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Orlando Canizales (born November 25, 1965) is an Americanmarker 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 was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Famemarker on July 14, 2009. With his parents watching, an emotional Orlando Canizales approached the podium and delivered a heartfelt speech. "Boxing has taught me a lot in life -- that dedication, discipline and determination will pay off in the long run and not to be easily swayed by obstacles and bumps in the road."

Personal

He was born in Laredomarker, the seat of Webb Countymarker in south Texasmarker. He is the brother of fellow bantamweight world champion Gaby Canizales.

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