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Alexander Sánchez Sepúlveda (born June 5, 1973) is a former Puerto Rican professional boxer.[2] He held the WBO minimumweight title from 1993 to 1997.

Alex Sánchez
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Real nameAlexander Sánchez Sepulveda[1]
Nickname(s)El Nene ("The Boy", or "The Kid")
Weight(s)Minimumweight
Light flyweight
Height5 ft 2 12 in (159 cm)
Reach64 in (163 cm)
NationalityPuerto Rican
Born (1973-06-05) June 5, 1973 (age 46)
Ponce, Puerto Rico
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights40
Wins31
Wins by KO21
Losses8
Draws1
No contests0

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Boxing careerEdit

Sánchez began his professional boxing career on October 4, 1991, knocking out Carlos Figueroa in round one at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

After one more win that year, he took 1992 off, but came back in 1993 to post nine wins in a row before facing Orlando Malone for the WBO's world Strawweight championship. On December 22 of that year, Sánchez became a world champion by knocking Malone out in the first round at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

He went on a European tour in 1994, retaining his title and winning a non-title bout in Spain, and retaining his title in Germany. By then, Sánchez was actively challenging Michael Carbajal into a fight. That fight, however, never came off.

In 1995, he retained his title twice, and won four non-title bouts. In 1996, he only had one fight, knocking out Jose Luis Velardez in round five.

In 1997, he started by suffering his first defeat, at the hands of Edgar Cardenas, by a decision in ten rounds. He then beat future world champion Victor Burgos by a decision in twelve to retain the title, in what marked the beginning of their trilogy of bouts. He closed the year by getting his long anticipated unification bout with WBC world champion Ricardo López, but he lost the title to López when López knocked him out in round five at Madison Square Garden.

Sánchez has been active only on and off since. In 2002, he and Burgos had their second meeting, and this time the result was a draw. But in 2003, after López had conquered the IBF world belt and retired, the IBF declared Sánchez and Burgos their official challengers for the world crown, and this time, Sánchez lost by a knockout in round 12 at Las Vegas.

Sánchez revealed that he had become a newborn Christian shortly before his next fight, an attempt at recovering the WBO world Strawweight championship, held this time by Ivan Calderón. On December 6, he lost to Calderón by a twelve-round unanimous decision at Bayamón.

On August 6, 2004, Sánchez, who had shortly before expressed to local newspapers that he hoped to become a world champion again, beat Roberto Gomez by an eight-round decision, as part of a San Juan undercard highlighted by José Miguel Cotto's win over former world champion Al Kotey.

Just over a month later, on September 11, he posted a first-round knockout over Arturo Velazquez, at the José Miguel Agrelot coliseum, also in San Juan.

On January 29, 2005, Sanchez attempted to win the WBO world Jr. Flyweight title, but he lost to champion Nelson Dieppa of Vieques by an eleventh-round knockout. Puerto Rican boxing experts commented that the Sanchez-Dieppa fight should have been considered for "fight of the year" in Puerto Rico.[citation needed]

His next fight, once again for the WBO Jr. Lightweight title that Hugo Cazares had taken from Dieppa, was held in Ponce on August 20 of that year. After suffering an eye injury, Sanchez lost the fight by an eighth-round technical knockout, announcing his retirement from professional boxing immediately after the bout.

At a moment in his career Alex Sanchez was trained by Felix Trinidad's father Felix Trinidad Senior.

Sanchez is now a boxing promoter in Puerto Rico.

Professional RecordEdit

Professional record summary
40 fights 31 wins 8 losses
By knockout 21 6
By decision 10 2
Draws 1
No contests 0
Result Record Opponent Type Round, Time Date Location Notes
Loss 31-8-1   Glenn Donaire RTD 8 (12) 2011-12-09   Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, United States For Interim WBC Latino Flyweight Title
Loss 31-7-1   Nelson Dieppa RTD 9 (12) 2008-02-23   Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas, Puerto Rico For WBA Fedebol Light Flyweight Title
Loss 31-6-1   Hugo Fidel Cazares RTD 8 (12) 2005-08-20   Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce, Puerto Rico For WBO Light Flyweight Title
Loss 31-5-1   Nelson Dieppa KO 11 (12) 2005-01-29   Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico For WBO Light Flyweight Title
Win 31-4-1   Arturo Velazquez KO 1 (8) 2004-09-11   Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Win 30-4-1   Roberto Gomez UD 8 2004-08-06   Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Loss 29-4-1   Ivan Calderon UD 12 2003-12-06   Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico For WBO Minimumweight Title
Loss 29-3-1   Jose Victor Burgos TKO 12 (12) 2003-02-15   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For vacant IBF Light Flyweight Title
Draw 29-2-1   Jose Victor Burgos SD 12 2002-05-11   Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico IBF Light Flyweight Title Eliminator
Win 29-2   Jose Laureano UD 6 2001-07-21   Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Win 28-2   Jose Luis Velarde KO 1 (8) 2001-05-20   San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 27-2   Melquiades Ventura KO 2 (6) 2001-04-19   Diamond Palace Hotel, Condado, Puerto Rico
Win 26-2   Lorenzo Trejo UD 10 1999-05-29   Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Loss 25-2   Ricardo Lopez TKO 5 (12) 1997-08-23   Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Lost WBO & For WBC Minimumweight title
Win 25-1   Jose Victor Burgos UD 12 1997-03-29   Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBO Minimumweight title
Loss 24-1   Edgar Cardenas UD 10 1997-02-22   Hotel Caribe Hilton, Condado, Puerto Rico
Win 24-0   Jose Luis Velarde TKO 6 (10) 1996-05-04   Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win 23-0   Pablo Tiznado KO 1 (10) 1995-10-27   Ponce, Puerto Rico
Win 22-0   Tomas Rivera UD 12 1995-07-29   Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas, United States Retained WBO Minimumweight title
Win 21-0   Arturo Valdez TKO 3 (10) 1995-06-15   Hotel Caribe Hilton, Condado, Puerto Rico
Win 20-0   Fernando Martinez KO 1 (10) 1995-05-04   Ponce, Puerto Rico
Win 19-0   Ventura Mendivil TKO 2 (10) 1995-02-27   Hotel Caribe Hilton, Condado, Puerto Rico
Win 18-0   Rafael Orozco UD 12 1995-01-28   MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBO Minimumweight title
Win 17-0   Pablo Tiznado UD 10 1994-11-01   San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 16-0   Oscar Andrade TKO 4 (12) 1994-09-10   Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg, Germany Retained WBO Minimumweight title
Win 15-0   Carlos Juan Rodriguez KO 1 (12) 1994-08-13   Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico Retained WBO Minimumweight title
Win 14-0   Jose Rodriguez TKO 3 (10) 1994-06-11   Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain
Win 13-0   Arturo Mayan TKO 1 (12) 1994-01-07   Casino de Mallorca, Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain Retained WBO Minimumweight title
Win 12-0   Orlando Malone TKO 1 (12) 1993-12-22   Hotel Caribe Hilton, Condado, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO Minimumweight title
Win 11-0   Jose Juarez KO 4 (8) 1993-10-29   Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain
Win 10-0   Andres Carrasco KO 1 (6) 1993-10-15   Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Win 9-0   Eduardo Vallejo TKO 1 (8) 1993-10-01   Camuy, Puerto Rico
Win 8-0   Miguel Santos UD 8 1993-07-17   San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 7-0   Jose Ramon Bartolome UD 4 1993-07-03   La Linea, Puerto Rico
Win 6-0   Jose Hernandez KO 1 (6) 1993-06-19   San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 5-0   Kenny Berrios TKO 4 (6) 1993-05-15   Hotel Caribe Hilton, Condado, Puerto Rico
Win 4-0   Carlos Figueroa KO 1 (6) 1993-03-24   Hotel Caribe Hilton, Condado, Puerto Rico
Win 3-0   Jose Hernandez TKO 4 (6) 1993-01-16   Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Win 2-0   Alfredo Rivera UD 4 1991-11-04   San Juan, Puerto Rico
Win 1-0   Carlos Figueroa TKO 1 (4) 1991-10-04   Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Professional debut

LegacyEdit

He is recognized at Ponce's Parque de los Ponceños Ilustres in the area of sports.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sports. TravelPonce.com Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ Article (Spanish)

External linksEdit

Professional boxing record for Alex Sánchez from BoxRec

Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Paul Weir
WBO minimumweight champion
December 22, 1993 - August 23, 1997
Succeeded by
Ricardo Lopez