Three-time world featherweight and bantamweight champion Eder Joffre, the first Brazilian to hold a world-famous boxing belt, was inducted into the West Coast Hall of Fame on Sunday. The former boxer, accompanied by his two sons Marcel and Andrea, was among those honored at the ceremony, which was held at a Los Angeles hotel next to the Walk of Fame and the cinema that includes the Oscars.
Eder, 85, has already been a part of another related Hall of Fame in the United States, in upstate New York, since 1992. He is the only Brazilian to have appeared in the two “holy” places.
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The Gophers traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday after waiting a year to attend the concert. His entry to the West Coast Hall of Fame was initially scheduled for 2020, but the novel coronavirus pandemic has prompted organizers to reschedule the event.
Éder Jofre, along with his two sons Marcel and Andrea, in the Boxing Hall of Fame – Photo: Evelyn Rodriguez
Eder was physically weak and affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (a neurological disease caused by an impact on the head), so he wanted to make the trip to the USA. Then the children consulted the doctor who accompanied them and saw that it was worth it.
– It is a source of pride for the whole family and an appreciation for my father, who is already at an advanced age. Marcel Joffre, the eldest son of the former boxer, said he liked to call the boxers and be respected, so we agreed to come.
Eder Joffre honored in the Boxing Hall of Fame – Photo: Evelyn Rodriguez
In addition to Eder, other important names in the history of boxing were immortalized at the ceremony, such as Oscar de la Hoya and Japanese fighter Harada – by the way, Eder’s rival in the 1960s.
Éder Jofre alongside sons Marcel and Andrea in the Boxing Hall of Fame – Photo: Evelyn Rodriguez
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