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Reynaldo Bautista Reynaldo “Boom Boom” Bautista is a Filipino world boxing champion. He currently holds the WBO Asia Pacific Championship title.

Bautista started boxing at an early age. His professional career took off in Cebu where he got his first win by beating Rey Compendio in 2003. He won his next 16 fights mostly by knockouts, in bouts held at his hometown of Bohol or in Cebu. His first big break came via an undercard fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September of 2005, and the young boxer did not disappoint. He made his name known internationally after flooring Felix Flores on the 8th round...

AJ Banal Alex John Banal, nicknamed Ba- zooka for his powerful left straights, is a Filipino world youth boxing cham- pion. Already considered a knockout artist at the age of 19, he currently holds the WBO Youth super flyweight championship. Banal’s most recent title defense came against Mexico’s Jovany Soto on December 2, 2007 at the Araneta Coliseum. Banal punished the opponent with body blows and left hooks from the starting bell ulti- mately sending the Mexican slugger to the canvass in the 9th round...

Nonito Donaire, Jr. Nonito Donaire, Jr., nicknamed The Filipino Flash because of his hand and foot speed, is a Filipino world boxing champion who currently holds the IBF and IBO World Titles in the Flyweight division. His older brother, Glenn, is also a professional boxer. Donaire’s latest title defense came against Luis Maldonado of Mexico on December 1, 2007 where he scored an 8th round TKO against the tough-chinned...

Filipino Boxing Champions

The Philippines has a proud boxing history, its forefathers having started to throw jabs and straights even before 1900. The country is one, if not the most prolific producer of world-class fighters in Asia. The global ring’s first glance at the Filipino fighting stance was through the legendary Pancho Villa, who did not disappoint. He raised his country’s flag to become one of the first Asian boxing sensations.

Former World Boxing Champions

  • 1.

    Francisco “Pancho Villa” Guilledo

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      World Flyweight Champion, May 18, 1923 - Jul 4, 1925

  • 2.

    Benjamin “Small Montana” Gan

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        World Flyweight Champion, Sep 16, 1935 - Jan 9, 1937

  • 3.

    Ceferino “Bolo Punch” Garcia

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      World Middleweight Champion, Oct 2, 1939 - May 23, 1940

  • 4.

    Eleuterio “Little Dado” Zapanta

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        WBA Bantamweight Champion, Apr 24, 1940 - Jul 4, 1943

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        WBA Flyweight Champion, Nov 30, 1938 - Jan 1, 1940

  • 5.

    Salvador “Dado” Marino

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      World Flyweight Champion, Jul 1, 1950 - May 19, 1952

  • 6.

    Roberto Cruz

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        WBA Super Lightweight Champion, Mar 21, 1963 - Jun 15, 1963

  • 7.

    Gabriel “Flash” Elorde

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      WBA Super Featherweight Champion, Feb 16, 1963 - Jun 15, 1967...

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