Elorde-Isarasak Oriental Lightweight
Title Fight/Cebu Coliseum/ November 17, 1962
Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde (born March 25, 1935) was the youngest of nine children of a poor family. Early in life, he learned that he must fight hard for anything worthwhile in life. He has been fighting ever since. From a pinboy in a bowling alley to a construction laborer where some friends he won with his fists steered him into a career in boxing. He came out the winner in a series of fights until he lost to Kid Independence. Flash felt like quitting then and for a while he shied away from the ring, but not for long. Soon he came back, this time dead set to be a champion.
After his victory over Lucky Gonzalo, Flash was launched into bigger fights in
In 1960, Elorde earned a crack at the World Boxing Council junior lightweight title of Harold Gomes. Set for 15 rounds, the title fight was held at the Araneta Coliseum in
After a record 10 successful title defenses in a span of seven years (1960 to 1967), Elorde lost the 130-lb championship to Japanese challenger Yoshiaki Numata on points in a 15-round match in
A heavy smoker, Elorde died of lung cancer on Jan. 2, 1985.