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Obama
08-01-2009, 04:52 AM
Next on the list (http://www.sweetboxing.com/showthread.php?t=614)... Gabriel "Flash" Elorde:

http://static.boxrec.com/wiki/thumb/5/50/Elorde.Flash.jpg/180px-Elorde.Flash.jpg

Next to Manny Pacquiao, Gabriel "Flash" Elorde is the greatest Filipino boxer to ever find meaningful success in 3 or more complete weight divisions. Elorde fought for 20 years from 1951 to 1971, conquering contenders and champions from Bantamweight through Lightweight.


Turning pro at the young age of 16, it was not long before Flash Elorde was thrown in there with the best in the world. Elorde met more experienced top 10 Flyweight contender Tanny Campo in 2 Bantamweight bouts only one year into his career. Despite losing to Elorde twice, in the following year Campo would crack the top 3 Flyweight ranks. Later, four years into his career, Flash would outpoint hall of famer and Featherweight Champion Sandy Saddler in a non-title bout. Flash's success earned him a shot at the title in a rematch. However, the great Sandy Saddler would go on to stop Elorde in 13 rounds on cuts. Elorde would have to wait another four years before getting another World title shot, soundly defeating Super Featherweight Champion Harold Gomes this time around. Flash would remain undisputed Super Featherweight Champion for over 7 years, a record still unbroken in that division.


Although failing in both his attempts to win a World Lightweight title, from hall of famer Carlos Ortiz each time, Elorde routinely competed as a Lightweight ever since becoming a Featherweight. His best Lightweight win came against future Undisputed Lightweight Champion and hall of famer Ismael Laguna.


After Carlos Ortiz knocked Elorde out for a second time in late 1966, Flash's career as a top fighter had ended. Nonetheless he stuck around for another 4 years, adding 22% of his total losses onto his record. He ended his career with 88 wins, 27 losses, and 2 draws.


More info on Elorde:

http://www.hbo.com/boxing/features/history/flash.html

http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/elorde.html

Obama
08-01-2009, 04:59 AM
This is the title fight with Sandy Saddler:

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