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GorDoom
01-07-2006, 02:34 PM
A tribute: Elorde of the ring
By Ronnie Nathanielsz from The Manila Standard

TODAY (Jan. 2) marks the untimely death of the late Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, who reigned for almost seven-and-a-half years as world junior lightweight champion.

Elorde took on some of the best fighters in his division and never backed off from a challenge.

Enshrined in the Boxing Hall of Fame, Elorde is perhaps more than any other fighter, enshrined in the hearts and minds of a generation of Filipinos, who lived life with goodness and simplicity at a time when boxing was more a sport than a naked business enterprise, so unlike today, where promoters milk the public dry and where integrity and decency are virtues long gone.

Of course, there are exceptions but sadly, too little to make a real difference.

In today’s utterly commercialized world of boxing, Manny Pacquiao is a national idol if not a hero — and rightly so. But his place in boxing history, indeed in the hearts of millions of Filipinos, is built on his exploits in the ring rather than outside. Pacquiao’s indomitable courage and his gallantry are stuff that legends are made of and he is today, without a shadow of doubt, the most recognizable Filipino both at home and even abroad.

During Elorde’s time, television was comparatively new and international communications and media were in a state that was far removed from the kind of worldwide phenomenon it is today and nowhere near the level of influence that media exerts on its audience. There were no public relations men or spin doctors, who made men look bigger than they really were, or made people believe beyond belief. Men like Elorde lived and died and won esteem and recognition if not adulation purely on their merits and their achievements, recognized by spectators up close and personal.

Elorde showed us all how to break free from the bondage of poverty and fight our way into the hearts and homes of millions of his countrymen and in his road to glory, Elorde never ever forgot, where he came from. He was a good and decent man, a loving father, a caring husband and a deeply Christian individual, who essentially cared for others more than even himself.

We can debate the question of who was the greatest Filipino boxer of all time and indeed who was the finest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but the assessments will all be subjective because the fighters are intrinsically separated by time and circumstance. But if one were to look at Elorde within the context of his skills as a fighter, a “thinking fighter,” according to George Araneta, who was a young man, who along with 30,000 frenzied Filipinos, watched Elorde destroy Harold Gomes in March 1960 at the inauguration of the Araneta Coliseum, then he stands tall in the pantheon of Filipino greats, including Pancho Villa, Ceferino Garcia and a host of others of a glorious era.

The greatness of Elorde was not merely his achievements as a fighter and the fairness with which he engaged his opponents, but the respect he earned because of the respect he gave. Outside the ring was where Elorde made, to us, his greatest contribution to boxing and the Filipino race. He was soft-spoken, humble and a personification of decency and kindness. He was a man, who cared deeply for his people and was proud of his country no matter what.

He bowed and never bragged, he was humble and never haughty, he gave and never asked anything in return. He was big, but to him the sport was bigger.

On this his 21st death anniversary, we will once again remember with fondness the wonderful friendship we shared with Elorde. It withstood the test of time because it was steeped in mutual respect, honesty and affection. No matter what anybody says, to us he was and always will be the greatest Filipino boxer of all time.

GorDoom
01-07-2006, 05:37 PM
Cyber Boxing Champion
Gabriel "Flash" Elorde

Born: March 25, 1935 Bogu, Philippines
Died: January 2, 1985 ManilaPro Record: 88-27-2 (33 Kayos)

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
(Wins Filipino Bantamweight Title)
Aug 12 Little Dundee Davao City, Philippines KO 4
(Retains Filipino Bantamweight Title)
Oct 18 Hiroshi Horigushi Tokyo W 12
(Wins Oriental Bantamweight Title)
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
(For Oriental Featherweight Title)
Jul 6 Akiyoshi Akanuma Tokyo W 12
(Retains Oriental Bantamweight Title)
Aug 8 Shigeji Kaneko Tokyo L 10
Oct 8 Noburo Tanaka Tokyo W 10
Nov 25 Masashi Akiyama Tokyo L 10
(For Japanese Featherweight Title)

1954
Jan 21 Kiyoaki Nakanishi Tokyo W 10
Apr 21 Hiroshi Okawa Tokyo W 10
Jun Relinquishes Oriental Bantamweight Title)
Jun 29 Shigeji Kaneko Tokyo L 12
(For Oriental Featherweight Title)
Aug 5 Roy Higa Tokyo W 10
Aug 18 Tommy Romulo Manila W 12
(Wins Filipino Jr. Lightweight Title)
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
(For Filipino Lightweight Title)
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
(Retains Filipino Jr. Lightweight Title)
Apr 27 Hideto Kobayashi Nagoya, Japan W 12
(Wins Oriental Lightweight Title)
Jun 23 Omsap Laempapha Bangkok L 12
(Loses Oriental Lightweight Title)
Aug 4 Salika Yontrakit Bangkok KO 3
Sep 24 Shigeji Kaneko Tokyo L 10
Oct 23 Leo Alonzo Manila W 12
(Retains Filipino Jr. Lightweight Title)

1958
Mar 2 Hiroshi Okawa Tokyo W 12
(Regains Oriental Lightweight Title)
May 3 Javellana Kid Manila W 12
(Wins Oriental Jr. Lightweight Title)
Jun 10 Ike Chestnut Honolulu W 10
Sep 2 Hisao Kobayashi Tokyo W 12
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Nov 15 Keiichi Ichikawa Manila KO 6
(Retains Oriental Jr. Lightweight Title)
Dec 27 Kiyoaki Nakanishi Manila KO 3

1959
Feb 6 Takeo Sugimori Tokyo W 12
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
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
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Nov 26 Isami Ikeyama Tokyo KO 4
Dec 15 Nursery Kid Manila W 10

1960
Mar 16 Harold Gomes Quezon City, PhilippinesKO 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
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
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
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Dec 16 Sergio Caprari Manila KO 1
(Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)

1962
Mar 10 Somkiat Katmuangyon Manila KO 2
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Apr 30 Teruo Kosaka Tokyo L 12
(Loses Oriental Lightweight Title)
Jun 23 Auburn Copeland Manila W 15
(Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
Aug 4 Teruo Kosaka Cebu City, Philippines W 12
(Regains Oriental Lightweight Title)
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
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Aug 3 Love Allotey Manila W 10
Nov 16 Love Allotey Quezon City, PhilippinesWDQ 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
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Jul 27 Teruo Kosaka Tokyo KO 12
(Retains World Jr. Lightweight Title)
Nov 21 Kang-Il Suh Manila W 12
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)

1965
Feb 27 Rene Barrientos Manila W 12
(Retains Oriental Lightweight Title)
Jun 5 Teruo Kosaka Quezon City, PhilippinesKO 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
(Loses Oriental Lightweight Title)
Aug 7 Percy Hayles Quezon City, PhilippinesW 10
Oct 22 Vicente Derado Quezon City, PhilippinesW 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

1968
Inactive

1969
Feb 15 Eugenio Espinoza Quito, Ecuador L 10
Apr 26 Jaguar Kakizawa Quezon City, PhilippinesL 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, PhilippinesW 10
Dec 18 Isao Ichihara Manila L 10

1971
Feb 14 Isao Ichihara Quezon City, PhilippinesKO 6
May 20 Hiroyuki Murakami Tokyo L 10

Record courtesy of Matt Tegen

kikibalt
01-07-2006, 08:39 PM
Flash Elorde ( R ) fighting Johnny Bizzarro
Feb.16 1963http://tinypic.com/jtsbrs.jpg

theironbar
01-07-2006, 11:31 PM
Excellent and passionate article and pic -- thanks for posting Gor and Mr. B!

StingerKarl
01-09-2006, 12:56 AM
Elorde may have been the Greatest Southpaw Fighter Ever.
Whitaker, Hagler, Johnson, and a few others come close, though.
Karl

GorDoom
11-03-2006, 08:51 PM
bump

StingerKarl
11-05-2006, 01:53 AM
Looking at that photo, he was so classical in his delivery and follow through.
It is a privilege to see a Master at work.
Karl