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Eder Jofre, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, died on Sunday in Brazil at the age of 86.
According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Joffre had a “long illness.” An amateur bout was held by the WBC in Brazil in Joffre’s honor, featuring fighters from Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador and Mexico, and he died “a few hours after it finished”.
Arguably the greatest Brazilian boxer ever, Joffre held both the bantamweight and bantamweight titles. In 2003, Ring magazine ranked him 85th among the 100 greatest boxers of all time.
Joffre had a career record of 72-2-4 with 50 KOs. His only two losses came against Fighting Harada in the WBA and WBC titles. After his second loss to Harada in 1966, Joffre retired at the age of 30 with a record of 47-2-4.
After three years away from the sport, Joffre returned as a heavyweight. He put together a 14-fight winning streak to win the WBC and Bantamweight titles against Jose Legra in 1973, winning by majority decision.
However, Jofre was stripped of the lightweight title a year later. He continued his career winning every fight before retiring in 1976.
“He was a classic boxer, but he had power. His technique was very good and he was aggressive, so he was always fun to watch,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Yole. “He could also punch and was tremendous. He was a great boxer and a great guy. It’s a great loss.”
After his retirement, Joffre served as a pastor in Brazil for 16 years. In 2019, he was honored by the WBC at its convention in Cancun, Mexico.
“When he was in public, he would start sparring with people in a funny way and he was always happy and loved being around boxers and boxing fans,” Solomon said.