Elorde Awards to fete top boxers

March 14, 2019
Juan Miguel  Elorde, Jerwin  Ancajas & Juan Martin Elorde
Boxing champions Juan Miguel Elorde, Jerwin Ancajas and Juan Martin Elorde will be the mianattractions in the Flash Elorde Awards Night: Banquet of Champions on March 25.

WORLD boxing champion Gabriel “Flash” Elorde may have been long gone, but he is surely not forgotten.

And as part of the 84th birth anniversary of the late boxing great,  the  Elorde family will hold the 19th Elorde Memorial Awards: Banquet of  Champions on March 25 at Okada Manila.

Three of the country’s best and brightest fighters  – Jerwin Ancajas, Michel Dasmarinas and Vic Saludar – will be honored as “Boxers of the Year” during fitting ceremonies to be attended by Elorde’s widow, Laura, and his children.

“This will be another memorable night in boxing. The whole Elorde family is very happy to celebrate and share all the blessings we have in boxing,” said Liza Elorde, wife of Elorde’s son Johnny and the main organizer of the annual awards night in honor of the great Filipino champion who passed away in 1985.   

“This is our 19th year. This is our family legacy. Mahal namin lahat ang boxing, kahit na nun nawala ang aming  ama  (Flash Elorde) nun January,1985,” added Elorde, who  attended the  14th “Usapang Sports” by the Tabloid  Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the  National Press Club in Intramuros yesterday.

Liza Elorde was one of the special guests of the weekly sports forum, along with husband Johnny and sons Juan Miguel “Migs”Elorde and Juan Martin “Bai” Elorde and Ancajas and manager Joven Jimenez.

“Through this award, we want to inspire upcoming boxers to become  champions. We’re  honoring champions who made  good the previous year.  We’re also giving awards to the best promoter, best trainer, best judge, best referee,  most  promising  boxer, best fight and citations to our  benefactors  and friends  who are  instrumental in the development of Philippine boxing,” added Elorde.

Elorde said  a  blockbuster “Boxing Kontra Droga” promotion will also be  held  starting at 3 p.m. at Okada as part of the  “Elorde Awards: Banquet of Champions.”

Juan Miguel Elorde will defend his WBO Asia-Pacific junior featherweight  title against  Shoehei Kawashima of Japan in the main event.

His brother,Juan Martin Elorde, will battle Rengga Rengga of Indonesia in a six-round match.

Completing the  promotion are the fight between Casey Morton of the US  against  Chiehigano of Japan (10 rounds, 112 lbs); and  Anvar Turapov of Uzbekistan against  Takahiko  Kobayashi of Japan (8 rounds, 140 lbs.).

The Elorde Awards Night was first held in 2000.