Luis Yáñez

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Luis Yáñez
Real name Luis Yáñez
Nickname(s) The Latin Legend
Weight(s) Light Flyweight (108 lb)
Super Flyweight (115 lb)
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality American
Born (1988-10-25) October 25, 1988 (age 29)
Duncanville, Texas, U.S.
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 7
Wins 6
Wins by KO 0
Losses 0
Draws 1
No contests 0

Luis Yáñez (born October 25, 1988 in Duncanville, Texas) is a US-American amateur boxer. He is recognized for winning the Pan American title 2007 at junior flyweight. Yanez is best known for being a 2008 Olympian in Beijing.

Amateur career[edit]

Southpaw Yanez who hails from Duncanville, Texas was a hyperactive kid who was taken to the gym by his father in 1997 at the age of 8 when he had trouble getting his son to listen and settle down. He wanted him to receive structure, release energy in a positive environment and instill discipline.

When Yanez was 14, he started compiling referrals from school administrators for disrupting class. After he had received 30 referrals, his coach Rodarte gave him an ultimatum to straighten up in school or he wouldn't be able to come to the gym.

Yanez won a silver medal at the Cadet(U17) World Championships 2005 and a gold medal at the Junior Olympics. In 2006 he became US champion and won the National Golden Gloves, in 2007 he repeated both wins.

In Brazil at the PanAm games 2007 he reached the final by beating two opponents who had beaten him earlier the same year – Cuba's Yampier Hernandez in the quarterfinals and Dominican Wilton Mendez in the semifinals and also bested Venezuelan Kevin Betancourt, ranked 58th in the world for the gold medal.

He won the US Olympic trials in August 2007.

Yanez didn't lose a fight in US Open competition, going 92-0. In the past three years, he's 26-3 in international competition.

In August 2007, Yanez became the first boxer ever from Dallas, TX. to qualify for the Olympics. He was the third boxer from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, behind Donald Curry and Sergio Reyes of Ft. Worth. At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago he qualified for the Olympics for good but lost surprisingly to fellow southpaw and eventual silver medalist Harry Tanamor from the Philippines.

In November 2007, Yanez earned his ticket into the 2008 Olympics by "advancing to the quarterfinals of the AIBA World Championships in Chicago." [1] In a bout against Australia's Stephen Sutherland, the referee was forced to stop the fight in the second round after Yanez caused three standing eight counts. With this win, Yanez earned his official place as a light flyweight (106 pounds) in the 2008 Olympics to be hosted in Beijing, China. At the meeting in China in November 2007 he was soundly defeated by world champ Zou Shiming.[2][3]

On July 16, 2008 Yanez was reinstated to the U.S. Olympic team after having been removed to the team for missing three weeks of training camp in Colorado.[4] On August 13, 2008 Yanez won his first bout against Kelvin de la Nieve of Spain. The final score recorded reflected Yanez in the lead, outscoring de la Nieve 12-9.[5] Then he lost to eventual Mongolian runner-up Pürevdorjiin Serdamba 7:8.

Professional career[edit]

Following the 2008 Olympics, Yanez announced that he would turn professional. His first professional fight took place on Friday, February 20 versus Julio Cesar Valadez of San Antonio at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Yanez won his professional debut by majority decision.

His current professional record is 6 wins with 0 losses and 1 draw.[6]

Yanez will begin his professional career fighting in the bantamweight division (118 pounds), more than twelve pounds heavier than his amateur weight class of light flyweight (48 kilograms).

Professional boxing record[edit]

7 Wins (0 knockouts, 7 decisions), 0 Losses, 1 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 7–0 Kyrgyzstan Timur Shailezov SD 8 2013-04-19 United States Cendera Center, El Paso, Texas Won vacant WBC USNBC Super Flyweight title.
Win 6–0 United States Joseph Rios SD 8 2012-03-24 United States La Villita Maverick Plaza, San Antonio, Texas Retained USA Texas State Super Flyweight title.
Win 5–0 United States Jamal Parram UD 6 2012-02-17 United States College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
Draw 4–0 United States Joseph Rios PTS 6 2011-02-04 United States Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Win 4–0 Mexico Samuel Gutiérrez UD 6 2010-02-09 United States Fair Park, Dallas, Texas
Win 3–0 Mexico José Manuel García UD 6 2009-08-15 United States The Fairmont Dallas Hotel, Dallas, Texas Won vacant USA Texas State Super Flyweight title.
Win 2–0 United States Joseph Rios UD 6 2009-06-19 United States Dr Pepper Arena, Frisco, Texas
Win 1–0 Mexico Julio Valadez MD 4 2009-02-20 United States American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Professional boxing debut.


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