Genaro Hernández

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Genaro Hernández
Statistics
Real name Genaro Hernández
Nickname(s) Chicanito
Rated at Light Welterweight
Lightweight
Super Featherweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach 72 in (182 cm)
Nationality American
Born May 10, 1966
Los Angeles, California
Died June 7, 2011(2011-06-07) (aged 45)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 38
Wins by KO 17
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 0

Genaro Hernández (May 10, 1966 – June 7, 2011)[1] was a Mexican-American[2] boxer from South Central Los Angeles.[3] Hernández was WBC, WBA, & Lineal super featherweight champion.[4][5]

Pro career[edit]

Hernández, a Mexican-American, enjoyed a distinguished career as a professional boxer. His debut as a paid fighter came on September 27, 1984, when he beat Dino Ramirez by a decision in four rounds at Inglewood.[6] He racked up a record of 13–0 with 6 knockouts and a solid reputation as a future champion around Southern California, when he met former Julio César Chávez world title challenger Refugio Rojas on November 22, 1988. He beat Rojas, who had lasted seven rounds against Chávez, by a knockout in round six. This enabled Hernández to enter the WBA super featherweight rankings.[7] Hernandez went on to win seven more fights, four by knockout, including one over former world title challenger Felipe Orozco, and another, in his first professional fight abroad: a three round knockout over Leon Collins in Tokyo, Japan.[8]

WBA super featherweight title[edit]

Exactly two years after his win over Rojas, Hernández got his first world title try, against Daniel Londas, on November 22, 1991 at Épernay, France. Hernández did not disappoint those who had predicted him to be a future world champion as he knocked out world champion Londas in nine rounds in front of Londas' hometown crowd, becoming World Junior Lightweight champion.[9] In 1992, he defended his crown twice, knocking out Omar Catari in six rounds and, travelling to Japan once more, defeating challengers Masuaki Takeda and Yuji Watanabe, Takeda by decision and Watanabe by knockout in six.[10]

His next fight proved historic, albeit for the wrong reasons. Defending on April 26, 1993, once again at Inglewood against former world featherweight champion Raúl Pérez, Hernández had to settle for a first round technical draw. This was the first, and so far only, world title fight in which no punches were landed. Right after the initial bell, Perez headbutted Hernández, and Perez bled profusely from an arteric vein on his forehead. The referee summoned the ring doctor, who decided the fight should be stopped as Perez required immediate surgery.[11] In the June 28 rematch later that year, Hernández retained the world title by a knockout in round eight. Hernandez then closed the year by defeating Harold Warren by decision to once again keep his title. In 1994, Hernandez retained the title twice, including a victory over Jimmy Garcia, (who would die later after a fight with Gabriel Ruelas). By the end of 1994, Hernández was clamoring for a world title fight against crosstown rival and WBO lightweight champion Oscar De La Hoya.[12]

After eight successful title defenses, Hernández vacated his WBA super featherweight title in order to face De La Hoya in the upcoming year. Hernández began 1995 by beating another Mexican boxing legend, Jorge Maromero Páez, by a knockout in eight rounds at Inglewood. The Hernández-Páez fight was overshadowed by another news that rattled the Hispanic world that day: The death of famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla.[13]

Lightweight[edit]

On September 9, the highly anticipated encounter between Hernández and de la Hoya took place in Las Vegas. Hernández lost for the first time in his career as he was knocked out in six rounds by the younger, heavier De La Hoya.[14] Up until the fight's end, the judges had de la Hoya holding a lead on all three scorecards. After the loss Hernández took some brief time off but by 1996 he was back inside the ring, winning two bouts that year.[15]

WBC super featherweight title[edit]

In 1997, he fought what almost turned into another controversial fight when he challenged Azumah Nelson for the WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles, in Corpus Christi, Texas.[4][16] Ahead on all scorecards at the end of round seven, he was hit in his throat by a Nelson punch after the bell. He needed some time to recuperate from the illegal late hit, and WBC President José Sulaiman came to his corner and informed him that if he could not continue he would be declared winner by disqualification.[17] Hernández told Sulaiman something along the lines of I want to win it like real champions do, and he went back to the fight at the beginning of round eight. The fight ended after twelve rounds and Hernández won the Super featherweight titles by defeating Nelson with a split decision victory.[18]

Hernández went on to defend his crown against such capable challengers as future super featherweight champion Anatoly Alexandrov, Carlos Gerena and another future world champion Carlos Famoso Hernandez, a gym-mate and personal friend who would later become El Salvador's first world boxing champion in history.[19]

In what would turn out to be his last fight, on October 3 of 1998 he lost his titles to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by an 8th round retirement.[20]

Retirement[edit]

In December 1998, after he was diagnosed with a blood clot and a torn cartilage muscle, he announced his retirement with a record of 38 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, with 17 of those wins coming by knockout. He had intended to challenge WBC lightweight champion César Bazán before the diagnosis.[21]

Professional record[edit]

Result Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. RTD 8 October 3, 1998 United States Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.
Win Puerto Rico Carlos Gerena UD 12 May 16, 1998 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California Retained WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.
Win United States Carlos Hernandez UD 12 November 20, 1997 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Retained WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.
Win Kazakhstan Anatoly Alexandrov SD 12 June 14, 1997 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Retained WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.
Win Ghana Azumah Nelson SD 12 March 22, 1997 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas Won WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.
Win Mexico Antonio Hernandez UD 10 September 28, 1996 United States Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Win Mexico Javier Pichardo TKO 5 May 8, 1996 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Loss United States Oscar De La Hoya RTD 6 September 9, 1995 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO lightweight title.
Win Mexico Jorge Paez TKO 8 March 31, 1995 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California
Win Colombia Jimmy Garcia UD 12 November 12, 1994 Mexico Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win Mexico Jorge Ramirez TKO 8 January 31, 1994 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win United States Harold Warren UD 12 October 11, 1993 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win Mexico Raul Perez KO 8 June 28, 1993 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Draw Mexico Raul Perez TD 1 April 26, 1993 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win JapanYuji Watanabe TKO 6 November 20, 1992 Japan Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win JapanMasuaki Takeda UD 12 July 15, 1992 Japan International Center, Fukuoka, Japan Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win Venezuela Omar Catari UD 12 February 24, 1992 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Retained WBA super featherweight title.
Win FranceDaniel Londas TKO 9 November 22, 1991 France Complex Sport le COMEP, Épernay, Marne, France Won vacant WBA super featherweight title.
Win Puerto Rico Pedro Arroyo DQ 10 February 11, 1991 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win Mexico Rodolfo Gomez KO 5 December 6, 1990 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win United States Ben Lopez TKO 6 September 22, 1990 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win United States Richard Abila KO 3 August 27, 1990 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win PhilippinesLeon Collins KO 3 May 10, 1990 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Win Colombia Felipe Orozco UD 10 July 31, 1989 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win Barbados Ed Pollard UD 10 May 15, 1989 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win United States Refugio Rojas KO 6 November 22, 1988 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Won USA California State super featherweight title.
Win VenezuelaJose Mosqueda UD 10 July 25, 1988 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win MexicoJuan Manuel Vega TKO 9 April 25, 1988 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win United StatesKenny Wyatt UD 10 August 31, 1987 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win United StatesJ L Ivey UD 10 December 12, 1986 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win United StatesLupe Miranda UD 10 September 12, 1986 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win United StatesTerry Baldwin TKO 7 July 21, 1986 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win United StatesJorge Valdez TKO 3 April 28, 1986 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win United StatesLarry Villarreal UD 6 March 31, 1986 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win United StatesTerry Baldwin KO 2 February 24, 1986 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win United StatesPablo Montano TKO 2 February 17, 1986 United States Phoenix, Arizona
Win MexicoJose Maytorena KO 1 December 12, 1985 United States Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, California
Win United StatesRandy Archuleta UD 6 October 29, 1985 United States Stockton, California
Win United StatesDino Ramirez UD 6 June 24, 1985 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California
Win MexicoMartin Escobar UD 4 November 17, 1984 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win United StatesDino Ramirez UD 4 September 27, 1984 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California Genaro's professional debut.

Life after boxing[edit]

After retiring from boxing Hernández was diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer of the head and neck, a very rare form of cancer, and one which Hernández' insurance would not cover for treatment. Although Hernández has collected several large purses in his career, including $600,000 for his final fight against Mayweather,[22] he was not able to afford his expensive treatments and benefits were held to assist in paying what insurance would not cover. Robert Arum, of Top Rank Promotions, who promoted Hernandez, footed Hernandez' bills for chemotherapy for a number of years, until he died, also having him brought to and from the chemotherapy sessions. In mid 2009 it was reported that Hernández' cancer was in remission[23] but in early 2010 the cancer had returned and Hernández was undergoing treatment.[24] On June 3, 2011, it was announced that Hernández would stop chemotherapy treatment.[25]

Hernández worked as a boxing instructor at the LA Boxing Gym in Lake Forest, California until early 2011. He helped out in a broadcast of a boxing match in Maywood after that.[26]

Death[edit]

Hernández died from cancer on June 7, 2011, at the age of 45 .[27]

Preceded by
Joey Gamache
Vacates
WBA Super Featherweight Champion
November 22, 1991–1995
Vacates
Succeeded by
Yong-Soo Choi
Preceded by
Azumah Nelson
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
March 1997 – October 3, 1998
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Lineal Super Featherweight Champion
March 1997 – October 3, 1998

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Falleció Genaro 'Chicanito' Hernandez - Univision Deportes". Deportes.univision.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
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  21. ^ Name (2011-06-07). "Jackie Kallen: An Open letter to Genaro Hernandez". BoxingInsider.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
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  25. ^ "Genaro Hernández gives up chemotherapy". Ringtalk.com. June 3, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Genaro Hernández hangs tough in his toughest bout". Los Angeles Times. February 7, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  27. ^ Pugmire, Lance (June 7, 2011). "Southland boxer Genaro Hernandez, a former world champion, dies at 45". Los Angeles Times. 

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