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Jesus "Jesse" Valdez (born December 7, 1947) is a former boxer.
At sixteen years-old, Valdez won the National AAU Welterweight Championship in 1964 by upsetting Olympic bronze medalist Quincey Daniels. That same year, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team as an alternate. In 1967, he won a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games. Valdez also won the National AAU Light Middleweight Championship in 1970, while boxing out of the Air Force. In 1967 he was the National Golden Gloves Light middleweight champion and in 1972 he was the National Golden Gloves Welterweight Champion. The Jesse Valdez Fan club was started by Rudy Ramirez.
In 1972, Valdez, who is of Mexican-American descent, qualified for the U.S. national team by defeating future world light-heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. At the, 1972 Munich Olympic games, Valdez was eliminated from the finals by eventual gold medalist Emilio Correa in a disputed split decision. Valdez would go on to win a bronze medal.
- Defeated Kolman Kalipe (Togo) 5-0
- Defeated Carlos Burga (Peru) 4-1
- Defeated David Jackson (Uganda) 4-1
- Defeated Anatoly Khohlov (Soviet Union) 5-0
- Lost to Emilio Correa (Cuba) 2-3
Valdez never turned pro after his impressive amateur career but remained in the Air Force as a career military man.
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