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Gabriel Elorde

Titles: junior lightweight champion 1960-1967 

Record: 88-25-2 (34 K.O's)

Born: March 25, 1935 in Bogo, Cebu, Philippines 

Years active: 1951-1971

Nickname: Flash 

Elorde is the hero of the modern-day Filipino fan and almost singlehandedly 
helped to legitimize the jr. lightweight division. The youngest of 15 
children he would begin to box for pay at the age of 16 and within a year 
had won the national bantamweight title. Elorde was a solidly built 
southpaw whose major asset were his fast hands and good body attack. Before 
Elorde became a attraction on the world stage he was already a national 
hero in the Philippines wining national and Asian titles from bantamweight 
to lightweight. 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. Elorde became a attraction on the world scene when he twice fought 
Sandy Saddler in foul ridden fights. The first fight saw Elorde wear down 
Saddler in the heat of Manila in a over the weight match which meant the 
title was not at stake. The second of fight for the featherweight world 
title is considered by many as one of the best fights of the 50's and saw 
Saddler win via a 13th round TKO due to a cut over Elorde's eye. At the 
time of the stoppage Elorde was ahead on points. For the next 2 years 
Elorde fought in America and Asia waiting for a title shot. Elorde won 
the jr. featherweight title by stopping Harold Gomes over 7 rounds in 
Quezon city in 1960, in a return bout it took him less than 2 minutes to 
dispatch of Gomes. Elorde went on to make 10 successful defenses, 
including several in Manilla. During his reign Elorde twice lost in 
attempts to win the lightweight title from Carlos Ortiz, loosing both 
bouts by 14th round TKO's. Still at jr. lightweight he ruled with style 
and took on all comers. Good fighters such as John Bizzaro, Ismael Laguna, 
Joey Lopes, Rene Barrientos all fell to Elorde. The title reign of Elorde 
came to a end at the hands of Yoshiaki Numata over 15 rounds in the 
challengers home town. Elorde took a year of before returning but his best 
days were clearly behind him and lost his next 3 bouts, still he fought on 
until the age of 36. Elorde became a leading promoter in the Philippines 
working with his father in law. Elorde became a chain smoker in retirement 
and died of lung cancer in 1985 at the age of 49.


Gabriel Elorde

Career record: 88-27-2

     1951
     
     Jun 16  Kid Gonzaga             Cebu City, Philippines  KO 4
     Jun 23  Young Basiliano         Cebu City, Philippines  KO 3
     Jun 30  Mike Sanchez            Cebu City, Philippines  W 5
     Jul 14  Kid Santos              Cebu City, Philippines  KO 5
     Jul 28  Star Mercado            Cebu City, Philippines  KO 1
     Aug 11  Fighting Chavez         Cebu City, Philippines  KO 1
     Aug 20  Fighting Chavez         Cebu City, Philippines  KO 7
     Sep 8   Little Patilla          Cebu City, Philippines  KO 6
     Sep 15  Star Flores             Cebu City, Philippines  W 10
     Oct 16  Kid Independence        Cebu City, Philippines  KO by 10
     Dec 1   Lucky Strike            Cebu City, Philippines  KO 5

     1952
 
     Jan 30  Tenejeros Boy           Davao City, Philippines W 8
     Feb 24  Little Dundee           Davao City, Philippines L 8
     Mar 16  Tommy Romulo            Davao City, Philippines D 10
     May 3   Bennny Escobar          Caloocan, Philippines   W 8
     May 10  Paulito Escarlan        Caloocan, Philippines   W 6
     May 31  Tanny Campo             Caloocan, Philippines   W 8
     Jul 26  Tanny Campo             Manila                  W 12
     Aug 12  Little Dundee           Davao City, Philippines KO 4
     Oct 18  Hiroshi Horigushi       Tokyo                   W 12
     Nov 18  Akiyoshi Akanuma        Tokyo                   D 10

     1953

     Feb 18  Willie Brown            Manila                  KO 4
     Mar 15  Al Cruz                 Manila                  W 10
     May 20  Larry Bataan            Manila                  L 12
     Jul 6   Akiyoshi Akanuma        Tokyo                   W 12
     Aug 8   Shigeji Kaneko          Tokyo                   L 10
     Oct 8   Noburo Tanaka           Tokyo                   W 10
     Nov 25  Masashi Akiyama         Tokyo                   L 10
     
     1954

     Jan 21  Kiyoaki Nakanishi       Tokyo                   W 10
     Apr 21  Hiroshi Okawa           Tokyo                   W 10
     Jun 29  Shigeji Kaneko          Tokyo                   L 12
     Aug 5   Roy Higa                Tokyo                   W 10
     Aug 18  Tommy Romulo            Manila                  W 12
     Nov 20  Katsumi Kosaka          Manila                  KO 8
     Nov 27  Masashi Akiyama         Manila                  W 10

     1955

     Jan 12  Masashi Akiyama         Tokyo                   L 10
     Apr 15  Severo Fuentes          Manila                  W 10
     Jun 15  Leo Alonzo              Manila                  L 12
     Jul 20  Sandy Saddler           Manila                  W 10
     Oct 3   Shigeji Kaneko          Tokyo                   L 10

     1956

     Jan 18  Sandy Saddler           San Francisco           TKO by 13
             (For World Featherweight Title)
     Apr 23  Cleo Lane               San Francisco           KO 1
     May 8   Chico Rosa              Stockton, CA            W 10
     Jun 11  Gil Velarde             San Francisco           KO 7
     Jun 26  Cecil Schoonmaker       Stockton, CA            KO 9
     Jul 24  Dave Gallardo           San Jose, CA            W 10
     Aug 22  Miguel Berrios          San Francisco           L 10
     Oct 16  Luke Sandoval           San Jose, CA            KO 2
     Nov 9   Miguel Berios           New York                L 10

     1957

     Feb 5   Hidemi Wada             Osaka, Japan            KO 5
     Mar 16  Tommy Romulo            Manila                  W 12
     Apr 27  Hideto Kobayashi        Nagoya, Japan           W 12
     Jun 23  Omsap Laempapha         Bangkok                 L 12
     Aug 4   Salika Yontrakit        Bangkok                 KO 3
     Sep 24  Shigeji Kaneko          Tokyo                   L 10
     Oct 23  Leo Alonzo              Manila                  W 12
     
     1958

     Mar 2   Hiroshi Okawa           Tokyo                   W 12
     May 3   Javellana Kid           Manila                  W 12
     Jun 10  Ike Chestnut            Honolulu                W 10
     Sep 2   Hisao Kobayashi         Tokyo                   W 12
     Nov 15  Keiichi Ichikawa        Manila                  KO 6
     Dec 27  Kiyoaki Nakanishi       Manila                  KO 3

     1959

     Feb 6   Takeo Sugimori          Tokyo                   W 12
    Feb 23  Paolo Rosi               San Francisco           L 10
     Mar 31  Teddy Davis             Stockton, CA            W 10
     May 25  Sonny Leon              Caracas, Venezuela      W 10
     Jun 15  Vicente Rivas           Caracas, Venezuela      L 10
     Jul 29  Solomon Boysaw          Cleveland               L 10
     Oct 7   Hisao Kobayashi         Tokyo                   W 12
     Nov 26  Isami Ikeyama           Tokyo                   KO 4
     Dec 15  Nursery Kid             Manila                  W 10

     1960

     Mar 16  Harold Gomes           Quezon City, Philippines KO 7
             (Wins World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Jul 9   Hachiro Ito             Manila                  KO 5
     Aug 17  Harold Gomes            San Francisco           KO 1
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Oct 17  Sakuzi Shinozawa        Manila                  W 12
     Dec 16  Vicente Rivas           Manila                  W 10

     1961

     Mar 19  Joey Lopes              Manila                  W 15
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     May 31  Giordano Campari        Manila                  W 10
     Sep 2   Teruo Kosaka            Manila                  W 12
     Dec 16  Sergio Caprari          Manila                  KO 1
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)

     1962

     Mar 10  Somkiat Katmuangyon     Manila                  KO 2
     Apr 30  Teruo Kosaka            Tokyo                   L 12
     Jun 23  Auburn Copeland         Manila                  W 15
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Aug 4   Teruo Kosaka            Cebu City, Philippines  W 12
     Nov 17  Isarasak Puntainorasing Manila                  KO 3
     Dec 21  Solomon Boysaw          Manila                  W 10

     1963
     Feb 16  Johnny Bizzarro         Manila                  W 15
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Jun 1   Tsunstomi Miyamoto      Manila                  KO 9
     Aug 3   Love Allotey            Manila                  W 10
     Nov 16  Love Allotey          Quezon City, Philippines  W D.Q 11
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)

     1964

     Feb 15  Carlos Ortiz            Manila                  KO by 14
             (For World Lightweight Title)
     May 8   Tadashi Matsumoto       Manila                  W 12
     Jul 27  Teruo Kosaka            Tokyo                   KO 12
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Nov 21  Kang-Il Suh             Manila                  W 12
     
     1965

     Feb 27  Rene Barrientos         Manila                  W 12
     Jun 5   Teruo Kosaka         Quezon City, Philippines   KO 15
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Aug 5   Frankie Narvaez         New York                W 10
     Dec 4   Kang-Il Suh             Manila                  W 15
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)

     1966

     Mar 19  Ismael Laguna           Tokyo                   W 10
     Jun 9   Yoshiaki Numata         Tokyo                   L 12
     Aug 7   Percy Hayles          Quezon City, Philippines  W 10
     Oct 22  Vicente Derado        Quezon City, Philippines  W 15
             (Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Nov 28  Carlos Ortiz            New York                KO by 14
             (For World Lightweight Title)

     1967

     Feb 2   Kang-Il Suh             Manila                  W 10
     Apr 25  Fujio Mikami            Honolulu                W 10
     Jun 15  Yoshiaki Numata         Tokyo                   L 15
             (Loses World Jr. Lightweight Title)
     Oct 28  Akihisa Someya          Manila                  L 10

     1969

     Feb 15  Eugenio Espinoza        Quito, Ecuador          L 10
     Apr 26  Jaguar Kakizawa      Quezon City, Philippines   L 10

     1970

     Apr 10  Mongai Munchai          Manila                  KO 5
     May 16  Isao Ichihara         Davao City, Philippines   KO 9
     Jun 27  Kenji Iwata             Manila                  W 10
     Aug 28  Cisco Andrade           Manila                  KO  5
     Oct 31  Tatsunao Mitsuyama    Quezon City, Philippines  W 10
     Dec 18  Isao Ichihara           Manila                  L 10

     1971

     Feb 14  Isao Ichihara         Quezon City, Philippines  KO 6
     May 20  Hiroyuki Murakami       Tokyo                   L 10