|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
May 10, 1966|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||June 7, 2011(aged 45)|
|Wins by KO||17|
Genaro Hernández (May 10, 1966 – June 7, 2011) was a Mexican-American professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 1998. He was a two-time super featherweight world champion, having held the WBA title from 1991 to 1995, and the WBC and lineal titles from 1997 to 1998. Additionally, he challenged for the WBO lightweight title in 1995.
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. 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. 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.
WBA super featherweight champion
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. 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.
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. 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.
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 Latino world that day: The death of famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla.
WBO lightweight title challenge
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, retiring from the fight at the end of the sixth round, his nose bloody: He returned to his corner, but without sitting down motioned to his team that he did not want to continue the fight. Reportedly, he had come to the fight with a nose previously injured in a sparring session. 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.
WBC and lineal super featherweight champion
In 1997, he fought what almost turned into another controversial fight when he challenged Azumah Nelson in a title bout for the WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles, in Corpus Christi, Texas. 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. 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.
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.
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.
Life after boxing
After retiring from boxing Hernández was diagnosed with stage four 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, 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 but in early 2010 the cancer had returned and Hernández was undergoing treatment. On June 3, 2011, it was announced that Hernández would stop chemotherapy treatment.
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.
Hernández died from cancer on June 7, 2011, at the age of 45 .
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|41 fights||38 wins||2 losses|
|41||Loss||38–2–1||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||Oct 3, 1998||Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC and lineal super featherweight titles|
|40||Win||38–1–1||Carlos Gerena||UD||12||May 16, 1998||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal super featherweight titles|
|39||Win||37–1–1||Carlos Hernández||UD||12||Nov 20, 1997||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal super featherweight titles|
|38||Win||36–1–1||Anatoly Alexandrov||SD||12||Jun 14, 1997||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC and lineal super featherweight titles|
|37||Win||35–1–1||Azumah Nelson||SD||12||Mar 22, 1997||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.||Won WBC and lineal super featherweight titles|
|36||Win||34–1–1||Antonio Hernandez||UD||10||Sep 28, 1996||Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.|
|35||Win||33–1–1||Javier Pichardo||TKO||5 (10), 2:10||May 8, 1996||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|34||Loss||32–1–1||Oscar De La Hoya||RTD||6 (12), 3:00||Sep 9, 1995||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBO lightweight title|
|33||Win||32–0–1||Jorge Páez||TKO||8 (10)||Mar 31, 1995||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, U.S.|
|32||Win||31–0–1||Jimmy Garcia||UD||12||Nov 12, 1994||Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|31||Win||30–0–1||Jorge Ramirez||TKO||8 (12), 2:35||Jan 31, 1994||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|30||Win||29–0–1||Harold Warren||UD||12||Oct 11, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|29||Win||28–0–1||Raúl Pérez||KO||8 (12), 2:11||Jun 28, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|28||Draw||27–0–1||Raúl Pérez||TD||1 (12), 0:28||Apr 26, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBA super featherweight title;
TD after Pérez sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
|27||Win||27–0||Yuji Watanabe||TKO||6 (12), 0:59||Nov 20, 1992||Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|26||Win||26–0||Masuaki Takeda||UD||12||Jul 15, 1992||Convention Center, Fukuoka, Japan||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Omar Catarí||UD||12||Feb 24, 1992||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Retained WBA super featherweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Daniel Londas||TKO||9 (12), 1:07||Nov 22, 1991||Complex Sport le COMEP, Épernay, France||Won vacant WBA super featherweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Pedro Arroyo||DQ||10 (10)||Feb 11, 1991||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Rodolfo Gomez||KO||5 (10), 2:00||Dec 6, 1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Ben Lopez||TKO||6 (10), 2:06||Sep 22, 1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Richard Abila||KO||3 (10), 2:18||Aug 27, 1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Leon Collins||KO||3 (10)||May 10, 1990||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
|18||Win||18–0||Felipe Orozco||UD||10||Jul 31, 1989||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Ed Pollard||UD||10||May 15, 1989||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Refugio Rojas||KO||6 (12)||Nov 22, 1988||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Won vacant California super featherweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Jose Mosqueda||UD||10||Jul 25, 1988||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Juan Manuel Vega||TKO||9 (10)||Apr 25, 1988||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Kenny Wyatt||UD||10||Aug 31, 1987||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||J L Ivey||PTS||10||Dec 12, 1986||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Lupe Miranda||PTS||10||Sep 12, 1986||Sahara Hotel, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Terry Baldwin||TKO||7||Jul 21, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Jorge Valdez||TKO||3||Apr 28, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Larry Villarreal||UD||6||Mar 31, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Terry Baldwin||KO||2 (6), 2:13||Feb 24, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Pablo Montano||TKO||2 (6)||Feb 17, 1986||Graham Central Station, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Jose Maytorena||KO||1||Dec 12, 1985||Kern County Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, California, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Randy Archuleta||PTS||6||Oct 29, 1985||Stockton, California, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Dino Ramirez||UD||6||Jun 24, 1985||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Martin Escobar||UD||4||Nov 17, 1984||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Dino Ramirez||PTS||4||Sep 27, 1984||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||Professional debut|
- List of lineal boxing world champions
- List of super featherweight boxing champions
- List of WBC world champions
- List of WBA world champions
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byGreg Puente
|California super featherweight champion
November 22, 1988 – 1990
Title next held byBen Lopez
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byJoey Gamache
|WBA super featherweight champion
November 22, 1991 – April 1995
Title next held byChoi Yong-soo
|WBC super featherweight champion
March 22, 1997 – October 3, 1998
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
|Lineal super featherweight champion
March 22, 1997 – October 3, 1998