Tuesday, September 27, 2016


  Colombian born Juan Carlos (JC) Candelo turned professional Jan. 27, 1995 in Doraville, Georgia, with a 3rd round TKO win over Jack Williams.  He won his next two bouts, and then hit a "neutral" streak going 0-1-3 during that stretch.  After 7 pro fights, JC had a mediocre looking record of 3-1-3, 2 ko.

   That's when things heated up for Candelo.  He would not lose another professional fight for nearly 4 years, going 14-0, 12 by knockout during those years, fighting in the USA, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico, steadily moving up into the top of the world rankings of all sanctioning bodies.

   With the world rankings came tougher opposition and the streak finally ended on Dec. 5, 1999 when he lost a very close split decision to Michael Lerma (20-3, 17 ko) on scores of 95-94 for Candelo, 95-94 for Lerma, and 97-94 for Lerma.  Five fights later, Candelo would return the favor, scoring a hard fought but unanimous decision victory  to avenge his loss to Lerma on scores of 96-94, 98-92 & 98-92 all in Candelo's favor.

   Impressive wins over some solid fighters earned Candelo his first title shot.  He would face former IBA Americas Middleweight Champion - Mexico's Angel "Toro" Hernandez (20-2, 15 ko) for the vacant NABF Jr. Middleweight Championship.  The fight was held in Las Vegas, NV on Jan. 12, 2002.  It was a barn burner of a bout, and ended on close scores of 111-116, 112-115, and 113-114 in favor of Hernandez.

   After a convincing unanimous decision win over Alfred Ankamah (20-8, 17 ko) on an ESPN televised
card, a rematch was ordered for the NABF Jr. Middleweight title with Angel Hernandez who was now 24-2.  The bout was televised on Friday the 13th of Dec. 2002, and was the main event of an ESPN2 broadcast.  It was Candelo's night all the way as he fought hard and smart to score a unanimous decision victory leaving no doubt on scores of 116-112, and 117-111 x 2.  

   Not only did that fight place the NABF title around JC's waist, it earned him the respect to be named as the challenger Ronald "Winky" Wright's (44-3) IBF World Jr. Middleweight Championship in his next fight.  That fight was part of an HBO Pay-per-view card that featured 4 World Title fights, including Roy Jones battle with John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight Championship.  Candelo showed well, but came up short dropping a unanimous decision to the champion on scores of 118-110, and 117-111 x 2.

   Candelo bounced back with an impressive win over fast rising Julio "The Cuban Lover" Garcia (25-1-2, 11 ko).  Juan Carlos looked sharp and stopped Garcia at 2:32 of round 8 to defend his NABF Jr. Middleweight Title Belt in a bout shown on ESPN for the world to see.

    JC Candelo was now facing the best of the division as he went on a stretch which included bouts against:  Kassim Ouma, Eduardo Sanchez, Marco Antonio Rubio, Teddy Reid, Verno Phillips, and undefeated
Candelo with fans Jeff & Cindy Daniel, and Dan Sisneros
James Moore (14-0).  He went 2-5-1 during that 8 fight stretch, but performed at a high level, and considering the constant string of contenders and former/future champions, it did not knock him out of the top 20 rankings.

   Candelo scored a mild upset victory over Chase "White Tiger" Shields (29-2-1, 14 ko) via tko as Shields could not answer the bell for round 8 in a bout held in Shields hometown of Houston, TX.  Two fights later, Shields wanting to avenge that loss, defended his USNBC Jr. Middleweight Title Belt against Candelo in Dallas, TX.  This time Candelo's slick boxing caused Shields to resort to head butts which resulted in a DQ victory for Candelo, adding another title belt to his credit.

   Mr. Candelo defended that title once, and was successful scoring a 7th round TKO over Justin Flanagan (9-1, 5 ko).  That would be Candelo's last professional victory.  He would fight 4 more times, in losing efforts to top notch opposition.  Raul Casarez (18-2), Fernando Guerrero (24-1), former multi-World Champion Jermain Taylor (31-4-1), and his final bout April 5th, 2014 losing to Abraham "Abie" Han (21-1) being stopped in round 2 of an attempt to win the vacant UBF Intercontinental Middleweight Title.

   JC Candelo's pro boxing career spanned nearly two decades and it was a very successful campaign.  He finished with a pro record of:  32 wins, 14 defeats, 4 draws, winning 21 via the knockout route.  

Click here to see: Juan Carlos Candelo's entire pro ledger on boxrec.com

If you would like to see JC Candelo in boxing action, I have the following bouts of his available on DVD:

1. WILFREDO VAZQUEZ                    [tko-5]
2. GARY JONES                                   [ko-9]
3. TONY BADEA                                  [w-10]
4. MICHAEL LERMA #2                      [w-10]
5. RON JOHNSON                               [tko-4]
6. ALFRED ANKAMAH                      [w-10]
7. ANGEL HERNANDEZ #2                [w-12] {NABF Jr. Middle Title}
8. RONALD "Winky" WRIGHT            [L-12] {IBF Jr. Middle Title}
9. JULIO GARCIA                                [tko-8] {NABF Jr. Middle Title}
10. KASSIM OUMA                            [tko-by-10]
11. EDDIE SANCHEZ                          [L-12]
12. MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO          [L-10]
13. TEDDY REID                                 [Draw-10]
14. VERNO PHILLIPS                         [L-10]
15. RAUL CASAREZ                           [L-8]
16. FERNANDO GUERRERO             [tko-by-6]

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Nickname: "Zurdo de Oro"

   Los Angeles' Carlos Navarro was one of The USA's great amateurs of the 1990's.  He won medals at both the Goodwill Games (1994) and U.S. Olympic Festival (1995).  He also scored a win over Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the 1995 Pan American games boxoffs.

   Navarro turned professional on July 25, 1996 and started things off with a 2nd round KO over Luis Martinez.  He ran off a 10-0 record to start things, and took that undefeated record into a challenge for the California State Featherweight Title.  Carlos won via unanimous decision against his fellow undefeated prospect Marcos Licona (11-0-1).

   3 fights later, the California State Champion stepped up to challenge for the WBU Jr. Featherweight Championship against Nicky Bentz (30-1-1).  It was a wild affair with Navarro going down late in the 2nd round, but Bentz was dropped 5 times in the bout that went the full 12 round distance.  Navarro won on a wide unanimous decision.

   Carlos made 2 more successful defenses of his WBU Title belt, and finally tasted his first defeat losing his title to Carlos Contreras (12-4-1) via unanimous decision on scores of 112-115, 111-116, and 110-117.  He now stood at 19-1, 15 ko, was world ranked and 3 fights later, he moved up in weight to fight and defeat Mexico's Nestor Lopez (19-6-2) by knockout in round 9 to pick up the IBA Jr. Lightweight Championship.

   Navarro's next big challenge came on June 3, 2001 in Elgin, Illinois.  He faced undefeated rising star Lamont Peterson (15-0-1) for the vacant USBA Jr. Lightweight Title.  The bout was also named
as an IBF Jr. Lightweight title eliminator - the winner would get a shot at the IBF World Title.  It was not Carlos' night as he was stopped by Peterson in round 9.

   Carlos bounced back with a Draw against Puerto Rico's Omar Adorno (13-2)  and then took his 3rd loss in a showdown bout against undefeated knockout artist - "The Galaxy Warrior" Nate Campbell (20-0, 17 ko).

   Carlos came back strong with some great wins including a huge 7th round tko win over former WBC World Champion Luisito Espinosa (47-11, 26 ko) to pick up the vacant WBC Mundo Hispano Jr. Lightweight Title belt.

   In his next bout, he stopped another former world Champion.  This time it was former WBO Champ Agapito Sanchez.  Navarro stopped him in round 11 to add the WBC Continental Americas Jr. Lightweight Title belt to his collection.

   Carlos lost in his first defense of that title against Bobby "The Sniper" Pacquiao (26-11-3).

   Carlos Navarro would fight just 3 more times, making quick work of Donnell Logan in 1 round, and then losing a very close majority decision to NABF Champion Agnaldo Nunes (17-1-1, 8 ko) in an attempt to pick up one more title belt.  It was close with scores of 114-114, and 113-115 x 2.

   Carlos' final fight came nearly 11 years after he turned professional.  He went out dropping a very close split decision to former WBA Featherweight Champion - Derrick "Smoke" Gainer (40-7-1, 24 ko).

    The Golden Southpaw finished his career with a final record of: 27 wins, 6 defeats, 1 draw, winning 22 by knockout.  A very impressive finishing record.  Winning several title belts and facing top notch opponents, he proved his self to be a highly skilled championship class boxer.

Check out Carlos Navarro's complete Pro Ledger on: BOXREC.COM - Carlos Navarro

If you would like to see Carlos Navarro in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. JOEY BORRERO                               [ko-1]
2. JOSE VICENTENO                           [ko-6]
3. HECTOR SANTANA                         [ko-4]
4. NICKY BENTZ                             [w-12] {WBU Jr. Feather Title}
5. MARCOS BADILLO                    [tko-3]
6. JAVIER LUCAS                          [ko-2] {IBA Continental Americas Jr. Light Title}
7. UBALDO HERNANDEZ (*Rd 1-6 only)    [ko-7]
8. LAMONT PEARSON                   [tko-by-9] {Vacant USBA Jr. Light  Title}
9. OMAR ADORNO                         [Draw-10]
10. BOBBY PACQUIAO                  [ko-by-7] {WBC Continental Americas Jr. Light Title}
11. DERRICK GAINER                   [L-10] (*Carlos Navarro's LAST Pro Bout)


1. Rene Schultz (Ger)            (94GWG)
2. Khikmatulla Akhmedov    (UZB94GWG/A)
3. Waldemar Font (Cub)       (94/GWG/A)
4. Enrique Carrion                (Cub/A/'94 Dual)
5. Juan Ruiz (NM)
6. Julio P. Chacon(PR)          (95 PanAm)
7. Jason Pires                         ('95 USOLYFST)
8. Lorenzo Aragon (Cuba)     (HL:1st Rd.Only,'95Dual)

Sparring Training, and other Stuff:

a) Spars Marco Antonio Barrera  (at L.A. Boxing Club)
b) Works Mits                               (at L.A. Boxing Club)
c) "Eye on Sports"                        (5.5 Min.)

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