|Real name||Ceferino Garcia|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Born||Ceferino Montano Garcia
August 26, 1906
Tondo, Manila, Philippine Islands
|Died||January 1, 1981
San Diego, California, United States
|Wins by KO||74|
Ceferino Montano 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. Garcia is commonly credited to as the first well known user of the bolo punch, which was later popularized by Cuban fighter Kid Gavilan. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1977 and the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1989.
Ceferino Garcia was the son of Fortunato Garcia and Pascuala Montano and was the oldest of six children. He never completed first grade and became quite indulged in gambling. At 17, he was feared by many that nobody would take him in a street fight. He was also a skilled blacksmith.
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
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. He was also employed for a time by actress Mae West as her chauffeur and bodyguard.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Garcia lived on 1042 S. Rowan St., in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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|Awards and achievements|
|NYSAC World Middleweight Champion
Oct 2, 1939– May 23, 1940