Gaby Canizales

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Orlando and Gaby Canizales are honored on welcome sign in their hometown of Laredo, Texas

Jose 'Gaby' Canizales (born May 1, 1960) is a retired American boxer who won world championships in the bantamweight division.

Early life[edit]

Canizales was born in Laredo in Webb County, Texas.

Pro career[edit]

Canizales turned pro in 1979 and in 1983 challenged Jeff Chandler for the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title but lost a decision. In 1986 he landed a shot at Richie Sandoval for the WBA bantamweight title. Canizales dominated, and knocked Sandoval down once in the 1st, once in the 3rd, and three times in the 7th round, winning via a 7th round knockout. He lost the belt in his first defense to Bernardo Pinango via decision. In 1990, he challenged Raúl Pérez for the World Boxing Council bantamweight title but lost a decision. In 1991, he challenged Miguel Lora for the vacant World Boxing Organization bantamweight title and won via 2nd round knockout. He lost the belt in his first defense to Duke McKenzie via decision, and retired after the loss.

He is the brother of former bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales. Both brothers obtained the title of world boxing champion at the same age and weight.[1]

The Orlando & Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym and Community Center on Guadalupe Street in Laredo is named in honor of the brothers. The facility was expanded in 2014.[1]

Preceded by
Richie Sandoval
WBA Bantamweight Champion
10 March 1986 – 4 June 1986
Succeeded by
Bernardo Pinango
Preceded by
Israel Contreras
Vacated
WBO Bantamweight Champion
12 March 1991 – 30 June 1991
Succeeded by
Duke McKenzie

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Malena Charur, "Orlando & Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym and Community Center: Brothers Honored: Facility Located on Guadalupe Street", Laredo Morning Times, May 2, 2014, p. 1

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