Jesús Chávez

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Jesús Chávez
Real name Jesús Aurelio Chávez
Nickname(s) El Matador
Rated at Super Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1972-11-12) November 12, 1972 (age 42)
Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 44
Wins by KO 30
Losses 8
Draws 0
No contests 0

Jesús Aurelio Chávez (born November 12, 1972) is a Mexican professional boxer in the lightweight division. He is the former NABF, WBC Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion.[1][2] He fights with the nickname El Matador, meaning "The Killer", in honor to his first gym, Tom O`Shea's Northwestern Settlement Matadors in Chicago.

Early life[edit]

Chavez was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Chicago.[3] He became a legal U.S. resident as a child, but at age 16 he was convicted of being an accessory to armed robbery, spent four years in prison, and was subsequently deported back to Mexico. Nevertheless he struggled to regain American citizenship and work his way up in boxing ranks.


Chávez's first title opportunity came against WBC Super Featherweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. where he was knocked out in the 9th round after an entertaining bout. He rebounded to win Mayweather's vacated WBC title, but lost it to then two-time champion Erik Morales. In another exciting fight, Chávez rocked Morales early in the first round. Morales recovered and knocked Chávez down twice in the 2nd round, but Chávez came back and fought hard for the rest of the fight, despite having a torn rotator cuff and torn ACL. Morales won a close decision, but Chávez gained further respect for his effort.[4] In his next fight, he took on former IBF Champion Carlos Hernández, who in turn had also lost his own title to Morales. In an exciting 12-round war, Chávez pulled out a close decision.

Leavander Johnson's death[edit]

He then moved up to the Lightweight division to take on IBF champion Leavander Johnson. In an unfortunate bout, Chávez out-hustled Johnson throughout the entire fight, beating him severely for the entire fight until the referee finally stepped in and ended it. Johnson died several days later when he went into a coma. Despite being implicated in the tragedy, Johnson's family encouraged Chavez to keep fighting.

In 2007, Chavez lost his IBF title to Julio Díaz.[5][6][7]

On September 6, 2008, Jesus "El Matador" Chavez, (44-4 with 31 Win by TKO) knocked out visiting Andres Ledesma,of Colombia 42 seconds into the 9th round of their lightweight bout, at the Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas. Chavez, of Austin, also floored Ledesma in the 7th round.[8]

On April 4, 2009, Chavez was defeated by Michael Katsidis via 8th round TKO. He is trained by Richard Lord.

Personal life[edit]

His struggle to attain legal U.S. residence and work his way up the boxing ranks was documented in the film "Split Decision".[9] His life story was also documented in the book "Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus El Matador Chavez".[10] In 2004, Chavez married US National Guard intelligence officer Anuisa Stroklund before she was deployed to the war in Iraq. The couple now resides in Austin, Texas.[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

44 Wins (30 Knockouts), 8 Losses (4 Knockouts), 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd. Date Location Notes
Loss 44–8 Venezuela Jorge Linares RTD 4 (10) 2010-10-24 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Chavez retired due to a shoulder injury.
Loss 44–7 Mexico Humberto Soto UD 10 (10) 2009-12-19 Mexico Arena Itson, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora
Loss 44–6 United States David Diaz MD 10 (10) 2009-09-26 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Loss 44–5 Australia Michael Katsidis TKO 8 (10) 2009-04-04 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas Chavez quit in his corner after round seven.
Win 44–4 Colombia Andres Ledesma TKO 9 (10) 2008-09-06 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Win 43–4 Puerto Rico Daniel Jimenez UD 10 (10) 2008-04-04 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Loss 42–4 Mexico Julio Diaz KO 3 (12) 2007-02-03 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida
Win 42–3 United States Leavander Johnson TKO 11 (12) 2005-09-17 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 41–3 United States Carlos Hernandez SD 12 (12) 2005-05-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Loss 40–3 Mexico Erik Morales UD 12 (12) 2004-02-28 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 40–2 Thailand Sirimongkol Singwancha UD 12 (12) 2003-08-15 United States Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Win 39–2 Puerto Rico Carlos Gerena TKO 6 (12) 2003-03-22 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 38–2 United States Johnny Walker TKO 6 (10) 2002-11-15 United States Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas
Win 37–2 Mexico Julio Sanchez Leon TKO 7 (10) 2002-06-28 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Win 36–2 Mexico Gerardo Zayas KO 3 (10) 2002-03-22 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Loss 35–2 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. RTD 9 (12) 2001-11-10 United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California Chavez' corner stopped the fight after the 9th round.
Win 35–1 Mexico Juan Jose Arias UD 12 (12) 2001-05-26 United States Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Win 34–1 United States Tom Johnson TKO 8 (12) 2001-02-23 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Win 33–1 Mexico Benito Rodriguez TKO 6 (10) 2001-01-14 United States Deandas Tejano Saloon, Houston, Texas
Win 32–1 Mexico Miguel Andrade KO 2 (?) 2000-08-04 Mexico Ensenada, Baja California
Win 31–1 United States Russell Mosley TKO 2 (?) 2000-06-23 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Yucatán
Win 30–1 United States Darryl Pinckney TKO 4 (12) 2000-03-03 Mexico Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Win 29–1 United States Adarryl Johnson TKO 5 (12) 1999-11-15 Mexico La Boom Discoteque, Mexico City
Win 28–1 Mexico Armando Bosquez TKO 4 (12) 1999-09-27 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos", Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Win 27–1 Mexico Bruno Rabanales TKO 4 (?) 1999-07-31 Mexico Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Win 26–1 Mexico Julio Alvarez UD 12 (12) 1999-05-22 Mexico Mexico City
Win 25–1 United States Rudolfo Lunsford TKO 4 (12) 1998-10-02 Poland Hala Ludowa, Wroclaw
Win 24–1 Mexico Eloy Ortega TKO 2 (?) 1998-08-15 Mexico Mexico City
Win 23–1 Mexico Moises Rodriguez TKO 3 (?) 1998-04-18 Mexico Mexico City
Win 22–1 United States Troy Dorsey TKO 7 (12) 1997-10-04 United States Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 21–1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Negron TKO 5 (12) 1997-08-19 United States Convention Center, Austin, Texas
Win 20–1 United States John Brown UD 12 (12) 1997-06-10 United States Travis County Expo Center, Austin, Texas
Win 19–1 United States Louie Espinoza TD 8 (12) 1997-05-05 United States Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Bout stopped due to cut over Espinoza's right eye after accidental clash of heads.
Judges scorecards at the time were 78-74, 78-74, 77-75, all in favour of Chavez.
Win 18–1 United States Louie Leija TKO 6 (12) 1997-03-03 United States Austin, Texas
Win 17–1 Mexico Miguel Tepanacatl KO 2 (10) 1996-11-08 United States Austin, Texas
Win 16–1 Mexico Javier Jauregui UD 12 (12) 1996-08-09 United States Austin, Texas
Win 15–1 Mexico Felipe Castillo UD 10 (10) 1996-05-17 United States Austin, Texas
Win 14–1 United States Cedric Mingo UD 12 (12) 1996-03-31 United States Brownsville, Texas
Win 13–1 United States Eldon Sneed TKO 2 (8) 1996-02-22 United States Austin, Texas
Win 12–1 Mexico Roberto Avila PTS 10 (10) 1995-12-06 United States Fort Worth, Texas
Win 11–1 United States Gilbert Salinas UD 8 (8) 1995-11-02 United States Music Hall, Austin, Texas
Win 10–1 Mexico Lupe Rodriguez KO 6 (?) 1995-09-21 United States Brownsville, Texas
Win 9–1 Mexico Hector Vicencio TKO 6 (10) 1995-08-25 United States Music Hall, Austin, Texas
Win 8–1 United States Arturo Rangel KO 2 (?) 1995-07-29 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Win 7–1 United States Manuel Mendez TKO 3 (?) 1995-07-13 United States Brownsville, Texas
Win 6–1 United States Emanuel Augustus TKO 7 (?) 1995-06-20 United States Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas
Win 5–1 United States Tony Duran TKO 3 (?) 1995-05-03 United States Dallas, Texas
Loss 4–1 Puerto Rico Carlos Gerena SD 8 (8) 1995-01-07 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Win 4–0 Argentina Cesar Armando Martinez TKO 4 (8) 1994-10-15 United States Martin Field, Laredo, Texas
Win 3–0 United States Jamie Cooper TKO 4 (?) 1994-10-13 United States Shreveport, Louisiana
Win 2–0 United States Rudy Hernandez UD 4 1994-08-19 United States Municipal Stadium, San Antonio, Texas
Win 1–0 United States Lewis Wood UD 4 1994-08-05 United States Houston, Texas Professional boxing debut

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Jan Reid, The Bullet Meant for Me: A Memoir, Broadway, 2002, ISBN 0-7679-0595-4
  • Adam Pitluk, Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesús "El Matador" Chávez, Who Became Lightweight Champion of the World, Da Capo Press, 2006, ISBN 0-306-81454-4

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Preceded by
Sirimongkol Singwangcha
WBC Super Featherweight Champion
15 Aug 2003–28 Feb 2004
Succeeded by
Erik Morales
Preceded by
Leavander Johnson
IBF Lightweight Champion
17 Sep 2005–3 Feb 2007
Succeeded by
Julio Díaz