Gabriel Elorde

Gabriel Elorde
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Statistics
Real name Gabriel Elorde
Nickname(s) Flash
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Reach 68 in (173 cm)
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Born (1935-03-25)March 25, 1935
Bogo, Cebu, Philippines
Died January 2, 1985(1985-01-02) (aged 49)
Quezon City, Philippines
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 118
Wins 89
Wins by KO 33
Losses 27
Draws 2
No contests 0

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.

Fighting style

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 life

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 career

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 ring

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."

Filmography

  • 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)

Death

Elorde died of lung cancer on January 2, 1985 (one day after New Year's Day 1985 celebrations) at the age of 49. He was a chain smoker.[10]

Legacy

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 culture

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 life

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 record

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

See also

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Achievements
Inaugural Champion WBA Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
Succeeded by
Yoshiaki Numata
WBC Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
Preceded by
Harold Gomes
Lineal Super featherweight Champion
March 16, 1960 – June 15, 1967
Inaugural Champion The Ring Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
Undisputed Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967

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