Brazilian Legend Eder Jofre, 86, Passes Away
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mon, 03 Oct 2022
The legendary boxing world champion Éder Jofre, 86, died in the early hours this Sunday, October 2, in Embu das Artes, in Greater São Paulo, Brazil.
The information has been confirmed by his family and it was already known that Jofre had been hospitalized since March in a city clinic due to pneumonia and that he died of complications from the disease.
Jofre is considered by the boxing world to be the best bantamweight boxer in history.
Along with another tricolor athlete, the jumper Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, he went to represent Brazil at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia.
In 1962 Jofre won the first World Boxing Council bantamweight world championship fight. He was the world champion of the division between 1960 and 1965 and in 1973 he won the world featherweight title.
The three-time featherweight and bantamweight world champion was the first Brazilian to hold a world championship in boxing.
Also known as the "Golden Rooster", he was inducted in 1992 into the Boxing Hall of Fame for the Canastota boxing in New York.
As an athlete from São Paulo, he won the first São Paulo and Brazilian championships that he played.
He had a professional record of 81 fights, with 75 wins (55 by knockout), four draws and only two losses against the legendary Japanese Fighting Harada, both questioned by localities in the decision.
Jofre fought in Japan, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay and the Philippines.
Jofre never fell to the canvas until he finally fell for the first time forever this October 2 and became a Legend.
Jofre was the oldest former world champion alive today.
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