|Real name||Jesús Gabriel Sandoval Chávez|
|Rated at||Super Featherweight|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
November 12, 1972 |
Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
|Wins by KO||30|
Jesús Aurelio Chávez (born Jesus Gabriel Sandoval Chavez, November 12, 1972) is a Mexican former professional boxer in the lightweight division. He is the former NABF, WBC Super Featherweight and IBF Lightweight Champion. 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.
Chavez was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in Chicago. 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 retired in the 9th round after an entertaining bout. He rebounded to win Mayweather's vacated WBC title on a fight for the title against 43-1 world champion Sirimongkol Eaimthuam by a twelve round unanimous decision at the Austin Convention Center in his hometown Austin, Texas on August 15, 2003, but lost it on his first defense, to the from 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. 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
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 after he went into a coma. Despite being implicated in the tragedy, Johnson's family encouraged Chavez to keep fighting.
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.
On April 4, 2009, Chavez was defeated by Michael Katsidis via 8th round TKO. He is trained by Richard Lord.
His struggle to attain legal U.S. residence and work his way up the boxing ranks was documented in the film "Split Decision". His life story was also documented in the book "Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus El Matador Chavez". In 2004, Chavez married US National Guard intelligence officer Aunisa Stroklund before she was deployed to the war in Iraq. The couple now resides in Austin, Texas.
Professional boxing record
|44 Wins (30 Knockouts), 8 Losses (4 Knockouts), 0 Draws|
|Loss||44–8||Jorge Linares||RTD||4 (10)||2010-10-24||Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan||Chavez retired due to a shoulder injury.|
|Loss||44–7||Humberto Soto||UD||10 (10)||2009-12-19||Arena Itson, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora|
|Loss||44–6||David Diaz||MD||10 (10)||2009-09-26||UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois|
|Loss||44–5||Michael Katsidis||TKO||8 (10)||2009-04-04||Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas||Chavez quit in his corner after round seven.|
|Win||44–4||Andres Ledesma||TKO||9 (10)||2008-09-06||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas|
|Win||43–4||Daniel Jimenez||UD||10 (10)||2008-04-04||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California|
|Loss||42–4||Julio Diaz||KO||3 (12)||2007-02-03||Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida||Lost IBF World Lightweight Title|
|Win||42–3||Leavander Johnson||TKO||11 (12)||2005-09-17||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won IBF World Lightweight Championship|
|Win||41–3||Carlos Hernandez||SD||12 (12)||2005-05-28||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator|
|Loss||40–3||Erik Morales||UD||12 (12)||2004-02-28||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC World Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||40–2||Sirimongkol Singwancha||UD||12 (12)||2003-08-15||Convention Center, Austin, Texas||Won WBC World Super Featherweight Championship|
|Win||39–2||Carlos Gerena||TKO||6 (12)||2003-03-22||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||WBC Super Featherweight Title Eliminator|
|Win||38–2||Johnny Walker||TKO||6 (10)||2002-11-15||Laredo Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||37–2||Julio Sanchez Leon||TKO||7 (10)||2002-06-28||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||36–2||Gerardo Zayas||KO||3 (10)||2002-03-22||Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas|
|Loss||35–2||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||RTD||9 (12)||2001-11-10||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California||For Lineal And WBC Super Featherweight Titles, Chavez' corner stopped the fight after the 9th round.|
|Win||35–1||Juan Jose Arias||UD||12 (12)||2001-05-26||Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||34–1||Tom Johnson||TKO||8 (12)||2001-02-23||Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||33–1||Benito Rodriguez||TKO||6 (10)||2001-01-14||Deandas Tejano Saloon, Houston, Texas|
|Win||32–1||Miguel Andrade||KO||2 (?)||2000-08-04||Ensenada, Baja California|
|Win||31–1||Russell Mosley||TKO||2 (?)||2000-06-23||Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Yucatán|
|Win||30–1||Darryl Pinckney||TKO||4 (12)||2000-03-03||Chihuahua, Chihuahua||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||29–1||Adarryl Johnson||TKO||5 (12)||1999-11-15||La Boom Discoteque, Mexico City||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||28–1||Armando Bosquez||TKO||4 (12)||1999-09-27||Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos", Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||27–1||Bruno Rabanales||TKO||4 (?)||1999-07-31||Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua|
|Win||26–1||Julio Alvarez||UD||12 (12)||1999-05-22||Mexico City||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||25–1||Rudolfo Lunsford||TKO||4 (12)||1998-10-02||Hala Ludowa, Wroclaw||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||24–1||Eloy Ortega||TKO||2 (?)||1998-08-15||Mexico City|
|Win||23–1||Moises Rodriguez||TKO||3 (?)||1998-04-18||Mexico City|
|Win||22–1||Troy Dorsey||TKO||7 (12)||1997-10-04||Caesars Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||21–1||Wilfredo Negron||TKO||5 (12)||1997-08-19||Convention Center, Austin, Texas||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||20–1||John Brown||UD||12 (12)||1997-06-10||Travis County Expo Center, Austin, Texas||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||19–1||Louie Espinoza||TD||8 (12)||1997-05-05||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained NABF Super Featherweight Title, 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||Louie Leija||TKO||6 (12)||1997-03-03||Austin, Texas||Won Vacant NABF Super Featherweight Title|
|Win||17–1||Miguel Tepanacatl||KO||2 (10)||1996-11-08||Austin, Texas|
|Win||16–1||Javier Jauregui||UD||12 (12)||1996-08-09||Austin, Texas||Won Vacant NABF Featherweight Title|
|Win||15–1||Felipe Castillo||UD||10 (10)||1996-05-17||Austin, Texas|
|Win||14–1||Cedric Mingo||UD||12 (12)||1996-03-31||Brownsville, Texas||Won WBC Continental Americas Featherweight title|
|Win||13–1||Eldon Sneed||TKO||2 (8)||1996-02-22||Austin, Texas|
|Win||12–1||Roberto Avila||PTS||10 (10)||1995-12-06||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Win||11–1||Gilbert Salinas||UD||8 (8)||1995-11-02||Music Hall, Austin, Texas|
|Win||10–1||Lupe Rodriguez||KO||6 (?)||1995-09-21||Brownsville, Texas|
|Win||9–1||Hector Vicencio||TKO||6 (10)||1995-08-25||Music Hall, Austin, Texas|
|Win||8–1||Arturo Rangel||KO||2 (?)||1995-07-29||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||7–1||Manuel Mendez||TKO||3 (?)||1995-07-13||Brownsville, Texas|
|Win||6–1||Emanuel Augustus||TKO||7 (?)||1995-06-20||Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Win||5–1||Tony Duran||TKO||3 (?)||1995-05-03||Dallas, Texas|
|Loss||4–1||Carlos Gerena||SD||8 (8)||1995-01-07||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||4–0||Cesar Armando Martinez||TKO||4 (8)||1994-10-15||Martin Field, Laredo, Texas|
|Win||3–0||Jamie Cooper||TKO||4 (?)||1994-10-13||Shreveport, Louisiana|
|Win||2–0||Rudy Hernandez||UD||4||1994-08-19||Municipal Stadium, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||1–0||Lewis Wood||UD||4||1994-08-05||Houston, Texas||Professional boxing debut|
- List of current world boxing champions
- List of lightweight boxing champions
- List of WBC world champions
- List of IBF world champions
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
- "The Inspiration of Jesus Chavez". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
- abs-cbnnews.com, Diaz takes IBO lightweight belt via split decision
- Split Decision
- [http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2006/jul/27/standing-eight-inspiring-story-jesus-el-matador-ch/ San Diego Reader | Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus �El Matador� Chavez, Who Became Lightweight Champion of the World]
- Jesus Chavez To Wed Soldier On Eve Of Iraqi Deployment
- 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
- Jan Reid, The Contender, Texas Monthly, April 1998.
- Belinda Acosta, The Inspiration of Jesus Chavez, The Austin Chronicle, February 9, 2001.
- Marcy Garriott, Feature documentary SPLIT DECISION, First Run Features, 2004, ASIN B00013F2U4.
- Professional boxing record for Jesús Chávez from BoxRec
|WBC Super Featherweight Champion
15 Aug 2003–28 Feb 2004
|IBF Lightweight Champion
17 Sep 2005–3 Feb 2007