Jorge Páez

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Jorge Paez
Real name Jorge Adolfo Febles Páez
Nickname(s) El Maromero
Rated at Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Super Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1965-10-27) October 27, 1965 (age 49)
Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 98
Wins 79
Wins by KO 51
Losses 14
Draws 5
No contests 0

Jorge Adolfo Febles Páez (born October 27, 1965, in Mexicali, Baja California) is a Mexican boxer, actor and circus performer. Páez is the former WBO and IBF Featherweight champion.[1] Paez is nicknamed "El Maromero", in honor to the somersault (referred in mexican spanish as "maroma") acts he performs at the circus. Paez has been a circus performer in his northwest Mexico hometown since he was very young. There, he learned acrobatic moves that he would later use in the boxing ring. Páez is also the father of welterweight prospect Azriel Páez and WBC Youth Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Jorge Páez, Jr..[2]

Personal life[edit]

Paez has been a circus performer in his northwest Mexico hometown since he was very young. Jorge started boxing in San Luis Río Colorado. He is also the father of welterweight prospect Azriel Páez[3] and WBC Youth Intercontinental Welterweight Champion Jorge Páez, Jr..[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Paez began boxing professionally on November 16, 1984, knocking out Efren Treno in three rounds.

IBF champion[edit]

From there on, he built a string of wins that led him to challenge IBF Featherweight champion Calvin Grove in boxing's last 15 round world title fight. Paez was trailing on all three scorecards, but dropped the champion three times in the last round. The knockdowns provided an edge on the scorecards, making Paez IBF Featherweight champion by a unanimous decision. He defended the title eight times, including a knockout in 11 against Grove in a rematch, a draw against former world champion Stevie Cruz and a split decision against future world champion Troy Dorsey.

WBO champion[edit]

He then won the WBO Featherweight title after beating Louie Espinoza (in a rematch of their 1989 fight that ended in a draw) by split decision. He then vacated his titles and moved up in weight, only to lose to IBF Super Featherweight champion Tony Lopez. Paez continued to fight, but he had mixed results versus former world champions Lupe Suarez and Tracy Spann; he and Suarez drew in 10 rounds, and he beat Spann by a 10 round decision.

On October 10, 1991, Paez moved up to Lightweight and fought against Pernell Whitaker for the WBC, WBA and IBF Lightweight titles but lost by unanimous decision.

On November 6, 1992, Paez fought against future world champion Rafael Ruelas for the NABF Lightweight title, losing by TKO in the 10 round. On July 17, 1993, he lost to Freddie Pendleton by a decision in twelve for the IBF Lightweight title, and on July 29, 1994, he was given a shot at the vacant WBO Lightweight title against Oscar de la Hoya. Paez lost to de la Hoya by a knockout in round two.

Paez then went up against future champion Genaro Hernandez, losing by TKO in the 8th round after the match was stopped due to a bad cut on Paez' face. On August 17, 1996, he won the WBC Continental Americas Super Featherweight regional title by knocking out Narciso Valenzuela in 3 rounds. Paez would then lose that title in his next match against Julian Wheeler but regained it by beating Wheeler in the rematch.

On August 7, 1997, he lost by a knockout in eight to Angel Manfredy for the WBU Super Featherweight title. Paez then won the NABU Super Featherweight title by knocking out Juan Angel Macias in 6. On October 16, 1999 he then challenged future great Jose Luis Castillo for the vacant IBA Super Featherweight title, losing by KO in the fifth round.

Injuries and Retirement[edit]

Paez was supposed to fight Jesús Chávez on March 29, 2003. However, it was discovered that Paez suffered from brain swelling, putting the fight with Jesús Chávez and his career in serious jeopardy. Despite these findings, Paez fought on, and on December 5, 2003, in Phoenix, Arizona, he defeated Scott McCraken by a ten-round split decision in what would be Paez's final match.

Outside the Ring[edit]

In 1993 he made the movie Zapatos Viejos, where he starred alongside Gloria Trevi, playing "Ernesto". In 1995, he made his Hollywood acting debut in the low-budget movie Dirty Money.

Paez's name surfaced in the 2004 FBI investigation against promoter Bob Arum. The FBI is investigating whether Paez's win over Verdell Smith was a fixed fight or not.

Paez had a brief supporting role with World Wrestling Entertainment as an associate of Rey Mysterio, and accompanied him to the ring at the No Way Out pay-per-view event on February 15, 2004. Paez also appeared in Mysterio's music video for his song from the WWE Originals album, "Crossing Borders."

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Preceded by
Calvin Grove
IBF Featherweight Champion
4 Aug 1988–1990
Succeeded by
Troy Dorsey
Preceded by
Louie Espinoza
WBO Featherweight Champion
7 Apr 1990–1990
Succeeded by
Maurizio Stecca