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Jose 'Gaby' Canizales (born May 1, 1960) is a retired American boxer who won the Lineal championship in the bantamweight division.

Gaby Canizales
Canizales brothers honored on Laredo, TX sign IMG 1077.JPG
Orlando and Gaby Canizales are honored on welcome sign in their hometown of Laredo, Texas
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Real nameJose Canizales
Weight(s)Bantamweight
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1960-05-01) May 1, 1960 (age 59)
Laredo, Webb County, Texas
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights57
Wins48
Wins by KO36
Losses8
Draws1
No contests0

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Early lifeEdit

Canizales was born in Laredo in Webb County, Texas.

Pro careerEdit

Canizales turned pro in 1979 and in 1983 challenged Jeff Chandler for the World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight title but lost a decision. In 1986 he landed a shot at Richie Sandoval for the Lineal and WBA bantamweight title.[1] Canizales dominated, and knocked Sandoval down once in the 1st, once in the 5º, and three times in the 7th round, winning via a 7th-round knockout. He lost the belt in his first defense to Bernardo Pinango via decision. In 1990, he challenged Raúl Pérez for the World Boxing Council bantamweight title but lost a decision. In 1991, he challenged Miguel Lora for the vacant World Boxing Organization bantamweight title and won via 2nd-round knockout. He lost the belt in his first defense to Duke McKenzie via decision, and retired after the loss.

He is the brother of former bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales. Both brothers obtained the title of world boxing champion at the same age and weight.[2]

The Orlando & Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym and Community Center on Guadalupe Street in Laredo is named in honor of the brothers. The facility was expanded in 2014.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gaby Canizales - Lineal Bantamweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b Malena Charur, "Orlando & Gaby Canizales Boxing Gym and Community Center: Brothers Honored: Facility Located on Guadalupe Street", Laredo Morning Times, May 2, 2014, p. 1

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Achievements
Preceded by
Richie Sandoval
WBA bantamweight champion
March 10, 1986 - June 4, 1986
Succeeded by
Bernardo Pinango
The Ring bantamweight champion
March 10, 1986 - June 4, 1986
Lineal Bantamweight Champion
March 10, 1986 - June 4, 1986
Vacant
Title last held by
Israel Contreras
WBO bantamweight champion
March 12, 1991 - June 30, 1991
Succeeded by
Duke McKenzie