FIVE of the biggest names in Philippine boxing -- two world champions and three outstanding leaders -- will be honored during the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Summit and 3rd Women's Convention scheduled Nov. 16-19 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra said boxing greats Gabriel "Flash" Elorde and Pedro Adigue, former WBC president Justiniano Montano and WBC secretary-general Rodrigo Salud and international matchmaker-promoter Lope "Papa" Sarreal -- will be given the highest honor during the three-day convention.
“Our five posthumous awardees have brought immesurable honors to the country through ther achievements in boxing and it is only fitting that we honor them again now with the whole boxing world watching us during the WBC convention,” said Mitra.
No less than WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC International Secretary and WBC Cares International Chairperson Jill Diamond and WBC Women’s Championshio Committee Chairman Malte Muller-Michaelis will attend the convention and lead delegates in paying tribute to the five great Filipino personalities.
The five posthumous awardees are in a virtual Who's Who in world boxing
-- Elorde is former WBC junior lightweight champion who held the title for seven years and two months with 10 successful defenses.
The five posthumous awardees are in a virtual Who’s Who in world boxing
-- Elorde is former WBC junior lightweight champion who held the title for seven years and three months with 10 successful defenses.
The pride of Bogo, Cebu, who died on Jan. 2, 1985, is considered as one of the greatest junior lightweight champions in history.
Elorde won the world super featherweight title on March 16, 1960, by knocking out the defending world champion Harold Gomes in seven rounds before an estimated crowdf of 30,000 at the Araneta Coliseum.
-- Adigue rose to prominence when he captured the vacant WBC light welterweight championship , when he defeated Adolph Pruitt in 1968 at the Araneta Coliseu.
-- Montano and Salud were credited for crafting the constitution of the WBC during a historic convention in Manila in 1967.
As WBC secretary-general, Salud authored the constitution that was ratified in the Manila convention presided by Montano Jr.
The late WBC president Jose Sulaiman once said the WBC owes it sife to the Philippines, Montano and Salud.
-- Sarreal is considered as the “Grand Old Man” of Philippine boxing, who produced 22 world champions, including Elorde, during his illustrious career.
Sarreal, who died in 1995 at the age of 90, has been elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame last June 2005.