Eder Jofre, former bantamweight and featherweight champ, dies at age 86

Eder Jofre and soccer legend Pele.

Eder Jofre, the previous bantamweight and featherweight world champion, died Sunday at age 86.

The Brazilian ring legend had been hospitalized since March as a consequence of pneumonia, and died as a consequence of problems from pneumonia in his hometown of São Paulo, Brazil, his daughter Andrea introduced on Fb.

Jofre had been the oldest dwelling world champion on the time of his dying. He’s the consensus choose for Brazil’s biggest boxer, and is taken into account by many to be the best bantamweight champion ever.

Jofre (72–2-4, 50 knockouts) turned professional in 1957, after making it to the quarterfinals of the Olympics the yr earlier than. He gained a model of the bantamweight championship in 1960, knocking out Eloy Sanchez in six rounds, and reigned till 1965, when he misplaced a break up choice to Preventing Harada in Japan. 

He retired the next yr after shedding one other choice to Harada, earlier than coming again to the ring three years later. Jofre picked up one other world championship in 1973, defeating Jose Legra by majority choice to win the WBC featherweight title, earlier than retiring for good in 1976. 

He was inducted into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame in 1992, and remained a well-liked determine in boxing, touring overseas as just lately as final yr, when he made the journey to California to be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Corridor of Fame.

Jofre, who turned a vegetarian at age 20, credited his wholesome, energetic way of life for his longevity, saying he prevented smoking and ingesting.

“I all the time did my greatest to face up for my nation and present that sports activities could be a wonderful means for younger individuals to achieve nice targets,” Jofre advised this author final yr.

The loss was mourned by many in Brazil, which had been targeted on a contentious presidential election.

“Eder Jofre was an icon of Brazilian and worldwide sport. After his participation within the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Video games, he paved the best way for a really profitable historical past of Brazilian boxing. His legacy will nonetheless be noticed for generations and his achievements will proceed to encourage”, stated Paulo Wanderley, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

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