Jesús Chávez

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Jesús Chávez
Statistics
Real name Jesús Gabriel Sandoval Chávez
Nickname(s) El Matador ("The Matador")
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach 65 in (165 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1972-11-12) November 12, 1972 (age 45)
Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 44
Wins by KO 30
Losses 8

Jesús Gabriel Sandoval Chávez (born November 12, 1972) is a Mexican former professional boxer who competed from 1994 to 2010. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC super featherweight title from 2003 to 2004, and the IBF lightweight title from 2005 to 2007.

Early life[edit]

Chavez was born in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, and raised in Chicago, Illinois.[1] 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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[2] 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.

IBF lightweight champion and death of Leavander Johnson[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 after 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

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".[7] His life story was also documented in the book "Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus El Matador Chavez".[8] 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. as of 2017 Chavez and Stroklund are divorced and Chavez now resides in Dallas, Texas.[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
52 fights 44 wins 8 losses
By knockout 30 4
By decision 14 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
52 Loss 44–8 Venezuela Jorge Linares RTD 4 (10), 3:00 Oct 24, 2010 Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
51 Loss 44–7 Mexico Humberto Soto UD 10 Dec 19, 2009 Mexico Arena ITSON, Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
50 Loss 44–6 United States David Díaz MD 10 Sep 26, 2009 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
49 Loss 44–5 Australia Michael Katsidis RTD 8 (10), 0:10 Apr 4, 2009 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
48 Win 44–4 Colombia Andres Ledesma TKO 9 (10), 0:42 Sep 6, 2008 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, U.S.
47 Win 43–4 Puerto Rico Daniel Jimenez UD 10 Apr 4, 2008 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
46 Loss 42–4 Mexico Julio Díaz KO 3 (12), 0:22 Feb 3, 2007 United States Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. Lost IBF lightweight title
45 Win 42–3 United States Leavander Johnson TKO 11 (12), 0:38 Sep 17, 2005 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF lightweight title
44 Win 41–3 United States Carlos Hernández SD 12 May 28, 2005 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
43 Loss 40–3 Mexico Érik Morales UD 12 Feb 28, 2004 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC super featherweight title
42 Win 40–2 Thailand Sirimongkol Singwancha UD 12 Aug 15, 2003 United States Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S. Won WBC super featherweight title
41 Win 39–2 Puerto Rico Carlos Gerena TKO 6 (12), 2:10 Mar 22, 2003 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
40 Win 38–2 United States Johnny Walker TKO 6 (10), 2:03 Nov 15, 2002 United States Entertainment Center, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
39 Win 37–2 Mexico Julio Sanchez Leon TKO 7 (10), 2:34 Jun 28, 2002 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
38 Win 36–2 Mexico Gerardo Zayas KO 3 (10), 2:26 Mar 22, 2002 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S.
37 Loss 35–2 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. RTD 9 (12), 3:00 Nov 10, 2001 United States Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California, U.S. For WBC and lineal super featherweight titles
36 Win 35–1 Mexico Juan Jose Arias UD 12 May 26, 2001 United States Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Retained NABF super featherweight title
35 Win 34–1 United States Tom Johnson TKO 8 (12), 0:10 Feb 23, 2001 United States Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, U.S. Won vacant NABF super featherweight title
34 Win 33–1 Mexico Benito Rodriguez TKO 6 (10), 0:10 Jan 14, 2001 United States Deandas Tejano Saloon, Houston, Texas, U.S.
33 Win 32–1 Mexico Miguel Andrade KO 2 Aug 4, 2000 Mexico Ensenada, Mexico
32 Win 31–1 United States Russell Mosley TKO 2 Jun 23, 2000 Mexico Poliforum Zamna, Mérida, Mexico
31 Win 30–1 United States Darryl Pinckney TKO 4 (12) Mar 3, 2000 Mexico Chihuahua, Mexico Retained NABF super featherweight title
30 Win 29–1 United States Adarryl Johnson TKO 5 (12), 1:12 Nov 15, 1999 Mexico La Boom Discoteque, Mexico City, Mexico Retained NABF super featherweight title
29 Win 28–1 Mexico Armando Bosquez TKO 4 (12) Aug 27, 1999 Mexico Gimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos", Ciudad Juárez, Mexico Won vacant NABF super featherweight title
28 Win 27–1 Mexico Bruno Rabanales TKO 4 Jul 31, 1999 Mexico Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Julio Alvarez UD 12 May 22, 1999 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico Won vacant NABF super featherweight title
26 Win 25–1 United States Rudolfo Lunsford TKO 4 (12) Oct 2, 1998 Poland Hala Ludowa, Wrocław, Poland Retained NABF super featherweight title
25 Win 24–1 Mexico Eloy Ortega TKO 2 Aug 15, 1998 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
24 Win 23–1 Mexico Moises Rodriguez TKO 3 Apr 18, 1998 Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
23 Win 22–1 United States Troy Dorsey RTD 7 (12), 3:00 Oct 4, 1997 United States Circus Maximus Showroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained NABF super featherweight title
22 Win 21–1 Puerto Rico Wilfredo Negrón TKO 5 (12), 0:10 Aug 19, 1997 United States Convention Center, Austin, Texas, U.S. Retained NABF super featherweight title
21 Win 20–1 United States John Brown UD 12 Jun 10, 1997 United States Luedecke Arena, Austin, Texas, U.S. Retained NABF super featherweight title
20 Win 19–1 United States Louie Espinoza TD 8 (12) May 5, 1997 United States Broadway by the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Retained NABF super featherweight title;
Unanimous TD after Espinoza was cut from an accidental head clash
19 Win 18–1 United States Louie Leija TKO 6 (12), 2:26 Mar 3, 1997 United States Austin, Texas, U.S. Won vacant NABF super featherweight title
18 Win 17–1 Mexico Miguel Tepanacatl KO 2 (10), 0:45 Nov 8, 1996 United States Austin, Texas, U.S.
17 Win 16–1 Mexico Javier Jáuregui UD 12 Aug 9, 1996 United States Austin, Texas, U.S. Won vacant NABF featherweight title
16 Win 15–1 Mexico Felipe Castillo UD 10 May 17, 1996 United States Austin, Texas, U.S.
15 Win 14–1 United States Cedric Mingo UD 12 Mar 31, 1996 United States Jacob Brown Auditorium, Brownsville, Texas, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas featherweight title
14 Win 13–1 United States Eldon Sneed TKO 2 (8), 1:38 Feb 22, 1996 United States Austin, Texas, U.S.
13 Win 12–1 Mexico Roberto Avila PTS 10 Dec 6, 1995 United States Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
12 Win 11–1 United States Gilbert Salinas UD 8 Nov 2, 1995 United States Music Hall, Austin, Texas, U.S.
11 Win 10–1 Mexico Lupe Rodriguez KO 6 (10), 1:25 Sep 21, 1995 United States International Convention Center, Brownsville, Texas, U.S.
10 Win 9–1 Mexico Hector Vicencio TKO 6 (10) Aug 25, 1995 United States Music Hall, Austin, Texas, U.S.
9 Win 8–1 United States Arturo Rangel KO 2 Jul 29, 1995 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
8 Win 7–1 United States Manuel Mendez RTD 2 (6), 3:00 Jul 13, 1995 United States International Convention Center, Brownsville, Texas, U.S.
7 Win 6–1 United States Emanuel Augustus TKO 7 Jun 20, 1995 United States Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
6 Win 5–1 United States Tony Duran TKO 3 May 3, 1995 United States Dallas, Texas, U.S.
5 Loss 4–1 Puerto Rico Carlos Gerena SD 8 Jan 7, 1995 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Argentina Cesar Armando Martinez TKO 4 (8) Oct 15, 1994 United States West Martin Field, Laredo, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Jamie Cooper TKO 4 Oct 13, 1994 United States Expo Hall, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Rudy Hernandez UD 4 Aug 19, 1994 United States Municipal Stadium, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Lewis Wood UD 4 Aug 5, 1994 United States Houston, Texas, U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belinda Acosta (February 9, 2011). "The Inspiration of Jesus Chavez". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.ringsideboxingshow.com/PUGILISTICPARADISEJesusChavezErikMorales.html
  3. ^ Wayne 'Pocket Rocket' McCullough (September 20, 2005). "No matter the precautions, boxing's risks remain". ESPN. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ Christine Maynard (September 18, 2005). "Johnson suffers brain hemorrhage in battle with Chavez for the IBF Lightweight Championship". Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Leavander Johnson vs. Jesus Chavez". BoxRec. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Diaz takes IBO lightweight belt via split decision". abs-cbnnews.com. [dead link]
  7. ^ Split Decision
  8. ^ Juris Jurjevics (July 27, 2006). [http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2006/jul/27/standing-eight-inspiring-story-jesus-el-matador-ch/ "Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus �El Matador� Chavez, Who Became Lightweight Champion of the World"]. San Diego Reader. Retrieved August 13, 2017.  replacement character in |title= at position 46 (help)
  9. ^ Fiona Manning (May 7, 2004). "Jesus Chavez To Wed Soldier On Eve Of Iraqi Deployment". Retrieved August 13, 2017. 

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

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Eduardo Montes
WBC Continental Americas featherweight champion
March 31, 1996 – August 1996
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Derrick Gainer
Vacant
Title last held by
Robert Garcia
NABF featherweight champion
August 9, 1996 – November 1996
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jose Luis Noyola
NABF super featherweight champion
March 3, 1997 – January 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Joel Casamayor
Vacant
Title last held by
Joel Casamayor
NABF super featherweight champion
May 22, 1999 – July 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
David Santos
Vacant
Title last held by
David Santos
NABF super featherweight champion
August 27, 1999 – March 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Robbie Peden
Vacant
Title last held by
Justin Juuko
NABF super featherweight champion
February 23, 2001 – November 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Daniel Alicea
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Sirimongkol Singwangcha
WBC super featherweight champion
August 15, 2003 – February 28, 2004
Succeeded by
Érik Morales
Preceded by
Leavander Johnson
IBF lightweight champion
September 17, 2005 – February 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Julio Díaz