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No distraction for ‘Da Flash’

Mrs. Laura Elorde was nine months pregnant when her husband fought American Harold Gomes more than 50 years ago for the world junior lightweight championship at the Big Dome; Mrs. Elorde recalls the day and remembers the firetrucks.

Five current and former world champions will etch their names into immortality in the “Casting of Fists,” a major highlight of the 17th Gabriel Flash Elorde Memorial Boxing Awards and Banquet of Champions on March 25 at the Tent City of the Manila Hotel.

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The Flash Grand ballroom of the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque was filled in every corner last Saturday when the Elorde brothers, Juan Martin “Bai” Elorde and Juan Miguel “The Boss” Elorde, crafted identical technical knockout wins over their rivals Aekkawee Kaewmanee of Thailand and Erick Deztroyer of Indonesia in a promotion dubbed “Boxing Kontra Droga” presented by Johnny Elorde Management International in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Manila Premier.

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Elorde awards tonight

The boxing heroes of the past – from 2015 to the early years of the post-war era – will receive the highest distinction in pro boxing tonight in the 16th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards and Banquet of Champions at the Sofitel Hotel Grand Ballroom.

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