Happy Birthday Golden Bantam, Eder Jofre
By Hilmar Rojas Erazo 26/03/2014
Today this figure turns 78 years, and the WBA family sends its warmest greeting in this special day. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1936.
He practiced Amateur Boxing, and was part of the Brazilian delegation of that attended 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. The following year, he made his pro debut, and after 34 wins and two draws, had the opportunity to fight for the National Boxing Association bantamweight belt against Mexican Eloy “Emeterio” Sánchez in November 1960.
Jofre ended the fight by KO at 1.30 minutes of the sixth round, and won Brazil first world championship. His first successful defense was against Piero Roll in Botafogo Stadium, Rios de Janeiro on March 25, 1961.
In August that year he travelled to Caracas to fight Ramón Arias to knock him out in 7 rounds, in his second title defense.
Jofre made five more fights between 1962 and 1964, and reigned until he fought the Japanese Fighting Harada who defeated him by split decision after 15 rounds. Jofre was 48-1-3, had a rematch with Harada and lost for the second time by unanimous decision.
Jofre kept active until 1976. He retired with 72 victories; two loses with Harada and 50 KO’s and four draws. After his retirement he devoted to training and to business.
He is an elite member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.