Yamil Chade has long been a recognizable figure in boxing, where he worked closely with great champions such as Kid Gavilán, Wilfredo Gómez, Carlos “Sugar” De León, and Félix “Tito” Trinidad.
Of Cuban-Lebanese descent, Chade started in the late 1940s as a boxer handler.
Gavilán was the first world champion under his wing, becoming the top welterweight in the world in 1951 when he defeated Johnny Saxton by decision in 15 rounds.
It was however with Wilfredo Gómez, that he acquired great notoriety. He took the Puerto Rican fighter to legendary battles against Carlos Zárate, Salvador Sánchez and Lupe Pintor. He elevated Felix Trinidad to become International Boxing Federation champion in 1993, when he defeated Maurice Blocker in his 20th fight as a professional boxer. Like other boxers under his wing, Trinidad benefited from Chade’s insistence on him performing on different stages throughout the United States and the world.
The vast majority of professional relationships with his boxers however, did not end in the best of terms. In Trinidad’s case, both the boxer and his father went to court to end their promotional contract with Chade.
Even with the disagreements, Chade was vital in the development of the many boxers he managed, placing him as an important figure among Asian-Latinos in sports.
Chade is also remembered for his personal relationship with José Sulaimán, the late World Boxing Council president. Critics of both men associate their alliance with the creation of the Super-Bantamweight division, to benefit Wilfredo Gómez and propel his impressive record at a tailoerd and more favorable weight class.
In his final years, Chade reinvented himself and became involved in Puerto Rican professional basketball as a team owner. He took a team that had not won a championship since 1959, the Capitanes de Arecibo, to the title in 2005 shortly after acquiring them, and then again in 2008. They would be his last champions. Yamil Chade passed away in Puerto Rico at the age of 88 in 2009.