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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.

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

Fighting styleEdit

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 footwork from eskrima has been adopted by many boxers, including his friend Muhammad Ali, which influenced the out-boxer style of boxing.[1][4]

Early lifeEdit

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 careerEdit

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 ringEdit

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 named as the No.1 Filipino advertisement of all time. Another commercial showed him saying the popular line "Wag namang bara-bara, Bay."

FilmographyEdit

  • 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)

DeathEdit

Elorde died of lung cancer on January 2, 1985 (one day after the New Years Day 1985 celebration), at the age of 49. He was a chain smoker during his retirement.[10]

LegacyEdit

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 cultureEdit

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 lifeEdit

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.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
118 fights 89 wins 27 losses
By knockout 33 4
By decision 55 23
By disqualification 1 0
Draws 2
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 89-27-2   Hiruyuki Murakami UD 10 1971-05-20   Tokyo
Win 89-26-2   Shunkichi Suemitsu UD 10 1971-04-01   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 88-26-2   Isao Ichihara KO 6(10) 1971-02-12   Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 87-26-2   Isao Ichihara UD 10 1970-12-18   Recreation Center, Agana
Win 87-25-2   Tatsunao Mitsuyama UD 10 1970-10-31   Davao City, Davao del Sur,
Win 86-25-2   Chico Andrade TKO (5)10 1970-08-28   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 85-25-2   Kenji Iwata TKO 10 1970-06-27   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 84-25-2   Isao Ichihara KO (9)10, 1970-05-16   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 83-25-2   Munchai Rorfortor TKO (5)10, 2:54 1970-03-01   Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 82-25-2   Jaguar Kakizawa UD 10 1969-04-26   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Loss 82-24-2   Eugenio Espinoza UD 10 1969-02-16   Quito
Loss 82-23-2   Akihisa Someya UD 10 1967-10-28   Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 82-22-2   Yoshiaki Numata MD 15 1967-06-15   Kokugikan, Tokyo Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight titles
Win 82-21-2   Fujio Mikami SD 10 1967-04-25   Honolulu, Hawaii
Loss 81-21-2   Carlos Ortiz KO 14(15),2:01 1966-11-28   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City For WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
Win 81-20-2   Vicente Milan Derado MD 15 1966-10-22   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight titles
Win 80-20-2   Percy Hayles UD 10 1966-08-07   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Loss 79-20-2   Yoshiaki Numata UD 12 1969-06-09   Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo
Win 79-19-2   Ismael Laguna UD 10 1966-03-19   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 78-19-2   Kang-Il Suh UD 10 1965-12-04   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight titles
Win 77-19-2   Frankie Narvaez SD 10 1965-08-04   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City
Win 76-19-2   Teruo Kosaka KO 15(15),2:14 1965-06-05   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight titles
Win 75-19-2   Rene Barrientos UD 12 1965-02-27   Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 74-19-2   Kang-Il Suh MD 12 1964-11-21   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila {
Win 73-19-2   Teruo Kosaka TKO 12(15),1:45 1964-07-27   Kokugikan, Tokyo Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight titles
Win 72-19-2   Takashi Matsumoto UD 12 1964-05-08   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Loss 71-19-2   Carlos Ortiz TKO 14(15),1:44 1964-02-15   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila For WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
Win 71-18-2   Love Alottey DQ 11(15),1:44 1963-11-16   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Retained WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal super featherweight titles
Win 70-18-2   Love Alottey UD 10 1963-08-03   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 69-18-2   Tsunetomi Miyamoto TKO 9(12),0:45 1963-06-01   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 68-18-2   Johnny Bizzaro UD 15 1963-02-16   Manila, Metro Manila Retained lineal super featherweight title
Won Inaugural WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles
Win 67-18-2   Solomon Boysaw UD 10 1962-12-21   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 66-18-2   Isarasak Puntainorasing TKO 3(12) 1962-11-17   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 65-18-2   Teruo Kosaka UD 12 1962-08-04   Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu
Win 64-18-2   Auburn Copeland MD 15 1962-06-23   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Retained lineal super featherweight title
Loss 63-18-2   Teruo Kosaka SD 12 1962-04-30   Korakuen Gym, Tokyo
Win 63-17-2   Somkiat Kiatmuangyom KO 2(12) 1962-03-10   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 62-17-2   Sergio Caprari TKO 1(15), 2:22 1961-12-06   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Retained lineal super featherweight title
Win 61-17-2   Teruo Kosaka SD 12 1961-09-02   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 60-17-2   Giordano Campari UD 10 1961-05-31   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 59-17-2   Joey Lopes UD 15 1961-03-19   Manila, Metro Manila Retained lineal super featherweight title
Win 58-17-2   Vicente Rivas UD 10 1960-12-16   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 57-17-2   Sakuji Shinozawa UD 12 1960-10-17   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 56-17-2   Harold Gomes KO 1(15), 1:20 1960-08-17   Cow Palace, Daly City, California Retained lineal super featherweight title
Win 55-17-2   Hachiro Ito TKO 5(15), 2:43 1960-07-09   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Win 54-17-2   Harold Gomes KO 7(15), 1:50 1960-03-16   Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Won lineal super featherweight title
Win 53-17-2   Bert Somodio UD 10 1959-12-15   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 52-17-2   Isami Ikeyama RTD 4(10),3:00 1959-11-26   Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo
Win 51-17-2   Hisao Kobayashi PTS 12 1959-10-07   Tokyo
Loss 50-17-2   Solomon Boysaw UD 12 1959-07-29   Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Loss 50-16-2   Vicente Rivas PTS 10 1959-06-15   Caracas
Win 50-15-2   Sonny Leon PTS 10 1959-05-25   Nuevo Circo, Caracas
Win 49-15-2   Teddy Davis UD 10 1959-03-31   Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California
Loss 48-15-2   Paolo Rosi SD 10 1959-02-23   Cow Palace, Daly City, California
Win 48-14-2   Takeo Sugimori PTS 10 1959-02-06   Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo Retained OPBF lightweight title.
Win 47-14-2   Kiyoaki Nakanishi TKO 4(10) 1958-12-27   Davao City, Davao del Sur
Win 46-14-2   Keiichi Ishikawa RTD 6(12) 1958-11-15   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Retained OPBF lightweight title.
Win 45-14-2   Hisao Kobayashi PTS 12 1958-09-02   Tokyo Retained OPBF lightweight title.
Win 44-14-2   Ike Chestnut UD 10 1958-06-10   Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win 43-14-2   Javellana Kid UD 10 1958-05-03   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila Retained OPBF lightweight title.
Win 42-14-2   Hiroshi Okawa UD 10 1958-02-02   Tokyo Won OPBF lightweight title.
Win 41-14-2   Leo Alonzo UD 12 1957-10-23   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 40-14-2   Shigeji Kaneko MD 10 1957-09-24   Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo
Win 40-13-2   Salika Yontrakit KO 3(10), 0:58 1957-08-03   Bangkok
Loss 39-13-2   Omsap Laemfapha PTS 12 1957-06-23   Bangkok Lost OPBF lightweight title.
Win 39-12-2   Hideto Kobayashi PTS 12 1957-04-27   Nagoya, Aichi Won vacant OPBF lightweight title.
Win 38-12-2   Tommy Romulo UD 12 1957-03-16   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 37-12-2   Hidemi Wada KO 5(10),1:50 1957-02-05   Osaka
Loss 36-12-2   Miguel Berrios UD 10 1956-11-09   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City
Win 36-11-2   Luke Sandoval KO 2(10) 1956-10-16   Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California
Loss 35-11-2   Miguel Berrios SD 10 1956-08-22   San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California
Win 35-10-2   Dave Gallardo UD 10 1956-07-24   San Jose, California
Win 34-10-2   Cecil Schoonmaker KO 9(10),0:27 1956-06-26   Stockton, California
Win 33-10-2   Gil Velarde TKO 7(10),2:58 1956-06-11   San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California
Win 32-10-2   Chico Rosa PTS 10 1956-05-08   Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California
Win 31-10-2   Cleo Lane TKO 1(10),2:26 1956-04-23   San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California
Loss 30-10-2   Sandy Saddler TKO 13(15),0:59 1956-01-18   Cow Palace, Daly City, California For World featherweight title.
The bout was stopped on a bad cut suffered by Elorde.
Loss 30-09-2   Shigeji Kaneko PTS 10 1955-10-13   Tokyo
Win 30-08-2   Sandy Saddler UD 10 1955-07-20   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 29-08-2   Leo Alonzo SD 12 1955-06-15   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 29-07-2   Severino Fuentes PTS 10 1955-04-15   Bullfight Arena, Manila, Metro Manila
Loss 28-07-2   Masashi Akiyama PTS 10 1955-01-12   Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo
Win 28-06-2   Masashi Akiyama PTS 10 1954-11-27   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 27-06-2   Katsumi Kosaka TKO 8(12),1:55 1954-11-20   Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 26-06-2   Yoichi Hayashi PTS 8 1954-11-02   Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka
Win 25-06-2   Tommy Romulo 12 1954-08-18   Manila, Metro Manila
Win 24-06-2   Roy Higa UD 10 1954-08-05   Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo
Loss 23-06-2   Shigeji Kaneko UD 12 1954-06-29  Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo For OPBF featherweight title.
Win 23-05-2   Hiroshi Okawa UD 12 1954-04-21   Kokugikan, Tokyo
Win 22-05-2   Kiyoaki Nakanishi UD 12 1954-01-28   Kokugikan, Tokyo
Loss 21-05-2   Masashi Akiyama UD 10 1953-11-26   Kokugikan, Tokyo
Win 21-04-2   Noboru Tanaka PTS 10 1953-10-08   Korakuen Gym, Tokyo
Loss 20-04-2   Shigeji Kaneko PTS 10 1953-08-08   Koshien Baseball Stadium, Nishinomiya, Hyogo
Win 20-03-2   Akiyoshi Akanuma UD 12 1953-07-01   Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo Retained OPBF bantamweight title.
Loss 19-03-2   Larry Bataan PTS 12 1953-05-20   Manila, Metro Manila For OPBF featherweight title.
Win 19-02-2   Al Cruz PTS 10 1953-03-15   Manila, Metro Manila Retained OPBF bantamweight title.
Win 18-02-2   Willie Brown TKO 4(?) 1953-02-18   Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila
Draw 17-02-2   Akiyoshi Akanuma PTS 10 1952-11-29   Kokugikan, Tokyo
Win 17-02-1   Hiroshi Horiguchi SD 12 1952-10-18   Kokugikan, Tokyo Won vacant OPBF bantamweight title.
Win 16-02-1   Little Dundee KO 4(12) 1952-08-12   Davao City, Davao del Sur
Win 15-02-1   Tanny Campo PTS 12 1952-07-26   Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila
Win 14-02-1   Tanny Campo PTS 8 1952-05-31   Grace Park Stadium, Caloocan City, Metro Manila
Win 13-02-1   Paulito Escarlan PTS 6 1952-05-10   Grace Park Stadium, Caloocan City, Metro Manila
Win 12-02-1   Benny Escobar PTS 8 1952-05-03   Caloocan City, Metro Manila
Draw 11-02-1   Tommy Romulo PTS 10 1952-03-16   Davao City, Davao del Sur
Loss 11-02-0   Little Dundee PTS 8 1952-02-24   Davao City, Davao del Sur
Win 11-01-0   Tenejeros Boy PTS 8 1952-01-30   Davao City, Davao del Sur
Win 10-01-0   Lucky Strike KO 5(?) 1951-12-01   Cebu
Loss 09-01-0   Kid Independence KO 10(10) 1951-10-16   Cebu
Win 09-00-0   Star Flores PTS 10 1951-09-15   Cebu
Win 08-00-0   Little Patilla KO 6 1951-09-08   Cebu
Win 07-00-0   Fighting Chavez KO 7 1951-08-20   Cebu
Win 06-00-0   Fighting Chavez KO 1 1951-08-11   Cebu
Win 05-00-0   Star Mercado KO 1 1951-07-28   Cebu
Win 04-00-0   Kid Santos KO 5 1951-07-14   Cebu
Win 03-00-0   Mike Sanchez PTS 5 1951-07-14   Cebu
Win 02-00-0   Young Basiliano KO 3 1951-06-23   Cebu
Win 01-00-0   Kid Gonzaga KO 3 1951-06-16   Cebu Professional Debut

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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