Ivan  Najera
Weightclass:
Jr. Welterweight
Age:
21
Birthplace:
San Antonio, TX
Record:
14-0, 8 KOs
Height:
5’6”
Reach:
Managers:
Lou Mesorana
Trainers:
Marco Najera (father)
biography
'BAM BAM'

Twitter: @bambamnajera

At the age of 21, Ivan is a three-year pro. A rising young prospect at 135 pounds, he has an aggressive style and good punching power, and always makes exciting fights.
He is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win against Angel Hernandez in his last fight on March 1. The bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera II main event.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: San Antonio prospect Ivan Najera and Angel Hernandez traded knockdowns in a fierce fight, but Najera won a unanimous eight-round decision. Hernandez hit the canvas in the first round but rebounded to drop Najera in the second round. However, Najera took charge thereafter and won 78-72, 77-73 and 77-73. [End Rafael item]
Ivan said, “I train at the TNT Boxing Club here in San Antonio – that's my gym. I'm more of a brawler – just get in there, pressure my opponent, and throw power shots.
“I represent Mexico City – that's where my father's from. I have ‘D.F.’ on my trunks, for Distrito Federal. I used to go over there once a year and train there for like, a month.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “It's always been my nickname since I was little. I was a real short, strong little kid, and my mom and dad called me little ‘Bam Bam.’ It just stuck with me. A lot of people ask me if I got it from Brandon Rios, but I didn't. I always had it on my shorts in the amateurs. My family always called me Bam Bam.”
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 3-1-14 in San Antonio, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Angel Hernandez (8-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera II main event, and it was an exciting fight; Ivan scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, but Hernandez came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd; Ivan dominated the rest of the fight, and won by scores of 77-73, 77-73, 78-72…
 
2013 – on 8-17-13 in Laredo, TX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Roger Rosa (5-3-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Juan Diaz-Adailton DeJesus main event; Ivan scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round; scored 58-55, 58-55, 59-54…
On 6-29-13 in Thackerville, OK, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Alexander Lopez (6-4): the bout was on the undercard at the WinStar Casino; Lopez gave a good effort and it was an exciting fight, but Ivan generally outworked him and landed the harder punches; scored 58-56, 58-56, 59-55…
On 4-27-13 in Austin, TX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Daniel Calzada (7-6-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Ray Beltran-Alejandro Rodriguez main event; Calzada scored a knockdown in the 2nd round; Ivan scored a knockdown in the 6th, and won by scores of 57-54, 58-53, 56-55…
On 2-2-13 in McAllen, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against Larry Yanez (3-3-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Convention Center, and it was a good, close fight; Ivan rallied and scored a knockdown in the 6th round and the referee stopped the fight at 0:13…
 
2012 – on 5-5-12 in San Antonio he won by TKO (2nd round) against Gerardo Dominguez (1-14): the scheduled 4-rounder headlined...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Ivan said, “I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I have four sisters and two brothers. My father is a construction worker, he's a contractor. I'm the only boxer in the family. My dad always wanted to fight, so he put me in there. I guess that's how it all started.
“I started boxing when I was 12. I used to play around with my friends with gloves, and my dad just took me to the gym.
“I had about 45 amateur fights. I had about 30 wins and 15 losses. I fought in the Golden Gloves here in San Antonio, and was the runner-up. I never competed in the nationals. It just wasn't my style – I have more of a professional style. That's why I decided to turn pro.
“I'm naturally righthanded.”…
 
STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power…had a strong amateur background…
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 13 fights...48 total rounds...
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds...
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 61 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)...
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Biography

'BAM BAM'

At the age of 21, Ivan is a three-year pro. A rising young prospect at 135 pounds, he has an aggressive style and good punching power, and always makes exciting fights.

He is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win against Angel Hernandez in his last fight on March 1. The bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera II main event.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: San Antonio prospect Ivan Najera and Angel Hernandez traded knockdowns in a fierce fight, but Najera won a unanimous eight-round decision. Hernandez hit the canvas in the first round but rebounded to drop Najera in the second round. However, Najera took charge thereafter and won 78-72, 77-73 and 77-73. [End Rafael item]

Ivan said, “I train at the TNT Boxing Club here in San Antonio – that's my gym. I'm more of a brawler – just get in there, pressure my opponent, and throw power shots.

“I represent Mexico City – that's where my father's from. I have ‘D.F.’ on my trunks, for Distrito Federal. I used to go over there once a year and train there for like, a month.”

Regarding his nickname, he said, “It's always been my nickname since I was little. I was a real short, strong little kid, and my mom and dad called me little ‘Bam Bam.’ It just stuck with me. A lot of people ask me if I got it from Brandon Rios, but I didn't. I always had it on my shorts in the amateurs. My family always called me Bam Bam.”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight on 3-1-14 in San Antonio, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Angel Hernandez (8-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera II main event, and it was an exciting fight; Ivan scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, but Hernandez came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd; Ivan dominated the rest of the fight, and won by scores of 77-73, 77-73, 78-72…

 

2013 – on 8-17-13 in Laredo, TX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Roger Rosa (5-3-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Juan Diaz-Adailton DeJesus main event; Ivan scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round; scored 58-55, 58-55, 59-54…

On 6-29-13 in Thackerville, OK, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Alexander Lopez (6-4): the bout was on the undercard at the WinStar Casino; Lopez gave a good effort and it was an exciting fight, but Ivan generally outworked him and landed the harder punches; scored 58-56, 58-56, 59-55…

On 4-27-13 in Austin, TX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Daniel Calzada (7-6-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Ray Beltran-Alejandro Rodriguez main event; Calzada scored a knockdown in the 2nd round; Ivan scored a knockdown in the 6th, and won by scores of 57-54, 58-53, 56-55…

On 2-2-13 in McAllen, TX, he won by TKO (6th round) against Larry Yanez (3-3-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Convention Center, and it was a good, close fight; Ivan rallied and scored a knockdown in the 6th round and the referee stopped the fight at 0:13…

 

2012 – on 5-5-12 in San Antonio he won by TKO (2nd round) against Gerardo Dominguez (1-14): the scheduled 4-rounder headlined at Cowboys Dance Hall, and it was an exciting fight; Dominguez scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, but Ivan came back, scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:06…

On 3-31-12 in San Antonio he won by knockout (1st round) against James Lester (9-7): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Alamodome; Ivan scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the second with a body punch – and Lester was counted out at 2:59…

On 2-4-12 in San Antonio, TX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against David Castillo (2-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Marco Antonio Rubio main event; Ivan scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round – the second with a right hand – and the referee stopped the fight at 2:54...

 

2011 – on 12-17-11 in Thackerville, OK, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jerry Fuentes (2-0): the bout was on the undercard of the Roberto Marroquin-Carlos Valcarcel main event, and Ivan dominated; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and won by scores of 40-35 on all three scorecards...

On 10-29-11 in Thackerville he won by TKO (1st round) against Carlos Hernandez (0-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Vanes Martirosyan-Richard Gutierrez main event; Ivan overpowered Hernandez in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:45...

On 7-23-11 in San Antonio he won by knockout (1st round, 1:13) against Ramiro Torres (4-22-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Event Center...

On 7-1-11 in San Antonio he won by TKO (2nd round) against late substitute Pedro Martinez (2-0): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Sebastian Lujan-Mark Melligen main event; it was fast-paced and exciting while it lasted, which wasn’t long; Martinez appeared to injure his right forearm and did not continue after the 1st round; the local commission records it as a TKO at 0:10 of the 2nd round...

He debuted at the age of 18 on 3-26-11 in San Antonio and won by knockout (2nd round) against Gino Hernandez (0-5): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Event Center; Ivan scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and Hernandez was counted out at 0:15…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Ivan said, “I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I have four sisters and two brothers. My father is a construction worker, he's a contractor. I'm the only boxer in the family. My dad always wanted to fight, so he put me in there. I guess that's how it all started.

“I started boxing when I was 12. I used to play around with my friends with gloves, and my dad just took me to the gym.

“I had about 45 amateur fights. I had about 30 wins and 15 losses. I fought in the Golden Gloves here in San Antonio, and was the runner-up. I never competed in the nationals. It just wasn't my style – I have more of a professional style. That's why I decided to turn pro.

“I'm naturally righthanded.”…

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 13 fights...48 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 61 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)...