Kid Gavilan
Global ID9014
birthdate 1926-01-06
death date 2003-02-13 (77)
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
reach71″   /   180cm
aliasThe Cuban Hawk
country Cuba
residenceHavana, Cuba
birth placeCamaguey, Cuba
birth nameGerardo Gonzalez
won 108 (KO 28) + lost 30 (KO 0) + drawn 5 = 143
rounds boxed 1342 KO% 19.58

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1958-06-18Yama Bahama49-8-2
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USALUD1010
referee: Jimmy Peerless 94-98 | judge: Stuart Winston 93-99 | judge: Eddie Thal 92-100
1958-04-04Ralph Tiger Jones45-21-4
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
referee: Joe Sweeney 44-46 | judge: Jim Mina 47-44 | judge: Nate Lopinson 47-43
1958-02-19Ralph Tiger Jones44-21-4
Carillon Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, USALSD1010
referee: Bill Regan 96-97 | judge: Carl Gardner 95-97 | judge: Fred Aaronson 97-94
1957-11-20Walter Byars17-5-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Frank Sikora 47-45 | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 47-45 | judge: Howard Walsh 47-45
1957-10-22Gaspar Ortega43-9-1
Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USALSD1212
referee: Frankie Van 113-115 | judge: Tommy Hart 113-115 | judge: Dynamite Jackson 117-113
World Welterweight Title Eliminator
1957-07-31Gaspar Ortega42-8-1
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWUD1010
referee: Jimmy Peerless 99-92 | judge: Fred Aaronson 99-92 | judge: Stuart Winston 97-94
1957-06-17Vince Martinez55-5-0
Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USALPTS1010
referee: Paul Cavalier 3-7
1957-04-24Del Flanagan83-13-2
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALUD1010
referee: Billy McCabe 90-100 | judge: Johnny Stanton 92-100 | judge: Dick Delaney 93-100
Gate: $43,796 a record for the state of Minnesota, at the time. Attendance: 9,434
1957-02-26Vince Martinez54-4-0
Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USALPTS1010
referee: Joey Harrison 3-6
1956-12-20Ramon Fuentes38-9-1
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALSD1010
referee: Tommy Hart 95-96 | judge: Frankie Van 95-96 | judge: Mushy Callahan 98-92
1956-12-04Walter Byars15-2-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALSD1010
referee: Tommy Rawson 96-98 | judge: Tom McNeeley Sr. 95-97 | judge: John Savko 97-96
1956-11-13Chico Vejar66-7-2
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWUD1010
referee: Mushy Callahan 98-90 | judge: Dynamite Jackson 99-92 | judge: Charley Randolph 98-91
1956-10-13Tony DeMarco50-7-1
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USALUD1010
referee: Tommy Rawson 94-98 | judge: James Carrig 97-99 | judge: Joe Santoro 94-97
1956-08-18Jimmy Beecham14-1-0
Palacio de Deportes, Havana, CubaWSD1010
1956-05-12Louis Trochon19-2-0
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, FranceDPTS1010
1956-04-24Peter Waterman32-0-1
Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London, United KingdomWPTS1010x3
referee: Andrew Smyth
1956-03-29Germinal Ballarin37-4-3
Palais des Sports, Paris, Paris, FranceLPTS1010
1956-02-07Peter Waterman30-0-1
Harringay Arena, Harringay, London, United KingdomLPTS1010x3
referee: Ben Green
Crowd booed the decision for ten minutes. "I gave (Waterman) two rounds against Gavilan's seven, with one round even.
Consquently when Referee Green raised Waterman's hand without any hesitation at all at the close, I wondered if I was seeing things." (Johnny Sharpe in The Ring, May 1956, page 52)

1955-12-03Dogomar Martinez36-1-2
Palacio Peñarol, Montevideo, UruguayLPTS1010
1955-09-03Eduardo Lausse61-6-1
Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, ArgentinaLPTS1212
1955-08-13Juan Bautista Burgues3-0-2
Palacio Peñarol, Montevideo, UruguayWKO710
1955-07-24Luis Cirilo Gil29-0-2
Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, ArgentinaWPTS1010
1955-06-02Luigi Cemulini6-7-1
Arena, Santa Clara, CubaWKO310
There was a near riot as the fans felt that Cemulini had dropped to the canvas from a light punch.
1955-03-16Bobby Dykes112-21-7
Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida, USALUD1010
referee: Petey Sarron 94-98 | judge: Sam Margolis 93-99 | judge: Mark Erwin 92-98
1955-02-23Hector Constance23-5-8
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USALUD1010
referee: Cy Gottfried 95-96 | judge: Gus Jacobson 95-97 | judge: Morris Feingold 97-99
1955-02-04Ernie Durando43-18-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Mark Conn 3-7 | judge: Artie Aidala 5-4 | judge: Bert Grant 6-4
1954-10-20Johnny Saxton44-2-2
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALUD1515
referee: Pete Pantaleo 6-9 | judge: Jim Mina 6-7 | judge: Nate Lopinson 6-8
World Welterweight Title
According to Nat Fleischer in The Ring, January 1955, pages 8-9, the referee showed favorism, frequently warning Gavilan against holding, whereas Saxton was mainly to blame. It was an extremely dull fight, with scarcely any action for the first eight rounds.

1954-04-02Bobo Olson60-6-0
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALMD1515
referee: Bernie Weismann 141-147 | judge: William O'Connell 139-147 | judge: Ed Hintz 144-144
World Middleweight title
Gavilan weighed in with his clothes still on

1954-03-08Livio Minelli58-16-8
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWUD1010
referee: Joe Zapustas
Minelli down twice in the 2nd for mandatory "8" counts. Official scoring on points, each in favor of Gavilan: 100-88, 100-89, and 100-82.
1954-02-23Johnny Cunningham18-32-4
Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, USAWUD1010
referee: Eddie Coachman 99-92 | judge: Carl Gardner 100-81 | judge: Gus Jacobson 97-91
1953-11-13Johnny Bratton60-20-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1515
referee: Frank Gilmer 85-65 | judge: Ed Hintz 83-67 | judge: William O'Connell 82-68
World Welterweight Title
Bratton suffered a severe whipping and would have been justified in giving up the fight after twelve rounds.

1953-09-18Carmen Basilio35-10-5
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: George Walsh 8-6 | judge: Harold Barnes 7-6 | judge: Jack Kimball 5-7
World Welterweight Title
Gavilan was down in the 2nd round for a nine-count, only the second knockdown of his career. Basilio was ahead at the end of six rounds, but Gavilan outboxed him the rest of the way.

1953-08-26Ralph Tiger Jones30-6-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Al Berl 5-4 | judge: Young Otto 6-4 | judge: Jack Gordon 7-3
1953-07-15Ramon Fuentes22-1-0
Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWUD1010
referee: Dauber Jaeger
Scoring: 8-3, 6-3, 8-4; Attendance: 4,000
Fuentes down in the 7th for a count of "nine"

1953-06-10Italo Scortichini22-9-3
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
referee: Clarence Rosen | 58-42 | 60-40 | 57-43
Attendance: 5,044; Gate: $11,450.20
1953-05-02Danny Womber41-17-11
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Ruby Goldstein 3-6 | judge: Dick Albino 3-6 | judge: Jack Kimball 3-5
1953-04-14Livio Minelli57-13-8
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWSD1010
referee: Jackie Davis 6-4 | judge: Herb Williams 5-4 | judge: Charley Bill 4-6
Attendance: 10,151
1953-02-11Chuck Davey37-0-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO1015
referee: Frank Gilmer 49-41 | judge: John Bray 51-39 | judge: Ed Hintz 52-38
World Welterweight Title
Fight stopped before the start of the 10th
Davey down once in the 1st and three times in the 9th
Gate: $274,451

1953-01-21Vic Cardell62-16-7
Uline Arena, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWUD1010
The official scoring on points, all in favor of Gavilan, was 100-72, 99-81, and 99-74.
1953-01-13Aman Peck4-7-1
Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida, USAWUD1010
1952-10-05Billy Graham98-8-8
Gran Estadio de La Habana, Havana, CubaWUD1515
referee: Mike Rojo | 15-2 | 16-7 | 16-3
World Welterweight Title
1952-09-13Eduardo Lausse31-5-1
Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, ArgentinaWPTS1010
1952-09-06Rafael Santos Merentino33-2-2
Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, ArgentinaWTKO912
1952-08-16Mario Diaz85-14-8
Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, ArgentinaWMD1010
1952-07-07Gil Turner31-0-0
Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO1115
time: 2:47 | referee: Pete Tomasco
World Welterweight Title
Fight stopped with Turner helpless on the ropes
Scoring in rounds at the time of stoppage: 5-5 (twice), 6-4 for Gavilan
Attendance: more than 39,000
Gate: $269,667, a new record for a welterweight title fight

1952-05-28Fitzie Pruden50-17-0
Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO610
Bout stopped because of a bad cut over Pruden's left eye.
1952-05-19Ralph Zannelli94-46-7
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWUD1010
1952-02-28Don Williams56-8-2
Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWSD1010
referee: Tommy Rawson 96-95 | judge: Joe Heirty 95-97 | judge: Joe Santarpia
1952-02-04Bobby Dykes88-10-6
Miami Stadium, Miami, Florida, USAWSD1515
referee: Eddie Coachman 140-143 | judge: Mark Erwin 142-141 | judge: Ladislad Nodarse 145-139
World Welterweight Title
Gavilan, behind on two scorecards after 13 rounds, won the last two rounds to get the decision / Most observers thought it should've been a UD for Gavilan (The New York Times).
Dykes down in the 2nd for a count of "nine"
Dukes 4-1 underdog, Judge Nodarse was imported from Havana to judge the bout, Miami crowd boos verdict. (AP) Attendance:11,526. Receipts:$76,814.

1951-12-14Walter Cartier39-5-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO1010
time: 1:31 | referee: Ruby Goldstein 2-6 | judge: Bill Healy 3-5 | judge: Charley Shortell 5-4
1951-11-28Johnny Bratton45-17-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
referee: Bill Doty 48-52 | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 50-50 | judge: John Bray 52-48
Attendance: 7,397
1951-11-07Tony Janiro80-13-2
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO410
time: 2:41
Janiro down in the 1st and twice in 4th; Attendance: 6,656; Gate: $18,809
1951-10-04Bobby Rosado40-11-2
Palacio de Deportes, Havana, CubaWKO710
1951-08-29Billy Graham91-6-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
referee: Mark Conn 10-7 | judge: Arthur Schwartz 9-6 | judge: Frank Forbes 10-11
National Boxing Association World welterweight title
Both Conn and Forbes scored the bout even in rounds 7-7-1, but went to supplemental scoring.
1951-07-16Fitzie Pruden48-11-0
Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWUD1010
referee: Julius Fidler 12-1 | judge: Bill Lachenmaier 10-1 | judge: Julius Goldman 8-2
1951-05-18Johnny Bratton44-16-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1515
referee: Ruby Goldstein 8-5 | judge: Arthur Schwartz 11-4 | judge: Joe Agnello 11-4
National Boxing Association World welterweight title
Bratton's jaw was broken within the first five rounds
1951-04-20Aldo Minelli63-35-17
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: George Walsh | judge: Joe Agnello | judge: Charley Shortell
1951-03-30Gene Hairston39-6-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Ray Miller 5-4 | judge: Artie Aidala 7-3 | judge: Charley Shortell 6-3
1951-03-10Tommy Ciarlo36-31-7
Palacio de Deportes, Havana, CubaWTKO810
"The fight was stopped when Ciarlo was unable to defend himself after suffering two knockdowns in the early rounds." (UP)
Attendance: more than 10,000

1951-02-19Tommy Ciarlo36-30-7
Caracas, VenezuelaWPTS1010
"The official point tally gave Gavilan 53 points to 47 for Ciarlo." (AP)
Attendance: 10,000

1951-01-26Paddy Young41-5-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWMD1010
referee: Mark Conn 5-5 | judge: Joe Agnello 6-4 | judge: Young Otto 9-1
1950-12-22Joe Miceli30-8-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Petey Scalzo 4-6 | judge: Frank Forbes 6-3 | judge: Bert Grant 7-3
1950-12-04Tony Janiro79-9-2
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWUD1010
referee: Jackie Davis
1950-11-17Billy Graham89-5-6
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWMD1010
referee: Barney Felix 6-6 | judge: Joe Agnello 6-4 | judge: Young Otto 6-4
Felix had the bout 4-4-2 in rounds, and also had it a draw in supplemental scoring.
1950-10-30Gene Hairston34-6-2
Watres Armory, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
referee: Johnny Kelly 2-6 | 2-8 | 6-3
Scoring: Kelly 6-2-2 (Hairston), 8-2 (Hairston), 3-6-1 (Gavilan)
"Gavilan sparred at long range through the first two rounds but then elected to match Hairston’s style of furious in-fighting. Thus the final eight rounds were loaded with slugging at close quarters and several times they fought past the bell. There were no knockdowns, but Gavilan slowed Hairston in the ninth and then had him wobbly at the end of the 10th from three straight rights." (UP)
Attendance: 2,500

1950-10-23Tommy Ciarlo34-28-6
Arena, New Haven, Connecticut, USADPTS1010
referee: Lou Bogash
Referee Bogash, the sole judge, curiously scored the fight 3-3-4. "Gavilan displayed a flashy style but did not appear to have much punching power. His famed bolo punch failed to stop the ever-charging Ciarlo. Gavilan seemed unable to solved Ciarlo's puzzling left hand attack..(His) punches were cleaner and more numerous but they were not effective." (The Ring, January 1951, page 56)
Attendance: 1,093 Gate: $1,500

1950-08-16Johnny Greco69-13-4
Delormier Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWKO610
time: 2:21
1950-07-13Phil Burton38-17-6
Municipal Stadium, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWPTS1010
1950-07-03Sonny Horne73-28-5
Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn, New York, USAWPTS1010
1950-06-19Bobby Mann29-20-4
Auditorium, Hartford, Connecticut, USAWPTS1010
1950-06-08Mike Koballa28-8-2
Dexter Park Arena, Woodhaven, Queens, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Jack Watson 6-3 | judge: Jack Gordon 6-4 | judge: Dave Stewart 9-1
1950-05-26Georgie Small39-6-0
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Mark Conn 8-2 | judge: Bert Grant 8-2 | judge: Young Otto 7-3
1950-05-08George Costner69-11-4
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALMD1010
referee: Joe McGuigan 4-4 | judge: Frank Knaresborough 3-7 | judge: Zach Clayton 3-6
1950-03-20Robert Villemain39-3-1
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLSD1010
referee: Maurice O'Connell | judge: Johnny Gow 5-3 | judge: Rene Ouimet 3-5 | judge: Leon Geoffrion 2-6
1950-03-06Otis Graham32-12-5
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWSD1010
The round-by-round scoring was 6-4 and 6-3-1, both in favor of Gavilan, the third official scoring it 6-3-1 in favor of Otis Graham.
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