JULY 27, 1980

MEXICAN TARAHUMARA FORMER BOXING CHAMP DANIEL PONCE DE LEÓN BORN

Raised in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains of Mexico, Daniel was a Mexican National Amateur champion and a bronze medalist at the 1999 Pan American Games.  He then went on to represent Mexico at the 2000 Summer Olympics.  In 2002, he took the WBC Youth Bantamweight title and, in 2004, added the WBO’s NABO Super Bantamweight title.  After an early 2005 loss, he regained that title on October 29, 2005, by defeating Sod Kokietgym by unanimous decision.  He then defended the title eight times before losing on June 7, 2008 by technical knockout (TKO) to Juan Manuel López.  On April 25, 2009, he won the NABF Featherweight title over Marlon Aguilar and added the Latino Featherweight title in February 2010.  However, Daniel lost by TKO to Abner Mares on May 4, 2013 and thereby lost his WBC featherweight title.  His last bout before retiring from boxing was a loss to Miguel Roman in June 2014.  Since then, he has worked as a Spanish language television commentator.  He also trains fighters.  

Source:  Dan Rafael, “Daniel Ponce de Leon Retires,” ESPN, 6/11/2014.  Retrieved 7/8/2019, http://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/11064620/daniel-ponce-de-leon-announces-retirement
Clip Art:  Public Domain Vectors, https://publicdomainvectors.org/en/free-clipart/Boxers-vector-illustration/28027.html

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