|Real name||Gabriel Elorde|
|Height||5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (166 cm)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
|Born||March 25, 1935|
Bogo, Cebu, Philippines
|Died||January 2, 1985 (aged 49)|
Quezon City, Philippines
|Wins by KO||33|
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.
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. Elorde's style from eskrima has been adopted by many boxers, including his friend Muhammad Ali, which influenced the out-boxer style of boxing.
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.
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."
He won the world super featherweight title on March 16, 1960, by knocking out the defending world champion Harold Gomes in seven rounds. 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".
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).
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."
- 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)
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. He was buried at Manila Memorial Park
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 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. 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.
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.
Gabriel's wife Laura Elorde died in 2020.
Professional boxing record
|118 fights||89 wins||27 losses|
|Win||89–26–2||Shunkichi Suemitsu||UD||10||1971-04-01||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||88–26–2||Isao Ichihara||KO||6(10)||1971-02-12||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||87–26–2||Isao Ichihara||UD||10||1970-12-18||Recreation Center, Agana|
|Win||87–25–2||Tatsunao Mitsuyama||UD||10||1970-10-31||Davao City, Davao del Sur,|
|Win||86–25–2||Chico Andrade||TKO||(5)10||1970-08-28||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||85–25–2||Kenji Iwata||TKO||10||1970-06-27||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||84–25–2||Isao Ichihara||KO||(9)10,||1970-05-16||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||83–25–2||Munchai Rorfortor||TKO||(5)10, 2:54||1970-03-01||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||82–25–2||Jaguar Kakizawa||UD||10||1969-04-26||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Loss||82–23–2||Akihisa Someya||UD||10||1967-10-28||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||82–22–2||Yoshiaki Numata||MD||15||1967-06-15||Kokugikan, Tokyo||Lost WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles|
|Win||82–21–2||Fujio Mikami||SD||10||1967-04-25||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Loss||81–21–2||Carlos Ortiz||KO||14(15),2:01||1966-11-28||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City||For WBA, WBC, and The Ring lightweight titles|
|Win||81–20–2||Vicente Milan Derado||MD||15||1966-10-22||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles|
|Win||80–20–2||Percy Hayles||UD||10||1966-08-07||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Loss||79–20–2||Yoshiaki Numata||UD||12||1969-06-09||Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo|
|Win||79–19–2||Ismael Laguna||UD||10||1966-03-19||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||78–19–2||Kang-Il Suh||UD||10||1965-12-04||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles|
|Win||77–19–2||Frankie Narvaez||SD||10||1965-08-04||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City|
|Win||76–19–2||Teruo Kosaka||KO||15(15),2:14||1965-06-05||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles|
|Win||75–19–2||Rene Barrientos||UD||12||1965-02-27||Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu|
|Win||74–19–2||Kang-Il Suh||MD||12||1964-11-21||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||73–19–2||Teruo Kosaka||TKO||12(15),1:45||1964-07-27||Kokugikan, Tokyo||Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles|
|Win||72–19–2||Takashi Matsumoto||UD||12||1964-05-08||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Loss||71–19–2||Carlos Ortiz||TKO||14(15),1:44||1964-02-15||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||For WBA, WBC, The Ring lightweight titles|
|Win||71–18–2||Love Alottey||DQ||11(15),1:44||1963-11-16||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBA, WBC, and The Ring super featherweight titles|
|Win||70–18–2||Love Alottey||UD||10||1963-08-03||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||69–18–2||Tsunetomi Miyamoto||TKO||9(12),0:45||1963-06-01||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||68–18–2||Johnny Bizzaro||UD||15||1963-02-16||Manila, Metro Manila||Retained WBA and The Ring super featherweight titles|
Won inaugural WBC super featherweight title
|Win||67–18–2||Solomon Boysaw||UD||10||1962-12-21||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||66–18–2||Isarasak Puntainorasing||TKO||3(12)||1962-11-17||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||65–18–2||Teruo Kosaka||UD||12||1962-08-04||Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu|
|Win||64–18–2||Auburn Copeland||MD||15||1962-06-23||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||Retained NBA super featherweight title|
|Loss||63–18–2||Teruo Kosaka||SD||12||1962-04-30||Korakuen Gym, Tokyo|
|Win||63–17–2||Somkiat Kiatmuangyom||KO||2(12)||1962-03-10||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||62–17–2||Sergio Caprari||TKO||1(15), 2:22||1961-12-06||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||Retained NBA super featherweight title|
|Win||61–17–2||Teruo Kosaka||SD||12||1961-09-02||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||60–17–2||Giordano Campari||UD||10||1961-05-31||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||59–17–2||Joey Lopes||UD||15||1961-03-19||Manila, Metro Manila||Retained NBA super featherweight title|
|Win||58–17–2||Vicente Rivas||UD||10||1960-12-16||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||57–17–2||Sakuji Shinozawa||UD||12||1960-10-17||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||56–17–2||Harold Gomes||KO||1(15), 1:20||1960-08-17||Cow Palace, Daly City, California||Retained world super featherweight title|
|Win||55–17–2||Hachiro Ito||TKO||5(15), 2:43||1960-07-09||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|Win||54–17–2||Harold Gomes||KO||7(15), 1:50||1960-03-16||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Won world super featherweight title|
|Win||53–17–2||Bert Somodio||UD||10||1959-12-15||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||52–17–2||Isami Ikeyama||RTD||4(10),3:00||1959-11-26||Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo|
|Loss||50–17–2||Solomon Boysaw||UD||12||1959-07-29||Arena, Cleveland, Ohio|
|Win||50–15–2||Sonny Leon||PTS||10||1959-05-25||Nuevo Circo, Caracas|
|Win||49–15–2||Teddy Davis||UD||10||1959-03-31||Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California|
|Loss||48–15–2||Paolo Rosi||SD||10||1959-02-23||Cow Palace, Daly City, California|
|Win||48–14–2||Takeo Sugimori||PTS||10||1959-02-06||Nihon University Auditorium, Tokyo||Retained OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||47–14–2||Kiyoaki Nakanishi||TKO||4(10)||1958-12-27||Davao City, Davao del Sur|
|Win||46–14–2||Keiichi Ishikawa||RTD||6(12)||1958-11-15||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||Retained OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||45–14–2||Hisao Kobayashi||PTS||12||1958-09-02||Tokyo||Retained OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||44–14–2||Ike Chestnut||UD||10||1958-06-10||Honolulu Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Win||43–14–2||Javellana Kid||UD||10||1958-05-03||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila||Retained OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||42–14–2||Hiroshi Okawa||UD||10||1958-02-02||Tokyo||Won OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||41–14–2||Leo Alonzo||UD||12||1957-10-23||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||40–14–2||Shigeji Kaneko||MD||10||1957-09-24||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo|
|Win||40–13–2||Salika Yontrakit||KO||3(10), 0:58||1957-08-03||Bangkok|
|Loss||39–13–2||Omsap Laemfapha||PTS||12||1957-06-23||Bangkok||Lost OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||39–12–2||Hideto Kobayashi||PTS||12||1957-04-27||Nagoya, Aichi||Won vacant OPBF lightweight title.|
|Win||38–12–2||Tommy Romulo||UD||12||1957-03-16||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||36–12–2||Miguel Berrios||UD||10||1956-11-09||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City|
|Win||36–11–2||Luke Sandoval||KO||2(10)||1956-10-16||Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California|
|Loss||35–11–2||Miguel Berrios||SD||10||1956-08-22||San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California|
|Win||35–10–2||Dave Gallardo||UD||10||1956-07-24||San Jose, California|
|Win||34–10–2||Cecil Schoonmaker||KO||9(10),0:27||1956-06-26||Stockton, California|
|Win||33–10–2||Gil Velarde||TKO||7(10),2:58||1956-06-11||San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California|
|Win||32–10–2||Chico Rosa||PTS||10||1956-05-08||Civic Auditorium, Stockton, California|
|Win||31–10–2||Cleo Lane||TKO||1(10),2:26||1956-04-23||San Francisco Gardens, San Francisco, California|
|Loss||30–10–2||Sandy Saddler||TKO||13(15),0:59||1956-01-18||Cow Palace, Daly City, California||For World featherweight title.|
The bout was stopped on a bad cut suffered by Elorde.
|Win||30–8–2||Sandy Saddler||UD||10||1955-07-20||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||29–8–2||Leo Alonzo||SD||12||1955-06-15||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||29–7–2||Severino Fuentes||PTS||10||1955-04-15||Bullfight Arena, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Loss||28–7–2||Masashi Akiyama||PTS||10||1955-01-12||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo|
|Win||28–6–2||Masashi Akiyama||PTS||10||1954-11-27||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||27–6–2||Katsumi Kosaka||TKO||8(12),1:55||1954-11-20||Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||26–6–2||Yoichi Hayashi||PTS||8||1954-11-02||Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka|
|Win||25–6–2||Tommy Romulo||12||1954-08-18||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||24–6–2||Roy Higa||UD||10||1954-08-05||Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo|
|Loss||23–6–2||Shigeji Kaneko||UD||12||1954-06-29||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo||For OPBF featherweight title.|
|Win||23–5–2||Hiroshi Okawa||UD||12||1954-04-21||Kokugikan, Tokyo|
|Win||22–5–2||Kiyoaki Nakanishi||UD||12||1954-01-28||Kokugikan, Tokyo|
|Loss||21–5–2||Masashi Akiyama||UD||10||1953-11-26||Kokugikan, Tokyo|
|Win||21–4–2||Noboru Tanaka||PTS||10||1953-10-08||Korakuen Gym, Tokyo|
|Loss||20–4–2||Shigeji Kaneko||PTS||10||1953-08-08||Koshien Baseball Stadium, Nishinomiya, Hyogo|
|Win||20–3–2||Akiyoshi Akanuma||UD||12||1953-07-01||Korakuen Ice Palace, Tokyo||Retained OPBF bantamweight title.|
|Loss||19–3–2||Larry Bataan||PTS||12||1953-05-20||Manila, Metro Manila||For OPBF featherweight title.|
|Win||19–2–2||Al Cruz||PTS||10||1953-03-15||Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||18–2–2||Willie Brown||TKO||4(?)||1953-02-18||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Draw||17–2–2||Akiyoshi Akanuma||PTS||10||1952-11-29||Kokugikan, Tokyo|
|Win||17–2–1||Hiroshi Horiguchi||SD||12||1952-10-18||Kokugikan, Tokyo||Won vacant OPBF bantamweight title.|
|Win||16–2–1||Little Dundee||KO||4(12)||1952-08-12||Davao City, Davao del Sur|
|Win||15–2–1||Tanny Campo||PTS||12||1952-07-26||Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila, Metro Manila|
|Win||14–2–1||Tanny Campo||PTS||8||1952-05-31||Grace Park Stadium, Caloocan, Metro Manila|
|Win||13–2–1||Paulito Escarlan||PTS||6||1952-05-10||Grace Park Stadium, Caloocan, Metro Manila|
|Win||12–2–1||Benny Escobar||PTS||8||1952-05-03||Caloocan, Metro Manila|
|Draw||11–2–1||Tommy Romulo||PTS||10||1952-03-16||Davao City, Davao del Sur|
|Loss||11–2||Little Dundee||PTS||8||1952-02-24||Davao City, Davao del Sur|
|Win||11–1||Tenejeros Boy||PTS||8||1952-01-30||Davao City, Davao del Sur|
|Win||1–0||Kid Gonzaga||KO||3||1951-06-16||Cebu||Professional Debut|
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|Inaugural Champion|| WBA Super featherweight champion
February 16, 1963 – June 15, 1967
| WBC Super featherweight champion|
February 16, 1963 – 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