Tuesday, September 12, 2017

MIKE ANCHONDO

Nickname: "Mighty Mike"


   La Puente, California's "Mighty" Mike Anchondo turned pro on May 6, 2000.  He started fast, and by the end of the year he was 8-0 winning all 8 by knockout.

   The hard hitting Lightweight continued his unbeaten streak, gaining his first title belt in January of 2003, with a shutout unanimous decision victory over Angel Rios at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.  That win gave him the WBC Youth Jr. Lightweight title.

   Anchondo was now 20-0, 16 KO and gaining lots of attention as a top prospect, and now contender.  It was expected that he would soon get a world title shot.

   That shot came on July 15, 2004.  He squared off with the former WBO Featherweight champion - Argentina's Julio Pablo Chacon (50-5) for the vacant WBO Jr. Lightweight world title.  The title bout was shown on HBO and it was a great showcase for the unbeaten Anchondo to win a title and be seen by a huge audience.  He performed brilliantly, winning almost every round, and capping it off with a knockdown of Chacon in the final round.  He was now the undefeated world champion.

  
    8 months later he defended his title against another Argentina favorite - Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios (42-2-1), the former WBU Jr. Lightweight world champion.  The bout was staged in Miami, Florida.  Anchondo lost his title, and suffered his first loss as a pro.  The bout was televised on espn2.  It was a 4th round stoppage in a bout that Barrios controlled from start to finish.

   Mike bounced back with 2 straight wins against good level opponents.  He then lost to well respected contender Darling Jimenez (22-2-2).  After taking the year of 2008 off, he put together a string of  3 straight wins as a welterweight.  He fought his final match on Sept. 17, 2010 at the Buffalo Bill's Arena in Primm, Nevada in a bout aired on Showtime.  It was a 4th round tko loss to Freddy Hernandez (28-1), and it was Mike's final bout.

  The California star thrilled boxing fans for a decade.  He was a world champion, and was always exciting to watch in the ring.

See Mike Anchondo's complete pro record:  Mike Anchondo on Boxrec.com

If you would like any of "Mighty" Mike Anchondo's fights on DVD, I have the following available:

1. ENRIQUE "Kiki" VALENZUELA       [tko-3]
2. ROBERTO ROMERO                           [ko-1]
3. ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ #1                [w-6]
4. ROQUE CASSIANI                              [tko-10]
5. GREGORIO VARGAS                         [w-10]
6. JULIO PABLO CHACON                    [w-12] {Vacant WBO Jr. Light Title}
7. JORGE BARRIOS                                [tko-by-4] {WBO Jr. Light Title}
8. MAURICIO HERRERA                       [w-8]
9. FREDDY HERNANDEZ                     [tko-by-4] (*Anchondo's LAST Pro Bout)

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