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World Boxing Federation Champions Of The Past: Ric Siodora
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FEATURE   Photo: Former World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Featherweight Champion Ric Siodora from the Philippines.

Since the World Boxing Federation was originally founded by American Larry Carrier in 1988, many of the sport’s biggest names have won a WBF title, and proudly defended the blue, red and gold belt all over the world.

In the Champions Of The Past Series we take a closer look at some of the boxers who held WBF titles in years gone by, from lesser known champions to world renowned fighters, legends of the sport and current or future Hall of Famers.


Born in Ipil, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, it has not been possible to track down a date of birth on former WBF World Featherweight Champion Ric “Bomba” Siodora. But he was likely very young when he made his first paid start in February of 1987 as a Super Flyweight.

In his first year as a professional Sidora compiled a 6-0 (2) record against fellow up-starts, working his way up the ladder of the many emerging Filipino prospects. Starting out fighting over six rounds, he graduated to eight-round level in his fifth bout, and ten-round level already in his sixth outing.

With plenty of young and hungry boxers around there was no time to take things slow on the Filipino scene, so from that point on Siodora would never again compete in anything but ten or twelve round fights. Not much of a puncher, he was forced to be very active in the ring, making his fights quite entertaining and action-packed.

In April of 1988 he suffered his first set-back, when he was matched with General Santos City´s Allan Moore at the Gymnasium of the University of Mindanao in Tagum City. Stopping Siodora in eight, Moore was a real tough costumer, and likely more experienced than his reported 9-5-1 record suggests.

Sidora rebounded well three months later with a unanimous decision over journeyman Jun Generale (6-9-2), but only six weeks on he disappointed when he came out on the wrong end of a majority decision against Loloc Elloren (3-4-5), a man he was expected to beat comfortably.

But, still very much learning on the job, Siodora kept his head down and kept on grinding. Eager to get back on track, he finished 1988 with a nice decision victory over Rey Cascas (10-5-3). He proved in that fight that he had much more to offer than what he showed against Elloren.

The victory over Cascas was followed up by another four, all on points, and in June of 1989 he was rewarded with a shot at the vacant Philippines Flyweight title. But he had to go to his opponents home-town, Cagayan de Oro City, as the man in the opposite corner was long-time contender Rod Naiconi (23-8-2).

It was very much a case of “sink or swim” for Siodora, who brought an unspectacular 12-2 ledger to a fight against a man who had operated at world level not long before. But the underdog rose to the occasion, floored Naicono in rounds one and eleven, and won a wide unanimous decision.

Three months later he was brought back down to earth again, when trial-horse Triffon Torralba (19-14-5) held him to a draw in a fight where few could have complained if Torralba had been declared the winner. 1990 was closed out with another unspectacular victory over Jongjong Perez (9-8-1), but big things were coming for Siodora.

He was picked to challenge for the WBC World Flyweight championship against Thailand´s Sot Chitalada (19-2-1), who in his second reign as title-holder was scheduled to make his first defense. Not one to let an opportunity pass him by, Siodora happily accepted with open arms.

On January 30, 1990 at the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Siodora gave it his everything, and at times held his own, against the seasoned world champion. But, fighting in his eleventh world title fight, almost as many as Siodora´s total bouts (17), Chitalada was the better man on the night and won a hard-fought decision.

Now a proven world-level fighter, Siodora returned in May and retained his national title with an impressive performance against Mario Parcon (27-10-2), a tough challenger who had won his last seven fights. Siodora broke his challenger down, and scored a rare stoppage in round eight.

A month later, without his title on the line, Siodora took on highly touted prospect Gerry Penalosa (10-0), who at the time was already the IBF Intercontinental titlist at Light Flyweight and groomed for big things. They battled to a ten round draw, and Penalosa went on to win WBC Super Flyweight and WBO Bantamweight World titles.

In his hunt for another shot at a world title, Siodora agreed to travel to South Korea in December of 1989 for a fight with Jung-Koo Chang (37-2), who had just lost the WBC World Light Flyweight crown to legendary Mexican Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez after fifteen successful defenses.

Unfortunately for Siodora, it turned out to be a heart-breaking night for him, as Chang boxed wonderfully in front of his adoring fans. Siodora was game, as always, but after seven grueling rounds he was finally stopped in round eight of the scheduled ten.

But, while the desired results often escaped him, Siodora had plenty left in the tank and continued to show that, when he was at his best, he was a world class fighter.

A month after the Chang-defeat he wasn’t allowed to prove much when he took on another Penalosa, Gerry´s older brother Dodie Boy (28-3-1), a former IBF World Flyweight champion. An injury called a halt to the fight in the second round, making it a technical draw.

Amazingly, his next fight would also be against a Penalosa, this time Gerry´s younger brother Jonathan (13-0) in Cebu City, and again the fight ended in a draw.

In May of 1991 Siodora rematched Triffon Torralba (now 26-19-7), and improved on their 1989 draw when he retained his national title by unanimous decision.

Next up was another rematch, the unfinished business against the oldest Penalosa, Dodie Boy, which took place on July 31. Almost impossibly, this fight was also ruled a technical draw after six rounds, making Siodora undefeated but also win-less in four fights against the Penalosa family.

From January of 1990, when he fought for the WBC world title in Thailand, until the end of his career, Siodora mostly mixed at very high level. That meant he didn’t always win, and in his last twenty-six fights his record was a somewhat deceiving 10-10-6.

He lost his Philippines title to Isagani Pumar (16-2-1) in February of 1992, and failed to regain it when he got another draw in the rematch. Wins over good fighters such as Matt Qijano (19-16-2) and Ramie Macao (17-5-1), was mixed in with losses to even better foes Yong-Hoon Lee (27-1) and Lehlo Ledwaba (17-1-1) on the road.

In 1996 Siodra managed to put together three straight victories to set up a long-awaited second world title-challenge, as reigning WBF World Featherweight Champion Cedric “Main Man” Mingo (22-6-1) from the USA agreed to come to Manilla that November.

On the verge of slipping into a role of gate-keeper, it was a great opportunity for Siodora. And again he knew better than to let it pass him by, as he seized the moment and stopped the American in eleven rounds to finally become a world champion.

But, except for two low profile non title victories to stay busy in 1997, the Mingo triumph would be the last time he got his hands raised after a fight. On January 24, 1998, visiting challenger Komgthawat Sor Kitti (33-6) from Thailand, stopped him in the first round to take his world title.

A long, up-and-down career was over, and Sidora retired from boxing with a 24-12-7 (6) record. He was never protected in the matchmaking, but he never-the-less achieved a lot by winning the Philippines national Flyweight title and the WBF World Featherweight title.

And no Penalosa managed to beat him...

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