Daniel Ponce de León

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ponce and the second or maternal family name is de León.
Daniel Ponce de León
Statistics
Real name Daniel Ponce de León
Nickname(s) El León
Rated at Super Featherweight
Featherweight
Super Bantamweight
Bantamweight
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Reach 178 cm (70 in)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1980-07-27) July 27, 1980 (age 34)
Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 45
Wins by KO 35
Losses 7
Draws 0
No contests 0

Daniel Ponce de León (born July 27, 1980) is a Mexican professional Boxer in the Featherweight division and was a member of the 2000 Mexican Olympics team. He is the former WBC Featherweight Champion and former WBO World Super Bantamweight Champion.

He currently resides in West Covina, California.[1]

Early life[edit]

Daniel is a Tarahumara Amerindian,[2] raised in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. Out of five brothers he was the only one to survive, due to the harsh conditions and the poverty his tribe lived in.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Daniel was a Mexican National Amateur champion and a bronze medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games. Ponce de León would then go onto represent Mexico at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[4]

WBO Super Bantamweight Champion[edit]

On October 29, 2005 he defeated Sod Kokietgym by unanimous decision, handing Looknongyangtoy his first career loss.[5] He has defended his WBO Super Bantamweight Championship eight times against Gerson Guerrero, Reynaldo Lopez, Sod Kokietgym twice, Al Seeger, Gerry Peñalosa, Rey Bautista and Eduardo Escobedo. Ponce de León's first loss was a unanimous decision loss to Celestino Caballero on February 17, 2005.

Ponce de León retained his title against Eduardo Escobedo on December 8, 2007 via unanimous decision, as part of the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.Ricky Hatton fight.[6] On June 7, 2008 Ponce de León was defeated by technical knockout in the first round by Juan Manuel López, losing his WBO Super Bantamweight title.

De León was the headliner of a sold out Golden Boy show[7] and inched closer to another world title shot by knocking out Puerto Rican, Orlando Cruz.[8] Daniel defeated Cornelius Lock on May 1, 2010 the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley[9] in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO PPV to retain his WBC Latino featherweight title.[10]

Featherweight Contention[edit]

On March 5, 2011, De Leon moved up to the Super Featherweight division to face undefeated prospect Adrien Broner. The fight was expected to be a showcase bout for the younger and larger Broner, however, De Leon proved to be more competitive than anticipated as Broner was awarded a highly disputed ten round unanimous decision.[11]

WBC Featherweight Champion[edit]

In a shocker, Daniel Ponce de Leon emerged victorious over WBC featherweight beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez, coming away with an eighth-round unanimous technical decision victory before a sold-out crowd at Saturday night's Showtime-televised event at the MGM Grand.

The bout ended when a nasty gash emerged over the right eye of Gonzalez (52–8, 45 KOs), of Mexico City, after which it was determined that Gonzalez could not continue, they went to the scorecards and he won via: 79–72, 79–72, 77–74, all for Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon fought Abner Mares in the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, 2013 and got knocked down in the second and ninth rounds en route to a TKO loss at 2:20 of the ninth round, losing his WBC featherweight title in the process.

Professional record[edit]

45 Wins (35 knockouts), 7 Losses (4 knockouts), 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 45–7 Mexico Miguel Roman TKO 9 (10), 1:50 2014-06-07 Mexico Estadio de Beisbol, Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua
Loss 45–6 Puerto Rico Juan Manuel Lopez TKO 2 (12), 0:00 2014-03-15 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan Rematch.
Win 45–5 Mexico Joksan Hernandez UD 10 2013-11-16 Mexico Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancún, Quintana Roo
Loss 44–5 Mexico Abner Mares TKO 9 (12), 2:20 2013-05-04 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Featherweight title.
Win 44–4 Mexico Jhonny Gonzalez TD 8 (12), 2:36 2012-09-15 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Featherweight title.
Win 43–4 Mexico Eduardo Lazcano UD 10 2012-05-04 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBC USNBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 42–4 Mexico Omar Estrella KO 6 (12), 1:31 2012-01-21 Mexico Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, Baja California Won vacant WBC USNBC Featherweight title.
Loss 41–4 Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa TD 8 (12), 1:24 2011-09-10 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 41–3 United States Adrien Broner UD 10 2011-03-05 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California For vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Featherweight title.
Win 41–2 Argentina Sergio Manuel Medina TKO 7 (10), 2:59 2010-12-04 Mexico Estadio Beto Avila, Veracruz, Veracruz Retained WBC Latino Featherweight title.
Win 40–2 Mexico Antonio Escalante KO 3 (12), 2:40 2010-09-18 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained WBC Latino Featherweight title.
Win 39–2 United States Cornelius Lock UD 10 2010-05-01 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Latino Featherweight title.
Win 38–2 Puerto Rico Orlando Cruz KO 3 (12), 2:37 2010-02-20 Mexico Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City Won WBC Latino Featherweight title.
Win 37–2 Panama Roinet Caballero UD 12 2009-09-05 Panama Arena Roberto Durán, Panama City
Win 36–2 Nicaragua Marlon Aguilar UD 12 2009-04-25 Mexico Arena Miguel Canto Solis, Cozumel, Quintana Roo Won NABF Featherweight title.
Win 35–2 Argentina Damian Marchiano KO 4 (10), 1:41 2008-11-01 Mexico Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre, Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Loss 34–2 Puerto Rico Juan Manuel López TKO 1 (12), 2:25 2008-06-07 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Lost WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 34–1 Mexico Eduardo Escobedo UD 12 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 33–1 Colombia Reynaldo Lopez KO 5 (10), 2:39 2007-09-28 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 32–1 Philippines Rey Bautista TKO 1 (12), 2:30 2007-08-11 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 31–1 Philippines Gerry Penalosa UD 12 2007-03-17 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO & IBA Super Bantamweight title.
Win 30–1 United States Al Seeger TKO 8 (12), 1:43 2006-10-21 United States Williams Convention Center, El Paso, Texas Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Won IBA Super Bantamweight title.
Win 29–1 Thailand Sod Kokietgym KO 1 (12), 0:52 2006-07-15 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 28–1 Mexico Gerson Guerrero KO 2 (12), 1:50 2006-05-27 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 27–1 Thailand Sod Kokietgym UD 12 2005-10-29 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Won the WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 26–1 United States Phillip Payne TKO 7 (12), 0:57 2005-06-24 United States The Show Palace, Oceanside, California Won WBO NABO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 25–1 Mexico Ricardo Barajas KO 2 (10), 2:13 2005-04-29 United States Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Loss 24–1 Panama Celestino Caballero UD 12 2005-02-17 United States Avalon Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Win 24–0 Mexico Julio Gamboa KO 4 (10), 2:04 2004-11-19 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Retained WBO NABO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 23–0 Mexico Emmanuel Lucero KO 3 (12), 2:51 2004-10-22 United States El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas Won vacant WBO NABO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 22–0 Mexico Carlos Contreras UD 10 2004-06-11 United States Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Texas

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daniel Ponce de Leon. Boxingscene.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-01.
  2. ^ Gorney, Cynthia (November 2008) Tarahumara People — National Geographic Magazine. Ngm.nationalgeographic.com.
  3. ^ Seckbach, Elie (2010-05-25) Ponce De Leon The Knockout Artist. boxing.fanhouse.com
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Knish, Joey (2006-10-20) Daniel Ponce De Leon In The Lion's Den. thesweetscience.com
  6. ^ Photos – Daniel Ponce De Leon vs Eduardo Escobedo – Boxing news. Boxnews.com.ua (2010-01-30). Retrieved on 2014-02-01.
  7. ^ Daniel Ponce de Leon Scores KO Win, Vivian Harris Suffers TKO Loss. Eastsideboxing.com (2010-02-21). Retrieved on 2014-02-01.
  8. ^ Magno, Paul (2010-02-21) War in Mexico: Ponce De Leon, Segura, Chavez, Espadas in Action. Inside Fights.
  9. ^ Saul Alvarez and Daniel Ponce De Leon both collect wins on Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley undercard. fightnewsusa.com (2010-05-01)
  10. ^ Saul Alvarez and Daniel Ponce De Leon both collect wins on Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley undercard – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2010-05-01). Retrieved on 2014-02-01.
  11. ^ LaBate, Chris (2011-03-05) Adrien Broner Decisions Daniel Ponce De Leon in Ten – Boxing News. Boxingscene.com. Retrieved on 2014-02-01.

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Awards and achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Joan Guzmán
WBO Junior Featherweight Champion
October 29, 2005 – June 7, 2008
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel López
Preceded by
Jhonny González
WBC Featherweight Champion
September 15, 2012 – May 4, 2013
Succeeded by
Abner Mares