José Luis Varela

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Jose Luis Varela
Statistics
Nickname(s) El Olimpico
Weight(s)
Height 5 ft 0 12 in (154 cm)
Reach 63.5 in (161 cm)
Nationality Venezuelan
Born (1978-09-26) 26 September 1978 (age 39)
El Vigía, Mérida, Venezuela
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 15
Wins by KO 7
Losses 12
No contests 1

José Luís Varela Bustamente (born September 27, 1978 in El Vigía, Mérida) is a Venezuelan professional boxer who has challenged four times for a world minimumweight championship: the WBO title in 2006, and both the WBA and IBF (twice) titles in 2008.

Amateur career[edit]

Varela represented Venezuela at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He was defeated in the round of 32 by Cuba's eventual bronze medalist Maikro Romero.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Varela won his first professional title, the WBA Fedebol minimumweight title, on September 24th, 2004, with a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Tellez. He has unsuccessfully challenged for a minimumweight world title four times in his career. He firstly was defeated by Iván Calderón on October 21st, 2006, via unanimous decision in a bout for Calderón's WBO minimumweight title. He then lost to WBA champion Yutaka Niida on March 1st, 2008, via sixth-round knockout. Valera was then defeated by IBF champion Raúl García on September 13th, 2008, via unanimous decision. García defeated Valera in a rematch exactly three months later, again by unanimous decision, to retain the title again.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
28 fights 15 wins 12 losses
By knockout 7 6
By decision 8 6
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
28 Loss 15–12 (1) Venezuela Josber Perez KO 1 (10), 1:22 Jul 15, 2017 Venezuela Hotel Portofino, Isla Margarita, Venezuela
27 Loss 15–11 (1) Colombia Luis de la Rosa KO 2 (10), 2:09 Jun 1, 2017 Colombia Plaza de La Paz, Cartagena, Colombia
26 Loss 15–10 (1) Venezuela Alexis Diaz KO 2 (8), 2:44 Jun 4, 2016 Venezuela Centro Recreacional Yesterday, Turmero, Venezuela
25 Loss 15–9 (1) Venezuela Kenny Cano UD 8 Dec 20, 2015 Venezuela Estadio Francisco De Miranda, La Victoria, Venezuela
24 Loss 15–8 (1) Mexico Édgar Sosa TKO 4 (10), 1:33 Aug 7, 2010 Mexico Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico
23 Loss 15–7 (1) Mexico Ramón García Hirales UD 12 May 30, 2009 Mexico Modelo Center, La Paz, Mexico For vacant WBC International light flyweight title
22 Loss 15–6 (1) Mexico Raúl García UD 12 Dec 13, 2008 Mexico Gimnasio Medardo Meza Dominguez, Loreto, Mexico For IBF minimumweight title
21 Loss 15–5 (1) Mexico Raúl García UD 12 Sep 13, 2008 Mexico Estadio de Beisbol Arturo C. Nahl, La Paz, Mexico For IBF minimumweight title
20 Loss 15–4 (1) Japan Yutaka Niida KO 6 (12), 2:16 Mar 1, 2008 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan For WBA minimumweight title
19 NC 15–3 (1) Mexico Oscar Martinez NC 1 (10) Sep 8, 2007 Venezuela Gimnasio Jose Luis Varela, El Vigía, Venezuela NC after an accidental head clash
18 Win 15–3 Colombia Freddy Canate UD 10 Jul 30, 2007 Venezuela El Centro Sambil Margarita, Pampatar, Venezuela
17 Loss 14–3 Nicaragua Román González KO 1 (10), 2:28 May 12, 2007 Nicaragua Pharaoh's Casino, Managua, Nicaragua For vacant WBA Fedelatin minimumweight title
16 Win 14–2 Panama Carlos Melo UD 10 Dec 16, 2006 Venezuela Centro Recreacional Yesterday, Turmero, Venezuela
15 Loss 13–2 Puerto Rico Iván Calderón UD 12 Oct 21, 2006 Colombia Coliseo Elias Chegwin, Barranquilla, Colombia For WBO minimumweight title
14 Win 13–1 Colombia Walberto Ramos TKO 12 (12), 2:15 Mar 17, 2006 Venezuela El Velodromo Teo Capriles, Caracas, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedebol minimumweight title
13 Win 12–1 Colombia Adolfo Ramos TKO 8 (10), 2:16 Dec 17, 2005 Venezuela Centro Recreacional Yesterday, Turmero, Venezuela
12 Win 11–1 Colombia Walberto Ramos TKO 8 (12), 0:49 Oct 17, 2005 Venezuela Parque Naciones Unidas, Caracas, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedebol minimumweight title
11 Win 10–1 Venezuela Breilor Teran SD 10 Mar 5, 2005 Venezuela Estadio Municipal, Coro, Venezuela
10 Win 9–1 Nicaragua Miguel Tellez UD 12 Sep 25, 2004 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Won vacant WBA Fedebol minimumweight title
9 Loss 8–1 Panama Carlos Melo TD 10 (12) May 25, 2004 Panama Centro de Convenciones Atlapa, Panama City, Panama For WBA Fedecaribe and WBA Fedecentro minimumweight titles;
Unanimous TD after Valera was cut from an accidental head clash
8 Win 8–0 Colombia Over Bolanos KO 1, 2:10 Apr 12, 2004 Venezuela Plaza Bicentenaria de Miraflores, Caracas, Venezuela
7 Win 7–0 Venezuela Breilor Teran UD 6 Feb 20, 2004 Venezuela Centro Comercial Morichal, Turmero, Venezuela
6 Win 6–0 Venezuela Jesus Hernandez UD 4 Oct 27, 2003 Venezuela Gimnasio Don Jose Beracasa, Caracas, Venezuela
5 Win 5–0 Venezuela Jesus Hernandez UD 4 Sep 13, 2003 Venezuela Turmero, Venezuela
4 Win 4–0 Venezuela Jose Vicente Sanchez TKO 2 (6), 2:06 Sep 8, 2003 Venezuela Parque Naciones Unidas, Caracas, Venezuela
3 Win 3–0 Venezuela Jose Vicente Sanchez TKO 3 (6) May 17, 2003 Venezuela Centro Recreacional Yesterday, Turmero, Venezuela
2 Win 2–0 Venezuela Jose Vicente Sanchez UD 4 Mar 22, 2003 Venezuela Centro Recreacional Yesterday, Turmero, Venezuela
1 Win 1–0 Venezuela Jose Chacon KO 3 (4) Oct 26, 2002 Venezuela Centro Recreacional Yesterday, Turmero, Venezuela

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Juan Jose Landaeta
WBA Fedebol minimumweight champion
September 24, 2004 - January 2007
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Gabriel Mendoza