- Eder Jofre is also considered the best bantamweight fighter of all time.
Early this Sunday morning, Eder Jofre, who is considered the best Brazilian boxer of all time and the best bantamweight in history, died in Sao Paulo at the age of 86. It was not in vain that he earned the nickname “El Gallo of gold”.
The relatives of the former bantamweight and featherweight world champion confirmed the sad news through their social networks, they reported that the boxer was hospitalized for pneumonia a few months ago and died this morning due to complications of the disease.
“Dear fans, friends and family. With great sadness he reported that my father, our beloved ‘Golden Rooster’, three-time world boxing champion, passed away at the age of 86. He left us this morning around 2:20. May God receive you with open arms and comfort our hearts,” wrote Andrea Jofre, daughter of the legendary champion.
Jofre disputed 78 fights as a professional between 1957 and 1976; his record was 72 wins, of which 50 were by way of chloroform, 4 draws and only 2 losses, both against the also legendary Japanese boxer Fighting Harada.
It is worth remembering that just 3 years ago Eder Jofre was honored in Mexico by the World Boxing Council (WBC).