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Saturday, August 22, 2015 >> Boxers >> Former World Champions

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Manny "Pac Man / The Destroyer" PacquiaoWBC Super Featherweight Champion, Mar 15, 2008 - Jul 31, 2008RING Super Featherweight Champion, Mar 15, 2008 - Jun 28, 2008RING Featherweight Champion, Nov 15, 2003 - Jun 22, 2005IBF Super Bantamweight Champion, Jun 23, 2001 - Jan 1, 2004WBC Flyweight Champion, Dec 4, 1998 - Sep 17, 1999Manny Pacquiao, one of the finest Filipino power punchers, is an International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super bantamweight champion and a former World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion. Currently Ring Magazine's People's Featherweight Champion. He was the first Filipino to clinch a world boxing title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, when he KO'd Lehlohonolo Ledwaba of South Africa in the sixth round to bag the IBF super bantamweight title on June 23, 2001. Pacquiao knocked out Thai champion Chartchai Sasakul in the 8th round of their match in Tonsuk College Ground, Phuttamonthon,Thailand with a single punch on December 4, 1998 to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title. He also massacred and scored an 11th round stoppage over Mexican Great Marco Antonio Barrera, who so suddenly became an unprepared, old, over-the-hill fighter according to his mexican countrymen to belittle Pacquiao's accomplishment. Knocked down WBA/IBF Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez three times in the first round, but biased officiating and an admitted error by one of the judges allowed the Mexican to escape with a split draw decision. Pacquiao was born in Bukidnon province (northern Mindanao) on December 12, 1976. Noel "The Eel" TuacaoIBO Minimumweight Champion, Mar 8, 2003 - Dec 16, 2003On March 8, 2003, Noel "The Eel" Tuacao bagged the IBO Strawweight crown stopping undefeated Indonesian Abrinset Matta in the 11th round of their scheduled 12-round battle for the vacant title in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Malcolm "Eagle Eye" TuacaoWBC Flyweight Champion, May 19, 2000 - Mar 2, 2001Malcolm "Eagle Eye" Tuacao became the WBC flyweight champion with a seventh-round TKO win over Medgoen Singsurat, conqueror of Pacquiao, in Udonthani, Thailand on May 19, 2000. Tuacao was born in Mandaue City in 1978. Joma "Gamboa Koizumi" GamboaWBA Minimumweight Champion, Dec 4, 1999 - Dec 6, 2000Gamboa won the interim WBC Strawweight title when he TKO'd in the 6th round, Satoru Abe on December 4, 1999 in Nagoya, Japan. On December 6, 2000, Joma defeated Venezuelan champion Noel Arambulet in Tokyo, Japan to win the WBA Strawweight title. Gerry "Fearless" PealosaWBF Super Flyweight Champion, Nov 27, 2004 - Nov 27, 2005WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Feb 20, 1997 - Aug 29, 1998Gerry Penalosa won the World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight crown from Hiroshi Kawashima on February 20, 1997 in a fight held in Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan and was able to defend it three times until August 1998. In June 1999, he knocked out a Mexican fighter Oscar Andrade to clinch the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) North American junior bantamweight title in Mississippi. Gerry is the brother of former world champion Dodie Boy Penalosa, was born in Cebu. Eric JamiliWBO Minimumweight Champion, Dec 19, 1997 - May 30, 1998In December 19, 1997, Eric Jamili TKO'd British boxer Mickey Cantwell in the 8th round to bag the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Strawweight title. William "The Black Mamba" MagahinWBF Welterweight Champion, Mar 25, 1995 - Oct 21, 1995Magahin won the WBF crown in 1995, when it was still known as the World Boxing Federation and under the presidency of Tennessee-based Ron Scalf. Magahin, then 25, defeated Australian Jeff Malcolm via a unanimous decision, in a bout held in Iloilo City. Ronnie "Toy Bulldog" MagramoWBF Minimumweight Champion, Sep 30, 1995 - Sep 29, 1996WBF Minimumweight Champion, Jul 9, 1994 - Jul 8, 1995Known as the "Toy Bulldog", Ronnie won the vacant WBF minimumweight title by scoring a 2nd round knockout over Thai Wanwin Charoen, in a bout held on July 9, 1994 in Samut Prakam, Thailand. He lost the title to Fahsang Pongsawan, July 8, 1995 and regained it from Pongsawan on September 30, 1995. He held the title till 1996 when he lost anew to Pongsawan in a bout held in Roi-et, Thailand. Morris EastWBA Super Lightweight Champion, Sep 9, 1992 - Jan 12, 1993WBA Light Welterweight Champion. Captured the title via a stunning 11th round TKO win over Japan's Akinobu Hiranaka on September 9, 1992. The fight together with Kennedy McKinney's KO of Welcome Ncita also in the 11th round was voted "Knockout of the Year" by Ring Magazine. Manny "Cabalay" MelchorIBF Minimumweight Champion, Sep 6, 1992 - Dec 10, 1992In September 6, 1992, Manny Melchor defeated Thai fighter Fahlan Sakkreerin to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) straw weight champion. The bout was held in Samut Prakarn, Thailand. Melchor, comes from Oriental Mindoro province. Jesus "The Hawaiian Punch" SaludIBC Super Featherweight Champion, Jun 7, 1990 - Apr 18, 1992WBA Super Featherweight Champion, Dec 11, 1989 - Nov 26, 1995A full-blooded Filipino fighting out of Hawaii, Jesus Salud won the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantam championship by defeating Juan Jose Estrada in 1989. His career record was 63-11 (40 by KO). Jesus was a 4-time North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Super Bantam champion and a WBA Super Bantam Asian champion. Luisito "Golden Boy / Lindol" EspinosaWBC Featherweight Champion, Dec 11, 1995 - May 15, 1999WBA Bantamweight Champion, Oct 18, 1989 - Oct 19, 1991For five years, Luisito "Lindol" Espinosa has held two different world-boxing titles: the World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight crown, via a first round demolition of Khaokor Galaxy on October 18, 1989, in Bangkok, Thailand, and the World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight belt via a win over Manuel Medina on December 11, 1995 in Tokyo, Japan. In 1996, Luisito Espinosa was named "Athlete of the Year" for defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight crown thrice. A brutal 4th round knockout win over Mexico's Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzalez, on March 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico. A 12 round decision over Cesar Soto in Manila. And an 8th round TKO win over Japan's Nobutoshi Hiranaka in Fukuoka, Japan. The five-foot-seven boxer was born in Tondo, Manila on June 26, 1967. Rolando PascuaWBC Light Flyweight Champion, Dec 19, 1990 - Mar 25, 1991On December 19, 1990, Rolando Pascua knocked out Mexico's Humberto "Chiquita" Gonzalez in the sixth round to bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title. The bout was held in Inglewood, California. Eric "Kenta Sato" ChavezIBF Minimumweight Champion, Sep 21, 1989 - Feb 22, 1990In September 21, 1989, Eric Chavez was crowned the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Strawweight champion of the world. Eric KO'd Indon Niko Thomas in the 5th round in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tacy MacalosIBF Light Flyweight Champion, Nov 4, 1988 - May 2, 1989On November 5, 1988, Tacy Macalos defeated South Korean Jum Hwan Choi to clinch the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title in a bout held in Manila. Rolando BoholIBF Flyweight Champion, Jan 16, 1988 - Oct 5, 1988Rolando Bohol beat South Korean champion Chang Ho Choi to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on January 16, 1988. Dodie Boy "Dodie Boy" PealosaIBF Flyweight Champion, Feb 22, 1987 - Sep 5, 1987IBF Light Flyweight Champion, Dec 10, 1983 - Oct 12, 1985Diosdado Pealosa won the vacant (newly created) IBF Light Flyweight title on December 10, 1983, when he TKO'd Japanese Satoshi Shingaki in the 12th round in Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan. The bout was not sanctioned by the Japanese Boxing Commision. A 9th round TKO win over Jae Hong Kim on May 13, 1984, in Seoul, Korea, established him as the IBF Light Flyweight Champion. On February 22, 1987, Dodie Boy Pealosa KO'd South Korean Hi-Sup Shin in the 5th round in a fight held in Inchon, Korea to win the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight championship, his second world title. Roberto "Bobby Berna" BernardezIBF Super Featherweight Champion, Dec 4, 1983 - Apr 15, 1984Won the IBF Junior Featherweight title on December 4, 1993 by knocking out Korean Seung In Suh in the 10th round in Seoul, South Korea. Frank CedeoWBC Flyweight Champion, Sep 27, 1983 - Jan 18, 1984On September 27, 1983, Frank Cedeo defeated Charlie Magri, by 6th round KO, at Wembley Arena in London, England, to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight championship. Rolando "Bad Boy from Dadiangas" NavarreteWBC Super Featherweight Champion, Aug 29, 1981 - May 29, 1982In August 29, 1981, Rolando Navarrete knocked out a British boxer Conelius Boza-Edwards in the fifth round to clinch the World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight championship. The fight was held in Via Reggio, Italy. Erbito SalavarriaWBA Flyweight Champion, Mar 30, 1975 - Feb 27, 1976WBC Flyweight Champion, Dec 7, 1970 - Feb 9, 1973On December 7, 1970, Erbito Salavarria wore the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight belt when he KO'd Thai boxing legend Chartchai Chionoi in the 2nd round in Bangkok, Thailand. On April 1, 1975, he grabbed the World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight crown from a Japanese fighter Susumu Hanagata, in Yokohama, Japan. Ben VillaflorWBA Super Featherweight Champion, Oct 17, 1973 - Oct 16, 1976WBA Super Featherweight Champion, Apr 25, 1972 - Mar 12, 1973Another world junior lightweight champion was Ben Villaflor, who was only 18 years old, when he dethroned Venezuelan champion Alfredo Marcano on April 25, 1972. He lost his title to Japanese challenger Kuniaki Shibata but regained it by knocking out Shibata in the first round in Honolulu, October 17, 1973. Villaflor was able to defend his crown for five times until 1976. Bernabe VillacampoWBA Flyweight Champion, Oct 20, 1969 - Apr 5, 1970On October 19, 1969, Bernabe Villacampo defeated Japanese Hiroyuki Ebihara in Osaka, Japan to bag the World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight crown. Rene BarrientosWBC Super Featherweight Champion, Feb 15, 1969 - Apr 5, 1970Rene Barrientos became WBC Junior Lightweight champion when he defeated American fighter Ruben Navarro in February 15,1969. Pedro Adigue Jr.WBC Super Lightweight Champion, Dec 14, 1968 - Jan 31, 1970Pedro Adigue Jr. had reportedly held five different titles in his professional boxing career. His career reached its peak on December 14, 1968 when he defeated American Adolph Pruitt to bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior welterweight crown. Gabriel "Flash" ElordeWBA Super Featherweight Champion, Feb 16, 1963 - Jun 15, 1967WBC Super Featherweight Champion, Mar 16, 1960 - Jun 15, 1967In 1974, the World Boxing Council named Gabriel "Flash Elorde" as "the greatest world junior lightweight boxing champion in WBC history" for winning 79 bouts in his professional boxing career. In 1993, he became the first Asian inducted into the New York-based International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Elorde became a world champion in the 130-pound division on March 16, 1960 when he knocked out American Harold Gomes in the 7th round at the inauguration of the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. On August 17 of the same year, he knocked out Gomes in the first round in a rematch in San Francisco, USA. Since then, he has defended his title in 10 bouts for seven years, making him the longest reigning world junior lightweight champion ever (seven years and three months). Elorde was born in Bogo, Cebu in 1935 and died in 1985. Roberto CruzWBA Super Lightweight Champion, Mar 21, 1963 - Jun 15, 1963Roberto Cruz knocked out Raymundo "Battling" Torres of Mexico in the first round to clinch the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) junior welterweight crown in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 1963. He was born in Baguio City on November 2, 1941. Eleuterio "Little Dado" ZapantaWBA Bantamweight Champion, Apr 24, 1940 - Jul 4, 1943WBA Flyweight Champion, Nov 30, 1938 - Jan 1, 1940Another Filipino who fought in the US, Little Dado won the National Boxing Association (NBA) flyweight crown on November 30,1938 by beating Small Montana in a championship showdown, when champion Benny Lynch vacated the title and moved up in weight. He kept the title till 1940. NBA is the predecessor of the World Boxing Association (WBA). Ceferino "Bolo Punch" GarciaWorld Middleweight Champion, Oct 2, 1939 - May 23, 1940He was the heaviest Filipino ever who became a world-boxing champion, known for the "bolo punch" which he originated. He captured the world middleweight title on October 2, 1939 when he knocked out Fred Apostoli in the 7th round with a single "bolo" punch in New York City. He defended his crown against top rivals twice (Americans Glen Lee and Henry Armstrong). He was born in 1912 and grew up in Tondo, Manila. In 1977, Ceferino Garcia was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame and into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1981. Benjamin "Small Montana" GanWorld Flyweight Champion, Sep 16, 1935 - Jan 9, 1937His real name was Benjamin Gan. Based in the US, Small Montana became the world flyweight champion on September 16, 1935 when he beat Midget Wolgast (Joseph Robert Loscalzo) in Oakland, New York . He kept the title until 1937. Francisco "Pancho Villa" GuilledoWorld Flyweight Champion, May 18, 1923 - Jul 4, 1925Villa has been touted as the greatest flyweight of the century by the Associated Press, was also the first world champion from Asia. He was one of only four Asians enshrined into the New York-based International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994. He was also inducted to the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Born as Francisco Guilledo in Ilog, Negros Occidental on August 1, 1901, he began his boxing career in 1919 and adopted the name Pancho Villa after a famous Mexican revolutionary. After his successful bids in the Philippines, he went to New York in pursuit of international bouts. Known for his whirlwind style, Villa, then 22, knocked out reigning world flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde of England in the 7th round at New York's Polo Grounds on May 18, 1923. Acknowledgement: The data on this page was researched by Pacland's Art Garcia.


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