Danny Valdivia

Weightclass: Super Welterweight

  • 14wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 10kos

Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico
Victor Valdivia (brother)/Rick Mirigian (advisor)
Junior Palafox

fighter feed

Danny “El Chapulin” (The Grasshopper) Valdivia

At the age of 25, Danny is a four-year pro. A young prospect at 154 pounds, he is a former amateur standout.

He stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2014, three in 2015, four in 2016, and two in 2017.

In his last fight on June 24 in Phoenix, Arizona, he lost an eight-round unanimous decision against Vladimir Hernandez. The bout was one of the co-main events at the Celebrity Theater, and it was a good, close fight. Hernandez generally out-worked Danny in several rounds and won by scores of 78-74, 77-75, 77-75.

Danny said, “I train in Lemoore, California, at the Palafox Gym. I’ve been very focused on every aspect of my training.

“It was an adjustment from the amateurs to the pros. It’s like every fight is a championship fight now – every punch counts.

“I’m a boxer-puncher, but very athletic – some people refer to me as an ‘athletic specimen.’ I like to box and come forward and land hard shots.

“I’ve been in training camp with Gennady Golovkin – not sparring with him – but I’ve been in his camp up in Big Bear and I learned from him. I also went to camp up there with Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez. He brought me up to Big Bear for sparring. I sparred with a lot of big names up there – I sparred with Shane Mosley Sr., and I’ve also been in camp with Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo and sparred with him. They really liked my work.

“I always like to say – listen to your heart. Whatever you feel in your heart, go after that dream and give it all you’ve got. I’m listening to my heart and going after my dream.”

Regarding his nickname, he said, “It means ‘grasshopper.’ I got it in Laredo, Texas, after my pro debut. I won – I got a second-round knockout – and I was super happy! It was like a dream come true and I started jumping up and down and I started doing some pushups. And I heard the people start chanting, ‘chapulin … chapulin …’ I asked my brother what they were saying and he said, ‘I don’t know, but keep jumping.’ So I kept jumping and the next thing I know, the ring announcer, Lupe Contreras, said, ‘That’s an awesome nickname, you should keep it.’ So I just kept it.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Danny said, “I was born in Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico. I have four brothers and one sister. I’m the youngest one – I’m the baby. I came to California from Mexico when I was two years old. My dad came here first and we stayed back. He worked in the fields in Dinuba for a while, then he was able to bring the rest of us here. My dad is retired now, and my mom works at Ruiz Foods in Tulare. My brother, Santiago Valdivia, used to box as an amateur and he’s the one that got me started.

“I was 10 years old when I started boxing. I think I had close to 100 amateur fights like, 80 wins and 12 losses.

“I’m naturally right-handed. I ran track in high school and played football, too. I went to College of Sequoias in Visalia, California. It’s a two-year college. I played football there, too.”…

fight history

  • 2013

    on 11-9-13 in Lemoore, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round, 2:47) against Matt Dumais (0-1)…

    He debuted at the age of 21 on 8-17-13 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:51) against Jarmaris Chaney (debut)…

  • 2014

    on 12-6-14 in Glendale, CA, he won by knockout (4th round) against Tolutomi Agunbiade (2-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Brian Viloria-Armando Vasquez main event; Danny dominated the fight and rocked Agunbiade several times in the early rounds; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 4th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:05…

    On 10-25-14 in Fresno he won by TKO (1st round, 2:03) against Saul Benitez (3-6-1)…

    On 5-17-14 in Fresno he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:11) against Fernando Najera (0-2)…

    On 4-11-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against German Valdez (3-3-1): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…

  • 2015

    on 9-26-15 in Lemoore, CA, he won by knockout (6th round) against Jeremy Ramos (9-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, and it was a good fight; Danny scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round – Ramos got up and as Danny was moving in for the finish, Ramos scored a knockdown with a left hook when Danny’s glove touched the canvas; the following rounds were close, but Danny staggered Ramos with a right hand in the 6th, then scored a knockdown moments later with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:10; Ramos was also cut over his right eye in the 6th round…

    on 7-25-15 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by TKO (1st round) against lefthanded Wilfredo Acuna (15-16): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at the Celebrity Theater, and Danny quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round – Acuna got up, but Danny rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…

    On 5-9-15 in Fresno, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Rick Graham (3-5-2): the bout was on the undercard at the Selland Arena, and Danny dominated the fight; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…