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Kid Gavilan Signed 8 x 10 Black/White Photo Displaying his “BOLO PUNCH” - $10.00
Gerardo González (1926 –2003), boxing as Kid Gavilan, & nicknamed The Hawk, was a former World Welter Weight Champion from Camaguey, Cuba. Gavilan was one of the few boxers never knocked out in their professional careers. In 1966, he was inducted into the original boxing Hall of Fame, and later at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canestoga, NY. He had a record of 107 wins, 30 losses and 6 draws, with oneno contest and 27 wins by knockout in a career that spanned 143 professional fights.
KID GAVILAN, along with Ray, BOOM BOOM MANCINI, were among the guests at an Autograph Show I co-hosted in Ft Lauderdale, Florida in 1998. The photo being offered is one of a few different poses that Senor Gonzalez signed. The 8×10 blk/wt photo signed in black Sharpie is in Mint Condition. In that photo he is in the process of delivering his famous Bolo Punch, a combination of a hook and an uppercut. Gavilan said that cutting sugarcane during his youth in Cuba helped him to perfect this punching technique.
Post Script: When Kid Gavilan died of a heart attack at the age of 77 in February 2003, he was not at home or with loved ones. He was in an assisted living facility in Hialeah, Fla., where he had spent the last eight years of his life in deteriorating health & financial decay.
His grave at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Miami, FL is marked by only a bronze plaque, embedded in the earth. It bears Gavilan’s real name, Gerardo Gonzalez. “No one there realizes that this was one of the greatest fighters of all time,” Ray “Boom Boom”Mancini said. “The Kid and other fighters of his era did not make the big money, but they paved the way for guys like me to do just that.”
In a tribute, Mancini and other former boxing champions — including Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Leon Spinks, Buddy McGirt and Emile Griffith, as well as Muhammad Ali’s former trainer, Angelo Dundee — have paid to have Gavilan’s remains exhumed and placed in another part of the cemetery. (re: VINCENT M. MALLOZZI