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Happy Birthday, Luisito “Earthquake” Espinosa: Maligayang Kaarawan, Lindol!


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Luisito Espinosa deserves a tremendous debt of gratitude for everything he has achieved in and out of the squared circle.

For the record, Mr. Espinosa was the first Filipino and one of only seven fighters in the history of boxing since 1890 to win the bantamweight (118 pounds) and featherweight (126 pounds) world championships.

On behalf of all of your fans, friends and fellow disciples of the ‘Sweet Science of Bruising’, Happy Birthday!

Mabuhay, Salamat, Long Live and Thank You!



Espinosa’s Best performances:

• KO 1, Kaokor Galaxy, WBA bantamweight championship (Bangkok, Thailand)
• TKO 8, Hurley Snead, defense WBA bantamweight championship (Bangkok, Thailand)
• UD 12, Thanomsak Sithboabay, defense WBA bantamweight championship (Bangkok, Thailand)
• KO 1, Raul Perez, WBC Featherweight Championship (Tokyo, Japan)
• KO 6, Carlos Rios, WBC Featherweight Championship (Koronadal, South Cotabato)
• UD 12, Manuel Medina (Tokyo, Japan) and TD8 (Manila Bay, Philippines), WBC Featherweight Championship
• KO 4, Alejandro ‘Cobrita’ Gonzalez, WBC Featherweight Championship (Guadalajara, Mexico)



Curriculum vitae:

• Athlete of the Year (Philippine Sports Writers • Association) WBC Featherweight Champion (December 1995- May 1999, 7 defenses)
• WBA Bantamweight Champion (October 1989-October 1991, 2 defenses)
• California Bantamweight Champion (1988)
• WBC Mundo Hispano Champion (February 1993)
• Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Awards Night, Honoree for His Achievements in Boxing



“Happy Birthday to Luisito Espinosa, two-weight division boxing champion of the world. Viva, Lindol!," expressed Rev. Carl Roberts.

Notes: Our thanks to one who has not forgotten about ‘Lindol’- The Rev, creator of the featured Louie’s painting in this article.



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