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Kid Gavilán Record

Total Fights143
Title Wins3
Title Defenses7
Title-Fight KOs2
KO Wins29
KO Losses0
Kid Gavilán Record & Stats
Kid Gavilán's Record
Kid Gavilán's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Kid Gavilán's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 15 years, Kid Gavilán fought 143 times with 108 wins, 30 losses, and 5 draws.

      Gavilán retired from professional boxing with a record of 108-30-5, which included three welterweight world-title wins and seven successful title defense fights. He had a 20.3% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 29 of his total 143 fights being knockout wins, two of which were in title fights. Gavilán never lost via knockout.

      His last fight was a 10-round unanimous decision defeat to Yama Bahama on June 18, 1958.

      Some of Gavilán's best fights and notable victories include wins over four Hall-of-Famers (Carmen Basilio, Billy Graham, Beau Jack, and Ike Williams), Chuck Davey, Johnny Bratton, Gil Turner, and Rafael Merentino.

      143Jun 18, 195832Yama BahamaLossUD
      142Apr 4, 195832Ralph JonesWinSD
      141Feb 19, 195832Ralph JonesLossSD
      140Nov 20, 195731Walter ByarsWinUD
      139Oct 22, 195731Gaspar OrtegaLossSD
      138Jul 31, 195731Gaspar OrtegaWinUD
      137Jun 17, 195731Vince MartinezLossPTS
      136Apr 24, 195731Del FlanaganLossUD
      135Feb 26, 195731Vince MartinezLossPTS
      134Dec 20, 195630Ramon FuentesLossSD
      133Dec 4, 195630Walter ByarsLossSD
      132Nov 13, 195630Chico VejarWinUD
      131Oct 13, 195630Tony DeMarcoLossUD
      130Aug 28, 195630Jimmy BeechamWinSD
      129May 12, 195630Louis TrochonDrawPTS
      128Apr 24, 195630Peter WatermanWinPTS
      127Mar 29, 195630Germinal BallarinLossPTS
      126Feb 7, 195630Peter WatermanLossPTS
      125Dec 3, 195529Dogomar MartinezLossPTS
      124Sep 3, 195529Eduardo LausseLossPTS
      123Aug 13, 195529Juan Bautista BurguesWinKO7
      122Jul 24, 195529Cirilo GilWinPTS
      121Jun 2, 195529Luigi CemuliniWinKO3
      120Mar 16, 195529Bobby DykesLossUD
      119Feb 23, 195529Hector ConstanceLossUD
      118Feb 4, 195529Ernie DurandoWinSD
      117Oct 20, 195428Johnny SaxtonLoss *UD
      116Apr 2, 195428Bobo OlsonLoss *MD
      115Mar 8, 195428Livio MinelliWinUD
      114Feb 23, 195428Johnny CunninghamWinUD
      113Nov 13, 195327Johnny BrattonWin *UD
      112Sep 18, 195327Carmen BasilioWin *SD
      111Aug 26, 195327Ralph JonesWinUD
      110Jul 15, 195327Ramon FuentesWinUD
      109Jun 10, 195327Italo ScortichiniWinUD
      108May 2, 195327Danny WomberLossUD
      107Apr 14, 195327Livio MinelliWinSD
      106Feb 11, 195327Chuck DaveyWin *TKO10
      105Jan 21, 195327Vic CardellWinUD
      104Jan 13, 195327Aman PeckWinUD
      103Oct 5, 195226Billy GrahamWin *UD
      102Sep 13, 195226Eduardo LausseWinPTS
      101Sep 6, 195226Rafael MerentinoWinTKO9
      100Aug 16, 195226Mario DiazWinMD
      99Jul 7, 195226Gil TurnerWin *TKO11
      98May 28, 195226Fritzie PrudenWinTKO6
      97May 19, 195226Ralph ZannelliWinUD
      96Feb 28, 195226Don WilliamsWinSD
      95Feb 4, 195226Bobby DykesWin *SD
      94Dec 14, 195125Walter CartierWinTKO10
      93Nov 28, 195125Johnny BrattonDrawPTS
      92Nov 7, 195125Tony JaniroWinTKO4
      91Oct 4, 195125Bobby RosadoWinKO7
      90Aug 29, 195125Billy GrahamWin *SD
      89Jul 16, 195125Fritzie PrudenWinUD
      88May 18, 195125Johnny BrattonWin *UD
      87Apr 20, 195125Aldo MinelliWinUD
      86Mar 30, 195125Gene HairstonWinUD
      85Mar 10, 195125Tommy CiarloWinTKO8
      84Feb 19, 195125Tommy CiarloWinPTS
      83Jan 26, 195125Paddy YoungWinMD
      82Dec 22, 195024Joe MiceliWinSD
      81Dec 4, 195024Tony JaniroWinUD
      80Nov 17, 195024Billy GrahamWinMD
      79Oct 30, 195024Gene HairstonLossSD
      78Oct 23, 195024Tommy CiarloDrawPTS
      77Aug 16, 195024Johnny GrecoWinKO6
      76Jul 13, 195024Phil BurtonWinPTS
      75Jul 3, 195024Sonny HorneWinPTS
      74Jun 19, 195024Bobby MannWinPTS
      73Jun 8, 195024Mike KoballaWinUD
      72May 26, 195024Georgie SmallWinUD
      71May 8, 195024George CostnerLossMD
      70Mar 20, 195024Robert VillemainLossSD
      69Mar 6, 195024Otis GrahamWinSD
      68Feb 10, 195024Billy GrahamLossSD
      67Dec 17, 194923Bobby LeeWinPTS
      66Nov 21, 194923Laurent DauthuilleWinUD
      65Oct 21, 194923Lester FeltonLossSD
      64Oct 14, 194923Beau JackWinUD
      63Sep 9, 194923Rocky CastellaniWinUD
      62Jul 11, 194923Sugar Ray RobinsonLoss *UD
      61Jun 2, 194923Cliff HartWinTKO2
      60May 2, 194923Al PriestWinUD
      59Apr 1, 194923Ike WilliamsWinUD
      58Jan 28, 194923Ike WilliamsWinMD
      57Dec 11, 194822Abdeslam ben BukerWinPTS
      56Nov 12, 194822Tony PelloneWinUD
      55Oct 21, 194822Vinnie RossanoWinTKO6
      54Sep 23, 194822Sugar Ray RobinsonLossUD
      53Aug 12, 194822Buster TylerWinUD
      52Jul 22, 194822Roman AlvarezWinUD
      51May 28, 194822Rocco RossanoWinKO1
      50Apr 26, 194822Tommy BellWinSD
      49Apr 13, 194822Doug RatfordLossUD
      48Feb 27, 194822Ike WilliamsLossUD
      47Feb 13, 194822Vinnie RossanoWinUD
      46Jan 23, 194822Joe CurcioWinTKO2
      45Jan 12, 194822Gene BurtonDrawPTS
      44Dec 29, 194721Buster TylerDrawPTS
      43Nov 3, 194721Bee Bee WrightWinTKO10
      42Oct 23, 194721Billy NixonWinUD
      41Sep 18, 194721Billy JustineWinUD
      40Sep 15, 194721Charley MilanWinTKO1
      39Sep 2, 194721Doug RatfordLossPTS
      38Aug 18, 194721Bobby LeeWinUD
      37Aug 11, 194721Charley WilliamsWinKO2
      36Apr 26, 194721Vince GambillWinKO2
      35Mar 12, 194721Nick MoranWinPTS
      34Feb 22, 194721Baby CoullimberWinPTS
      33Feb 8, 194721Jose Garvia AlvarezWinPTS
      32Jan 25, 194721Julio PedrosoWinPTS
      31Dec 13, 194620Johnny WilliamsWinPTS
      30Dec 2, 194620Johnny WilliamsWinUD
      29Nov 1, 194620Johnny RyanWinTKO5
      28Sep 7, 194620Hankin BarrowWinPTS
      27Aug 24, 194620Jack LarrimoreWinKO3
      26Aug 3, 194620Hankin BarrowWinKO7
      25Jun 22, 194620Chico VaronaWinPTS
      24May 4, 194620Tony MarLossPTS
      23Mar 9, 194620Santiago SosaWinPTS
      22Mar 2, 194620Jose ZorillaWinKO4
      21Feb 9, 194620Kid BururuWinPTS
      20Jan 26, 194620Kid BururuWinPTS
      19Nov 17, 194519Johnny SuarezWinPTS
      18Nov 3, 194519Carlos MalacaraWinPTS
      17Sep 25, 194519Carlos MalacaraLossPTS
      16Sep 8, 194519Pedro OrtegaWinKO6
      15Aug 11, 194519Julio Cesar JimenezWinPTS
      14Jul 7, 194519Joe PedrosoWinKO4
      13Jun 23, 194519Pedro OrtegaWinPTS
      12May 26, 194519Julio Cesar JimenezWinPTS
      11May 13, 194519Kid BeboWinKO4
      10Apr 21, 194519Santiago SosaWinKO9
      9Mar 10, 194519Joe PedrosoWinPTS
      8Feb 10, 194519Bombon OrientalWinPTS
      7Dec 23, 194418Miguel AcevedoWinPTS
      6Nov 25, 194418Bombon OrientalWinPTS
      5Oct 1, 194418Juan VillalbaWinTKO9
      4Sep 11, 194317Sergio PrietoWinTKO5
      3Aug 7, 194317Nanito Kid DustetWinPTS
      2Jun 12, 194317Bartolo MolinaWinPTS
      1Jun 5, 194317Antonio DiazWinPTS

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Kid Gavilán (The Cuban Hawk) was a Cuban professional boxer. He was born in Berrocal, Camagüey, Cuba on January 6, 1926. He was a welterweight world champion. He died on February 13, 2003 at the age of 77 years. Gavilán was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1990. His professional boxing career spanned more than 15 years — from 1943 to 1958.

      Gavilán made his professional boxing debut against Antonio Diaz at the age of 17 on June 5, 1943, defeating Diaz via 6 round PTS. He went on to win 15 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 6 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 23 on July 11, 1949 after 61 professional fights, against Sugar Ray Robinson for the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He lost to Robinson via 15 round unanimous decision.

      Kid Gavilán was a one-time unified welterweight world champion, and won one world title at welterweight. For all the details about Gavilán's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Gavilán had a total of 30 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Yama Bahama at 32 years of age, on June 18, 1958. Gavilán lost the fight via 10 round unanimous decision.


      Gavilán had a total of 11 world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and seven successful title defenses. He won eight of these fights and lost three.

      Title Wins

      Kid Gavilán fought for a welterweight world title in four fights and won two of these fights. He won one welterweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Aug 29, 1951^Billy GrahamWelterweightNYSAC*, The RingSD
      May 18, 1951Johnny BrattonWelterweightNBAUD
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Kid Gavilán had eight welterweight world-title defense fights. He won seven of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Nov 13, 1953Johnny BrattonWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD
      Sep 18, 1953Carmen BasilioWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD
      Feb 11, 1953Chuck DaveyWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Oct 5, 1952Billy GrahamWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD
      Jul 7, 1952Gil TurnerWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO
      Feb 4, 1952Bobby DykesWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingSD
      Aug 29, 1951^Billy GrahamWelterweightNBASD
      ^ Became unified world champion

      Title Losses

      Kid Gavilán lost one world-title defense fight, and lost three titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Oct 20, 1954Johnny SaxtonWelterweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD


      Gavilán fought a total of 143 times during his professional career, which includes 11 world-title fights at two weight divisions. He was among the top boxers of his generation and put on some very good performances in these fights. These seven fights are the highlight of his career.

      • January 28, 1949: Kid Gavilán puts on the first remarkable performance of his career, defeating Ike Williams via 10th round majority decision.

      • April 1, 1949: Kid Gavilán beats Ike Williams via 10th round unanimous decision.

      • July 11, 1949: In his first world-title fight, Kid Gavilán loses to Sugar Ray Robinson via 15 round unanimous decision. He was fighting for the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles.

      • May 18, 1951: Gavilán wins the NBA welterweight title from Johnny Bratton, by beating Bratton via 15 round unanimous decision.

      • August 29, 1951: Gavilán becomes a unified welterweight world champion by beating Billy Graham via 15 round split decision. He now holds the NBA, NYSAC , and The Ring welterweight world-champion belts.

      • February 11, 1953: Gavilán successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Chuck Davey, winning the fight via 10th round TKO.

      • September 18, 1953: Gavilán successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring welterweight titles against Carmen Basilio, winning the fight via 15 round split decision.


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