Gabriel Elorde

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Gabriel "Flash" Elorde (25 March 1935 – 2 January 1985) is a Filipino boxer known for being the longest-reigning world champion in the junior lightweight division.


Early life

Elorde was born in Bogo, Cebu. He was the youngest of fifteen children.

Boxing career

Elorde made his professional boxing debut at the age of 16 ,and went on to win the national bantamweight title a year later.

He had only two defeats and one draw in his first fourteen fights. He won both the Philippine and Asian bantamweight titles by defeating Tanny Campo and Hiroshi Horiguchi in twelve rounds. News traveled fast to the United States. Elorde later fought featherweight champion Sandy Saddler twice: Elorde won the first bout, a non-title match; in the second fight, he was ahead in the score cards, but sustained a cut above his eye, causing the match to be stopped. <ref>Gabriel (Flash) Elorde. IBHOF. (Accessed 29 March 2010)</ref>

Elorde was the reigning world champion of the featherweight division from 1960 to 1967. The World Boxing Council (WBC) declared him the longest-running champion in the said category. He first earned the title by defeating Harold Gomes in 1960 in Quezon City, Philippines. Over the years, Elorde continued to defeat various challengers, including John Bizzaro, Ismael Laguna, Joey Lopez and Renne Barrientos. He lost his title to Yoshiaki Numata on 15 June 1967.

After he retired, Elorde became a boxing promoter for his father's company. He also appeared in popular local beer commercial which was later named the "No. 1 Filipino advertisement of all time." <ref>Gabriel Elorde. Wikisportsmemorabilia. (Accessed 29 March 2010)</ref>

Boxing Statistics

  • Total fights: 117
  • Total wins: 88
  • Total losses: 27
  • Total draws: 2
  • Wins by KO: 33


  • 1952 – 1960: Philippine and Asia Bantamweight champion
  • March 16, 1960 – June 15, 1967: World Super Featherweight champion


Elorde lost his battle in life to lung cancer and died on 2 January 1985 at the age of 49.





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