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|Real name||Jorge Adolfo Febles Páez|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
October 27, 1965 |
|Wins by KO||51|
Jorge Adolfo Febles Páez (born October 27, 1965) is a Mexican actor, circus performer and former professional boxer. In boxing he held the WBO and IBF featherweight titles. Paez's nickname of "El Maromero" is in honor of the somersault (referred to in mexican spanish as "maroma") acts he performs at the circus. It was in the circus that he learned acrobatic moves he would later use in the boxing ring. Páez is also the father of Azriel Páez and Jorge Páez, Jr.
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 and WBC Youth Intercontinental welterweight champion Jorge Páez, Jr..
Paez began boxing professionally on November 16, 1984, knocking out Efren Treno in three rounds.
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.
Paez 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 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
On July 29, 1994, he was given a shot at the vacant WBO lightweight title against rising superstar Oscar De La Hoya. Paez disappointingly yet somewhat predictably lost by a knockout in round two.
Paez then went up against WBA super featherweight champion Genaro Hernandez in a non-title bout, losing by TKO in the 8th round due to cuts. 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 rounds to Angel Manfredy. After three victories, Paez lost via a devastating one-punch knockout in seven rounds to Augie Sanchez in May 1999. In his next bout in October 1999, Paez boxed future lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, losing by KO in the fifth round.
Paez continued to box on over the next few years, winning a long string of bouts against a lower level of opposition.
Injuries and Retirement
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.
His overall record was 79-14-5 (51 KOs).
Outside the Ring
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."
- Notable boxing families
- List of featherweight boxing champions
- List of IBF world champions
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
|IBF featherweight champion
4 August 1988–1990
|WBO featherweight champion
7 April 1990–1990