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Miguel Cotto
Weightclass: Super Welterweight 
Age: 31 
Birthplace: Caguas, Puerto Rico 
Record: 36-2, 28 KOs 
Height: 5'8" 
Reach:  67 
Managers: 
Trainers: Pedro Luis Dìaz Benìtez 
 
Miguel Cotto Bio

Courtesy: Top Rank Boxing
Release: 02/26/2010 
   * World championship fights: 16-2, 13 KOs...
   * WBA super welterweight champion, 1 successful defense...
   * Ranked WBO #3 at 147 pounds, WBA #4 at 154 pounds...
   * Former WBO welterweight world champion...
   * Former WBA welterweight world champion, four successful title defenses...
   * Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion, six successful title defenses...
   * Former WBC International super lightweight champion, five successful title defenses...
   * 2000 Olympic representative for Puerto Rico, 139 pounds...
   * 2000 Puerto Rican National amateur champion, 139 pounds...
   * 1997, 1998, 1999 Puerto Rican National amateur champion, 132 pounds...

At the age of 30, Miguel is a ten-year pro. A former WBO and WBA welterweight world champion and former WBO junior welterweight world champion, he is a veteran of 18 world championship fights - his last coming against Ricardo Mayorga, whom Cotto beat by TKO in the first defense of the WBA super welterweigh title he took from Yuri Foreman in 2010.

He has been Puerto Rico's brightest star and biggest draw in the ring for several years, has fought and beaten some of the sport's biggest names, and has already had a Hall of Fame career.

He is coming off a TKO win against former two-time champ Ricardo Mayorga on March 12, 2011 in Las Vegas.

After the fight, Yahoo! Boxing analyst Kevin Iole wrote [excerpts]: Mayorga wasn't lying when he said prior to the fight that he had trained as hard to meet Cotto as he had in any of his previous 38 bouts. And though Cotto led 107-102 on the scorecards of all three judges at the time of the stoppage, it wasn't easy and the victory was as attributable to the improvements he's made in the last year working with trainer Emanuel Steward as much as anything else.

Cotto, who is one of the game's best brawlers, has long been underrated as a pure boxer, as he proved in bouts with the likes of Shane Mosley and Zab Judah. But Steward tightened his defense even more and Cotto's ability to jab, slip under Mayorga's shots and deliver punishing counters were all key to his victory.... [end Iole item]

On June 5, 2010 in New York he scored a TKO win against then WBA super welterweight champ Yuri Foreman.

All fight long, Miguel had done an amazing job of neutralizing Foreman's speed and movement, doubtlessly the product of working with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. In the seventh, however, Miguel's impressive ability to keep up with Foreman's speed became moot: Foreman's knee - which was in a brace - gave out twice. The champ had aggravated an old injury, and he limped badly for the rest of the match.

Foreman fought on valiantly through obvious pain, dragging his leg as Miguel landed shot after shot. At one point, confusion reigned when a towel was thrown into the ring. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. did a quick investigation and determined that the fight could still go on. The fighters continued battling until the ninth, when Miguel caught a hobbled Foreman with a brutal left hook to the body. Foreman went down, and a new champ was crowned.

Miguel wasted no time in spelling out his future plans: "All Miguel wants is big names," he said.

Miguel suffered a twelfth-round TKO loss against Manny Pacquiao in November, 2009.

After the fight, Miguel said, "I tried to bring all I can for all these fans. It didn't go my way in this fight. The jabs I threw didn't do enough damage and I didn't protect myself enough. Miguel Cotto will always fight the best fighters in the world, and Manny Pacquiao is one of the best fighters I ever fought."

Miguel is also a former WBA welterweight world champion - he won that title in December, 2006, and made four successful title defenses.

He won the WBO jr. welterweight world title at the age of 23 in September, 2004, and made six successful title defenses before vacating the title to move up in weight.

He has repeatedly fought top opposition, including current or former world champions Manny Pacquiao (TKOby12), champions Joshua Clottey (W12), Antonio Margarito (TKOby11), Shane Mosley (W12), Zab Judah (TKO11), Carlos Quintana (TKO5), Paulie Malignaggi (W12), Ricardo Torres (KO7), DeMarcus Corley (TKO5), Randall Bailey (TKO6), Carlos Maussa (TKO8), and Cesar Bazan (TKO11). He has also beaten previously undefeated contender Kelson Pinto (TKO6), as well as veteran contenders Muhammad Abdulaev (TKO9), Victoriano Sosa (TKO4) and Lovemore Ndou (W12).

Courtesy: Top Rank Boxing
Release: 02/26/2010 
Key Fights - 2011- 1ST WBA SW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-12-11 in Las Vegas, Miguel beat former two-time, two-division champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1) by TKO in the 12th round. Miguel consistently beat Mayorga to the punch and used his jab effectively to keep Mayorga at bay. In the first of several showboating incidents, Mayorga dropped his guard and went to a neutral corner, daring (begging?) Miguel to hit him. None of Mayorga's psychological games had any effect on Miguel, however. He kept his cool and did precisely what he needed to do: fight his fight and not allow Mayorga to goad him into trading blows. That said, there were some violent exchanges, the champ and the challenger pounding away at one another. Miguel never seemed hurt, but Mayorga did. By the 11th, Mayorga's right eye was swollen and he was getting tagged by every shot imaginable, including uppercuts, hooks, and devastating counters. In the 12th, Miguel opened up and dropped Mayorga. Mayorga got up, and Miguel went to work again, but Mayorga fought back. During the ensuing flurry, Miguel connected with a hard jab that sent Mayorga to the same corner where, earlier in the fight, he'd taunted Miguel. It also appeared that Mayorga had hurt his thumb during the exchange. He quit on his feet, and referee Robert Byrd called it off with 53 seconds left. The crowd of 7,247 erupted in applause. Miguel was up 107-102 on all three scorecards through the 11th.


2010 - WON WBA SUPER WELTERWEIGHT TITLE - on 6-5-10 in New York City, Miguel beat then-champion Yuri Foreman by TKO. All fight long, Cotto had done an amazing job of neutralizing Foreman's movement. In the seventh, however, Cotto's impressive ability to keep up with Foreman's speed became moot: Foreman's knee - which was in a brace - gave out twice. The champ had aggravated an old injury, and he limped badly for the rest of the match.  Foreman fought on valiantly through obvious pain, dragging his leg as Cotto landed shot after shot. At one point, confusion reigned when a towel was thrown into the ring. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. did a quick investigation and determined that the fight could still go on. The fighters continued battling until the ninth, when Cotto caught a hobbled Foreman with a brutal left hook to the body. Foreman went down, and a new champ was crowned. 

2009 - LOST WBO W WORLD TITLE - on 11-14-09 in Las Vegas, NV, he was TKO'd against lefthanded former lightweight, super featherweight, and flyweight world champion Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2): the fight headlined at the MGM Grand - it was the most highly-anticipated boxing event of the year, and drew a capacity crowd of 16,200; the early rounds were close and exciting - Miguel was disciplined and sharp and scored with solid combinations, but Pacquiao scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 3rd round; Pacquiao scored another knockdown with a left hand in the 4th - Miguel fought on and rallied in the 5th round, but Pacquiao staggered him with a left hand in the 6th and steadily wore him down; Miguel boxed and moved in the late rounds, but Pacquiao landed the harder punches, rocked him in the 9th round, and Miguel's mouth and nose were bloodied, his face battered and swollen; Miguel won the 10th on two scorecards, but Pacquiao swept the 11th round, then rocked Miguel again early in the 12th and the referee stopped the fight at 0:55; after 11 rounds, Manny led by scores of 109-99, 108-99, 108-100;

1ST WBO W WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 6-13-09 in New York, NY, he won a 12 round split decision against former IBF welterweight world champion Joshua Clottey (35-2): the fight headlined at Madison Square Garden, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Miguel scored a knockdown with a jab that dropped Clottey to the seat of his trunks late in the 1st round; Miguel was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads late in the 3rd round, but built an early lead - after six rounds, he led by scores of 58-55 on all three scorecards; Clottey rallied in the second half of the fight - he swept the 7th and 8th rounds on all three scorecards, and won the 9th on two scorecards; but Miguel finished the fight strongly - he won the 10th round on two scorecards, the 11th on all three, then won the 12th on two scorecards; scored 116-111, 115-112 Cotto, 114-113 Clottey; after the fight, Miguel said, "I had to box with all the blood coming out of my eye. I couldn't see very well the last few rounds. He did hit me with a lot of good punches. The cut made the fight more difficult, but I felt I was winning throughout the fight."...

2008 - WON VACANT WBO W WORLD TITLE - on 2-21-09 in New York he TKO'd Michael Jennings (34-1): the fight headlined at Madison Square Garden, and Miguel dominated; he constantly pressured Jennings and landed the harder punches; he bloodied Jenning's nose in the 3rd round, then scored two knockdowns with left hooks to the body and cut Jennings over his left eye in the 4th; Miguel scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:38; after four rounds, Miguel led by scores of 40-34 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Miguel said, "I got in the ring and I studied the fighter the first couple of rounds, and then I began to go to the body and the head. And then I let my hands go and I threw my punches, and I hit him with some good shots. He has a lot of strength. To be back in the ring here at MSG and to hear the crowd was great."...

2008 - LOST WBA W WORLD TITLE - on 7-26-08 in Las Vegas he was TKO'd against former WBO and IBF welterweight world champion Antonio Margarito (36-5): the fight headlined at the MGM Grand and it was an epic battle; Miguel was the clear favorite to win; he kept Margarito off-balance with movement in the early rounds, was the sharper, more accurate puncher, and built a lead on the scorecards - after five rounds, he led by scores of 49-46, 49-46, 48-47; but Margarito relentlessly pressed forward, repeatedly drove Miguel back into the ropes, and steadily wore him down; Miguel's nose was bloodied in the 3rd round, his pace slowed in the 6th, and Margarito rallied strongly in the 7th round and rocked Miguel with a right uppercut that had him dazed; Margarito dominated the rest of the fight - Miguel showed tremendous heart and determination and was still effective when he boxed and moved, but Margarito repeatedly drove him back into the ropes and scored with a heavy two-handed attack; Margarito won the 6th round on two scorecards, swept the 7th on all three, won the 8th on two, then swept the 9th and 10th; Miguel's mouth was also bloodied; Margarito scored two knockdowns in the 11th round - the first with a left uppercut followed by a series of punches that forced Miguel to one knee - Miguel was also cut over hie left eye and face was covered in blood when he got up; Margarito pressed forward again and Miguel again went to one knee from exhaustion - Miguel's corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:05; after 10 rounds, the fight was scored 96-94, 96-94 Margarito, 95-95...

4TH WBA W WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 4-12-08 in Atlantic City, NJ, he TKO'd Alfonso Gomez (18-3-2): the fight headlined at Boardwalk Hall, and Miguel dominated; he scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in 2nd round, then scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 3rd; Miguel scored a knockdown with a jab in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight after the round; after the fight, Miguel said, "I wanted to work and do it the right way."...

2007 - 3RD WBA W WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-10-07 in New York, NY, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former lightweight, welterweight, and super welterweight world champion Shane Mosley (44-4): the fight headlined at Madison Square Garden and drew a crowd of 17,135; it was a close, exciting fight, and both fighters gave impressive performances; the momentum shifted back and forth: Miguel started fast, landed the sharper punches, and swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, but Mosley scored well with right hands and won the 2nd and 3rd on two scorecards; Miguel was more consistent and swept the 4th round, but Mosley rallied and swept the 5th; Miguel came back to sweep the 6th and after six rounds, led by scores of 58-56, 58-56, 57-57; the 7th was a three-way split - one judge scored for Miguel, one for Mosley, and one had it even, but Miguel swept the 8th; Miguel changed tactics in the 9th round: he boxed and moved and Mosley became more aggressive, and both were effective at times - Miguel won the 9th round on two scorecards, Mosley won the 10th on two, then Miguel came back and won the 11th round on two; Miguel was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 12th, and Mosley won the round on two scorecards; scored 116-113, 115-113, 115-113; after the fight, Miguel said, "We both did our best and we both gave it our all. Mosley hit me with some real hard punches. However, I trained in camp with speed and movement and to face his kind of power. I did all that in Puerto Rico before I got here. I thought I was ahead the entire fight. I thought I had a big lead."...

2ND WBA W WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 6-9-07 in New York he TKO'd lefthanded former IBF and WBO jr. welterweight and undisputed welterweight world champion Zab Judah (34-4): the fight headlined at Madison Square Garden, drew a capacity crowd of 20,658, and was a sensational battle; Judah started fast - he rocked Miguel with a left uppercut midway through the 1st round, but went down later in the round from a low blow (replays showed it was just below the belt) and took about a minute to recover; Judah staggered Miguel with a straight left hand late in the 2nd that cut Miguel's lower lip badly, but went down from another low blow in the 3rd round (replays showed it was very low) and Miguel was penalized one point for the foul; Miguel kept pressing forward, rallied in the following rounds, and Judah was cut over his right eye in the 4th (replays showed it was from a clash of heads, but it was not ruled by the referee) and his nose was bloodied in the 5th round; Miguel was cut badly over his right eye in the 6th (replays showed it was also from a clash of heads); Judah came back in the 7th round and staggered Miguel with a left uppercut, then rocked him with a series of punches later in the round, but Miguel rallied and scored a knockdown with a series of punches, finished with a left hook, that dropped Judah to one knee in the 9th; Miguel scored another knockdown with a series of punches that put Judah flat on his back in the 11th round - he got up, but Miguel staggered him with another series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:49...

1ST WBA W WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-3-07 in San Juan, PR, he TKO'd former three-time world title challenger Oktay Urkal (38-3): the fight headlined at Coliseo Roberto Clemente and drew a capacity crowd; Urkal gave a good effort, but Miguel dominated the fight; he constantly pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and used a strong body attack; Miguel was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the 5th round, and Urkal was penalized one point for another head butt in the 7th round; he was penlized another point in the 11th round for the same foul, and his corner stopped the fight at 1:01; after 10 rounds, Miguel led by scores of 100-89, 98-91, 97-92; aftr the fight, Miguel said, "I am going to get my cut taken care of, and I'm going to prepare for June. Judah is next. I have to prepare hard for him. My cut made him feel brave. The headbutts bothered me. I don't know if they were intentional or not, but they bothered me. I also had blood trickling in my eye."...

2006 - WON VACANT WBA W WORLD TITLE - on 12-2-06 in Atlantic City, NJ, he TKO'd previously undefeated lefthander Carlos Quintana (23-0): the fight headlined at Boardwalk Hall and drew a crowd of 7,412; Miguel was very impressive; he started fast and rocked Quintana with a right hand midway through the 1st round and landed the sharper punches in the 2nd, but Quintana rallied in the 3rd and 4th rounds; Miguel stepped up his pace in the 5th - he rocked Quintana with a left hook midway through the round, and scored a knockdown moments later with a left hook to the body; Quintana got up, but Miguel scored another knockdown with a series of punches, and Quintana, battered and bruised around his eyes and with a bloody mouth, did not continue after the round; after five rounds, Miguel led by scores of 48-45 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Miguel said, "I felt very strong at this weight. I could do anything I wanted to do. Every punch I threw was hard. I tried to get him to the liver the whole fight."...

6TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 6-10-06 in New York he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Paulie Malignaggi (21-0): the match headlined at Madison Square Garden and drew a crowd of 14,365, and it was an exciting fight; Miguel dominated the early rounds - he cut Malignaggi over his left eye in the 1st round and scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd; Malignaggi gave a tremendous effort and rallied in the middle rounds - he won the 5th, 6th, and 9th on all three scorecards - but Miguel finished the fight strongly and gave him a severe beating; he bloodied Malignaggi's nose in the 10th round and his mouth in the 11th, and Malignaggi had a bad swelling on his right cheek; both fought hard until the final bell and had the fans on their feet; scored 116-111, 116-111, 115-112; after the fight, Miguel said, "I'm happy with the decision. It was a more tough fight than I expected. I always go into the ring to win round by round.” Malignaggi underwent surgery a week later for a fractured right cheekbone, and went on to win the IBF jr. welterweight world title...

5TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-4-06 in Bayamon, PR, he TKO'd Gianluca Branco (36-1-1): the fight headlined at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez and drew a capacity crowd of around 15,000 that started chanting, "Cotto...Cotto..." during the start of the undercard bouts and continued through the main event; Miguel gave a strong performance and dominated the fight; he outworked Branco, worked the body well, and steadily wore him down; Branco was cut on his scalp by a clash of heads in the 5th round, and was swollen under his right eye and on the right side of his jaw in the 6th; Miguel landed a left hook to Branco's right shoulder in the 8th round, and Branco grabbed his shoulder in pain and turned away from the action; the referee stopped the fight at 0:49; after seven rounds, Miguel led by scores of 70-63, 69-64, 69-64; after the fight, Miguel said, "I knew I had to take my time with this guy, I never wanted to be reckless. I felt I was putting enough pressure on the guy. I felt a lot stronger than him, I was breaking him down. It was just a matter of time. I started to work on him with the first ring of the bell. It wasn't an easy fight, it was a tough fight. He did not hurt me. He had his good punches, but this was our night. He came to try and use his style, to try to block and then punch. I think I looked better than September 24. I'm going to try to do this from now on. The fight with Torres was a war, this was a boxing fight. A win is a win."...

2005 - 4TH WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-24-05 in Atlantic City he TKO'd previously undefeated WBO No. 1 ranked contender Ricardo Torres (28-0): the bout was co-featured with Wladimir Klitschko-Samuel Peter at Boardwalk Hall, and drew an attendance of 10,137; it was a great fight with dramatic shifts of momentum; Miguel fought aggressively and started fast - he scored a knockdown midway through the 1st round, but Torres came back and staggered Miguel early in the 2nd, then scored a knockdown midway through the round - Miguel got up and Torres attacked furiously, but Miguel weathered the storm and staggered Torres late in the round; Miguel wore down Torres with a relentless body attack, and scored another knockdown in the 4th round, but Torres rallied again and staggered Miguel midway throught the 5th; Miguel recovered and scored a knockdown in the 6th, then scored another knockdown in the 7th round - Torres got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:52; after six rounds, Miguel led by scores of 57-53, 57-53, 56-53; Miguel suffered a broken eardrum in the fight; Torres went on to win the WBO jr. welterweight world title; after the fight, Miguel said, "I didn't expect it to be so tough and to go back and forth like it did. I'm glad people saw that I can take a punch and fight back. All the time I was thinking I had to win the fight, no matter how. I didn't care how I won, I had to win. It showed the public that I can hit, and I can take a punch. We worked very hard to get to this point. This is the first time I've been knocked down. We've lived all the things a boxer can live. Now I've been through all that a great fighter must go through, all the adversity inside the ring, and I still won the fight."...

3RD WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 6-11-05 in New York he TKO'd 2000 Olympic gold medalist Muhammad Abdulaev (15-1): the fight headlined at Madison Square Garden, and drew a crowd of 10,231; it was the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and fans waved Puerto Rican flags and chanted Miguel's name; Abdulaev, who had beaten Miguel in his first fight at the 2000 Olympics, gave a strong effort and relentlessly pressed forward, but Miguel dominated the early rounds - he boxed and moved effectively, consistently outworked him, and won the first five rounds on all three scorecards; Miguel caused a swelling over Abdulaev's right eye in the 6th, but Abdulaev stepped up his pace and won the 6th round on one scorecard and the 8th on all three; Miguel continued to score with sharp combinations, and Abdulaev, with his right eye completely shut, signalled the referee to stop the fight at 0:57 of the 9th round; after eight rounds, Miguel led by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 78-74; after the fight, Miguel said, "He still had the same style from when I fought him in the Olympics. He was strong and came forward through the fight, just as he did in the Olympics, but tonight I worked him well. He's a great athlete, but he was hurt and he knew his body couldn't go on any longer."; Miguel rode in the parade the next day as Grand Marshall...

2ND WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-26-05 in Bayamon he TKO'd former WBO jr. welterweight world champion and lefthander DeMarcus Corley (29-3-1): the event drew a capacity crowd of around 15,000 to the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez and it was an exciting fight, fast-paced from the opening bell - Miguel scored a knockdown with a left hook in the opening minute of the 1st round, and staggered Corley later in the round, but Corley rallied late in the 2nd; Corley staggered Miguel early in the 3rd with a right hook to the temple, but Miguel weathered the storm, recovered, and outworked Corley in the 4th; Miguel rocked Corley midway through the 5th, then scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body; Corley got, but Miguel pressured him, Corley went to one knee, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:45; after the fight, Miguel said, "The fight was difficult, more difficult than I had planned, but fortunately, we were able to get the win. I came out strong and I wanted to be aggressive. In the first round, I knocked him down and he was shaky. I kept on pressuring him, but he's a solid fighter. It was the first time that someone hit me twice with some good, solid shots in one round. I respect Corley, and I salute him."...

2004 - 1ST WBO JW WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 12-11-04 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKO'd former WBO jr. welterweight world champion Randall Bailey (28-4): the fight was co-featured with the Wladimir Klitschko-Danny Williams main event at Mandalay Bay; Bailey started fast and landed two hard right hands in the 1st round, but Miguel dominated the rest of the fight; he scored one knockdown with a right hand that dropped Bailey to his knees in the 2nd round, and another with a right hand that dropped Bailey to one knee and cut him over his left eye  in the 3rd; Miguel steadily wore down Bailey with hard body punches, and the referee stopped the fight on the advice of the ringside doctor at 1:39 of the 6th; after the fight, Miguel said, "I got him real good with the right hand, but the body work was the plan. I knew if I could get to the body I would win the fight."...

WON VACANT WBO JW  WORLD TITLE - on 9-11-04 in San Juan, PR, he TKO'd previously undefeated Kelson Pinto (20-0): it was the main event at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, and drew an announced crowd of 12,200; Pinto had beaten Miguel two times as an amateur; it was an exciting battle, but Miguel dominated - he staggered Pinto with a left hook in the 1st round and scored a knockdown with a right hand-left hook conbination in the 2nd, but Pinto kept coming back and there were some fierce exchanges; Miguel staggered him again in the 3rd and 4th rounds, then scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 5th; Miguel scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 6th, and Pinto's corner threw in the towel to stop the fight at 2:28; Miguel wore trunks on which were sewn the names of all of Puerto Rico's world champions; after the fight, he said through an interpreter, "Today, there's one more. I've got to be honest, I was very nervous. But you know, when you look at my record and you look at his, and the progress that I've made, I knew I would win. We knew that he was hurt in the previous round. My corner said, 'Jump on him,' and that's what we did. I was in front of my people, I couldn't let them down. I know that with my determination and the good work, I can beat anybody."...

5TH WBC INTERNATIONAL SL TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-8-04 in Las Vegas he won a 12 round unanimous decision against former world title challenger Lovemore Ndou (38-6-1): it was the co-featured bout on the fight card headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao, and an exciting, hard-fought battle; Miguel pressed the action in the early rounds - he outworked Ndou, consistently landed the harder punches, and buckled Ndou's knees in the 6th; Ndou gave a tremendous effort, kept fighting hard, and rallied in the late rounds, but Miguel boxed and moved effectively and won by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 115-113; after the fight Miguel said, "He was a tough guy. He has a lot of experience. It was a tough fight, but these are the kind of opponents I need. This is what I need if I am going to step up to that next level."...

4TH WBC INTERNATIONAL SL TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-28-04 in Las Vegas he TKO'd former two-time world title challenger Victoriano Sosa (37-3-2): Sosa gave a strong effort and rocked Miguel late in the 2nd round, but Miguel scored a devastating TKO; he bloodied Sosa'a lip and staggered him with a left uppercut in the 3rd round; Miguel scored three knockdowns in the 3rd - the first with a left uppercut to the chin, the second with a left hook to the head, and the third with a left hook to the body - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:51; after the fight, Miguel said, "Sosa's a good fighter, as he showed against Mayweather and Spadafora. He's the best I've fought. But my team thought he would be a good fight for me, and I won. I'm just trying to get better every time I go into the gym. I'm glad people think that I have."...

2003 - 3RD WBC INTERNATIONAL SL TITLE DEFENSE - on 12-6-03 in Bayamon he TKO'd previously undefeated Carlos Maussa (16-0): the fight headlined at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez and drew an announced crowd of 10,000, and Miguel gave a sensational performance; Maussa is tall, awkward and very determined, and was coming off an impressive TKO win against unbeaten prospect Jeffrey Resto, but Miguel dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 3rd round and steadily wore down Maussa; Miguel staggered him in the 8th round, and Maussa's corner stopped the fight at 2:02; after the fight, Miguel said, "The fights are won in the ring, not by talking or at the press conferences. He was tall and had long arms, and that's why it was difficult to attack his body. But little by little, I wore him down."; Maussa went on to win the WBA super lightweight world title...

2ND WBC INTERNATIONAL SL TITLE DEFENSE - WBA SL WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR - on 9-13-03 in Las Vegas he TKO'd former world title challenger Demetrio Ceballos (26-4): Ceballos gave a good effort and pressed forward, but Miguel dominated the fight; he boxed and moved effectively, consistently outworked Ceballos and landed the harder punches, then switched to the lefthanded stance in the 6th round and rocked Ceballos several times; he rocked Ceballos with a series of punches in the 7th and Ceballos's corner stopped the fight at 2:28; after six rounds, Miguel led by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-55; after the fight, Miguel said, "It's a great win. He's the most experienced fighter I've ever faced in the ring."...

1ST WBC INTERNATIONAL SL TITLE DEFENSE - on 6-28-03 in Bayamon he knocked out former three-time world title challenger Rocky Martinez (38-8-1): the fight headlined the card at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez and drew a capacity crowd of around 15,000; Miguel was very impressive; he cut Martinez over his right eye in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd and Martinez was counted out at 2:42...

On 4-19-03 in Fresno,CA, he knocked out former world title challenger Joel Perez (34-5-2): Miguel was busier and sharper, scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 4th round and Perez was counted out at 1:29; after the fight, Miguel said, "As the rounds went on I felt better. I decided to pressure him more in the third round."...

WON VACANT WBC INTERNATIONAL SL TITLE - on 2-1-03 in Las Vegas he TKO'd former WBC lightweight world champion Cesar Bazan (39-5-1): it was a step up in class for Miguel and his most impressive win; he dominated the fight - Miguel scored a knockdown in the 1st round and bloodied Bazan's nose in the 2nd; Miguel consistently kept a busier pace, landed the sharper punches, and wore him down; Bazan kept fighting back hard, but his right eye gradually swelled shut from repeated left hooks; Miguel rocked him in the 11th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:16; after 10 rounds, Miguel led by scores of 99-90, 99-90, 100-89; after the fight, he said, "I expected a tough fight and got one. I never lost my composure..I never thought I was ever in any kind of danger."...

2002 - on 11-22-02 in Caguas, PR, he TKO'd Ubaldo Hernandez (18-9-2): Hernandez gave a good effort, but Miguel steadily wore him down - he bloodied his nose in the 2nd round, then rocked him a couple of times and cut him under his right eye in the 4th; Miguel hurt Hernandez with a body punch in the 7th round, then scored a knockdown and Hernandez was counted out at 1:31...

On 9-14-02 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against former four-time world title challenger John Brown (23-9): it was a step up in class of opposition for Miguel and the first time he went 10 full rounds; Miguel dominated the fight - he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, staggered Brown in the 8th, and won by scores of 100-88, 100-89, 100-89; after the fight, Miguel said, "You can't knock everybody out. Sometimes you have to go the distance. He had a difficult style and I had go to the southpaw stance to try to confuse him."...

He debuted at the age of 20 on 2-23-01 in Austin, TX, and TKO'd Jason Doucet (debut): Miguel scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:12; after the fight, Miguel said, "I was just happy to get the first win under my belt. He had a lot of courage and was very strong

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Miguel said, "I was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico. I have two brothers. I'm the youngest. My father was in the military, in the National Guard here in Puerto Rico for 25 years. My mom stayed at home and taught us how to live.

"When I was 11 years old, my weight was 156 pounds and I tried to lose weight with boxing. My brothers were already boxing and I tried to do the same. I started at the Gym Bairoa in Caguas. I lost weight, but I started to feel something for boxing. In the beginning, it was just for game, but then I start to feel like, a love for boxing.

"Jose Miguel Cotto is my brother. Juan Miguel boxed amateur, he never changed to professional. In my house, everyone is called Miguel. My father is Miguel Angel, Juan Miguel is my older brother, Jose Miguel is my brother, and me, Miguel Angel. My little kid is Miguel Angel, too. Jose Juan Cotto is my cousin.

"I had 125 amateur fights with 23 losses. I fought Panchito Bojado, Ricardo Williams. I fought Kelson Pinto, Muhammad Abdulaev.

"I was Puerto Rican national amateur champion from '97 to 2000, all at 132 pounds, but the last year at 140.

"I fought with Ivan Calderon when I was amateur, 100 pounds. [note: Calderon is the WBO jr. flyweight world champion] He beat me three to two. After that, we make the team of Puerto Rico to represent Puerto Rico in international competition. We were both in the Olympics in 2000. He's, if not the best, one of my best friends."...

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2000 OLYMPICS, Sydney, Australia, 139 pounds: in his first bout on 9-20-00 he lost a 17-7 decision against Muhammad Abdullaev of Uzbekistan, who went on to win the gold medal; looking back, Miguel said, "I felt that I did the best I could at the Olympics. Unfortunately, some judges don't see it that way. But I was very happy with my performance, and I felt that I won that fight."...

2000 CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES, Caracas, Venezuela, 139 pounds - GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals he won a 16-6 decision against Maikel Perez of Cuba...

2000 GIRALDO CARDIN TOURNAMENT, Las Tunas, Cuba, 139 pounds - SILVER MEDALIST: in the finals he was stopped in the 2nd round against Diogenes Luna of Cuba...

2000 USA-PUERTO RICO DUAL MEET,  Tacoma, Wash., 139 pounds: on 8-15-00 he won a 28-22 decision against Ricardo Williams Jr....

1997, 1998, 1999 Puerto Rican National amateur champion, 132 pounds; 2000 Puerto Rican National amateur champion, 139 pounds...Miguel has been called "The greatest amateur boxer ever from Puerto Rico"...

Miguel returned to the ring in January, 2002, after being injured a car accident in August, 2001 - driving to a 5:30 A.M. workout, he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a concrete wall; he said, "Sometimes I feel the shoulder pain, the shoulder tired. But any other problems about that, no.

"It was a very serious accident. I broke my arm and shoulder in four different places. I think being in the shape I am in really helped."...in addition to a scar on his right shoulder, he has a six-inch titanium rod in his right arm...

He said, "I'm lefthanded. I do everything with my left hand. The only thing I can do with my right hand is fight. I feel more comfortable fighting righthanded when I'm beginning."...

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement...an accurate combination puncher with good punching power - at his best, he pressures his opponents and wears them down...a good body puncher...is poised and polished in the ring...is versatile - he can also box and move effectively...is naturally lefthanded, and can switch effectively to the lefthanded stance...is always in top condition...tough, durable, and determined, has tremendous heart...comes from a strong family boxing background...had a strong amateur background...is experienced against top opposition...

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 38 fights...259 total rounds...136 world championship rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.5 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 79 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds - 6 (5-1)...11 rounds - 4 (3-1)...10 rounds - 1 (1-0)...

Julio Chavez Bio 
Courtesy: Top Rank Boxing
Release: 02/26/2010 

WBC middleweight world champion...

Former WBC Silver middleweight champion, one successful defense...

Former WBC Latino super welterweight champion...

Former WBC Continental Americas super welterweight champion, one successful defense...

Former WBC Youth super welterweight champion...

At the age of 25, Julio is a seven-year pro. The WBC middleweight world champion, he is the oldest son and namesake of the legendary "El Grande Campeon Mexicano" - former four-time world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 12, 2011.

Julio Jr. won the WBC title with a 12 round unanimous against previously undefeated defending champion Sebastian Zbik in his last fight on June 4.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., the greatest and most popular fighter in Mexican history, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. But before making his way to Canastota, N.Y., to participate in that piece of history, he was ringside at Staples Center for another piece of family history. His oldest son, 25-year-old Chavez Jr., won a world title in the same city where Chavez Sr. had won his first championship and in the same building where he won his 107th and final professional fight in 2005 (headlining a card his son also fought on).

Chavez Jr. has come a long way since he turned pro as a 17-year-old in 2003....

In Zbik, Chavez was facing the best opponent of his career.... Zbik clearly won most of the early rounds before Chavez began to pick it up in the fifth round, when he wobbled Zbik with a right hand in the final seconds. Chavez had another big round in the seventh in what was an increasingly exciting slugfest. The fight was tight down the stretch, but Chavez was clearly landing harder punches. He was destroying Zbik with his body attack, especially late in the fight. He closed very strong, sweeping the final three rounds on all three scorecards to win the majority decision that perhaps could have gone either way by a point or two.

All credit to the son of the legend. Chavez Jr. showed a lot of heart and determination, put on a terrific fight and won a title. In doing so, father and son become the fifth such duo to win titles in boxing history. [End Rafael item]

Fightwriter.com's Graham Houston reported [excerpts]: The son of Mexico's most celebrated fighter showed guts, determination and stamina in his hard-working and deserved majority decision win over Sebastian Zbik to capture the WBC middleweight title.... It was a fight that saw Zbik having success in the early rounds while Chavez finished strongly. Some of the middle rounds were open to debate, but rounds 10, 11 and 12 were all Chavez.

Chavez showed improvement under trainer Freddie Roach. Junior dug in and showed the heart and desire of a real fighter. He threw combinations more impressively than I have ever seen him throw them, letting his hands go in a way that impresses the judges. When the chips were down he had to fight - and fight hard - to win the belt.

Chavez...showed that he can fight and battle through adversity. Zbik...had come to win, having prepared for a month in Los Angeles, and he wasn't a pushover.

Chavez clearly paid his dues in the gym. The way he came on in the late rounds showed a high degree of fitness. His body punching evoked memories of his father.... The left hook downstairs is a punishing weapon. Zbik had a sturdy look, but the body battering had drained his resources by the 10th round.

Chavez's physical strength surprised me.

The Mexican fans love him, and why not? The young man comes to fight. [End Houston item]

A turning point in the career of Manny Pacquiao came when trainer Freddie Roach introduced him to the right hook. Roach introduced Julio to physical conditioning and proper preparation for a fight.

Freddie said, "This was my third fight working with Julio. Julio has total dedication in the gym. He's never said 'No' to me. Whatever I tell him to do, he does. He's working great. All those rumors about him being lazy and so forth, I find not to be true.

"The thing is, when you don't have the amateur experience, you've got to take the long road and you don't fight a good level of competion at first. He's still learning his trade as a pro. Most amateurs, it they have 150 or something amateur fights, they've learned their trade in the amateurs. You can move them up as a pro a lot quicker. So they moved him along in the correct manner. He's taken those small steps up."

Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza said, "Like everybody else, I heard the rumors and stories. It wasn't until the Duddy fight, when I was training him, that I just didn't see what everybody was saying about him - lack of intensity, lazy, doesn't train hard.

"I've been very fortunate. I think I've worked with the best in the sport, from Manny Pacquiao to Vanes Martirosyan to Amir Khan, and now Julio. I was surprised, after hearing all the stories, that he was able to keep up with these guys speed-wise. Strength-wise, forget about it because he's probably the strongest kid I've ever had. It was just one of those things that I just had to figure out how to tap into it. Once I could get his confidence that he wasn't going to get tired, he wasn't holding back. He wasn't trying to reserve himself. Then, I knew he had it.

"If you watch the Duddy fight, from the ninth round till the 12th round is when he really just turned it on. That's when everybody came up to me and said they couldn't believe it. The funny thing is, I was in the bus with John Duddy on the way to the airport after the fight and he said, 'I thought Chavez couldn't make it past six rounds but once I saw what was going on, I knew I was in trouble.' "

Julio said through an interpreter, "Back in the day, I trained myself. I didn't know anything about exercise or dieting or anything like that. My problem was always conditioning. If things had stayed the same, my career would have gone nowhere.

"Now, with Freddie and Alex, I follow the regimen and it's changed everything drastically. You never realize what you're capable of because without conditioning, you're just relying on instinct. Now that my conditioning is good and I know that I won't get tired, a lot more things, skill-wise, are starting to come out of me."

When Julio was born in February, 1986, his father was 23 years old and had a professional record of 49-0. He had won the WBC super featherweight world title 17 months earlier and made three successful title defenses. Julio Senior first won WBC super lightweight world title at the age of 22 in his 44th pro fight.

Julio Junior's webpage address is jcchavezjr.com. The webpage address for Julio Junior and his father is chavez360.com.

Julio Chavez Jr.
Weightclass: Middleweight 
Age:  25 
Birthplace: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico 
Record:  43-0-1, 1 ND, 30 KOs 
Height:  5'11" 
Reach:  73 
Managers: Billy Keane 
Trainers: Freddie Roach 
 
Courtesy: Top Rank Boxing

Release: 02/26/2010 

Key Fights - 2011 - WON WBC M WORLD TITLE - in his last fight on 6-4-11 in Los Angeles, CA, he won a 12 round majority decision against previously undefeated defending champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0): the fight headlined at Staples Center - it was fast-paced and exciting, and very close; Zbik started fast - he consistently outworked Julio in the early rounds and built a lead of the scorecards - he won the first four rounds on one scorecard, and three of the first four on the other two - but Julio repeatedly landed hard body punches and steadily wore him down; Julio rallied in the middle rounds - he staggered Zbik with a right hand in the 5th round and swept the round on all three scorecards, won the 6th on two scorecards, then swept the 7th round and won the 8th on two scorecards; Zbik came back and swept the 9th round, but Julio finished the fight very strongly - he swept the 10th, 11th and 12th and won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 114-114; after the fight, Julio said, "I am very excited in winning the title. This was a great learning experience. This is the beginning of a new story and a new stage for me. It was very important to win the title. I hope to maintain myself as a champion for many years to come. I am ready for the big fights and I want to thank God. I hope everyone enjoyed the fight, and I won the title for Mexico. I am proud to be able to continue the legend that my father began, and I promise to defend this title proudly."...

1ST WBC SILVER M TITLE DEFENSE - on 1-29-11 in Culiacan, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Billy Lyell (22-8): the fight headlined at Estadio Banorte - it drew a capacity crowd of around 12,000, and Julio dominated; he consistently outworked Lyell, landed the harder punches, and rocked him several times; Lyell was cut over his left eye in the 6th round, and over his right eye later in the fight; scored 98-92, 99-92, 96-94...

2010 - WON VACANT WBC SILVER M TITLE - on 6-26-10 in San Antonio, TX, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against John Duddy (29-1): the fight headlined at the Alamodome and drew a crowd of 8,172 - Julio was accompanied on his ring walk by his father, to thunderous applause; Duddy gave a very determined effort, but Julio dominated most of the fight - he boxed and moved well in the early rounds, then stood and slugged in the middle rounds and got the better of those exchanges, as well; Duddy rallied and staggered Julio with a right hand in the 6th round, but Julio came back and bloodied Duddy's nose in the 7th, and finished the middle and late rounds strongly; scored 117-111, 120-108, 116-112; after the fight, Julio said, "John is the toughest fighter I've faced so far. He kept the pressure on and really pushed me farther than I've been to this point in my career. But I knew coming in that he was going to be challenging, and I was happy to walk away with the victory. To fight in the same building that my father did is almost surreal for me.I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd be headlining at the Alamodome."...

2009 - on 11-14-09 in Las Vegas, NV, he had a 10 round no contest against Troy Rowland (25-2): the fight was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto main event; the early rounds were close, but Julio rallied in the middle and late rounds - he consistently landed the harder punches, dominated most of the fight, and won a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 97-93; but Julio tested positive for a diuretic after the fight, and the result was changed to "no contest"...

1ST WBC LATINO SW TITLE DEFENSE - on 9-12-09 in Tepic, MX, he TKO'd Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1): the fight headlined at El Palenque de la Feria; Julio scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round - it was the first time LeHoullier had  been knocked down in his career; he got up, but Julio rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:43...

WON VACANT WBC LATINO SW TITLE - on 3-28-09 in Tijuana, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0): the fight headlined at the Plaza de Toros and drew a reported crowd of 22,000; it was a fast-paced, exciting battle, and very bloody; several rounds were close, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Julio pressed forward and scored with hard body punches in the early rounds; Cuello's nose was bloodied in the 4th round, and Julio was cut over his right eye in the 6th round; Julio boxed and moved more in the middle rounds, but Cuello rallied late in the fight and won the 9th and 10th rounds on two judges' scorecards; scored 97-93, 96-95, 96-94; after the fight, Julio said, "This was a good fight for me. I learned a lot over 10 rounds. It was probably one of my best fights."...

2008 - on 11-1-08 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision in the rematch against Matt Vanda (39-7): the fight headlined at Mandalay Bay, and Julio dominated; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Vanda, and landed the harder punches; he was also very consistent throughout the fight, and finished the late rounds strongly; scored 99-91, 98-91, 97-93; after the fight, Julio said, "The way I boxed tonight, it showed that I was sick during the first fight. I dictated the pace inside the ring. I was boxing with him and exchanging with him. I wanted him to see an entirely different fighter than the last time. I was able to change it up."...

On 7-12-08 in Hermosillo, MX, he won a 10 round split decision against Matt Vanda (38-6): it was a fast-paced, exciting fight; Julio started fast - he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and scored effectively with body punches; but he tired badly in the middle rounds; Vanda rallied, and came on strongly in the late rounds - he rocked Julio several times in the 8th round, but Julio came back and fought hard in the 9th round; both went all-out in the final round; scored 100-90, 97-93 Chavez, 96-95 Vanda...

1ST WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SW TITLE DEFENSE - on 4-26-08 in Queretaro, MX, he knocked out previously undefeated Tobia Giuseppe Loriga (24-0-1): the bout headlined at Plaza de Toros, and Julio dominated most of the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2ndth round, then landed a series of punches that had Loriga out on his feet, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:47... round and scored repeatedly with hard body punches; Julio staggered Loriga with a right hand in the 9

WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SW TITLE - on 2-9-08 in Leon, MX, he TKO'd lefthanded former three-time U.S. national amateur champion and 2000 Olympic alternate Jose Celaya (31-3): the bout headlined at the Domo de la Feria, and it was a close, hard fight; Julio scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, and Celaya's left eye became badly swollen; Celaya switched back and forth effectively between the lefthanded and righthanded stances in the following rounds, consistently outworked Julio, and appeared to build a lead on the scorecards, but Julio kept pressing forward, landed the harder punches, and gradually wore him down; Celaya's left eye was swollen nearly shut by the 7th round, and he was cut over his right eye, as well; Julio scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 8th round - Celaya got up but motioned that he could not continue, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14; after the fight Julio said, "I never felt I was losing the fight, but I did not feel I was doing the best I could. I know I can do a lot better."...

2007 - on 12-1-07 in Albuquerque, NM, he knocked out lefthanded hometown favorite Ray Sanchez III (20-1): the bout headlined at Tingley Coliseum and drew a crowd of 6,077; it was an exciting fight - Julio pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Sanchez boxed and moved effectively and consistently kept a faster pace; Julio staggered Sanchez and bloodied his nose with a series of punches late in the 2nd round, but Sanchez came back and outworked him in the 3rd and 4th; Julio steadlily wore down Sanchez in the 5th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches midway throught the 6th, and Sanchez was counted out on all fours at 1:33; after five rounds, the fight was scored 49-46, 49-46 Sanchez, 48-47 Chavez; after the fight, Julio said, "I knew it would take more than one punch.  But you can see the combos finally put him down. He hits very hard and will continue in his career. I think I'm almost ready for a title fight, maybe after two or three more meaningful fights. I'm ranked so, God willing, it will happen soon."...

On 8-4-07 in Rosemont, IL, he TKO'd Louis Brown (15-2): the fight was on the undercard of the David Diaz-Erik Morales main event, and Julio dominated; he wore down Brown with body punches, and scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 4th round; he staggered Brown with a right hand in the 5th round and the referee stopped the fight at 2:42; after the fight, Julio said, "I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things. I hurt my middle knuckle on my right hand in the first round. I was hitting him a lot of times, and he kept fighting back. It was a really tough fight."...

On 6-9-07 in New York, NY, he knocked out Grover Wiley (30-9-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Zab Judah main event at Madison Square Garden, and Julio has some extra incentive against Wiley - Wiley TKO'd Julio's father in September, 2005, and sent him into retirement; Julio Jr. dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body that dropped Wiley to his knees late in the 1st round; Julio scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd round, both with left hooks to the body, and Wiley was counted out at 2:27...

On 4-14-07 in San Antonio, TX, he knocked out Anthony Shuler (20-4-1): Julio was very impressive; he staggered Shuler early in the 2nd round, then scored two knockdowns - the first with a left hook that sent Shuler stumbling backwards to the seat of his trunks, the second with a left hook that put him flat on his back - and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:32...

On 3-9-07 in Hidalgo, TX, he TKO'd Raul Munoz (18-10-1): the fight headlined at the Dodge Arena, drew an estimated crowd of over 3,800, and Julio gave an impressive performance; he dominated the fight and scored a knockdown with a left uppercut late in the 2nd round; he scored a second knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29...

2006 -on 12-16-06 in Culiacan, MX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Christian Solano (19-10-4): Solano fought very defensively, but Julio steadily wore him down and scored a knockdown in the 8th round...

On 9-23-06 in Hidalgo, TX, he TKO'd Shad Howard (12-8-3): Julio wore down Howard with body punches, and he did not continue after the 3rdth round... round; the Texas commission records it as a TKO at 0:10 of the 4

WON VACANT WBC YOUTH SW TITLE - on 8-19-06 in El Paso, TX, he TKO'd Jermaine White (14-1): it was Julio's first scheduled 10-rounder; he weighed 147, but the WBC Youth welterweight title was already taken, so this bout was approved for the super welterweight title; the fight headlined at the Don Haskins Center, drew an announced 5,500 fans, and was televised on pay-per-view; Julio fought aggressively, dominated the fight, and wore down White; he scored a knockdown in the 4th round and the referee stopped the fight at 1:52; after three rounds, Julio led by scores of 30-27 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Julio said, "I was hitting him with my left all night. He couldn't stand my punches. I feel very proud to win my first belt. I look forward to defending it many times."...

On 6-10-06 in New York he TKO'd Aaron Drake (10-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Paulie Malignaggi main event at Madison Square Garden; Julio scored a knockdown in the 2nd round that droppedut Drake flat on his back - he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:53...

On 4-8-06 in Las Vegas he knocked out Tyler Ziolkowski (8-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweawther-Zab Judah main event; Julio stopped Ziolkowski at 2:40 of the 2nd round...

On 2-18-06 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round majority decision in the rematch against Carlos Molina (8-1-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Antonio Margarito-Manuel Gomez main event, and it was an exciting fight; Molina started fast, but Julio rallied as the rounds progressed - he landed the harder punches and wore down Molina with body punches; some observers thought the decision could go either way, and the announcement of the decision drew a mixed reaction from the crowd; scored 58-56, 58-56, 57-57...

2005 - on 12-16-05 in Monterrey, MX, he fought to a 6 round draw against Carlos Molina (8-1): it was a good, hard fight and several rounds were close; many observers thought the decision could go either way, and the crowd booed the announcement of the decision...

On 10-8-05 in Las Vegas he TKO Jeremy Stiers (9-4): the fight was on the undercard of the Jose Luis Castillo-Diego Corrales II main event; Stiers was game and determined, but Julio dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Stiers and wore him down with body punches; he rocked Stiers with a series of punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:45...

On 9-17-05 in Phoenix, AZ, he TKO'd Corey Alarcon (12-10): the fight was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.-Grover Wiley main event, the second fight of Julio Sr.'s farewell tour, and drew an announced crowd of 7,893 to the America West Arena; Julio Jr.'s nose was bloodied in the 1st round, but he came back to score one knockdown in the 1st round and another in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:35; Julio Sr. was stopped in the 5th round of his fight against Grover Wiley, claiming an injured hand; Julio Jr. now plans to fight Wiley on November 12 to avenge his father's loss...

On 8-12-05 in Laredo, TX, he TKO'd Jonathan Nelson (10-10): Julio headlined the card, and a crowd of around 5,000 was on hand to pay homage to his father, who was at ringside; it was spectacular one-punch knockout - Julio scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round that dropped Nelson flat on his back, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:54; after the fight, Julio said, "Knowing what my father meant to the fans just makes me want to fight harder."...

On 6-25-05 in Atlantic City, NJ, he TKO'd Ruben Galvan (21-6-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Arturo Gatti main event; Galvan gave a good effort, but Julio dominated the fight; he hurt Galvan with two left hooks to the body in the 1st round, and consistently landed the harder punches; Julio scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 4th round and bloodied Galvan's nose; Galvan got up, but Julio staggered him again, Galvan's corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:22...

On 5-28-05 in Los Angeles he knocked out Adam Wynant (9-3-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.-Ivan Robinson main event at the Staples Center; it was the first fight of Julio Sr.'s "farewell" tour, and drew an announced attendance of 17,692; Julio scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:42; after the fight, Julio Jr. said, "I couldn't be happier. I'm happy I did it in Los Angeles, and did it on my father's card."; Julio Sr. said, "I'm very proud of my son. He's a great fighter. He showed tonight that he'll carry on what I have done, and I hope my fans are as good to my son as they have been to me. Goodbye, Los Angeles. Please keep my son."...

On 4-22-05 in Hidalgo he TKO'd previously undefeated Travis Hartman (5-0-1): Julio scored three knockdowns in the 3rd round, Hartman's corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:51...

On 3-19-05 in Las Vegas he TKO'd Ryan Maraldo (17-15-1): Julio staggered Maraldo in the 2nd round - Maraldo was also cut under the left eye, and Julio was penalized one point for low blows in the round; Julio rocked Maraldo with a right hand late in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:56...

On 2-11-05 in San Diego, CA, he knocked out Leroy Newton (5-5): Julio scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:11; after the fight, Julio said, "I felt I could finish him early, so I went for the kill."...

On 1-21-05 in Culiacan he knocked out Jose Cruz (2-0): Julio scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and Cruz was counted out...

2004 - on 12-18-04 in Culiacan he knocked out Eliseo Urias (0-2): Julio scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and Urias was counted out...

On 11-26-04 in Ciudad Juarez, MX, he TKO'd Sheldon Mosley (1-6): in the 5th round...

On 10-23-04 in Tucson, AZ, he TKO'd Michael Walker (5-5): Julio scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:21...

On 9-4-04 in Tijuana, MX, he TKO'd Miguel Galindo (5-8): in the 4th round...

On 7-31-04 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round decision against Jason Smith (4-3): Julio dominated the fight; he bloodied Smith's nose and mouth, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 6-25-04 in Culiacan he TKO'd Jose Huerta (debut): at 0:52 of the 2nd round...

On 5-22-04 in Mexico City, MX, he knocked out Antonio Aguilar (0-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.-Frankie Randall "Farewell to Mexico" main event at Plaza Monumental; Julio scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and Aguilar was counted out at 1:10; younger brother Omar also appeared in an amateur exhibition bout; after the fight, Julio Jr. said, "I feel very proud of my father. I wanted to win by knockout tonight to honor the family name."...

On 4-24-04 in Tuxtla Gutierrez, MX, he knocked out Arturo Ocampo (1-4): in the 2nd round...

On 3-27-04 in Tijuana he knocked out Guadalupe Arce (0-13): at 2:06 of the 1st round...

On 2-28-04 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Oisin Fagan (4-1): Julio Jr. entered the arena accompanied by his father, and the crowd chanted "Chavez, Chavez..."; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and won by scores of 39-36, 39-36, 39-37...

On 1-29-04 in Houston, TX, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Burgos (0-2): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...

He debuted at the age of 17 on 9-26-03 in Culiacan and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jonathan Hernandez (0-1); after the fight, J.C. said, "I've got a long way to go before I can be compared to my father. I felt the weight of the Chavez name on his shoulders."...

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Julio said, "I was born and raised in Culiacan. I have two brothers, Omar and Cristian. I've lived in Culiacan my whole life except for one year when I lived with my mother in Riverside, California. That's when I was 16.

"I went to the gym with my father as far back as I can remember - I must have been two years old at the time. I played almost every sport when I was little - soccer, basebell, tennis, just whatever was going on at the time.

"When I lived in Riverside, I had a friend that had a boxing gym here. I went there to train, and that's when I started to take everything seriously.

"I didn't have any amateur fights. I just boxed in a couple of exhibitions when I was about 12 or 13." [note: one of the exhibitions was against Jorge Paez Jr., the son or former IBF featherweight world champion Jorge "Maromero" Paez]...

From chavez360.com [excerpts]: Julio Cesar Chavez Carrasco was born on February 16, 1986, to legendary boxing champion Julio Cesar Chavez Gonzalez and Amalia Carrasco. At the time, his father had already won fifty professional fights and had three successful defenses of his WBC super featherweight title. It wasn't long before Julito started going with him to watch him fight, and the boy would be seen carried around the ring after his father's victories. Early on, Julito developed a love for the sport, even though he didn't completely realize the significance of his father's ring presence.

Though the young Chavez was so fond of boxing, he never thought of becoming a boxer. Growing up, he played soccer, baseball and basketball and at one point even thought of becoming a professional baseball player.

At first, Julio Sr. was set against the idea of his son becoming a boxer, but Julio Jr. was even more determined. In a way, his whole life had been leading up to it, and he couldn't think of anything he wanted more. Junior was finally able to convince his parents to give him a shot.

"10 fights," his dad said. He would let his son fight 10 fights, as his own mother had allowed him to do, in order to see whether Julio Jr. had what it takes to make it in the ring. [End chavez360.com item]

Julio's younger brother Omar is a pro welterweight; youngest brother Cristian does not box...Julio is single and has no children...

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style, good skills and movement...a sharp puncher, punches in combinations...a good body puncher, expecially with the left hook...physically strong...has shown improvement in conditioning and technique since being trained by Freddie Roach and his team...comes from a strong family boxing background...

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 45 fights...206 total rounds...12 world championship rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.5 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %.....

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds - 2 (2-0)...10 rounds - 6 (6-0)...9 rounds - 1 (1-0)...

Mike Jones Bio 
Courtesy: Top Rank Boxing
Release: 11/02/2010 
"MJ"

Ranked WBO #1, WBA #2, IBF #3, WBC #4 at 147 pounds...

NABA welterweight champion, seven successful title defenses...

NABO welterweight champion, two successful defenses...

At the age of 28, Mike is a five-year pro. A contender at 147 pounds - ranked No. 1 by the WBO - he has stayed active in the ring, stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights and made good progress.

He is coming off a second-round TKO win against Raul Munoz in his last fight on June 25. The fight drew a capacity crowd to the South Philly Arena.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Jones had not fought in his hometown of Philadelphia in a little more than two years but returned for this fight on "Top Rank Live." The rising contender was coming off a decisive points win over Jesus Soto Karass on HBO in February in a rematch of their closely contested brawl in November. Jones did as he pleased in the opening round before crushing Munoz in the second. He hurt Munoz with a right to the body and landed several more shots before he connected with a big overhand right and knocked him out at 2 minutes, 29 seconds. It was a pretty knockout. [End Rafael item]

Co-manager Jim Williams said, "We've been working with Mike since he was an amateur. He had his hand operated on after the Cardona fight - he hurt his left hand, tore a tendon. Two days later, he's in the gym with his hand in a cast, not using the hand, but staying in the gym. He's not like any fighter I ever had.

"He's a real modest guy. He's pretty quiet. He's a real good dad. One of his kids comes to the gym with him most of the time, because he can't get a babysitter, and the mother has the other one. He's a different type of guy. He's got a machine gun tattooed on his arm, and that is so unlike him. I don't know when he got that done. When I first met him, I said, 'Does that machine gun mean anything? Are you supposed to be a bad guy or something?' 'No, no. Not at all,' he says. You never hear him curse. He's just an unusual person."

Mike said, "I guess I got my discipline from my dad. He's been working for a long time, putting food on the table and everything, and I'm just doing the same thing for my kids.

"I'm pretty much a boxer. I'm not a slugger - pretty much a smart boxer. Whatever I see that opens up, I attack.

"My knockouts, I basically sum it up as accurate punching. It doesn't take a devastating puncher to get knockouts. You just got to be accurate with your shots."


Fight by Fight - 2011 - in his last fight on 6-25-11 in Philadelphia, PA, he TKO'd Raul Munoz (22-13-1): the fight headlined at the South Philly Arena - it was Mike's first fight in his hometown in over two years, and drew a capacity crowd; Mike quickly overpowered Munoz - he hurt him with a body punch in the 2nd round, then scored a knockdown moments later with a right hand - Munoz got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:29; after the fight, Mike said, "I took my time in the first round. I was relaxed and looked for an opening. When Munoz was more aggressive in the second round, he left himself more open. I followed our game plan of going to his body to get him to drop his hands down, then I started to go up on top. I got him with a good right. This is home. I was born and raised in Philly. It's motivating to see all the fans out there screaming my name. I'm real happy with my performance and I'm glad to have given the fans a good show. I'll take two, three weeks off and then start preparing for my next fight I want to finish the end of the year strong. I want a big fight. There are a lot of great fighters out there and I'll fight any one of them. I want to fight the best."...

On 2-19-11 in 2-19-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3): the fight was co-featured with the Nonito Donaire-Fernando Montiel main event; Soto-Karass pressed forward and gave a strong effort, but Mike consistently outboxed him and landed the sharper punches; Soto-Karass was cut over both of his eyes in the 3rd round, one from a clash of heads; scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-113; after the fight, Mike said, "I stuck to the game plan. The game plan was lateral movement, try to hit him with the jab. He was no different than the first fight and we put together a better game plan."...

2010 - 7TH NABA, 2ND NABO W TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-13-10 in Arlington, TX, he won a 10 round majority decision against Jesus Soto-Karassnd round, then went on a nonstop attack that lasted for much of the round - Soto-Karass was rocked several times and cut over his right eye, but survived, rallied later in the round, and Mike was exhausted at the bell; Soto-Karass was cut over his left eye in the 3rd, but pressed forward, kept a busier pace, and landed the harder punches in the middle rounds; Mike appeared to finally get his second-wind around the 7th round - he was cut over his right eye in the 8th, but had some rallies in the late rounds; it looked like the decision could go either way; many observers thought Soto-Karass deserved to win, and the crowd booed the announcement of the scores - 95-94, 97-93 Jones, 94-94; after the fight, Mike said, "I felt I pulled out the victory. I kind of punched myself out in the second round. After that, I had to get my legs back under me. It was all heart after that. He had a real hard head and battled. My legs got weak, but I finished strong because I knew the fight was close."... (24-4-3): the fight was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito main event at Cowboys Stadium, and it was very close; Mike staggered Soto-Karass with a series of punches in the 2

6TH NABA, 1ST NABO W TITLE DEFENSE - on 7-9-10 in Atlantic City, NJ, he knocked out Irving Garcia (17-4-3): the bout headlined at Boardwalk Hall; Garcia gave a good effort and had a few rallies, but Mike dominated most of the fight - he generally outworked Garcia, landed hard body punches, and steadily wore him down; Mike had a small cut under his right eye, but scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 5th round and Garcia was counted out at 1:22; after four rounds, Mike led by scores of 39-37, 39-37, 40-36; after the fight, Mike said, "I saw his legs start to buckle every time I hit him to the body, so I tried to capitalize on that. I stepped it up a little more each round, and I thought I did a good job of breaking him down."...

5TH NABA W TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT NABO W TITLE - on 4-17-10 in Atlantic City, NJ, he TKO'd Hector Munoz (18-2-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Kelly Pavlik main event, and Mike dominated; he staggered Munoz in the 1st round, rocked him several more times in the following rounds, and bloodied his mouth; Mike staggered Munoz with a right hand in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03; after the fight, Mike said, "He's a tough guy. I didn't want to exert myself at the beginning - I wanted to set a good pace because I was a little sluggish my last time out. I could tell he was wearing down, and I tried to counter and make my jab the offense. I wanted to keep the jab to the body. I'd just like to fight every month and half or two months. I'm ready to move."...

4TH NABA W TITLE DEFENSE - on 2-27-10 in Atlantic City he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Henry Bruseles (28-3-1): the bout headlined at Bally's and drew a capacity crowd; Mike consistently outboxed and outworked Bruseles and dominated most of the fight; scored 98-92, 98-92, 97-92...

2009 - 3RD NABA W TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-7-09 in Atlantic City he TKO'd Raul Pinzon (16-3): the fight headlined at Bally's; Pinzon gave a good effort, but Mike dominated - he consistently outworked Pinzon and landed the harder punches; Mike rocked Pinzon with a series of right hands in the 4th round; he staggered Pinzon with a right hand in the 5th, then scored a knockdown moments later with a series of punches - finished by a left hook to the body - and the referee stopped the fight at 1:40...

2ND NABA W TITLE DEFENSE - on 8-8-09 in Atlantic City he won a 10 round unanimous decision against late substitute Lenin Arroyo (20-9-1): the fight headined at Bally's, and Mike dominated; he consistently outworked Arroyo, landed the harder punches, and rocked him several times; scored 99-91, 99-91, 98-92...

1ST NABA W TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-6-09 in Philadelphia, PA, he knocked out 1996 Colombian Olympian and late substitute Dairo Esalas (31-15): the fight headlined at the Blue Horizon; Mike scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round - the first with a right hand, the second moments later with a series of punches - and Esalas was penalized one point for spitting out his mouthpiece - and the third with a double left hook to the body and head; the referee stopped the fight at 1:56...

2008 - on 12-5-08 in Reading, PA, he knocked out Luciano Perez (16-8-1): the fight headlined at the Sovereign Center; Perez pressed forward and gave a good effort, but Mike quickly overpowered him; Mike scored a knockdown with a left hook-right hand combination in the 2nd round; he scored another knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd, and Perez was counted out at 1:56...

WON VACANT NABA W TITLE - on 8-29-08 in Philadelphia he knocked out Juliano Ramos (15-1): the fight headlined at the New Alhambra, and Mike dominated; he staggered Ramos with a right hand in the 6th round, then staggered him again with series of punches - finished by a left hook - and Ramos dropped to the canvas as the referee stopped the fight at 1:12; after the fight, Mike said, "It's awesome. This is my first belt ever, amateur or pro."...

On 5-9-08 in Philadelphia he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Gilbert Venegas (10-5-3): the fight headlined at the New Alhambra, and Mike dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Venegas, and rocked him several times; Venegas was cut under his right eye in the 6th round; scored 80-72 on all three scorecards...

On 3-28-08 in Salamanca, NY, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against 38 year-old Germaine Sanders (27-5): the fight was co-featured with the Cornelius Bundrage-Kassim Ouma main event; Sanders moved and boxed, but Mike pressed forward, landed the sharper punches, and dominated most of the right; Sanders rocked Mike with a left hook in the 6th round, but Mike finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 78-74 on all three scorecards...

2007 - on 11-9-07 in Philadelphia, PA, he TKO'd 33 year-old former lightweight world title challenger Israel "Pito" Cardona (36-7): the fight headlined at the New Alhambra and Mike dominated; Cardona pressed forward, but Mike kept him off-balance with movement and scored repeatedly with his jab; he stunned Cardona with a right hand to the body-left hook to the head combination that cut Cardona over his left eye in the 3rd round, then rocked him with an unanswered series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:34; after the fight, Mike said, "He was a tough opponent. It took a lot for me to stop him. This was the toughest fight I had so far. I heard he's only been stopped once. I hurt him with a hook, and everything after that was reaction. Once I saw blood I kept going."...

On 10-5-07 in Philadelphia he knocked out Richard Hall (10-19-2): Mike hurt Hall with a left hook to the body, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 1st round, and Hall was counted out at 1:38; after the fight, Mike said, "I knew he was ready to go when I landed that shot to ribs. I want the jewelry. [note: championship belt] There's no stopping me until I get it."...

On 8-31-07 in Niagara Falls, NY, he TKO'd Martinus Clay (12-16-2): Mike dominated the fight and steadlily wore down Clay; he scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body that dropped Clay to his knees in the 5th round, and he was counted out...

On 7-20-07 in Philadelphia he TKO'd Doel Carrasquillo (10-4-1): Mike boxed and moved effectively, and scored repeatedly with his jab and right hand; he bloodied Carrasquillo's nose badly in the 2nd round, and Carrasquillo did not continue after the 2nd round; after the fight, Mike said, "I think I answered the question that Mike Jones has a chin. I'm now ready for whoever they put in front of me. They will just be my next victims."...

On 5-4-07 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKO'd Gilbert Guevara (5-1-1): at 2:46 of the 1st round...

On 3-2-07 in Philadelphia he TKO'd Francisco Maldonado (11-25-4): Mike scored a knockdown with a series of punches late in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches early in the 2nd, and Maldonado was counted out at 0:15...

On 1-15-07 in Airway Heights, WA, he TKO'd Donald Fosmire (10-11-1): Mike dominated the fight and stopped Fosmire at 1:23 of the 3rd round...

2006 - on 11-17-06 in Philadelphia he TKO'd Jason Jordan (2-3-1): Mike scored two knockdowns, both with left hooks, in the 1st round; Jordan got up but was very unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:42...

On 9-29-06 in Philadelphia he knocked out Todd Dillon (debut): Mike scored a knockdown with two right hands in the 1st round - Dillon got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:00...

On 8-2-06 in Philadelphia he knocked out Ronny Glover (1-1): Mike scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and Glover was counted out at 2:44..

On 3-3-06 in Philadelphia he TKO'd Chris Gray (1-1): at 2:30 of the 2nd round...

He debuted at the age of 22 on 12-16-05 in Philadelphia and TKO'd Jason Thompson (1-0): Mike staggered Thompson with a right hand-left hook combination that sent him stumbling back across the ring in the 2nd round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches that dropped him flat on his back and the referee stopped the fight at 0:48...

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Mike said, "I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I got one older sister. My mom works at a cleaning business and my dad is a C.O., a correctional officer.

"I was about 14 years old when I started boxing. I always liked the sports. I liked to play basketball, football, physical sports, and I wanted to do something more physical. I decided to check out boxing.

"I had about 70 amateur fights. I was about 60-10. I won a few titles, the Golden Gloves - not the Nationals, but I won the Mid-Atlantic three times and the regional championships three times.

"I'm naturally righthanded. I'm single, but I have two daughters. Myana is six, and Alyza is four. They both live with their mom, but I have them a lot."...

Co-manager Jim Williams said, "Mike's a serious guy. He never had anything when he was younger. We signed a contract extension with him about six, eight months ago, and at the same time, signed the papers for his house. Doc Nowicki had a house in the Frankfurt section of Philly, a nice section of town. Originally, we had a few of the Georgians living in there - Koba Gogoladze, Ramazan Paliani, and all. [note: a group of boxers from the Republic of Georgia that were co-managed by Jim and Doc] When they were done, Mike moved in there. He's been there for  couple of years now. It's a decent house - semi-detached, a nice backyard, new wall-to-wall carpeting. He always wanted a house of his own, for his kids. So Doc sold it to him on a lease-purchase. He pays Doc so much out of his fights 'till he pays him back. When we left the lawyer's office after signing the papers that day, Mike was all smiles. I said, "Man, that's the first time I saw you smile.' And he said, 'It's the first time I've been happy.' Mike's a proud homeowner now. He just wants roots - his world revolves around his daughters. We had a barbeque for him after one of his fights, and he showed up late. He said he had to get his daughters' hair done. That came first, before anything else.

"Mike finally traded in his car, the Dodge Charger, the one with the big chrome wheels, and he got like, a soccer mom's car - nothing like a fighter like him would be driving. But it's easy for him to put the kids' stuff in the back. Everything is for his kids."...

STRENGTHS: Has good skills, speed, and movement...tall and lanky, has good punching power...a hard worker in the gym, is always in top condition...is experienced against good opposition...had a strong amateur background...

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 25 fights...110 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.4 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 76 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds - 1 (1-0)...10 rounds - 3 (3-0)...8 rounds - 2 (2-0)...

We mixed martial arts fans are spoiled right now. Of my Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in MMA, seven have fought in the last two months, and the other three have fights scheduled in the next month. I don't believe there's ever been a time in the short history of MMA when we had this many opportunities to see this many great fighters in this short a period of time.

So now seems like a good time to revisit my Top 10 list, where Anderson Silva remains on top, Frankie Edgar is rising, and two heavyweights make the list as they prepare to fight each other in what may be the most significant fight in UFC history.

The full Top 10 is below.

Top 10 Pound-for-Pound Fighters in MMA
(Number in parentheses is the fighter's rank in the last pound-for-pound list.)

1. Anderson Silva (1): Silva is still the best, and up next he'll get a chance to cement his legacy with a rematch against the only man who ever put him in any real danger inside the Octagon, Chael Sonnen. I believe Silva is going to make a statement with a sensational showing against Sonnen.

2. Georges St. Pierre (2): The Carlos Condit fight at UFC 137 will give St. Pierre yet another chance to show he's head and shoulders above the rest of the welterweight division. Some fans are starting to get bored with GSP because he keeps winning by decision and hasn't finished many fights, and I think those fans are going to be disappointed in the Condit fight: This looks like another unanimous decision victory for GSP to me.

3. Jon Jones (3): If Jones beats Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, his 2011 may go down as the best year any MMA fighter has ever had. Jones has absolutely demolished Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua and Rampage Jackson this year, and adding Machida to the list would make him 4-0 in 2011 while fighting some of the best light heavyweights the UFC can throw at him.

4. Frank Edgar (6): I'm moving Edgar up a couple spots on the list after he beat Gray Maynard and showed definitively that he's the best lightweight in the sport. UFC President Dana White said after UFC 136 that Edgar deserves to be No. 2 on the pound for pound list, but I can't get on board with that yet. White's explanation for having Edgar at No. 2 was, "The guy weighs 145 pounds, he's fighting at 155 pounds and beating everybody." But until we actually see Edgar fight at 145 pounds we have no idea if that's really true. Maybe a big part of Edgar's greatness at 155 is that he's fresher than his opponents because he didn't cut as much weight the day before. If Edgar were to move down to featherweight and beat Jose Aldo he'd have a good case for No. 1, but until he does it, I wouldn't rank him higher than GSP or Jones, and definitely not higher than Silva.

5. Jose Aldo (4): Aldo improved his record to 20-1 with a unanimous decision victory over Kenny Florian. It appears that Aldo will get Chad Mendes next, and Mendes's wrestling should make him a good test for Aldo. But Aldo-Mendes won't be a big money fight (Mendes is still not very well known, and Aldo hasn't proven that he can be a pay-per-view draw), which may be why White was hinting at a potential future Aldo-Edgar fight.

6. Dominick Cruz (5): Cruz suffered a hand injury against Demetrious Johnson, which may keep him shelved for a few months. Whenever he's ready to return, he's likely to face the winner of the upcoming Urijah Faber-Brian Bowles fight. Cruz has already beaten both Faber and Bowles, but the UFC doesn't have many better bantamweight options for Cruz.

7. Cain Velasquez (8): The undefeated heavyweight champion will fight Junior dos Santos on Fox in a bout that's been getting heavy promotion during the baseball playoffs and NFL games. It should easily be the most-watched MMA fight in American history, and it's Velasquez's chance to become a major sports star.

8. Shogun Rua (9): After beating Forrest Griffin in August, Rua will make a quick turnaround and take on Dan Henderson in November. Although Jones completely dismantled Rua, Shogun is still the No. 2 fighter in the UFC's best weight class.

9. Junior dos Santos (10): I don't think anyone in the sport hits as hard as dos Santos, and that makes him an easy sell to the casual audience that will tune in on Fox. Dos Santos will give Velasquez everything he can handle when they meet for the heavyweight title.

10. Gray Maynard (7): Does Maynard still belong in the Top 10, despite his loss to Edgar? I think he does: He's still 1-1-1 in three fights against the best lightweight in the world, and in non-Edgar fights he's beaten good opponents like Kenny Florian, Nate Diaz, Jim Miller and Roger Huerta. But if you have someone else ahead of Maynard on the pound-for-pound list -- someone like Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Gilbert Melendez, Jon Fitch, B.J. Penn, Joseph Benavidez or Dan Henderson -- I won't argue.

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