|Real name||Orlando Canizales|
November 25, 1965 |
Laredo, Webb County
|Wins by KO||37|
Canizales turned professional in 1984 and was undefeated in twelve fights (one fight was a draw) before meeting the 1984 Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzalez in 1986. Gonzalez defeated him over twelve rounds. Canizales rebounded from that defeat, however, and on July 9, 1988, he won the IBF bantamweight title by knocking out defending titlist Kelvin Seabrooks in the fifteenth round. He defended the title a division-record of sixteen consecutive times. His victims included old foe Paul Gonzalez, former flyweight champion Rolando Bohol, British champion Billy Hardy, and future champion Clarence "Bones" Adams.
In January 1995, Canizales attempted to win a title in the junior featherweight division. World Boxing Association champion Wilfredo Vazquez prevented him from doing so, winning a twelve-round split decision.
He continued fighting until 1999, when future champion Frank Toledo defeated him via ten-round split decision. He retired after that loss.
He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on July 14, 2009. With his parents watching, an emotional Orlando Canizales approached the podium and delivered a heartfelt speech. "Boxing has taught me a lot in life -- that dedication, discipline and determination will pay off in the long run and not to be easily swayed by obstacles and bumps in the road."
He was born in Laredo, the seat of Webb County in South Texas. There he began training at the age of ten at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is the younger brother of fellow bantamweight world champion Gaby Canizales. Both brothers obtained the title of world boxing champion at the same age and weight.
The Orlando & Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym and Community Center on Guadalupe Street in Laredo is named in honor of the boxing brothers. The facility was expanded in 2014.
- 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
|IBF Bantamweight Champion
9 July 1988 – 15 October 1994
|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byJohnny Vasquez
|World Super Bantamweight Champion
July 15, 1995 - March 23, 1996
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