|Real name||Genaro Hernández|
|Rated at||Light Welterweight
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (182 cm)|
|Born||May 10, 1966
Los Angeles, California
|Died||June 7, 2011(aged 45)|
|Wins by KO||17|
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 title
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 Hispanic world that day: The death of famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla.
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 & Lineal super featherweight titles
In 1997, he fought what almost turned into another controversial fight when he challenged Azumah Nelson in a unification 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.
|Loss||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||RTD||8||October 3, 1998||Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.|
|Win||Carlos Gerena||UD||12||May 16, 1998||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California||Retained WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.|
|Win||Carlos Hernandez||UD||12||November 20, 1997||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California||Retained WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.|
|Win||Anatoly Alexandrov||SD||12||June 14, 1997||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Retained WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.|
|Win||Azumah Nelson||SD||12||March 22, 1997||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas||Won WBC & Lineal super featherweight titles.|
|Win||Antonio Hernandez||UD||10||September 28, 1996||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||Javier Pichardo||TKO||5||May 8, 1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California|
|Loss||Oscar De La Hoya||RTD||6||September 9, 1995||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBO lightweight title.|
|Win||Jorge Paez||TKO||8||March 31, 1995||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California|
|Win||Jimmy Garcia||UD||12||November 12, 1994||Plaza Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Jorge Ramirez||TKO||8||January 31, 1994||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Harold Warren||UD||12||October 11, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Raul Perez||KO||8||June 28, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Draw||Raul Perez||TD||1||April 26, 1993||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Yuji Watanabe||TKO||6||November 20, 1992||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Masuaki Takeda||UD||12||July 15, 1992||International Center, Fukuoka, Japan||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Omar Catari||UD||12||February 24, 1992||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Retained WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Daniel Londas||TKO||9||November 22, 1991||Complex Sport le COMEP, Épernay, Marne, France||Won vacant WBA super featherweight title.|
|Win||Pedro Arroyo||DQ||10||February 11, 1991||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||Rodolfo Gomez||KO||5||December 6, 1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||Ben Lopez||TKO||6||September 22, 1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||Richard Abila||KO||3||August 27, 1990||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||Leon Collins||KO||3||May 10, 1990||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||Felipe Orozco||UD||10||July 31, 1989||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||Ed Pollard||UD||10||May 15, 1989||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California|
|Win||Refugio Rojas||KO||6||November 22, 1988||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Won USA California State super featherweight title.|
|Win||Jose Mosqueda||UD||10||July 25, 1988||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Juan Manuel Vega||TKO||9||April 25, 1988||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Kenny Wyatt||UD||10||August 31, 1987||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||J L Ivey||UD||10||December 12, 1986||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||Lupe Miranda||UD||10||September 12, 1986||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||Terry Baldwin||TKO||7||July 21, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Jorge Valdez||TKO||3||April 28, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Larry Villarreal||UD||6||March 31, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Terry Baldwin||KO||2||February 24, 1986||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Pablo Montano||TKO||2||February 17, 1986||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Win||Jose Maytorena||KO||1||December 12, 1985||Fairgrounds, Bakersfield, California|
|Win||Randy Archuleta||UD||6||October 29, 1985||Stockton, California|
|Win||Dino Ramirez||UD||6||June 24, 1985||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California|
|Win||Martin Escobar||UD||4||November 17, 1984||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||Dino Ramirez||UD||4||September 27, 1984||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California||Genaro's professional debut.|
Life after boxing
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, 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 .
|WBA Super Featherweight Champion
November 22, 1991–1995
|WBC Super Featherweight Champion
March 1997 – October 3, 1998
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
|Lineal Super Featherweight Champion
March 1997 – October 3, 1998
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
- List of super featherweight boxing champions
- List of WBC world champions
- List of WBA world champions
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