Eder Jofre

By

jofre_ederEder Jofre

(the “Golden Bantam”)

BORN March 26 1936; Sao Paulo, Brazil

HEIGHT 5-4

WEIGHT 116-126 lbs

MANAGERS Abraham Katzenelson, Marcos Laza

TRAINER Arístides Jofre

RECORD 72-2-4 (50 KO)

Jofre was an extremely talented fighter who could box and punch; In a career of nearly 80 bouts, he won 72, scored 50 knockouts and lost only two; He won the Bantamweight Championship of the World during his early career; After retiring from the ring for two years, he returned and earned a 25-0 mark, including a version of the Featherweight Championship of the World

 

Eder defeated such men as Jose Legra, Billy Peacock, Vicente Saldivar, Eloy Sanchez, Jose Medel, Godfrey Stevens, Ernesto Miranda, Johnny Caldwell, Bernardo Caraballo, Manny Elias, Katsutoshi Aoki, Johnny Jamito, Sadao Yaoita, Piero Rollo, Roberto Castro, Gianni Zuddas, Rudy Corona, Giovanni Girgenti, Frankie Crawford, Jose Antonio Jiminez, Juan Antonio Lopez and Octavio Gomez

 

Herb Goldman ranked Jofre as the #1 All-Time Bantamweight; IBRO ranked him as the #1 All-Time Bantamweight; Dan Cuoco, Director of IBRO, ranked Jofre as the #2 All-Time Pound-For-Pound boxer in ring history, second only to “Sugar” Ray Robinson; Eder was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992

 

Former bantam & featherweight champion, Eder Jofre, was simply one of the finest fighters in the history of boxing. He had one punch kayo power in both hands, unlike fellow bantam bangers Zarate and Olivares. He was also as slick a boxer as either Sugar Ray & was blessed with unbelievable reflexes & defensive skills. To top off the package, he also had an iron chin & the endurance & resilience of a LaMotta, Basilio, or Saad Muhamaad.

 

Perhaps his most amazing quality was his ability to adapt. Jofre was a very intelligent fighter who could change his style to adjust to any kind of opponent. He could be cute, brawl, anything . . . the guy was a fistic work of art, & he did all this as a vegetarian! He didn’t eat meat, poultry, fish or dairy products . . . amazing!

 

Actually he had two careers interrupted by 3 years in retirement. His first major bout was against Danny Kid, in December of ‘59. Kid was a top 5 Filipino bantam who was tough as nails & Jofre mauled him for a 10 round decision. His next fight was against Ernesto Miranda, the #1 contender & South American bantam champion. Miranda was a very slick boxer who could punch more than a little. Jofre won a 15 round decision & followed it up with a third round kayo four months later. Later that same year (1960), he won the N.B.A version of the world bantamweight title with a sixth round kayo of Eloy Sanchez, a murderous puncher who had sent the previous champion (Jose Becerra), into retirement via an eighth round non-title kayo. Less than a month later, Jofre had a non-title fight with top rated LA featherweight, Billy Peacock, winning by second round kayo. You don’t see champions taking those kind of risks today!

 

For the next five years he dominated the bantams, knocking out, among others, Piero Rollo, Jose Medel, Bernardo Carabello & Johnny Caldwell. These fighters were all former or future world champs, or very deserving #1 contenders. No jive, any one of those guys would have a least a piece of the title today.

 

By 1965, Jofre had been wanting to retire for a couple of years, but hadn’t because he was such a national hero in Brazil. His only other close ( & I do mean close), rival for Brazil’s affection is Pele. At this point, Jofre was 30 years old, ancient by lower weight standards. He went over to Japan & lost two razor thin decisions to one of the great, undisputed all-time world flyweight & bantam weight champions (& finally inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995), Masahiko “Fighting” Harada. After his second loss to Harada, Jofre retired for three years. He did not fight from 1966 through 1969.

 

In 1973 & at the incredible age of 37, he won the Featherweight title via a 15 round decision over Jose Legra. He followed this up with a kayo in 4 over the great, former two-time featherweight champion, Mexican southpaw, Vicente Saldivar. Jofre’s feat of regaining a world title at such an advanced age (for a lighter weight fighter), easily equals Big George’s kayo of Michael Moorer.

 

In 1974, the WBC in it’s finite wisdom decided that the sport of boxing would best be served by stripping Jofre of his title. Jofre continued fighting & winning, but finally retired in 1976, undefeated during his comeback, with a record of 25-0 13 kayo’s. He ended his career with 72 wins, 2 defeats (both by split decision in Japan) & 4 draws with 50 kayos.

 

Today, Jofre is the mayor of San Paolo, one of the most populated cities in the world. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

 

1957

Mar 26 Raúl López               Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  5

Apr 26 Raúl López               Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  3

May  5 Osvaldo Pérez            Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  1

          -Some sources report 5/24/57;

           Some sources report “KO 10?

Jun  7 Osvaldo Pérez            Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

Jun 14 Juan Gonzalez            Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  5

Jul  5 Raúl Jaime               Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Jul 19 Raúl Jaime               Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Aug 16 Ernesto Miranda          Sao Paulo, Brazil          D  10

Sep  6 Ernesto Miranda          Sao Paulo, Brazil          D  10

Oct 31 Luis Ángel Jiménez       Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  8

          -Some sources report 10/31/57

Dec 13 Adolfo Ramon Pendas      Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Dec 22 Cristóbal Gabisans       Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     W  10

 

1958

Jan 24 Avelino Romero           Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

Mar  3 Cristóbal Gabisans       Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  6

          -Some sources report 3/07/58

Apr 13 German Escudero          Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

Apr 27 German Escudero          Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     KO  2

May 14 Rubén Cáceres            Montevideo, Uruguay        D  10

          -Some sources report 5/22/58

Jul 10 Juan Carlos Acebal       Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

          -Some sources report 7/18/58

Aug  9 Roberto Olmedo           Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  5

Sep 12 Jose Prefiterio Casas    Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Oct  9 Jose Prefiterio Casas    Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  5

          -Some sources report 10/10/58

Nov 14 Jose Smecca              Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  7

Dec 12 Roberto Castro           Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

 

1959

Mar 23 Aniceto Pereyra          Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Apr 20 Salustiano Suarez        Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  4

Jun  4 Leo Espinosa             Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Jun 28 Angel Bustos             Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     KO  1

          -Some sources report 7/06/59

Jul 19 Salustiano Suarez        Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  4

          -Some sources report 6/19/59

Jul 31 Rubén Cáceres            Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  7

Oct  9 Angel Bustos             Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  4

Oct 30 Gianni Zuddas            Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

Dec 12 Danny Kid                Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  10

 

1960

Feb 19 Ernesto Miranda          Sao Paulo, Brazil          W  15

          -Bantamweight Championship of South America

Jun 10 Ernesto Miranda          Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  3

          -Bantamweight Championship of South America

Jul 15 Claudio Barrientos       Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  8

Aug 18 Jose Medel               Los Angeles, Ca            KO 10

Sep 30 Ricardo Moreno           Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK  6

Nov 18 Eloy Sanchez             Los Angeles, Ca            KO  6

          -NBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

Dec 16 Billy Peacock            Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

 

1961

Mar 25 Piero Rollo              Rio de Janeiro, Brazil     TK  9

          -NBA Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           Some sources report “KO 10?

Apr 18 Sugar Ray                Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  2

          -Some sources report 4/19/61

Jul 26 Sadao Yaoita             Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO 10

Aug 19 Ramon Arias              Caracas, Venezuela         TK  7

          -NBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

Dec  6 Fernando Sota            Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  8

          -Some sources report 12/07/61

 

1962

Jan 18 Johnny Caldwell          Sao Paulo, Brazil          TK 10

          -WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

May  4 Herman Marques           San Francisco, Ca          TK 10

          -WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

Sep 11 Jose Medel               Sao Paulo, Brazil          KO  6

          -WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

 

1963

Apr  4 Katsutoshi Aoki          Tokyo, Japan               KO  3

          -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

May 18 Johnny Jamito            Quezon City, Philippines   TK 12

          -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           Some sources report “KO 11?

 

1964

Nov 27 Bernardo Caraballo       Bogota, Colombia           KO  7

          -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World

 

1965

May 17 Mashiko “Fighting” Harada   Nagoya, Japan           L  15

          -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           Some sources report 5/18/66

Nov  5 Manny Elias               Sao Paulo, Brazil         D  10

 

1966

May 31 Mashiko “Fighting” Harada  Tokyo, Japan             L  15

          -WBC Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           WBA Bantamweight Championship of the World;

           Some sources report 6/01/66

 

1967

Jan  2 -Jofre announced his retirement from the ring (only to return later)

 

1969

Aug 27 Rudy Corona                 Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  6

          -Some sources report “KO 7?

 

1970

Jan 30 Nevio Carbi                 Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

May 29 Manny Elias                 Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

Sep 25 Roberto Wong                Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  3

Nov  7 Giovanni Girgenti           Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

          -Some sources report 12/05/70

 

1971

Mar 26 Jerry Stokes                Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  2

Jun 10 Domenico Antonio Chiloiro   Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

          -Some sources report 7/09/71

Sep 10 Tony Jumao-As               Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

Oct 29 Robert Porcel               Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  2

          -Some sources report 11/16/71

 

1972

Mar 24 Guillermo Morales           Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  6

Apr 28 Felix Figueroa              Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

Jun 30 Jose Bisbal                 Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  2

Aug 18 Shig Fukuyama               Sao Paulo, Brazil        TK  9

Sep 29 Djimei Belhadi              Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  3

 

1973

May  5 Jose Legra                  Brasilia, Brazil         W  15

          -WBC Featherweight Championship of the World

Jul 21 Godfrey Stevens             Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  4

Aug 25 Frankie Crawford            Bauru, Brazil            W  10

          -Some sources report 8/26/73

Oct 21 Vicente Saldivar            Salvador, Brazil         KO  4

          -WBC Featherweight Championship of the World;

           Some sources report 10/20/73

 

1974

Jun 18 -Jofre was stripped of the WBC Featherweight Championship

           of the World for not meeting Alfredo Marcano

 

1975

Jan  3 Niliberto Herrera           Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

          -Some sources report 1/03/74

 

1976

Feb 24 Enzo Farinelli              Porto Alegre, Brazil     KO  4

May  1 Michel Lefevbre             Brasilia, Brazil         KO  3

May 29 Pasqualino Morbidelli       Sao Paulo, Brazil        KO  4

Jul  2 Jose Antonio Jiminez        Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

Aug 13 Juan Antonio Lopez          Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  10

Oct  8 Octavio Gomez               Sao Paulo, Brazil        W  12

          -Some sources report “W 10?

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Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization