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Karlos Zenon Balderas Jr. (born August 24, 1996) is an American boxer who competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Carlos Balderas
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Reach1.85 m (73 in)
Born (1996-06-24) 24 June 1996 (age 23)
Lompoc, California, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights9
Wins by KO8

Personal lifeEdit

Balderas was born on May 24, 1996 in Lompoc, California. He was the first member of his family to be born in the United States;[1][2] his grandfather first came to California, leaving his wife and children behind in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work in strawberry fields, eventually earning the money to move the rest of the family to the United States.[1][2] Whilst growing up in Santa Maria, California, Balderas was first taken to a boxing gym as a punishment for fighting in the streets with his friends and getting suspended from school.[1][2] His older brother Jose is also a boxer.[3]


Balderas is coached by his father Zenon and his uncle David.[3]

In December 2014, Balderas won the lightweight division of the US National Team Trials, qualifying him for the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he received a first round bye and was defeated in the quarterfinals by Lindolfo Delgado of Mexico.[4] Balderas represented the USA Knockouts in the World Series of Boxing (WSB). In 2015 he took part in five bouts, defeating Fabio Introvaia of Italy, Dawid Michelus of Poland, Brian Nunez of Argentina and Adrian Javier Martinez Morales of Puerto Rico but losing to Azerbaijan's Albert Selimov. In 2016 he won his first two bouts against Lindolfo Delgado and Moroccan Hamza Rabii.[5]

He qualified for the men's lightweight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil via his results in the WSB where he won the gold medal in his elite division and was named Outstanding Boxer of the event. Balderas was given his Olympic allocation by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after two of the athletes ahead of him in the final WSB rankings instead qualified for the Olympics through the 2015 World Championships.[3][6] Balderas won his first two Olympic matches but lost in the quarterfinals to Cuban finalist Lázaro Álvarez. On April 9, 2017, he won his pro debut by first-round TKO.[7]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
9 fights 9 wins 0 losses
By knockout 8 0
By decision 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
9 Win 9–0   Robert Frankel TKO 7 (8), 1:34 13 Jul 2019   Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
8 Win 8–0   Luis May KO 4 (8), 1:07 20 Apr 2019   Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0   Jose Cen Torres RTD 3 (6), 3:00 16 Feb 2019   Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0   Giovanni Caro KO 4 (6), 2:09 28 Jul 2018   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0   Alex Silva KO 1 (6), 2:25 9 Jun 2018   Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0   Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl UD 4 17 Feb 2018   Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
3 Win 3–0   Carlos Flores KO 1 (8), 0:32 15 Dec 2017   Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0   Eder Amaro Fajardo KO 1 (6), 1:36 30 Jul 2017   Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0   Thomas Smith RTD 1 (6), 3:00 9 Apr 2017   The Novo, Los Angeles, California, U.S.


  1. ^ a b c Litman, Laken (March 10, 2016). "First-generation American Carlos Balderas hopes to put U.S. Boxing back on the medal stand in Rio". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c McDonald, Scott (November 12, 2015). "First-Generation American Carlos Balderas Qualifies For Rio Olympics, Fulfills His American Dream". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Lightweight Carlos Balderas Is First U.S. Boxer To Qualify For 2016 Olympics". United States Olympic Committee. November 9, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Boxing - Athlete Profile Balderas Carlos". Official Website of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Light Balderas Jr. Carlos". World Series of Boxing. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Velin, Bob (November 8, 2015). "Carlos Balderas, 19, first to qualify for U.S. Olympic men's boxing team". USA Today. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
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