Ivan  Najera
Weightclass:
Jr. Welterweight
Age:
22
Birthplace:
San Antonio, TX
Record:
16-1, 8 KOs
Height:
5’6”
Reach:
Managers:
Lou Mesorana
Trainers:
Marco Najera (father)
biography
'BAM BAM'

Twitter: @bambamnajera
Ranked USBA #5 at 135 pounds…

At the age of 23, Ivan is a four-year pro. A young prospect at 135 pounds, he has an aggressive style and good punching power, and always makes exciting fights.
In his last fight on June 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, he made his HBO debut against highly-touted Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo. Ivan gave a good effort and fought heroically, but was ultimately overpowered by the quicker Verdejo and lost by unanimous decision.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]:
"This is one of the toughest opponents I have faced. He kept coming," Verdejo said. "I dropped him twice but he kept coming."
The fight began with a measured pace as they felt each other out before Najera tried to turn it into a brawl in the second round by going right at Verdejo and throwing punches with everything he had. But Verdejo slipped them and began to fire his own shots. He landed several hard left hooks, one of which got through cleanly and sent Najera into the ropes.
Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) had mild swelling on the outside of his left eye and Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) round his right eye by the end of the second round.
Verdejo went after Najera hard in the fourth round and was unloading powerful combinations after Najera clearly upset him by hitting him after a break. He nearly knocked Najera down with a left hook as the crowd went wild.
Verdejo got the crowd even more amped up in the fifth round when he landed a thunderous left uppercut that dropped Najera to his rear end. He got up quickly, but Verdejo was all over him landing heavy leather for most of the rest of the round. Najera took a beating in the round yet was smiling at Verdejo.
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 6-13-15 in New York City, NY, he lost by unanimous decision to unbeaten Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo (18-0). Scores: 100-88 (2x), 99-89...
On 11-15-14 in San Antonio, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Luis Cervantes (7-8-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez-Fulgencio Zuniga main event; Cervantes gave a good effort and had a few rallies, but Ivan generally outworked him and landed the harder punches; scored 78-74, 79-73, 77-75…
On 8-9-14 in Glendale, CA, he won an 8 round split decision against Stan Martyniouk (13-1): the bout was co-featured at the Civic Auditorium, and it was a good, close fight; Ivan pressed forward, Martyniouk boxed and moved, and both were effective at times; scored 78-74, 79-73 Najera, 77-75 Martyniouk…
On 3-1-14 in San Antonio 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,...
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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…tough and determined…had a strong amateur background…
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 4 years…17 fights...82 total rounds...
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.8 rounds...
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 47 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 3 (3-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)...
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Biography

'BAM BAM'

At the age of 23, Ivan is a four-year pro. A young prospect at 135 pounds, he has an aggressive style and good punching power, and always makes exciting fights.

In his last fight on June 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, he made his HBO debut against highly-touted Puerto Rican prospect Felix Verdejo. Ivan gave a good effort and fought heroically, but was ultimately overpowered by the quicker Verdejo and lost by unanimous decision.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]:

"This is one of the toughest opponents I have faced. He kept coming," Verdejo said. "I dropped him twice but he kept coming."

The fight began with a measured pace as they felt each other out before Najera tried to turn it into a brawl in the second round by going right at Verdejo and throwing punches with everything he had. But Verdejo slipped them and began to fire his own shots. He landed several hard left hooks, one of which got through cleanly and sent Najera into the ropes.

Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) had mild swelling on the outside of his left eye and Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) round his right eye by the end of the second round.

Verdejo went after Najera hard in the fourth round and was unloading powerful combinations after Najera clearly upset him by hitting him after a break. He nearly knocked Najera down with a left hook as the crowd went wild.

Verdejo got the crowd even more amped up in the fifth round when he landed a thunderous left uppercut that dropped Najera to his rear end. He got up quickly, but Verdejo was all over him landing heavy leather for most of the rest of the round. Najera took a beating in the round yet was smiling at Verdejo.

Verdejo, who plans to go down to the 130-pound junior lightweight division, scored another knockdown on a clean left hook a tick before the end of the seventh round.

Verdejo continued to dish out a beating in the eighth round as he lashed him with a two-handed attack. Najera showed enormous heart to last as long as he did. [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 – 2015 – in his last fight on 6-13-15 in New York City, NY, he lost by unanimous decision to unbeaten Puerto Rican Felix Verdejo (18-0). Scores: 100-88 (2x), 99-89...

On 11-15-14 in San Antonio, TX, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Luis Cervantes (7-8-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez-Fulgencio Zuniga main event; Cervantes gave a good effort and had a few rallies, but Ivan generally outworked him and landed the harder punches; scored 78-74, 79-73, 77-75…

On 8-9-14 in Glendale, CA, he won an 8 round split decision against Stan Martyniouk (13-1): the bout was co-featured at the Civic Auditorium, and it was a good, close fight; Ivan pressed forward, Martyniouk boxed and moved, and both were effective at times; scored 78-74, 79-73 Najera, 77-75 Martyniouk…

On 3-1-14 in San Antonio 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 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 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…tough and determined…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 4 years…17 fights...82 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.8 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 47 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 3 (3-0)…6 rounds – 4 (4-0)...