Gabriel Elorde

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Gabriel Elorde
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Statistics
Real nameGabriel Elorde
Nickname(s)Flash
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 5+12 in (166 cm)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
NationalityPhilippines Filipino
Born(1935-03-25)March 25, 1935
Bogo, Cebu, Philippines
DiedJanuary 2, 1985(1985-01-02) (aged 49)
Quezon City, Philippines
StanceSouthpaw
Boxing record
Total fights118
Wins89
Wins by KO33
Losses27
Draws2
No contests0

Gabriel "Flash" Elorde (March 25, 1935 – January 2, 1985) was a Filipino professional boxer. He won the lineal super featherweight title in 1960. In 1963, he won the inaugural WBC and WBA super featherweight titles. He holds the record at super featherweight division for longest title reign, spanning seven years. Elorde is considered one of the best Filipino boxers of all time along with eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and Pancho Villa, flyweight champion in the 1920s. He was much beloved in the Philippines as a sports and cultural icon, being the first Filipino international boxing champion since middleweight champion Ceferino Garcia.

Fighting style[edit]

A southpaw, Flash Elorde was known for his boxing skills and speed. Writer Robert Lipsyte once described his style as the "subtle little temple-dancer moves". He studied Balintawak Eskrima from his father "Tatang" Elorde who was the Eskrima champion of Cebu, from whom he learned his innovative footwork and maneuvers.[1][2][3] Elorde's style from eskrima has been adopted by many boxers, including his friend Muhammad Ali, which influenced the out-boxer style of boxing.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Gabriel Elorde was born in the town of Bogo, Cebu. The youngest of 15 children, he came from a poor family.

Elorde finished only the 3rd grade of his elementary education and was forced to drop out due to extreme poverty. He then began to work as a bearer of bowling balls and, besides this, as a carpenter.

His love for boxing came from a friend, Lucio Laborte, a former professional boxer. Laborte taught him how to box, and Elorde quickly learned the sport and pursued his dream to become a boxer. At the time he was only 16 years old.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Elorde made his professional debut at the age of 16 on June 16, 1951, against Kid Gonzaga. The bout was held in Cebu, Philippines. The boxing newcomer stopped his foe in the 4th round.

Within a year, Elorde was able to win the national bantamweight title. His potential was evident: he was a solidly built southpaw whose major asset was his quick hands and relentless body attack on his opponents.

In his first 14 fights, he suffered 2 defeats and 1 draw before coming into his own. He defeated Tanny Campo and Hiroshi Horiguchi both in 12-round decisions to win the Philippine and Asian bantamweight titles. He also outpointed all-time great world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler in 1955 in a non-title bout.

In 1956, he was given a rematch with Saddler, this time with Saddler's featherweight title on the line. However, Elorde suffered a cut in his eye and lost the fight on a 13th-round TKO. Many boxing experts criticized Saddler, known as a very rough and vicious fighter, for the result of the bout. Jack Fiske of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: "It was a dirty fight throughout and all the onus must be on the 126-pound champion's skinny shoulders. From this corner, it appeared highly improbable that he could have successfully defended the title ... if he hadn't resorted to all the so-called tricks in and out of the rule book."[6]

He won the world super featherweight title on March 16, 1960, by knocking out the defending world champion Harold Gomes in seven rounds.[7] That night, Elorde ended the country's 20-year world championship drought. The crowd estimated to be around 30,000, inside the newly built Araneta Coliseum, rushed into the ring after seeing Gomes go down to his knees at the one-minute-50-second mark of the seventh round. The event happened two decades after compatriot Ceferino Garcia, known as the father of the 'bolo punch', lost the middleweight division he lorded over until 1940.

Elorde floored Gomes in the second round with a right hook to the head. The Filipino challenger knocked down the 25-year-old Gomes again in the third and in the fifth, sending him over the ring's lower rope at the end of the round. In the next round, Gomes mounted a brief comeback, but at the start of the seventh, Elorde hammered him again, connecting with rights to the head followed by a left to the jaw that sent him down once more. Gomes got up but was floored again after receiving a combination of lefts and rights. He then met a series of combinations that led the referee Barney Ross to count him out. When Gomes recovered, he went to Elorde's corner and whispered: "It was a good fight".[8]

He defended the crown 10 times until June 15, 1967, where he lost a majority decision to Yoshiaki Numata of Japan. This made him the longest-reigning world junior lightweight champion ever (seven years and three months).

Elorde also challenged lightweight Carlos Ortiz for his world title on two occasions. He was stopped both times by Ortiz in the 14th round.

Elorde retired with a record of 88 wins (33 KOs), 27 losses and 2 draws. He is considered the greatest super featherweight champion of all time in WBC history.[9]

Outside the ring[edit]

After his retirement, Elorde remained in the Philippines within the public eye. He was a prominent commercial endorser, especially for San Miguel Beer. In fact, his San Miguel Beer TV commercial (together with Bert Marcelo and Rico J. Puno), wherein he famously said the words ".... isang platitong mani" (one plate of peanuts), was recently[when?] named as the No.1 Filipino advertisement of all time. Another commercial showed him saying the popular line "Wag namang bara-bara, Bay."

Filmography[edit]

  • The Flash Elorde Story (1961)
  • Kapag Buhay ang Inutang (1962)
  • Ang Tatay Kong Kalbo (1963)
  • Mano-mano (1964)
  • Palad Ta ang Nagbuot (1969)
  • Pamilya Dimagiba (1982)

Death[edit]

Elorde died of lung cancer on January 2, 1985 (one day after New Year's Day 1985 celebrations) at the age of 49. He was a chain smoker. He was buried at Manila Memorial Park[10]

Legacy[edit]

In 1993, he became the first Asian inducted into the New York-based International Boxing Hall of Fame.[11][12] He was also enshrined into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Elorde was also voted the 78th best fighter by the Ring Magazine's writers in 2002 when the Ring Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years was released.

On March 25, 2010, Elorde's family, headed by his widow Laura, commemorated his 25th death anniversary and 75th birth anniversary. They also celebrated his historical win against defending WBA junior-lightweight champion Harold Gomes that ended the RP's 20-year world championship drought.

Filipino boxers Brian Viloria, Donnie Nietes, Rodel Mayol, Marvin Sonsona and Gerry Peñalosa received an award for their contributions. Z Gorres also attended the event. Manny Pacquiao was also a special guest in the ceremony.[8][13] The Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Memorial Boxing Awards & Banquet was launched in 2000 honoring the former and current boxers in the Philippines living or posthumously celebrating their victories throughout held every year.

In popular culture[edit]

The Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque, founded in 1983 (two years before his death in 1985), was dedicated to him. It hosts boxing matches and future fights. Elorde Boxing Gym is now available aside from Parañaque, also has a branches in Las Piñas, Makati, Alabang, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Pasig, Pasay and other Elorde Boxing Gym branches nationwide.

Author James Ellroy, an avid boxing fan, named a character in his novel American Tabloid after Elorde.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Laura Elorde. His sons Gabriel Jr. (Bebot), Marty and Johnny went into the world of boxing as promoters and managers. His daughters, as well as the rest of his family have been in the boxing industry since the death of the great "Flash". As a family, they have expanded the Elorde name into becoming a brand. They have made merchandise and gyms throughout the country. International endeavors are still being considered.

Gabriel's widow Laura Elorde died in 2020.

Professional boxing record[edit]

118 fights 89 wins 27 losses
By knockout 33 4
By decision 55 23
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
118 Loss 89–27–2 Hiruyuki Murakami UD 10 20 May 1971 Tokyo, Japan
117 Win 89–26–2 Shunkichi Suemitsu UD 10 1 Apr 1971 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
116 Win 88–26–2 Isao Ichihara KO 6 (10) 12 Feb 1971 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
115 Loss 87–26–2 Isao Ichihara UD 10 18 Dec 1970 Recreation Center, Agana, Guam
114 Win 87–25–2 Tatsunao Mitsuyama UD 10 31 Oct 1970 Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
113 Win 86–25–2 Chico Andrade TKO 5 (10) 28 Aug 1970 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
112 Win 85–25–2 Kenji Iwata TKO 10 27 Jun 1970 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
111 Win 84–25–2 Isao Ichihara KO 9 (10) 16 May 1970 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
110 Win 83–25–2 Munchai Rorfortor TKO 5 (10), 2:54 1 Mar 1970 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
109 Loss 82–25–2 Jaguar Kakizawa UD 10 26 Apr 1969 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
108 Loss 82–24–2 Eugenio Espinoza UD 10 16 Feb 1969 Quito, Ecuador
107 Loss 82–23–2 Akihisa Someya UD 10 28 Oct 1967 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
106 Loss 82–22–2 Yoshiaki Numata MD 15 15 Jun 1967 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Lost WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
105 Win 82–21–2 Fujio Mikami SD 10 25 Apr 1967 Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
104 Loss 81–21–2 Carlos Ortiz KO 14 (15), 2:01 28 Nov 1966 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City, U.S. For WBA, WBC, and The Ring lightweight titles
103 Win 81–20–2 Vicente Milan Derado MD 15 22 Oct 1966 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
102 Win 80–20–2 Percy Hayles UD 10 7 Aug 1966 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
101 Loss 79–20–2 Yoshiaki Numata UD 12 9 Jun 1969 Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan
100 Win 79–19–2 Ismael Laguna UD 10 19 Mar 1966 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
99 Win 78–19–2 Kang-Il Suh UD 10 4 Dec 1965 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
98 Win 77–19–2 Frankie Narvaez SD 10 4 Aug 1965 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City, U.S.
97 Win 76–19–2 Teruo Kosaka KO 15 (15), 2:14 5 Jun 1965 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
96 Win 75–19–2 Rene Barrientos UD 12 27 Feb 1965 Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
95 Win 74–19–2 Kang-Il Suh MD 12 21 Nov 1964 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
94 Win 73–19–2 Teruo Kosaka TKO 12 (15), 1:45 27 Jul 1964 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
93 Win 72–19–2 Takashi Matsumoto UD 12 8 May 1964 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
92 Loss 71–19–2 Carlos Ortiz TKO 14 (15), 1:44 15 Feb 1964 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila For WBA, WBC, and The Ring lightweight titles
91 Win 71–18–2 Love Allotey DQ 11 (15), 1:44 16 Nov 1963 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
90 Win 70–18–2 Love Allotey UD 10 3 Aug 1963 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
89 Win 69–18–2 Tsunetomi Miyamoto TKO 9 (12), 0:45 1 Jun 1963 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
88 Win 68–18–2 Johnny Bizzaro UD 15 16 Feb 1963 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles;
Won inaugural WBC super featherweight title
87 Win 67–18–2 Solomon Boysaw UD 10 21 Dec 1962 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
86 Win 66–18–2 Isarasak Puntainorasing TKO 3 (12) 17 Nov 1962 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
85 Win 65–18–2 Teruo Kosaka UD 12 4 Aug 1962 Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
84 Win 64–18–2 Auburn Copeland MD 15 23 Jun 1962 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained NBA super featherweight title
83 Loss 63–18–2 Teruo Kosaka SD 12 30 Apr 1962 Korakuen Gym, Tokyo, Japan
82 Win 63–17–2 Somkiat Kiatmuangyom KO 2 (12) 10 Mar 1962 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
81 Win 62–17–2 Sergio Caprari TKO 1 (15), 2:22 6 Dec 1961 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained NBA super featherweight title
80 Win 61–17–2 Teruo Kosaka SD 12 2 Sep 1961 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
79 Win 60–17–2 Giordano Campari UD 10 31 May 1961 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
78 Win 59–17–2 Joey Lopes UD 15 19 Mar 1961 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained NBA super featherweight title
77 Win 58–17–2 Vicente Rivas UD 10 16 Dec 1960 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
76 Win 57–17–2 Sakuji Shinozawa UD 12 17 Oct 1960 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
75 Win 56–17–2 Harold Gomes KO 1 (15), 1:20 17 Aug 1960 Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S. Retained NBA super featherweight title
74 Win 55–17–2 Hachiro Ito TKO 5 (15), 2:43 9 Jul 1960 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
73 Win 54–17–2 Harold Gomes KO 7 (15), 1:50 16 Mar 1960 Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Won NBA super featherweight title
72 Win 53–17–2 Bert Somodio UD 10 15 Dec 1959 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
71 Win 52–17–2 Isami Ikeyama RTD 4 (10), 3:00 26 Nov 1959 Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan
70 Win 51–17–2 Hisao Kobayashi PTS 12 7 Oct 1959 Tokyo, Japan
69 Loss 50–17–2 Solomon Boysaw UD 12 29 Jul 1959 Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
68 Loss 50–16–2 Vicente Rivas PTS 10 15 Jun 1959 Caracas, Venezuela
67 Win 50–15–2 Sonny Leon PTS 10 25 May 1959 Nuevo Circo, Caracas, Venezuela
66 Win 49–15–2 Teddy Davis UD 10 31 Mar 1959 Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California, U.S.
65 Loss 48–15–2 Paolo Rosi SD 10 23 Feb 1959 Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S.
64 Win 48–14–2 Takeo Sugimori PTS 10 6 Feb 1959 Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan Retained OPBF lightweight title
63 Win 47–14–2 Kiyoaki Nakanishi TKO 4 (10) 27 Dec 1958 Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
62 Win 46–14–2 Keiichi Ishikawa RTD 6 (12), 3:00 15 Nov 1958 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained OPBF lightweight title
61 Win 45–14–2 Hisao Kobayashi PTS 12 2 Sep 1958 Tokyo, Japan Retained OPBF lightweight title
60 Win 44–14–2 Ike Chestnut UD 10 10 Jun 1958 Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
59 Win 43–14–2 Javellana Kid UD 10 3 May 1958 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Retained OPBF lightweight title
58 Win 42–14–2 Hiroshi Okawa UD 10 2 Feb 1958 Tokyo, Japan Won OPBF lightweight title
57 Win 41–14–2 Leo Alonzo UD 12 23 Oct 1957 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Japa
56 Loss 40–14–2 Shigeji Kaneko MD 10 24 Sep 1957 Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan
55 Win 40–13–2 Salika Yontrakit KO 3 (10), 0:58 3 Aug 1957 Bangkok, Thailand
54 Loss 39–13–2 Omsap Laemfapha PTS 12 23 Jun 1957 Bangkok, Thailand Lost OPBF lightweight title
53 Win 39–12–2 Hideto Kobayashi PTS 12 27 Apr 1957 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan Won vacant OPBF lightweight title
52 Win 38–12–2 Tommy Romulo UD 12 16 Mar 1957 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Won Philippines Games and Amusement Board lightweight title
51 Win 37–12–2 Hidemi Wada KO 5 (10), 1:50 5 Feb 1957 Osaka, Japan
50 Loss 36–12–2 Miguel Berrios UD 10 9 Nov 1956 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City, U.S.
49 Win 36–11–2 Luke Sandoval KO 2 (10) 16 Oct 1956 Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California, U.S.
48 Loss 35–11–2 Miguel Berrios SD 10 22 Aug 1956 San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California, U.S.
47 Win 35–10–2 Dave Gallardo UD 10 24 Jul 1956 San Jose, California, U.S.
46 Win 34–10–2 Cecil Schoonmaker KO 9 (10), 0:27 26 Jun 1956 Stockton, California, U.S.
45 Win 33–10–2 Gil Velarde TKO 7 (10), 2:58 11 Jun 1956 San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California, U.S.
44 Win 32–10–2 Chico Rosa PTS 10 8 May 1956 Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California, U.S.
43 Win 31–10–2 Cleo Lane TKO 1 (10), 2:26 23 Apr 1956 San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California, U.S.
42 Loss 30–10–2 Sandy Saddler TKO 13 (15), 0:59 18 Jan 1956 Cow Palace, Daly City, California, U.S. For NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring featherweight titles
41 Loss 30–9–2 Shigeji Kaneko PTS 10 13 Oct 1955 Tokyo, Japan
40 Win 30–8–2 Sandy Saddler UD 10 20 Jul 1955 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
39 Loss 29–8–2 Leo Alonzo SD 12 15 Jun 1955 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Lost Philippines Games and Amusement Board lightweight title
38 Win 29–7–2 Severino Fuentes PTS 10 15 Apr 1955 Bullfight Arena, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
37 Loss 28–7–2 Masashi Akiyama PTS 10 12 Jan 1955 Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan
36 Win 28–6–2 Masashi Akiyama PTS 10 27 Nov 1954 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
35 Win 27–6–2 Katsumi Kosaka TKO 8 (12), 1:55 20 Nov 1954 Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
34 Win 26–6–2 Yoichi Hayashi PTS 8 2 Nov 1954 Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
33 Win 25–6–2 Tommy Romulo PTS 12 18 Aug 1954 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines Won Philippines Games and Amusement Board lightweight title
32 Win 24–6–2 Roy Higa UD 10 5 Aug 1954 Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo, Japan
31 Loss 23–6–2 Shigeji Kaneko UD 12 29 Jun 1954 Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan For OPBF featherweight title
30 Win 23–5–2 Hiroshi Okawa UD 12 21 Apr 1954 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
29 Win 22–5–2 Kiyoaki Nakanishi UD 12 28 Jan 1954 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
28 Loss 21–5–2 Masashi Akiyama UD 10 26 Nov 1953 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan For Japanese lightweight title
27 Win 21–4–2 Noboru Tanaka PTS 10 8 Oct 1953 Korakuen Gym, Tokyo, Japan
26 Loss 20–4–2 Shigeji Kaneko PTS 10 8 Aug 1953 Koshien Baseball Stadium, Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan
25 Win 20–3–2 Akiyoshi Akanuma UD 12 1 Jul 1953 Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo, Japan Retained OPBF bantamweight title
24 Loss 19–3–2 Larry Bataan PTS 12 20 May 1953 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines For OPBF featherweight title
23 Win 19–2–2 Al Cruz PTS 10 15 Mar 1953 Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
22 Win 18–2–2 Willie Brown TKO 4 18 Feb 1953 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
21 Draw 17–2–2 Akiyoshi Akanuma PTS 10 29 Nov 1952 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
20 Win 17–2–1 Hiroshi Horiguchi SD 12 18 Oct 1952 Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Won vacant OPBF bantamweight title
19 Win 16–2–1 Little Dundee KO 4 (12) 12 Aug 1952 Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
18 Win 15–2–1 Tanny Campo PTS 12 26 Jul 1952 Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
17 Win 14–2–1 Tanny Campo PTS 8 31 May 1952 Grace Park Stadium, Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines
16 Win 13–2–1 Paulito Escarlan PTS 6 10 May 1952 Grace Park Stadium, Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines
15 Win 12–2–1 Benny Escobar PTS 8 3 May 1952 Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines
14 Draw 11–2–1 Tommy Romulo PTS 10 16 Mar 1952 Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
13 Loss 11–2 Little Dundee PTS 8 24 Feb 1952 Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
12 Win 11–1 Tenejeros Boy PTS 8 30 Jan 1952 Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines
11 Win 10–1 Lucky Strike KO 5 1 Dec 1951 Cebu, Philippines
10 Loss 9–1 Kid Independence KO 10 (10) 16 Oct 1951 Cebu, Philippines
9 Win 9–0 Star Flores PTS 10 15 Sep 1951 Cebu, Philippines
8 Win 8–0 Little Patilla KO 6 8 Sep 1951 Cebu, Philippines
7 Win 7–0 Fighting Chavez KO 7 20 Aug 1951 Cebu, Philippines
6 Win 6–0 Fighting Chavez KO 1 11 Aug 1951 Cebu, Philippines
5 Win 5–0 Star Mercado KO 1 28 Jul 1951 Cebu, Philippines
4 Win 4–0 Kid Santos KO 5 14 Jul 1951 Cebu, Philippines
3 Win 3–0 Mike Sanchez PTS 5 14 Jul 1951 Cebu, Philippines
2 Win 2–0 Young Basiliano KO 3 23 Jun 1951 Cebu, Philippines
1 Win 1–0 Kid Gonzaga KO 3 16 Jun 1951 Cebu, Philippines

Boxing Hall of Fame[edit]

Filipino Hall of Fame Boxers[edit]

Number Name Year Inducted Title Notes
1 Flash Elorde International Boxing Hall of Fame (1993) NBA Super featherweight (130)
The Ring Super Featherweight (130)
WBC Super featherweight (130)
Holds the record at super featherweight division for longest title reign, spanning seven years. "Modern inductee"
2 Pancho Villa International Boxing Hall of Fame (1993) NYSAC Flyweight (112)
NBA Flyweight (112)
The Ring Flyweight (112)
First Filipino/Asian World Champion. "Old-timer inductee"
3 Ceferino Garcia The Ring magazine Hall of Fame (1977) NYSAC Middleweight (160) 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. Also credited as the first well known user of the "bolo punch".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Inaugural Champion WBA Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
Succeeded by
WBC Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
Vacant
Title last held by
Benny Bass
Undisputed Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
Vacant
Title last held by
Kid Chocolate
The Ring Super featherweight champion
1962 – June 15, 1967