Jason Litzau

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Jason Litzau
Statistics
Real name Jason John Litzau
Nickname(s) American Boy
Rated at Lightweight
Super Featherweight
Featherweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach 73 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1983-06-29) June 29, 1983 (age 31)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 31
Wins 28
Wins by KO 21
Losses 3
Draws 0
No contests 0

Jason John Litzau (born June 29, 1983 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is an American professional boxer in the Super Featherweight division and former North American Boxing Federation Super Featherweight Champion.[1]

Early life[edit]

In his youth Litzau played Little League Baseball, as a pitcher. He attended Harding Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Litzau's brother Allen Litzau is also a professional boxer.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Known as "The American Boy", Litzau began boxing at 11 years old and reportedly compiled an amateur record of 125-10[3] Litzau is a former Silver Gloves national champion, having finished second at the 2001 U.S. Championships and earning a spot on the 2001 U.S. National team.

Litzau turned pro in 2002.

Professional career[edit]

Litzau turned pro on November 16, 2002 and as of September 2013 had a record of 29-3 with 22 knockouts. He has garnered considerable fanfare due to his appearances on ESPN's fight cards. His first loss was against Jose Hernandez on December 16, 2006, on HBO. He lost to IBF World Featherweight Champ Robert Guerrero in a title match on Leap Day, February 29, 2008.

The Hernandez Incident[edit]

Litzau was upset in his first spotlight appearance on HBO's Boxing After Dark in a fight against Jose Hernandez. The fight was intended to showcase Litzau's considerable talent and box office draw. Litzau was ahead on points (68-64 on all three cards) when Hernandez scored an eighth round knockout over Litzau with a clubbing right hand to the head. Litzau had been dropped by a right hand in round one, but appeared well in control of the bout until getting knocked out in round 8.

IBF Featherwieght Championship[edit]

Litzau lost via 8th-round TKO to Robert Guerrero in his first shot at the title, on February 29, 2008.[4]

NABF Lightweight Championship[edit]

On August 15, 2009, as an undercard to Roy Jones Jr. vs. Jeff Lacy, Litzau fought Verquan Kimbrough for the vacant NABF Lightweight title. Litzau won by RTD at the end of Round 3.[5] Litzau moved up two weight classes for the fight.

NABF Super Featherweight Championship[edit]

On November 4, 2009 Litzau headlined an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights program against 15-4 Johnnie Edwards with the NABF Super Featherweight title in play. Litzau won the fight by unanimous decision, winning a second NABF title.[6]

Litzau defended his title against Rocky Juarez on April 3, 2010, winning by technical decision when the fight was halted in the seventh round due to a bad cut on Litzau's cheek which referee Jay Nady ruled was caused by an accidental head butt.[7]

On the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis, Liztau beat former WBA and IBF champion, Panama's Celestino Caballero.[8]

Professional record[edit]

29 Wins (21 knockouts), 3 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Venue and Location Notes
Win 29-3-0 United States Ira Terry KO 1 (18) 2012-06-16 United States Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA vacant WBC USNBC super featherweight title
Loss 28-3-0 United States Adrien Broner TKO 1 (10) 2011-06-18 Mexico Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico vacant WBC USNBC super featherweight title
Win 28-2-0 PanamaCelestino Caballero SD 10 (10) 2010-11-27 NevadaMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 27-2-0 United StatesRocky Juarez TD 7 (3:00) 2010-04-03 NevadaMandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended his NABF Super Featherweight title
Win 26-2-0 United StatesJohnnie Edwards UD 10 (10) 2009-11-04 North CarolinaCorrosion Hangar, Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, United States Won the vacant NABF Super Featherweight title
Win 25-2-0 United StatesVerquan Kimbrough RTD 3 (3:00) 2009-08-15 MississippiCoast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States Won the vacant NABF Lightweight title
Win 24-2-0 United StatesPhillip Payne TKO 5 (0:52) 2009-04-18 MinnesotaTarget Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 23-2-0 United StatesRobert Guerrero KO 8 (2:25) 2008-02-29 CaliforniaTachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, United States For the IBF featherweight Title.
Win 23-1-0 MexicoEdel Ruiz UD 10 (10) 2007-11-23 CaliforniaStaples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 22-1-0 MexicoEmmanuel Lucero TKO 2 (2:48) 2007-08-17 CaliforniaHarrah's Rincon Casino, Valley Center, California, United States
Win 21-1-0 MexicoAldo Valtierra UD 10 (10) 2007-04-25 MinnesotaRoy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Loss 20-1-0 MexicoJosé Hernández KO 8 (2:52) 2006-12-16 FloridaMiccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 20-0-0 Mexico Sammy Ventura TKO 2 (10) 2006-10-20 MinnesotaCicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, United States

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