Bernabe Villacampo

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Name: Bernabe Villacampo
Hometown: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Birthplace: Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines
Died: 2022-06-11 (Age:79)
Stance: Southpaw
Pro Boxer: Record

Amateur Career

Before turning professional, Villacampo would sell ice drops, ampaw (rice puffs), and newspapers. Because selling these items weren't enough to make a living, Villacampo turned to boxing and started boxing as an amateur at the age of 19. He won medals for his school, the University of Visayas, in tournaments, before turning pro in 1963 at the age of 20.[1]

Professional Career

Bernabe Villacampo would make his professional debut in 1962. He would win 20 of his first 29 fights, losing 7 times and drawing twice, before he got a shot at the world title against then-WBC Flyweight Title holder Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand. Villacampo would lose a unanimous decision after fifteen rounds. A year later, after winning two of his next three fights, Villacampo would get another shot at a title, against then-WBA Flyweight Champion Hiroyuki Ebihara of Japan. Villacampo stunned the Japanese crowd in Osaka by claiming the world title in a unanimous decision after fifteen rounds. Villacampo, unfortunately, would lose the title in his first defense against then-undefeated Berkrerk Chartvanchai of Thailand in a split decision. Villacampo, after winning his next two fights, would go on to lose a split decision in a WBA Flyweight Title Eliminator against future 3-time world champion Betulio Gonzalez of Venezuela. Villacampo's career went downhill soon after that, although he would win the flyweight championship of the Philippines 14 fights later. In his last 24 fights, following the Gonzalez loss, he went 13-9-2, before retiring in late 1979 with a record of 39-21-4 with 26 KOs.

Career Factoids

Regional & Minor Titles

  • Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) Flyweight Title (June 1977 - August 1978)

World Titles

  • WBA World Flyweight Title

Preceded by:
Hiroyuki Ebihara
WBA Flyweight Champion
1969 Oct 19 – 1970 Apr 5
Succeeded by:
Berkrerk Chartvanchai