Francisco Guilledo

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Pancho Villa
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Real nameFrancisco Villaruel Guilledo
Nickname(s)Pancho Villa
Filipino Whirlwind
Little Brown Boy
Weight(s) Flyweight
Height5 ft 1 in (154 cm)
NationalityFilipino
Born(1901-08-01)August 1, 1901
Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands
DiedJuly 14, 1925(1925-07-14) (aged 23)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights103 (17 NWS)
Wins89 (13 NWS)
Wins by KO22
Losses8 (4 NWS)
Draws4
No contests2

Francisco Guilledo (August 1, 1901 – July 14, 1925), more commonly known as Pancho Villa, was a Filipino professional boxer. Villa, who stood only 5 feet and 1 inch (154 cm) tall and never weighed more than 114 pounds (51 kg), despite the racial discrimination of that time, rose from obscurity to become the first Asian to win the World Flyweight Championship in 1923, earning the reputation in some quarters as one of the greatest Flyweight boxers in history. [1] [2] He was never knocked out in his entire boxing career, which ended with his sudden death at only twenty-three from complications following a tooth extraction.

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Early life and Philippine boxing career

Guilledo was born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, the son of a cowhand who abandoned his family when Guilledo was just six months old. He grew up in the hacienda of a wealthy local, helping his mother raise goats she tended on the farm.

When Guilledo was 11, he sailed to Iloilo City to work as a bootblack. While in Iloilo, he befriended a local boxer and together they migrated to Manila, settling in Tondo. He would occasionally spar with friends and soon attracted the attention of local boxing habitués. He fought his first professional fight in 1919 against Alberto Castro. Within two years, he was the Philippine Flyweight Champion, having dethroned Terio Pandong. He nearly gave up boxing after being spurned by a woman he courted, actually returning to Negros early in 1922 to retire. The clamor of Filipino boxing fans compelled him to return to the ring.

It appears that during this period, Guilledo was under the tutelage of at least two important local boxing figures. One was the American boxing promoter based in Manila, Frank E. Churchill. Another was a Filipino ice plant executive and boxing manager named Paquito Villa. The renaming of Francisco Guilledo to Pancho Villa has been attributed to both men, depending on the source. One version tags Churchill as having renamed Guilledo into Villa, taking the name from the Mexican guerrilla leader. [3] Another version maintains that Paquito Villa had legally adopted Guilledo as early as 1918, renaming him Pancho. [4]

Not long before coming to America, he met future American World Junior Lightweight Champion Mike Ballerino nine times in Manila between January 1920, and October 1921 defeating him in six bouts. Ballerino would also be managed by Frank Churchill after coming to America.

World Flyweight Champion

Pancho Villa (left) vs. Jimmy Wilde (right) Jimmy Wilde vs. Pancho Villa BNF.jpeg
Pancho Villa (left) vs. Jimmy Wilde (right)

In May, 1922, Villa received an invitation from famed boxing promoter Tex Rickard to fight in the United States. He accepted the invitation and sailed to America together with Churchill and Paquito Villa. Upon arrival he was set up with a very young but talented sparring partner in Enrique Chaffardet and immediately won his first overseas fight against Abe Goldstein in Jersey City on June 7, 1922. He then fought and defeated by Frankie Genaro on August 22, 1922. By this time, Villa had caught the attention of boxing aficionados and he was slated to fight against the American Flyweight Champion Johnny Buff on September 15, 1922.

Villa defeated Buff in an upset, knocking out the champion in the 11th round to win the American Flyweight Championship. At this point, Villa had been in the American phase of his career for only 4 months. Villa lost the title early the following year to Genaro, who defeated the Filipino on points in a widely criticized decision. The unpopularity of Villa's defeat on points proved fateful. Jimmy Wilde, the Welsh-born boxer and former World Flyweight Champion, had decided to end his recent retirement and seek the then vacant World Flyweight Championship in a fight to be staged in America. While Genaro, the American Champion, seemed as the logical choice to fight Wilde, Villa's growing popularity soon convinced promoters that the Filipino would prove as the better draw.

In what were described in that era as "pre-battle statements," the 31-year-old Wilde said: ~"I appreciate the fact that in Villa, I am going to meet one of the toughest little men in boxing. I appreciate the fact that I am going to be put to a real test, and that is what I have prepared for." In comments that summed up his fighting style, Villa said: ~"I am in condition and once in condition, my worries are over. I do not intend to give Wilde a minute's rest while we are in the ring."

Villa did not disappoint the ever pleasing crowd. On June 18, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York City, Villa was cheered on to victory over Wilde by more than 20,000 fans screaming "Viva Villa!" The win came by knockout in the 7th round, caused by a crashing right to Wilde's jaw. [5] Villa was described as relentless, pummeling Wilde with both hands and causing the Welshman to also drop in the fourth and fifth rounds. Wilde never fought again.

His wife Gliceria (née Concepcion) who was left in Manila, asked by the media outfits for reaction had this to say: "You cannot imagine the happiness I felt upon receiving the first notices of the victory of my husband. I cried not because of pain but emotion. I was hoping for his triumph."

Former President General Emilio Aguinaldo, voicing the sentiment of the entire nation said: "Congratulations, Pancho, Come back to us and defend your title here."

A hero's welcome greeted Pancho when he disembarked from the "SS President Grant," the same luxury liner that brought him to the United States on April 2, 1922 to launch his campaign in the land of promise.

A reception at the Malacanan Palace hosted by then President Manuel Quezon followed a massive parade from the airport passing through Manila's major streets where thousands greeted the returning sports hero. [6]

The new World Flyweight Champion successfully defended his title several times and never relinquished it until his death just two years later. Villa returned to a hero's welcome in Manila in September 1924, feted with a parade and a reception at Malacañan Palace. He also returned to his old haunts in Iloilo and his hometown in Negros Occidental. Before returning to the United States, he fought one more bout in Manila, against Clever Sencio, on May 2, 1925. Villa prevailed. None of the thousands of fans who saw that fight at Wallace Field knew that they had just witnessed Villa's final victory and the second to the last fight of his life.

Death

Villa returned to the United States to prepare for his next match, a non-title fight against Jimmy McLarnin scheduled for July 4, 1925, at Ewing Field in San Francisco. In the days leading to the fight, Villa's face became swollen due to an ulcerated tooth. According to contemporary newspaper accounts, on the morning of the fight, Villa went to a dentist to have the tooth extracted. Despite the pain and swelling, Villa insisted on going ahead with the fight with McLarnin. Villa ended up spending most of the fight using one hand to protect his afflicted face. Given these circumstances, Villa naturally lost, though he managed to stay the distance. It was to be Villa's last fight.

Two or three days after the McLarnin fight, he had three more teeth extracted after an infection was discovered. Against his dentist's prescription of bed rest, Villa spent the next few days carousing with friends. His condition worsened, and by July 13, 1925, he had to be rushed to the hospital. It was discovered that the infection had spread to his throat, resulting in Ludwig's angina. Villa was rushed into surgery, but he lapsed into a coma while on the table and died the following day, July 14, 1925. Tragically, his death occurred only 17 days before his 24th birthday.

His remains were returned to Manila, and in August 1925, he was buried at Manila North Cemetery.

Family

His younger half-brother, Eulogio Villaruel Tingson also known as "Little Pancho", was a professional boxer who compiled a record of 103(19 KO)–18–26 with 1 No Contest.

Honors

Villa's 1923 victory made him the first Asian in history to have won an international boxing championship. In October 1961, Villa was added by Ring Magazine to its own boxing hall of fame. He was inducted belatedly into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1994, the second Filipino boxer so honored after Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, who was born nearly a decade after Villa's death.

Villa was ranked the 59th best fighter by Ring Magazine in 2002 in a list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years.

He was voted as the #1 flyweight (along with Miguel Canto) of the 20th century by the Associated Press in 1999. [7]

Professional boxing record

89 Wins (22 knockouts, 67 decisions), 8 Losses (0 knockout, 8 decisions),4 Draws,2 No Decision
Newspaper Decision (13 Wins, 4 Losses, 0 Draws)Notes [8]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss89-8-4-2 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Jimmy McLarnin PTS101925-07-04 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oaks Ballpark, Emeryville, California
Win89-7-4-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Clever SencioUD151925-05-02 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Wallace Field, Metro Manila Retained The Ring and lineal flyweight titles
Win88-7-4-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Francisco PilapilKO8(15)1925-03-09 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Iloilo City, Iloilo
Win87-7-4-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Amos"kid"CarlinPTS151924-08-18 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Win86-7-4-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie Murray NWS 81924-07-28 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bacharach Ball Park, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win85-7-4-2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Willie WoodsPTS101924-07-21 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win84-7-4-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Henry CatenaKO5(12)1924-07-02 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Playgrounds Stadium, West New York, New Jersey
Win83-7-4-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bud Taylor PTS121924-06-10 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Henderson's Bowl, Brooklyn, New York
Win82-7-4-2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frankie AshUD151924-05-30 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Henderson's Bowl Brooklyn, New York Retained The Ring and lineal flyweight titles
Draw81-7-4-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Eddie McKennaPTS101924-04-23 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Milwaukee Auditorium, Public Hall Cleveland, Ohio
Win81-7-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Billy Bonillas NWS 41924-03-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 10th Street Arena, Modesto, California
Win80-7-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Georgie Lee NWS 41924-03-21 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg L-st Arena Sacramento, California
Loss79-7-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bud Taylor NWS 121924-03-06 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Auditorium Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Win79-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg George MarksUD151924-02-08 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York
Win78-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike MoranUD101924-01-21 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win77-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tony NormanPTS101924-01-01 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win76-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pasty WallacePTS101923-12-10 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win75-6-3-2 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Donnie MackKO4(10)1923-12-05 Canadian Red Ensign (1921-1957).svg Coliseum Toronto, Ontario
Win74-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joey Schwartz NWS 101923-11-19 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Detroit Michigan
Win73-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jabez White NWS 81923-10-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win72-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Benny SchwartzPTS151923-10-12 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg 5th Regiment Armory, Baltimore, Maryland Retained The Ring and lineal flyweight titles
Win71-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tony ThomasPTS101923-09-24 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win70-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bud Taylor NWS 101923-09-08 Flag of the United States.svg Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago, Illinois
Win69-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jackie FeldmanKO3(10)1923-08-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Velodrome, New York New York City
Win68-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Kid Williams NWS 81923-07-31 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win67-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Abe FriedmanPTS101925-07-20 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Win66-6-3-2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jimmy Wilde KO7(20)1923-06-18 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Polo Grounds, New York New York City Won lineal flyweight title
Won inaugural The Ring flyweight title
Loss65-6-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bobby Wolgast NWS 81923-05-24 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win65-5-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Battling Al Murray NWS 101923-05-11 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Win64-5-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Clarence Rosen NWS 101923-04-23 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Detroit, Michigan
Win63-5-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Willie DarcyPTS121923-03-24 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut
Win62-5-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Young Montreal NWS 81923-03-19 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss61-5-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie Genaro SD151923-03-01 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York Lost American Flyweight Title
Win61-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Henry "Kid" WolfeKO3(8)1923-02-20 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win60-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie MasonKO5(10)1923-02-13 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts American Flyweight Title
Win59-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Battling Al Murray NWS 81923-01-01 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win58-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Terry MartinUD151922-12-29 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York American Flyweight Title
Win57-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Young MontrealUD151922-11-27 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win56-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Abe Goldstein UD151922-11-16 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Madison Square Garden, New York American Flyweight Title
Win55-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pasty Wallace NWS 81922-10-30 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win54-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Danny EdwardsPTS101922-10-23 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Win53-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny Buff TKO11(12), 0:271922-09-14 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York Won American Flyweight Title
Loss52-4-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie Genaro PTS101922-08-22 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win52-3-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Sammy CohenPTS81922-08-15 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win51-3-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny HepburnPTS61922-08-02 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York
Win50-3-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Terry Miller NWS 121922-07-27 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Asbury Park, New Jersey
Win49-3-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie MurrayPTS81922-07-19 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Margolies A.C., Averne, Queens, New York
Loss48-3-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frankie Genaro PTS81922-07-06 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jersey City, New Jersey
Loss48-2-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Abe Goldstein NWS 121922-06-07 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Oakland A.A., Jersey City, New Jersey
Win48-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Pete SarmientoPTS151922-04-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win47-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Max MasonPTS151922-03-19 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Iloilo City, Iloilo
Win46-1-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Georgie LeePTS151922-02-12 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win45-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid AbayanPTS81922-01-12 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win44-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Battling OngayKO1(?)1921-12-29 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win43-1-3-2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jimmy TaylorPTS81921-12-15 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Ground Opera House, Manila, Metro Manila
Win42-1-3-2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg George MendiesKO3(10)1921-12-08 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila
Win41-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid GarciaPTS81921-11-17 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win40-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid AguilaPTS81921-11-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win39-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid AguilaPTS81921-10-19 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win38-1-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS201921-08-23 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win37-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Leoncio BernabePTS201921-09-21 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win36-1-3-2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Syd KeenanPTS81921-09-07 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win35-1-3-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Cowboy ReyesPTS81921-09-03 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Orient bantamweight title
Win34-1-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS201921-08-23 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Loss33-1-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Eddie MooreDQ101921-08-09 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Draw33-0-3-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS151921-07-25 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win33-0-2-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Young ModejarPTS61921-07-11 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Draw32-0-2-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Leoncio BernabePTS61921-06-20 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win32-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Pete AlbertoPTS61921-06-06 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win31-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Knockout LewisKO4(?)1921-05-22 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win30-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Stiff IrineoKO2(?)1921-04-24 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win29-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid GarciaPTS81921-04-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win28-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Valentin SantosKO7(?)1921-03-26 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila
Win27-0-1-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS101921-03-05 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila
Win26-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Terio PandongPTS81921-02-21 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win25-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid MoroKO3(?)1921-02-07 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win24-0-1-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Sailor Johnny CandelariaKO3(?)1921-01-23 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Draw23-0-1-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS151921-01-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila
Win23-0-0-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Stiff IrineoPTS61920-07-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win22-0-0-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid CortezPTS61920-06-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win21-0-0-2 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Sailor Johnny CandelariaPTS61920-05-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win20-0-0-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS61920-04-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
NC19-0-0-2 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoND61920-03-25 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win19-0-0-1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoPTS61920-03-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
NC18-0-0-1 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mike BallerinoND61920-02-25 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win18-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Jose de la CruzPTS61920-02-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win17-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Pedro CapitanKO41920-01-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win16-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Baguio BearcatPTS41919-11-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win15-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Baguio BearcatPTS41919-10-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win14-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Pedro OlongapoPTS41919-09-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win13-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Jose de la CruzPTS41919-08-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win12-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid ElinoPTS41919-07-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win11-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Young DuartePTS41919-06-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win10-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Young EduardsPTS41919-05-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win9-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Jose MendozaKO2(?)1919-05-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win8-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Pete AlbertoPTS41919-04-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win7-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid MoroKO2(?)1919-04-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win6-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid CortezKO2(?)1919-03-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win5-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Jaime DesiderioKO2(?)1919-03-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Olympic Stadium, Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win4-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Terio PandongPTS41919-02-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win3-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Ceasareo SiguionKO2(?)1919-02-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Palomar Pavilion, Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win2-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Kid CastroPTS51919-01-10 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.
Win1-0-0 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Alberto CastroKO3(?)1919-01-01 Flag of the Philippines (1919-1936).svg Manila, Metro Manila Precise date unknown at this time.

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References

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  2. http://www.boxingscene.com/-top-25-flyweights-all-time-top-ten--21528
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  4. Filipinos in History, Volume II, National Historical Institute, pp. 169
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  8. Pancho Villa's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.
Achievements
Preceded by
Jimmy Wilde
World Flyweight Champion
June 18, 1923 – July 4, 1925
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Fidel LaBarba
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stanley Ketchel
24
Youngest Dying World Champion
23

July 14, 1925 – August 12, 1982
Succeeded by
Masao Ohba
23