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Jessie Vargas
Weightclass:
Welterweight
Age:
26
Birthplace:
Los Angeles
Record:
27-1, 10 KOs
Height:
5'10"
Reach:
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin
Trainers:
Dewey Cooper
biography
“The Pride of Las Vegas” 

Twitter: @Jessie_vargasJV
World championship fights: 4-0, 1 KOs…
WBO welterweight world champion…
Former WBA super lightweight world champion, two successful defenses…
Interim world championship fights: 0-1…
Former welterweight interim world title challenger…
Former WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion…

At the age of 26, Jessie is a seven-year pro. The WBO welterweight world champion, he is now a two-division world champion – he won the WBA super lightweight world champion in April, 2014, and made two successful title defenses before vacating the title to move up in weight.
In his last fight on March 5 in Washington, D.C., he won the vacant WBO title by ninth-round TKO against previously undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali – Jessie gave a sensational performance and scored his career-best win.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: In perhaps the best performance of his career, Vargas scored a definitive victory to claim his second world title.
Going into the fight, it was universally viewed as an even fight that could be a good one, and that is exactly what it turned out to be. It was competitive and entertaining as both fighters had their moments in the fast-paced fight.
In the end, however, it was Vargas, who landed more punches, was more accurate and who had an answer whenever Ali would land, who rose to the occasion. He fought a very disciplined fight and gave credit for the win to the game plan and motivation given to him by Dewey Cooper, his new trainer.
Ali's right eye began to swell in the action-packed fourth round. Ali was having a very good eighth round when Vargas cracked him with a clean overhand right that crumpled him...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – WON VACANT WBO W WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 3-5-16 in Washington, DC, he won by knockout (9th round) against previously undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (22-0): the bout was co-featured with the Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting; both gave strong efforts – Jessie pressed forward and landed the harder punches, Ali boxed and moved well, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Ali swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, then Jessie swept the 2nd; Ali won the 3rd round on two scorecards, but Jessie came back and won the 4th on two scorecards and Ali’s right eye began to swell; Jessie rallied and swept the 5th round, then rocked Ali with several hard punches in the 6th and swept that round, as well; Jessie won the 7th round on two scorecards, then scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Ali flat on his side late in the 8th; Jessie staggered Ali in the 9th round – Ali’s glove touched the canvas, but it was not scored a knockdown – then scored a knockdown with a right hand moments later that dropped Ali flat on his side; he got up, but Jessie staggered him with another right hand and the referee stopped the fight at 2:09; after eight rounds, Jessie led by scores of 77-74, 77-74, 79-72…
 
2015 – VACANT WBO INTERIM W WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 6-27-15 in Carson, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former super lightweight and welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1-1): the bout headlined at the StubHub Center; several rounds were close, but Bradley outboxed and outworked Jessie in the early rounds, landed the sharper punches, and bloodied his nose in the 4th round – after six rounds, Bradley led by scores of 60-54, 58-56,...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jessie said, “I was born in Los Angeles, California. I have two sisters – one that’s a year and a half younger, and one that’s nine years old. My mom owns a very small business, and my father right now is not working. He’s with me 100 percent of the time. My parents are from Mexico – Acapulco. I’m the only boxer in the family.
“My dad was the first one to move to Las Vegas. I was probably about five when he moved down here and got an apartment, and we followed him about a month, two months after. We brought two families here – one from my mom’s side. It was my mom’s sister and brother. We brought them down because at that time, there were a lot of of jobs here. My dad also took in my mom’s younger brother. In Mexico, he had a big accident to where they were going to take his leg off because they didn’t have doctors there. My dad decided we’re going to bring him down here and he could stay with us and he’d have better medical care. He lived with us from when he was about 10 to about 23, so I kind of had another brother. When I was about seven, we had a full house. My dad’s the type of person who likes to help out whenever he can.
“My dad was the one to put me into boxing. He figured it was best for me to have an after-school activity instead of being out with my friends, getting into trouble. He gave me a couple of options, like ‘What do you want to do?’ I told him I wanted to learn how to defend myself, and we went into karate. That was for about two or three months – I went to yellow belt. I told him, ‘You know what? I don’t like it,’ and that’s when he took me into boxing. I was fascinated by the sport – having someone in front of you, and you have to outsmart them. I just fell in love with the sport.
“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My...
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Biography

“The Pride of Las Vegas” 

  • Twitter: @Jessie_vargasJV
  • World championship fights: 4-0, 1 KOs…
  • WBO welterweight world champion…
  • Former WBA super lightweight world champion, two successful defenses…
  • Interim world championship fights: 0-1…
  • Former welterweight interim world title challenger…
  • Former WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion…

At the age of 26, Jessie is a seven-year pro. The WBO welterweight world champion, he is now a two-division world champion – he won the WBA super lightweight world champion in April, 2014, and made two successful title defenses before vacating the title to move up in weight.

In his last fight on March 5 in Washington, D.C., he won the vacant WBO title by ninth-round TKO against previously undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali – Jessie gave a sensational performance and scored his career-best win.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: In perhaps the best performance of his career, Vargas scored a definitive victory to claim his second world title.

Going into the fight, it was universally viewed as an even fight that could be a good one, and that is exactly what it turned out to be. It was competitive and entertaining as both fighters had their moments in the fast-paced fight.

In the end, however, it was Vargas, who landed more punches, was more accurate and who had an answer whenever Ali would land, who rose to the occasion. He fought a very disciplined fight and gave credit for the win to the game plan and motivation given to him by Dewey Cooper, his new trainer.

Ali's right eye began to swell in the action-packed fourth round. Ali was having a very good eighth round when Vargas cracked him with a clean overhand right that crumpled him near the ropes as the round was coming to an end. Vargas continued to attack in the ninth round, dropping him with a right hand midway through it and then finishing him when he badly rocked him with another right hand and [the] referee intervened at 2 minutes, 9 seconds. Vargas, ahead on all three scorecards going into the ninth round, closed the show in that round….

Vargas, with such a good and crowd-pleasing performance, put himself in position for big business. [End Rafael item]

The Ring editor Michael Rosenthal commented, "Vargas has evolved from a capable contender into a badass. He had always been a spirited fighter but not this fierce. Suddenly Vargas is a puncher, a ferocious, supremely confident puncher. I like this Jessie Vargas."

The fight was Jessie’s first with new trainer Dewey Cooper, a former cruiserweight and heavyweight kickboxing world champion who was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jessie said, "This was our first fight working together, but I've known Dewey since I was eight years old. The very first gym I started at, we were both training there every day. He was a kickboxing world champion at the time, a K-1 fighter. He was like a superstar over there and he would always say hello to all the kids, give us shirts.

"When I needed a trainer for this fight, I just thought, 'Who knows me best? Who do I want to go to war with? Who can lead me into a fight knowing what I'm capable of, knowing which styles I can switch up to?' – and Dewey was the name that popped up. He's known me since I was a kid, he's seen me spar, he's seen me fight, so he knows what I'm capable of."

Regarding his own style, Jessie said, "I would say my style is aggressive, but in a smart way. I hit hard with both hands – that’s an advantage for me. I always like to give the fans a great fight, and the fans love when someone brawls. I love giving it to them from time to time.

"The main thing is that I have two or three different styles that I can bring out. Whatever I see that would make the fight easier, that’s what I’ll bring to the fight.

"I’m a very humble guy. I’m just trying to be the best at what I do."

Regarding his nickname, he said, "I'm being introduced as, 'The Pride of Las Vegas.' Some trainers and fans came up to me and said, 'Hey, man, you're the pride of Las Vegas. You got to make this happen.' I liked it, and it stuck."

 

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2016 – WON VACANT WBO W WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 3-5-16 in Washington, DC, he won by knockout (9th round) against previously undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (22-0): the bout was co-featured with the Luis Ortiz-Tony Thompson main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting; both gave strong efforts – Jessie pressed forward and landed the harder punches, Ali boxed and moved well, and the momentum shifted back and forth; Ali swept the 1st round on all three scorecards, then Jessie swept the 2nd; Ali won the 3rd round on two scorecards, but Jessie came back and won the 4th on two scorecards and Ali’s right eye began to swell; Jessie rallied and swept the 5th round, then rocked Ali with several hard punches in the 6th and swept that round, as well; Jessie won the 7th round on two scorecards, then scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Ali flat on his side late in the 8th; Jessie staggered Ali in the 9th round – Ali’s glove touched the canvas, but it was not scored a knockdown – then scored a knockdown with a right hand moments later that dropped Ali flat on his side; he got up, but Jessie staggered him with another right hand and the referee stopped the fight at 2:09; after eight rounds, Jessie led by scores of 77-74, 77-74, 79-72…

 

2015 – VACANT WBO INTERIM W WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – on 6-27-15 in Carson, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former super lightweight and welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-1-1): the bout headlined at the StubHub Center; several rounds were close, but Bradley outboxed and outworked Jessie in the early rounds, landed the sharper punches, and bloodied his nose in the 4th round – after six rounds, Bradley led by scores of 60-54, 58-56, 57-57; Bradley swept the 7th and 8th on all three scorecards, Jessie rallied and won the 9th round on two scorecards, then Bradley won the 10th on two scorecards and swept the 11th round; Bradley was winning the 12th when Jessie staggered him badly with a right hand late in the last seconds – the referee mistook the 10-second warning for the final bell and stopped the fight; Jessie swept the 12th round, with one judge scoring it 10-8; scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-112…

 

2014 – 2ND WBA SL WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – on 11-23-14 in Macau, CHI, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded former WBC lightweight world champion Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri main event; Jessie was cut under his left eye by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but generally outworked DeMarco in the early rounds, repeatedly scored with sharp right hands, and built a lead on the scorecards – after six rounds, he led by scores of 59-55 on all three scorecards; the momentum shifted back and forth in the middle rounds – Demarco rocked Jessie with a right hook in the 7th, and won the round on two scorecards, then Jessie landed the sharper punches and won the 8th round on two scorecards; DeMarco swept the 9th and 10th rounds on all three scorecards, but Jessie came back and swept the 11th and 12th rounds; scored 116-112 on all three scorecards…

On 8-2-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated lefthander Anton Novikov (29-0): the bout was co-featured with the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves main event, and it was a good fight; Jessie started fast, outworked Novikov in the early rounds, and staggered him with a right hand in the 6th round, but Novikov came back and rallied in the middle rounds, and the late rounds were very close; most observers thought that the fight was closer than the scores indicated, and some thought the decision could go either way, but the judges scored 118-111, 118-111, 117-111…

 

WON WBA SL WORLD TITLE – on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded defending champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. II main event; it was a close fight, and ended with a questionable decision; Allakhverdiev’s right eye began swelling in the 3rd round, but he stepped up his pace in the middle rounds, generally outworked Jessie and landed the sharper punches; Allakhverdiev was cut badly over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 8th round, and cut over his left eye later in the fight; Allakhverdiev finished strongly in the 12th round, but Jessie won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 117-111…

 

2013 – on 10-11-13 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Ray Narh (26-3): the bout headlined at the Thomas & Mack Center; Narh pressed forward and gave a strong effort, but Jessie consistently outboxed and outworked him; Narh staggered Jessie with a right hand in the 10th round, but Jessie came back and scored a knockdown with a left hook moments later; scored 98-91, 98-91, 97-92…

On 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Wale Omotoso (23-0): the bout was co-featured with the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov main event; and it was a good, close fight; Omotoso scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 2nd round; Omotoso pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Jessie outboxed and outworked him in several rounds; it looked like the decision could go either way, but the judges scored scored 96-93, 96-93, 97-92…

 

2012 – on 12-7-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Vito Gasparyan (14-2-5): the bout headlined at Texas Station Casino, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outworked Gasparyan and scored well with body punches; Jessie was penalized one point for low blows in the 8th round, but staggered Gasparyan with an uppercut in the 9th; scored 98-91, 98-91, 98-90…

On 9-13-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Aron Martinez (18-1-1): the bout headlined at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Martinez gave a good effort, but Jessie outworked him, landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; Jessie and Martinez were both cut over their left eyes; scored 98-92, 99-91, 96-94…

On 5-5-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against 35 year-old former IBF jr. lightweight world champion, and late substitute Steve Forbes (35-10): the bout was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto main event, and Jessie dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Forbes and landed the harder punches; scored 98-92, 100-90, 97-93…

On 2-24-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2): the bout headlined at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tyner gave a good effort and it was a competitive fight, but Jessie generally outworked him and had the edge in nearly every round; there were repeated fouls – Jessie floored Tyner with a low blow in the 1st round; both continued to punch after the bell ended the round, and both continued to punch after the bell ended the 2nd, as well; Tyner landed a low blow in the 4th round, but after taking time to recover, Jessie came back and floored him with a low blow later in the round; both punched after the bell ended the 5th; Lanardo was given time to recover after Vargas landed a low blow in the 8th round; scored 99-91 on all three scorecards…

 

2011 – on 9-17-11 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round split decision against Josesito Lopez (29-3): the fight was one of the co-featured bouts on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz main event; it was a significant step up in class for Jessie, and a good, close fight; Jessie started fast and outworked Lopez in the early rounds, but Lopez rallied in the middle rounds – he landed the harder punches, rocked Jessie several times, and began to wear him down; Lopez was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 6th round, and Jessie was penalized one point for low blows in the 8th; but Lopez slowed his pace in the late rounds and Jessie outworked him; it looked like the decision could go either way, and the crowd has a mixed reaction to the announcement of the decision - scored 95-94, 96-93 Vargas, 95-94 Lopez…

On 7-8-11 in Primm, NV, he won by knockout (2nd round) against 35 year-old lefthander Walter Estrada (39-14-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Buffalo Bill’s, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:33…

On 4-8-11 in Primm he won by TKO (1st round) against former WBA super lightweight world champion Vivian Harris (29-5-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Buffalo Bill’s, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he rocked Harris, who had lost his last two fights by knockout, with the first punch he threw, and Harris leaned on the ropes and clinched his way through most of the 1st round; he did not continue after the round…

On 2-24-11 in Los Angeles, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against late substitute Cristian Favela (31-29-5): the bout headlined at Club Nokia, and Favela took the fight on two days’ notice; he gave a good effort and several rounds were close, but Jessie generally outworked him and landed the sharper punches, and won by scores of 78-74, 79-73, 77-75…

 

2010 – on 12-11-10 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Ramon Montano (17-8-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana main event; Montano gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated most of the fight; he wore down Montano with body punches in the early rounds, and generally outboxed and outworked him throughout the fight; scored 79-73, 78-74, 80-72…

On 9-30-10 in Los Angeles he won by TKO (1st round) against 39 year-old Pablo Sarmiento (34-13-2): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at Club Nokia, and was Sarmiento’s first fight in six years; Jessie stunned him with a jab in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches that dropped Sarmiento to the seat of his trunks moments later and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:31…

On 6-24-10 in Los Angeles he won by knockout (6th round) against 38 year-old lefthander Ernie Zavala (21-4): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at Club Nokia, and Zavala was fighting for the second time after a five-year layoff; Jessie dominated the fight – he scored a knockdown with a right hand-left hook combination in the 1st round, gave Zavala a severe beating, and Zavala’s right eye swelled shut in the middle rounds; Jessie staggered Zavala in the 6th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:33…

On 5-1-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (6th round) against Arturo Morua (25-13-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley main event, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outworked Morua, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he staggered Morua with a left hook-right hand combination in the 6th round, then rocked him with a two-handed series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20…

On 2-25-10 in Los Angeles he won by knockout (1st round) against previously undefeated Robert Luna (5-0): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz-Hector Alatorre main event, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first and second with left hooks, the third with a right hand – and the referee stopped the fight at 1:56…

On 1-29-10 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Richard Kinney (4-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Beibut Shumenov-Gabriel Campillo II main event, and Jessie dominated; he consistently outworked Kinney, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

 

2009 – on 12-2-09 in Philadelphia, PA, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Travis Hartman (10-15-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Enrique Ornelas main event, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns with left hooks to the body in the 1st round; Jessie scored two more knockdowns with left hooks to the body in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31…

On 9-19-09 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Raul Tovar (6-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez main event, and Jessie dominated; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round, and scored another knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd; scored 60-52, 60-52, 59-53…

On 4-17-09 in Primm he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated lefthander Anthony Lenk (5-0): the fight was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gambos-Jose Rojas main event, and Jessie dominated; Jessie scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Lenk on the seat of his trunks in the 1st round; Lenk outworked Jessie in the 2nd, but Jessie bloodied his nose; Lenk outworked Jessie in the 3rd round, but Jessie buckled his knees with a left hook, then staggered him again in the 4th; Jessie scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 6th round, and won by scores of 58-54, 57-55, 59-53…

 

2008 – on 12-5-08 in Santa Ynez, CA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Antonio Soria (2-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Carlos Abregu-David Estrada main event; Soria gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Soria and landed the harder punches, and Soria’s right eye swelled nearly shut; scored 40-36, 40-36, 39-37…

On 11-1-08 in Carson he won by TKO (2nd round) against Michaelangelo Lynks (6-8-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Vic Darchinyan-Cristian Mijares main event; Jessie scored a knockdown in the 1st round; he rocked Lynks repeatedly in the 2nd, and Lynks did not continue after the round…

On 10-4-08 in Temecula, CA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Trenton Titsworth (2-2-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Marcos Ramirez, Sergio Martinez-Alex Bunema, Alfredo Angulo-Andrey Tsurkan tripleheader, and Jessie dominated; Titsworth kissed Jessie on the ear and licked his face during a clinch in the 2nd round, and Jessie floored him when the referee broke up the clinch – Jessie was penalized one point for punching to the back of the head, and Titsworth was penalized two points for lack of professionalism; scored 39-34 on all three scorecards…

He debuted at the age of 19 on 9-5-08 in Primm and won by knockout (1st round) against Joel Gonzalez (1-0): the bout was on the uncercard of the Antonio DeMarco-Jose Reyes main event; Jessie scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and Gonzalez was counted out at 0:59…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jessie said, “I was born in Los Angeles, California. I have two sisters – one that’s a year and a half younger, and one that’s nine years old. My mom owns a very small business, and my father right now is not working. He’s with me 100 percent of the time. My parents are from Mexico – Acapulco. I’m the only boxer in the family.

“My dad was the first one to move to Las Vegas. I was probably about five when he moved down here and got an apartment, and we followed him about a month, two months after. We brought two families here – one from my mom’s side. It was my mom’s sister and brother. We brought them down because at that time, there were a lot of of jobs here. My dad also took in my mom’s younger brother. In Mexico, he had a big accident to where they were going to take his leg off because they didn’t have doctors there. My dad decided we’re going to bring him down here and he could stay with us and he’d have better medical care. He lived with us from when he was about 10 to about 23, so I kind of had another brother. When I was about seven, we had a full house. My dad’s the type of person who likes to help out whenever he can.

“My dad was the one to put me into boxing. He figured it was best for me to have an after-school activity instead of being out with my friends, getting into trouble. He gave me a couple of options, like ‘What do you want to do?’ I told him I wanted to learn how to defend myself, and we went into karate. That was for about two or three months – I went to yellow belt. I told him, ‘You know what? I don’t like it,’ and that’s when he took me into boxing. I was fascinated by the sport – having someone in front of you, and you have to outsmart them. I just fell in love with the sport.

“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My dad took me to Richard Steele’s gym, Nevada Partners. Richard showed me the basics, but then I started  training with Roger Mayweather. He also trained professionals, so sometimes he would move to the Laila Ali gym and I would stay at Nevada Partners, ‘cause it was an amateur gym.

“I think I had around 140 amateur fights. I must have had close to 20 losses. I was on the Mexican national team for a year, from late ’07. I had to go live in Mexico City that whole year -- they had the Olympic committee there. We were there with a whole bunch of athletes – track, swimmers, everything. The national team have their own trainers there.

“I fight righthanded, but I’m kind of both – ambidextrous. I throw a baseball with my right, I throw a football with my left, I bat with my left, I write with my right. I kind of mix it up. Anything I can’t do with my left, I can do with my right.

“I graduated from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas. I’m single and I have a daughter. Her name is Jennifer – she’ll be six on July 4th. She’s so big and beautiful, and so intelligent.

“I still live with my parents, we’re a very close family. I feel very comfortable living with them – they keep me grounded, I guess you could say. My dad makes sure we have everything set for training camp – anything that needs to be taken care of for training, he takes care of it. My mom, she’s like, my personal chef. She cooks for me and whatever I need, she knows how to make it. My dad helps out when I need vitamins and things like that. I’m in the position I’m in now because of their help. Put it like this – it’s like going to a nice restaurant, I have it at home. So, I mean, why move out? My mom’s not cooking for me in this training camp, though. I’m in the mountains of Las Vegas, and I brought my own chef.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Jessie said, “You have to finish in first or second place in the Qualifiers to go to the Olympics, so I was eliminated. But it was a great experience. They were great fights, but I wasn’t too good with the points system because I’m the type of fighter that, each punch I land, I want to make sure you feel it. I didn’t go the Olympics with the rest of the team.”…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Guatemala City, Guatemala, 141 pounds [Jessie was on the Mexican team]: in his first fight on 4-25-08 he won a 9-6 decision against Carlos Sanchez of Ecuador; in his second fight on 4-26-08 he lost a 15-7 decision against Jonathan Gonzalez of Puerto Rico…

2008 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, 141 pounds [Jessie was on the Mexican team]: in his first fight on 3-13-08 he lost a 25-8 decision against Rosniel Iglesias of Cuba…

2008 DUALS USA-MEXICO – San Diego, California, 141 pounds [Jessie was on the Mexican team]: on 1-18-08 he won a 15-12 decision against Andre Sherard of the U.S.A.…

2007 MEXICAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 141 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST [Jessie was on the Mexican team; incomplete results]: in the finals on 12-7-07 he lost a 12-8 decision against Luis Grajeda

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 10-23-07 he lost a 19-14 decision against Andrey Lukyanchuk of Ukraine…

2007  NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chattanooga, Tennessee, 141 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-2-07 he won a decision against Edgar Zubia; in the quarterfinals on 5-3-07 he won a 5-0 decision against Danny O’Connor; in the semifinals on 5-4-07 he won a 4-1 decision against Tahree Carroll; in the finals on 5-5-07 he lost a 5-0 decision against Brad Solomon

2006 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Omaha, Nebraska, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 4-24-06 he lost a 5-0 decision against Brad Solomon

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…is experienced against very good opposition…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 28 fights…191 total rounds…45 world championship rounds…12 interim world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.8 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 37 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 4 (3-1)…10 rounds – 7 (7-0)…