International Boxing Hall of Fame

Orlando Canizales

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Orlando Canizales (born November 25, 1965) is an American boxer who won the International Boxing Federation bantamweight title and defended it a record sixteen consecutive times. 

 Boxing career

Canizales turned professional in 1984 and was undefeated in twelve fights (one fight was a draw) before meeting the 1984 Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzalez in 1986. Gonzalez defeated him over twelve rounds. Canizales rebounded from that defeat, however, and on July 9, 1988, he won the IBF bantamweight title by knocking out defending titlist Kelvin Seabrooks in the fifteenth round. He defended the title a division-record of sixteen consecutive times. His victims included old foe Paul Gonzalez, former flyweight champion Rolando Bohol, British champion Billy Hardy, and future champion Clarence "Bones" Adams.

In January 1995, Canizales attempted to win a title in the junior featherweight division. World Boxing Association champion Wilfredo Vazquez prevented him from doing so, winning a twelve-round split decision.

He continued fighting until 1999, when future champion Frank Toledo defeated him via ten-round split decision. He retired after that loss.

He is scheduled to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.


He was born in Laredo, Texas, and is the brother of fellow bantamweight world champion Gaby Canizales. We have no doubt that he is a great fighter coming from a small town called Laredo. Cesar Garza aka Burundango owner of IVANNAS TRUCKING once sponsored a fight donating $ 1,600 so his employees could have a table on that great event.