead with fight with McLarnin. Villa ended up spending most of the fight using one hand to protect his afflicted face. Given these circumstances, Villa naturally lost, though he managed to stay the distance. It was Villa's last fight.

Two or three days after the McLarnin fight, Villa had three more teeth extracted after an infection was discovered. Against his dentist's prescription of bed rest, Villa spent the next few days carousing with friends. Villa's condition worsened thereafter and by July 13, 1925, he had to be rushed to the hospital. It was then discovered that the infection had spread to Villa's throat, resulting in Ludwig's angina. Villa was rushed into surgery, but he lapsed into a coma while on the table and died the following day, July 14, 1925, 17 days before he became 24 years old.

Villa's remains were returned to Manila and in August 1925, Villa was buried at Manila North Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Gliceria.

Family[edit]

His younger half-brother, Little Pancho, was also a professional boxer who compiled a record of 44–13–17 with 1 No Contest.

Honors[edit]

Villa was inducted belatedly into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994, the second Filipino boxer so honored after Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, who was born 7 years after Villa's death. 33 years earlier, in October 1961, Villa was added by Ring Magazine to its own boxing hall of fame.

Pancho Villa was ranked the 59th best fighter by the Ring Magazine's writers in 2002 on their list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.

Villa was voted as the #1 flyweight (along with Miguel Canto) of the 20th century by the Associated Press in 1999.[4]

Professional boxing record[edit]

89 Wins (22 knockouts, 67 decisions), 8 Losses (0 knockout, 8 decisions), 4 Draws, 2 No Decision - Notes[5]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 89-8-4-2 Canada Jimmy McLarnin PTS 10 1925-07-04 United States Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California
Win 89-7-4-2 Philippines Clever Sencio UD 15 1925-05-02 Philippines Wallace Feild, Metro Manila World Flyweight Title
Win 88-7-4-2 Philippines Francisco Pilapil KO 8(15) 1925-03-09 Philippines Iloilo City, Iloilo
Win 87-7-4-2 United States Amos"kid"Carlin PTS 15 1924-08-18 United States Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win 86-7-4-2 United States Frankie Murray NWS 8 1924-07-28 United States Bacharach Ball Park, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 85-7-4-2 United Kingdom Willie Woods PTS 10 1924-07-21 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 84-7-4-2 United States Henry Catena KO 5(12) 1924-07-02 United States Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey
Win 83-7-4-2 United States Bud Taylor PTS 12 1924-06-10 United States Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York
Win 82-7-4-2 United Kingdom Frankie Ash UD 15 1924-05-30 United States Henderson's Bowl Brooklyn, New York World Flyweight Title
Draw 81-7-4-2 United States Eddie McKenna PTS 10 1924-04-23 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Public Hall Cleveland, Ohio
Win 81-7-3-2 United States Billy Bonillas NWS 4 1924-03-22 United States10th Street Arena, Modesto California
Win 80-7-3-2 United States Georgie Lee NWS 4 1924-03-21 United StatesL-st Arena Sacramento, California
Loss 79-7-3-2 United States Bud Taylor NWS 12 1924-03-06 United States Auditorium Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Win 79-6-3-2 United States George Marks UD 15 1924-02-08 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
Win 78-6-3-2 United States Mike Moran UD 10 1924-01-21 United States Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win 77-6-3-2 United States Tony Norman PTS 10 1924-01-01 United States Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win 76-6-3-2 United States Pasty Wallace PTS 10 1923-12-10 United States Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 75-6-3-2 Canada Donnie Mack KO 4(10) 1923-12-05 Canada Coliseum Toronto, Ontario
Win 74-6-3-2 United States Joey Schwartz NWS 10 1923-11-19 United States Detroit Michigan
Win 73-6-3-2 United States Jabez White NWS 8 1923-10-22 United States Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 72-6-3-2 United States Benny Schwartz PTS 15 1923-10-12 United States 5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland World Flyweight Title
Win 71-6-3-2 United States Tony Thomas PTS 10 1923-09-24 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 70-6-3-2 United States Bud Taylor NWS 10 1923-09-08 United States Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago, Illinois
Win 69-6-3-2 United States Jackie Feldman KO 3(10) 1923-08-22 United States Velodrome, New York New York
Win 68-6-3-2 United States Kid Williams NWS 8 1923-07-31 United States Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 67-6-3-2 United States Abe Friedman PTS 10 1925-07-20 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 66-6-3-2 Wales Jimmy Wilde KO 7(20) 1923-06-18 United States Polo Grounds, New York New York Won World Flyweight Title
Loss 65-6-3-2 United States Bobby Wolgast NWS 8 1923-05-24 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 65-5-3-2 United States Battling Al Murray NWS 10 1923-05-11 United States Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Win 64-5-3-2 United States Clarence Rosen NWS 10 1923-04-23 United States Detroit, Michigan
Win 63-5-3-2 United States Willie Darcy PTS 12 1923-03-24 United States State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut
Win 62-5-3-2 United States Young Montreal NWS 8 1923-03-19 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 61-5-3-2 United States Frankie Genaro SD 15 1923-03-01 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Lost American Flyweight Title
Win 61-4-3-2 United States Henry "Kid" Wolfe KO 3(8) 1923-02-20 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 60-4-3-2 United States Frankie Mason KO 5(10) 1923-02-13 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts American Flyweight Title
Win 59-4-3-2 United States Battling Al Murray NWS 8 1923-01-01 United States Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 58-4-3-2 United States Terry Martin UD 15 1922-12-29 United States Madison Square Garden, New York American Flyweight Title
Win 57-4-3-2 United States Young Montreal UD 15 1922-11-27 United States Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 56-4-3-2 United States Abe Goldstein UD 15 1922-11-16 United States Madison Square Garden, New York American Flyweight Title
Win 55-4-3-2 United States Pasty Wallace NWS 8 1922-10-30 United States Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 54-4-3-2 United States Danny Edwards PTS 10 1922-10-23 United States Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 53-4-3-2 United States Johnny Buff TKO 11(12), 0:27 1922-09-14 United States Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York Won American Flyweight Title
Loss 52-4-3-2 United States Frankie Genaro PTS 10 1922-08-22 United States Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win 52-3-3-2 United States Sammy Cohen PTS 8 1922-08-15 United States Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win 51-3-3-2 United States Johnny Hepburn PTS 6 1922-08-02 United States Ebbet's Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win 50-3-3-2 United States Terry Miller NWS 12 1922-07-27 United States Asbury Park, New Jersey
Win 49-3-3-2 United States Frankie Murray PTS 8 1922-07-19 United StatesMargolies A.C., Averne, Queens, New York
Loss 48-3-3-2 United States Frankie Genaro PTS 8 1922-07-06 United States Jersey City, New Jersey
Loss 48-2-3-2 United States Abe Goldstein NWS 12 1922-06-07 United States Oakland A.A., Jersey City, New Jersey
Win 48-1-3-2 Philippines Pete Sarmiento PTS 15 1922-04-01 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 47-1-3-2 Philippines Max Mason PTS 15 1922-03-19 Philippines Iloilo City, Iloilo
Win 46-1-3-2 United States Georgie Lee PTS 15 1922-02-12 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 45-1-3-2 Philippines Kid Abayan PTS 8 1922-01-12 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 44-1-3-2 Philippines Battling Ongay KO 1(?) 1921-12-29 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 43-1-3-2 Australia Jimmy Taylor PTS 8 1921-12-15 Philippines Ground Opera House, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 42-1-3-2 Australia George Mendies KO 3(10) 1921-12-08 Philippines Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 41-1-3-2 Philippines Kid Garcia PTS 8 1921-11-17 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 40-1-3-2 Philippines Kid Aguila PTS 8 1921-11-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 39-1-3-2 Philippines Kid Aguila PTS 8 1921-10-19 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 38-1-3-2 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 20 1921-08-23 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 37-1-3-2 Philippines Leoncio Bernabe PTS 20 1921-09-21 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 36-1-3-2 Australia Syd Keenan PTS 8 1921-09-07 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 35-1-3-2 Philippines Cowboy Reyes PTS 8 1921-09-03 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Orient bantamweight title
Win 34-1-3-2 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 20 1921-08-23 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 33-1-3-2 United States Eddie Moore DQ 10 1921-08-09 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Draw 33-0-3-2 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 15 1921-07-25 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 33-0-2-2 Philippines Young Modejar PTS 6 1921-07-11 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Draw 32-0-2-2 Philippines Leoncio Bernabe PTS 6 1921-06-20 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 32-0-1-2 Philippines Pete Alberto PTS 6 1921-06-06 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 31-0-1-2 Philippines Knockout Lewis KO 4(?) 1921-05-22 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 30-0-1-2 Philippines Stiff Irineo KO 2(?) 1921-04-24 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 29-0-1-2 Philippines Kid Garcia PTS 8 1921-04-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 28-0-1-2 Philippines Valentin Santos KO 7(?) 1921-03-26 Philippines Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 27-0-1-2 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 10 1921-03-05 Philippines Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 26-0-1-2 Philippines Terio Pandong PTS 8 1921-02-21 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 25-0-1-2 Philippines Kid Moro KO 3(?) 1921-02-07 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 24-0-1-2 Philippines Sailor Johnny Candelaria KO 3(?) 1921-01-23 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Draw 23-0-1-2 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 15 1921-01-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila
Win 23-0-0-2 Philippines Stiff Irineo PTS 6 1920-07-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 22-0-0-2 Philippines Kid Cortez PTS 6 1920-06-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 21-0-0-2 Philippines Sailor Johnny Candelaria PTS 6 1920-05-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 20-0-0-2 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 6 1920-04-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
NC 19-0-0-2 United States Mike Ballerino ND 6 1920-03-25 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 19-0-0-1 United States Mike Ballerino PTS 6 1920-03-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
NC 18-0-0-1 United States Mike Ballerino ND 6 1920-02-25 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 18-0-0 Philippines Jose de la Cruz PTS 6 1920-02-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 17-0-0 Philippines Pedro Capitan KO 4 1920-01-01 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 16-0-0 Philippines Baguio Bearcat PTS 4 1919-11-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 15-0-0 Philippines Baguio Bearcat PTS 4 1919-10-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 14-0-0 Philippines Pedro Olongapo PTS 4 1919-09-10 Philippines Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 13-0-0 Philippines Jose de la Cruz PTS 4 1919-08-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 12-0-0 Philippines Kid Elino PTS 4 1919-07-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 11-0-0 Philippines Young Duarte PTS 4 1919-06-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 10-0-0 Philippines Young Eduards PTS 4 1919-05-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 9-0-0 Philippines Jose Mendoza KO 2(?) 1919-05-01 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 8-0-0 Philippines Pete Alberto PTS 4 1919-04-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 7-0-0 Philippines Kid Moro KO 2(?) 1919-04-01 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 6-0-0 Philippines Kid Cortez KO 2(?) 1919-03-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 5-0-0 Philippines Jaime Desiderio KO 2(?) 1919-03-01 Philippines Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 4-0-0 Philippines Terio Pandong PTS 4 1919-02-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 3-0-0 Philippines Ceasareo Siguion KO 2(?) 1919-02-01 Philippines Palomar Pavilion, Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 2-0-0 Philippines Kid Castro PTS 5 1919-01-10 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win 1-0-0 Philippines Alberto Castro KO 3(?) 1919-01-01 Philippines Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IBHOF / Pancho Villa at www.ibhof.com
  2. ^ IBHOF / Pancho Villa at www.ibhof.com
  3. ^ Filipinos in History, Volume II, National Historical Institute, pp. 169
  4. ^ "ESPN.com: BOXING - AP Fighters of the Century list". Static.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  5. ^ Pancho Villa's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Jimmy Wilde
World Flyweight Champion
June 18, 1923 – July 4, 1925
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Fidel LaBarba
Preceded by
Stanley Ketchel
24
Youngest Dying World Champion
23

July 14, 1925 - August 12, 1982
Succeeded by
Salvador Sánchez
23