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.
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