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.)

Contact me via e-mail: The Boxing Guru's Hall-of-Fame

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