Erick De Leon

Weightclass: Junior Lightweight

  • 18wins

  • 0losses

  • 1draws

  • 10kos

Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Luciano De Leon (father)
Robert Garcia

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Erik De Leon

At the age of 26, Erick is a five-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, Amir Imam, Shemuel Pagan, Joel Diaz Jr., and Julian Ramirez, all of whom are now up-and-coming professional prospects or contenders. Erick also had an amateur win against José Ramirez, who recently won the WBC super lightweight world championship.

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.

In his last fight on July 14, 2018, in New Orleans, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Adrian Young.’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Detroit lightweight Erick De Leon survived a first-round knockdown and a shoulder injury to dominate Adrian Young in a unanimous decision win. The judges scored it 98-91, 97-92 and 97-92. De Leon, a southpaw trained by Robert Garcia, was coming off a hard-fought majority draw with fellow unbeaten up-and-comer on March 10.

Young, in his first fight outside of Mexico, dropped De Leon with a left hook in the first round but did little else the rest of the bout. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Erick said, “He caught me a little bit cold with a good shot in the first round. He came to fight.

“I basically fought the whole fight with one arm. I dislocated my right shoulder in the first round, but we made it work and got a good win against a tough opponent.”

Erick has been trained for his last eight 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 earlier interviews, Erick said, “I never stop training – I’m a gym rat. Robert Garcia has been my trainer since I went pro, but I started coming to California for training camp since my fights in 2016. Before that, my dad and Nelson Figueroa would train me in Detroit – Nelson has trained me since I won the Golden Gloves, the Junior Olympics, all those little tournaments. Then, every time I would fight on a Top Rank card, Robert would be my assistant coach and he would work my corner. I told him once I started getting bigger fights and fighting more rounds that I would have to go to camp with him in California, and he said, ‘Yeah, I’m down for it.’ I met Robert even before I went pro.

“I’ve also been in training camps the last couple of years with Vasiliy Lomachenko, Jessie Vargas, Mikey Garcia, Brandon Rios, Abner Mares.

“I know what I’ve got to do when I’m in that ring, I make adjustments if I have to. I have a lot of experience, and I’m just focused on this fight.

“I don’t talk much, I don’t like to say much. But the fans are in for a really good treat, and I’m very excited.

“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.”

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 7-14-18 in New Orleans, LA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Adrian Young (25-4-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Regis Prograis vs. Juan Velasco main event; Young scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Erick dislocated his right shoulder, but Erick still consistently out-boxed and out-worked Young and dominated most of the fight; scored 98-91, 97-92, 97-92.

    CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SF, VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL JL TITLE CHALLENGES – on 3-10-17 in Carson, CA, he had a 10 round draw against Andy Vences (20-0): the bout was on the undercard of the Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg main event – both gave strong efforts and it was a good, close fight; Erick pressed forward and landed the sharper punches, but Vences kept him off-balance with movement and out-boxed him at times; the momentum shifted back and forth; scored 96-94 DeLeon, 95-95, 95-95.

  • 2017

    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.