One of Philippine boxing’s pillars has passed away.
Laura Elorde, widow of boxing great Gabriel “Flash”, has died of natural causes in the family’s ancestral home in Parañaque.
She was 92.
Laura has always had boxing in her genes, as the daughter of famed promoter Papa Sarreal.
Together with her husband Gabriel, Laura founded the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque back in 1983. She, as well as their children, would grow the business after the Flash’s passing in 1985, building boxing gyms and promoting fight cards all throughout the country.
As a way of giving back to boxing, Laura started the Elorde Boxing Awards 20 years ago. Philippine Boxing’s top event not only celebrates the life of Gabriel, but also the achievements of local pugilists during the past year.
She is survived by her six children — Bebot, Johnny, Teresa, Marty, Rita, and Laurita.
One of her grandchildren in Nico gave a fitting tribute to the grand old lady of the sweet science, Sunday.
“Lola, thank you for everything. Ma-mimiss ka namin sobra. Thank you for all the lessons and memories that you’ve shared with us. Thank you for showing us how to be patient and religous. You are our light lola. Forever in our hearts. We love you so much,” said the Northport guard, who is the son of Johnny.
“Rest in peace Lola Laura.”