Eder Jofre’s South African Connection - by Jeff Ellis
I share the view along with many boxing fans and historians that Eder Jofre was the greatest Brazilian fighter of all time and even though much has been documented about this phenomenal warrior there is a South African connection to the legendary Brazilian.
A young fan from Brazil, Gustavo Cesquin contacted me recently enquiring about an autographed photo of Jofre that I have on my African Ring website.
He said his dream was about to come true as he was meeting the great Eder Jofre and would like to purchase the autographed photo to present to him.
Jofre who was born on March 26, 1936 is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame and in 2003 was listed at number eighty five on The Ring magazine’s list of the 100 greatest punchers of all time. He is also listed at number nineteen on the magazine’s list of the 80 best fighters in the last eighty years.
He represented Brazil at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia and the International Boxing Research Organisation list him as the number one bantamweight of all-time.
To be a great fighter you have to be blessed with a combination of factors and Jofre had it all; a good chin etc, he was never stopped in his career of 72 wins, with 50 inside the distance , 2 losses and 4 draws.
Where is the South African connection I mentioned earlier?
There is a belt hanging on the wall of our own Internal Boxing Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell (pictured below).
Brian was awarded the Eder Jofre belt for his success as world champion by the World Boxing Association.
The belt is special to Brian as he also acknowledges the outstanding achievements of Eder Jofre and it is an honour to be linked to this legendary fighter