Freitas in 2006
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
September 21, 1975 |
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
|Wins by KO||34|
Acelino "Popó" Freitas (Portuguese pronunciation: [asɛˈlĩnu pɔˈpɔ ˈfɾejtɐs]; born September 21, 1975) is a Brazilian politician and professional boxer. In the sport, he is a former WBO and WBA (Super) super featherweight champion, as well as a two-time WBO lightweight champion. After retiring from boxing, Freitas went into politics, and was elected as a legislator for the state of Bahia, from 2011 to 2014.
His nickname, Popó, was given to him by his mother, after the sound that babies make while drinking milk. Freitas had a difficult childhood, often sleeping on a sandy floor at his house. Since early in his life, he dreamed of a better place to live for his family. A skilled football player, he was more inclined, however, towards the sport of boxing since an early age. Fellow Brazilian Eder Jofre, generally recognized as the greatest world champion to come out of that country, was one of Freitas' childhood heroes.
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After the Pan American Games he turned into a professional boxer on July 14, 1995, against Adriano Jose Soares. With his win by knockout in the first round that night, Freitas set off a streak of 29 knockout wins in a row, which places as one of the longest knockout wins streak in boxing history. His first 10 wins were against low level competition, but for fight number 11, he took on the much more experienced Edwin Vazquez, knocking him out in the seventh round.
Between 1997 and 1998, Freitas won four more fights and then took on Francisco Tomas Da Cruz, a former world title challenger of Julio César Chávez. Freitas handled Da Cruz with a knockout in two rounds and then added three more knockout wins before getting his first world title shot.
First World Title
On August 7, 1999, Freitas knocked out WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Anatoly Alexandrov in the first round. Soon after, he signed a contract with cable TV giant Showtime, which began to telecast Freitas' fights to the United States. Freitas then made five defenses of his world title and had one non-title bout, all of which ended in knockout wins. He then went to London and took only 45 seconds to stop Daniel Alicea in another non-title affair. Freitas then beat the former world champion: Al Kotey, the brother of David 'Poison' Kotei, by a ten-round decision.
Freitas vs Casamayor
On January 12, 2002, Freitas decided to sign for a unification bout with the WBA world champion, Joel Casamayor, a Cuban refugee who resides in Florida. In a rousing super featherweight unification title bout battle between unbeaten champions, a controversial knockdown and a blatant foul cost Casamayor his unblemished record and his title as Freitas won a close 12 round unanimous decision.
In a classic boxing confrontation between the Brazilian bomber Freitas (129½) and the Cuban boxer Casamayor (129½), the fighters switched roles midway through their encounter in what was reminiscent of Sugar Ray Leonard's first historic face-off with Thomas "Hitman" Hearns back in 1981. The scientist Casamayor became the aggressive slugger, while the puncher Freitas turned into the boxer as once again the unpredictable transpired in a mega-fight.
A glancing right-hand to the neck of the off-balanced Casamayor in the 3rd round was ruled a knockdown by referee Joe Cortez and intentionally hitting on the break in the 6th saw the Cuban penalized another point. It was the difference in the finale tallies and the two point cushion that the tiring Freitas retained across the boards on all three judges scorecards. Ring officials Robert Byrd, Bill Graham and Dave Moretti having identical scores of 114 to 112 for the Brazilian.
Freitas then retained the title in Chicago with a fourth-round knockout of Juan Carlos Ramirez. On August 9, 2003, he and Jorge Barrios engaged in what Showtime commentator Steve Albert called a candidate for fight of the year. Freitas was floored in rounds eight and eleven, but retaliated with a knockdown of his own towards the end of the eleventh, and ended up retaining the title by knockout in round twelve.
Freitas began 2004 by winning a 12-round unanimous decision over Artur Grigorian on January 4, to become the WBO's world Lightweight champion. On February 1 of that year, the WBA announced it had named Freitas their 2003 Fighter of the year.
Freitas vs Corrales
On April 29, 2006, Freitas defeated Zahir Raheem for the vacant WBO lightweight title by split decision. Freitas announced his retirement as a professional boxer on October 4, 2006. Later on, he announced his come back from retirement, and the WBO re-instated him as their lightweight champion.
Professional boxing record
|40 Wins (34 KOs), 2 Losses (2 KOs)|
|Win||40–2||Mateo Damian Veron||KO||3||2015-08-15||Arena Santos, Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||39–2||Michael Oliveira||KO||9||2012-06-02||Hotel & Casino Conrad, Punta del Este|
|Loss||38–2||Juan Díaz||RTD||8||2007-04-28||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Lost WBO lightweight title.
For WBA(Super) & IBF lightweight titles.
|Win||38–1||Zahir Raheem||SD||12||2006-04-29||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Won vacant WBO lightweight title.|
|Win||37–1||Fabian Salazar||KO||1||2005-07-16||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||36–1||David Saucedo||UD||10||2004-12-11||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo|
|Loss||35–1||Diego Corrales||TKO||10||2004-08-07||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Lost WBO lightweight title.|
|Win||35–0||Artur Grigorian||UD||12||2004-01-03||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Won WBO lightweight title.|
|Win||34–0||Jorge Rodrigo Barrios||TKO||12||2003-08-09||Miami Arena, Miami, Florida||Retained WBO/WBA(Super) super-featherweight titles.|
|Win||33–0||Juan Carlos Ramírez||TKO||4||2003-03-15||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois||Retained WBO/WBA(Super) super-featherweight title.|
|Win||32–0||Daniel Attah||UD||12||2002-08-03||Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona||Retained WBO/WBA(Super) super-featherweight titles.|
|Win||31–0||Joel Casamayor||UD||12||2002-01-12||Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBO, & won WBA(Super) super-featherweight title.|
|Win||30–0||Alfred Kotey||UD||10||2001-09-29||Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||29–0||Orlando Soto||KO||1||2001-01-27||Gimnasio Nilson Nelson, Brasília||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||28–0||Daniel Alicea||TKO||1||2000-12-16||Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire|
|Win||27–0||Carlos Rios||TKO||9||2000-09-23||Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||26–0||Lemuel Nelson||TKO||2||2000-06-10||Fox Theater, Detroit, Michigan||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||25–0||Javier Jauregui||KO||1||2000-03-18||Credicard Hall, São Paulo, São Paulo||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||24–0||Barry Jones||TKO||8||2000-01-15||Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||23–0||Claudio Victor Martinet||KO||3||1999-12-18||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||22–0||Anthony Martinez||TKO||2||1999-10-26||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia||Retained WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Anatoly Alexandrov||KO||1||1999-08-07||La Palestre, Le Cannet, Alpes-Maritimes||Won WBO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Juan Angel Macias||TKO||8||1999-04-02||Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Baja California||Retained NABO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Peter Buckley||RTD||3||1998-12-19||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, Merseyside|
|Win||18–0||Jose Luis Montes||TKO||1||1998-10-16||Teatro Mutualista, Tijuana, Baja California, Merseyside||Won NABO super-featherweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Francisco Tomas Da Cruz||TKO||2||1998-09-15||Ginásio do Ibirapuera, São Paulo, São Paulo||Retained Brazilian lightweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Juan Gutierrez||TKO||1||1998-08-14||Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, Baja California|
|Win||15–0||Rafael Oliveira||KO||3||1998-06-08||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California|
|Win||14–0||Rildo José Oliveira||TKO||1||1998-05-29||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia||Won Brazilian lightweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Gustavo Rodolfo Sayaavedra||KO||1||1997-11-19||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||12–0||Edwin Vazquez||TKO||7||1997-09-02||Belle Casino, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Win||11–0||Hilario Guzman||TKO||8||1997-06-27||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida|
|Win||10–0||Johnny Montantes||TKO||1||1997-05-10||Unknown, San Jose|
|Win||9–0||Arcelio Diaz||TKO||1||1997-04-22||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia||Won IBF Latino lightweight title.|
|Win||8–0||Antonio Maria Do Nascimento||KO||2||1997-03-18||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||7–0||Hamilton Cerqueira||KO||4||1997-02-01||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||6–0||Gutemberg Ferreira||TKO||2||1996-08-16||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia||Won WBC Mundo Hispano lightweight title.|
|Win||5–0||Ralph Riveros||KO||2||1996-04-02||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||4–0||Marco De Lima||TKO||3||1995-11-14||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||3–0||Manoel Oliveira da Cruz||KO||2||1995-09-18||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||2–0||Valdevino Monteiro||KO||1||1995-08-14||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia|
|Win||1–0||Jose Adriano Soares||KO||1||1995-07-14||Ginásio Antônio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia||Professional debut.|
Freitas has been able to reach his dream of buying his family a better place to live. A national hero in Brazil, evoking memories of the idolatry many Brazilians felt for Freitas' childhood hero, Jofre. As a result, he has become a campaign spokesman of many companies, adding to his income from boxing.
He has been able to help his family financially and has built a soccer field in his mansion, allowing him to practice his second favorite sport.
Freitas' married wife Elena in 2001, they divorced in 2003.
Notes and references
- "Acelino Freitas: "I Am The Best"". " retrieved 15 May 2009.
- José Elias Flores Jr."Popó retires!". Archived from the original on 2008-09-30. 4 October 2006. Fightnews.com. URL accessed 4 October 2006.
- Acelino Freitas' Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com
- Professional boxing record for Acelino Freitas from BoxRec
- boxen-artur.de – Encyclopedia
- Acelino Freitas at the Internet Movie Database
|WBO Super-Featherweight Champion
August 7, 1999 – January 15, 2004
Title next held byDiego Corrales
Unified against Joel Casamayor
|WBA Super Featherweight Super Champion
January 12, 2002 – January 15, 2004
Title next held byTakashi Uchiyama
|WBO Lightweight Champion
January 3, 2004 – August 7, 2004
|WBO Lightweight Champion
April 29, 2006 – April 28, 2007