Erick De Leon

Weightclass: Super Featherweight

  • 17wins

  • 0losses

  • 1draws

  • 10kos

Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Cameron Dunkin (Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2007 Manager of the Year)
Robert Garcia (Boxing Writers Association of America “2012 Trainer of the Year;” former IBF junior lightweight world champion)

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Erik De Leon

At the age of 25, Erick is a four-year pro. A rising young prospect at 130 pounds, he was an amateur standout before his debut who competed at the highest national levels, and had impressive wins against fellow standouts Toka Kahn Clary, José Ramirez, Amir Imam, Shemuel Pagan, Joel Diaz Jr., and Julian Ramirez, all of whom are now up-and-coming professional prospects or contenders.

Erick was one of the top talents on Team USA before the 2012 Olympics, but had a shoulder injury before the Olympic Trials and could not perform to his full capability.

As a pro, he has given consistently strong performances and made excellent progress.

Erick has been trained for his last five fights by Robert Garcia, the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2012 Trainer of the Year,” at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, California.

In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles, he won a six-round unanimous decision against Adones Aguelo. The bout was on the undercard of the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event.’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Junior lightweight Erik DeLeon, a 25-year-old southpaw from Detroit, won a near-shutout decision against Adones Aguelo, of the Philippines, in a hard-hitting fight.

DeLeon won handily, 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, in a high-contact fight. [End Rafael item]

In his previous fight on April 28 in Burbank, California, he won by third-round TKO against Daulis Prescott.

The Ring’s Francisco Salazar reported from ringside [excerpts]: Erick DeLeon scored the biggest win of his career thus far, stopping former world title challenger Daulis Prescott in the third round.

From the opening bell, the southpaw DeLeon put Prescott on the defensive, forcing him to fight off his back foot. The pressure paid off as DeLeon dropped Prescott late in the second round, courtesy of a barrage of punches.

After Prescott got through the round, DeLeon went on the attack again. After an exchange, Prescott suddenly fell to the canvas in a corner. After getting up, Prescott complained of pain in his left arm. After a ringside physician was summoned into the ring to check on Prescott, [the] referee stopped the bout at 59 seconds.

The 25-year-old Mexican-American has displayed a penchant for power in recent fights. DeLeon has now knocked out his last five opponents and six of his last seven. [End Salazar item]

Erick said, “I’m always in the gym. I like to be an aggressive fighter. I like to put pressure, but I make adjustments. I can box, I can bang, I can move, I can counterpunch. Everything I know, I use in the ring to win a fight, but I definitely like to put pressure and get in there and throw punches.

“I love what I do and I work hard every day. I put all of my passion into this.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Erick said, “I was born in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon. That’s in northern Mexico, an hour and a half, two hours from the border and Laredo. I have two brothers and one sister. My sister is the oldest one, she lives in Texas – I have a lot of family in Texas. My dad was a construction worker, but he’s going to retire this year and just help with my training. My mom is a housewife.

“Both of my brothers used to box. They were both very talented, but they didn’t fall in love with it like I did. They never went pro. My uncle in Mexico used to fight. He never went to no boxing gym – he didn’t have one in the town where he used to live – but he would always have a pair of gloves with him and he would box anybody in the street.

“When I was seven years old we moved to Pasadena, Texas, for a few months. But my dad got a job offer in Michigan and we moved here.

“I went to a gym in Detroit when I was eight years old. I kept telling my dad, ‘Take me to the gym, take me to the gym. I want to box,’ and I was throwing punches at him. I was never getting into no street fights or anything, but I would always hear my dad talk about boxing and soccer, boxing and soccer – ‘Oscar’s fighting’ or ‘He’s fighting Mosley’ or ‘He’s fighting Vargas.’

“My dad asked one of his best friends at work, Ricardo, if he knew of any boxing gyms. Ricardo told him, ‘We’ll take him one of these days so he can get beat up.’

“One day he took me to the gym and I fell in love with it. I had so much energy, and most of my energy would be spent there in the gym. I just kept getting better and better and took it from there.

“I would move to different gyms, but every Saturday I would go to the Kronk Gym in Dearborn when I was 11 years old. The pros would go in and train on Saturdays, and I was seeing Emanuel Steward there. They asked me, ‘Do you want to fight in a pro-am show in Auburn Hills? I was like, ‘Yeah!’ Emanuel seen me fight there and ever since then, he always looked out for me and always guided me through my amateur career. He always helped me out, helped my family out. We were real close.

“Once I got to be a teenager, then we started getting more serious. I was training at the Kronk Gym and spending more time with Emanuel, traveling with him. I would go to Klitschko fights with him. He would take me to California, San Antonio, I was going to Vegas with him, Madison Square Garden. I was in Klitschko’s dressing room thinking, ‘Wow, this is awesome!’ I was 15 years old – great memories! Me and him had a great connection – we were very close right up until he passed away.

“I lost count of my amateur fights after 120, but my dad says I had over 150. I had eight losses, but my dad says I really only lost two times. He said, ‘Man, you got robbed a few times.’ I remember every national tournament like they were yesterday.

“I was winning every tournament for like, four years in a row until the Olympic Trials. At the Olympic Trials, two weeks before the tournament I was sharp, sparring with bigger, taller guys, and then my left shoulder started popping out of place. It gave out on me. I rested for about two months after the Olympic Trials. Then Dr. Lemos from the Lions and Tigers was like, ‘How did you even win your third Golden Gloves title? How are you even fighting this year? Your shoulder was basically hanging from a string. If you had waited three or four months, your shoulder would have been done.’ I got my surgery done on November 11, 2011. It was a torn rotator, it was really bad. The surgery took six hours, they did a great job. I had 44 weeks of therapy after that.

“I’m naturally left-handed. I’m single, no kids.”…

Erick became a U.S. citizen on February 14, 2011…

From The New York Times, by Fabrizio Costantini [Oct. 20, 2010 – excerpts]: Detroit has produced some great boxers, including Joe Louis, Thomas Hearns and Milton McCrory.

Many, including De Leon, have been coached by Emanuel Steward, the founder of Detroit’s Kronk Gym. “He’s a superstar,” Steward said of De Leon.

The De Leon family lives in a tidy house in a Detroit suburb called Lincoln Park. Luciano De Leon, who has dedicated much of his adult life to coaching his son, works long hours in construction.

“When he was little, I’d get home from work, and he’d say, ‘Put your hands up like this,’ and he’d start punching them,” Luciano De Leon said in Spanish. “At first I didn’t pay much attention to it, but he persisted, every day, and hit me harder and harder. So my friend helped me find him a gym and in two months, he was fighting in the open class.”

fight history

  • 2017

    Fight by Fight – 2017 – in his last fight on 8-5-17 in Los Angeles, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Adones Aguelo (28-15-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event; Aguelo gave a good effort, but Erick dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Aguelo, and landed the harder punches; scored 60-54,60-54, 59-55…

    On 4-28-17 in Burbank, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Daulis Prescott (31-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Marriott Convention Center, and Erick quickly overpowered him; he pressed forward from the opening bell, and scored a knockdown with a series of punches late in the 2nd round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 3rd – Prescott got up but complained of an injury to his left arm and after an examination by the ringside doctor, the referee stopped the fight at 0:59…

    On 1-27-17 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (4th round) against Jose Salinas (10-2-1): the scheduled 8-round headlined at Sportmen’s Lodge on Erick’s 25th birthday, and he dominated the fight; he out-boxed and out-worked Salinas, and consistently landed the harder punches; Erick scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 4th round, and Salinas was counted out at 2:47…

  • 2016

    Fight by Fight — On 10-28-16 in Laredo, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Aldimar Silva (19-10): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the Laredo Energy Arena, and Erick quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, both with left hooks; he scored another knockdown when Silva was held up by the ropes early in the 3rd – the referee completed the mandatory 8-count, Silva indicated that he didn’t want to continue, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:00.

    On 6-25-16 in Dallas, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against 2000 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (14-7-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features at The Bomb Factory, and Erick dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in thte 1st round, then scored another knockdown in the 3rd; he scored one more knockdown with a body punch in the 6th round – Valcarcel got up, but Erick rocked him again, Valcarcel’s corner threw in the towell, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:18.

    On 1-16-16 in Dallas he won by knockout (1st round) against Fidel Navarette (8-1-2): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at The Bomb Factory, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Erick scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 1st round – Navarette struggled to get up, and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 2:18.

  • 2015

    Fight by Fight — On 9-11-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Angel Hernandez (9-4-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Oscar Valdez-Chris Avalos main event, and Erick dominated the fight; he outboxed and outworked Hernandez and consistently landed the sharper punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 8-1-15 Frisco, TX, he won by TKO (4th round) against Daniel Perales (5-2-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Dr. Pepper Arena; Erick consistently landed the harder punches, rocked Perales repeatedly, and quickly wore him down; Perales did not continue after the 3rd round – the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:10 of the 4th round.