The 10 best boxers to have emerged from Tijuana


As Alejandra Ayala returns to Tijuana to start her new lifestyles, we check out some mythical opponents to have emerged from that a part of Mexico

1 Érik Morales

Doubtless the jewel within the Tijuana boxing crown, Morales is a liked determine internationally, having change into the primary Mexican in historical past to win global titles in 4 other weight categories: super-bantamweight, featherweight, super-featherweight and light-welterweight.

2 Antonio Margarito

Despite the fact that born in California, Margarito grew up in Tijuana from the age of 2 and fought underneath the identify ‘The Tijuana Twister’ his complete occupation. At welterweight, he held a couple of titles, together with the WBO belt from 2002 to 2007, the IBF belt in 2008, and the WBA belt from 2008 to 2009.

3 Raúl Pérez

Pérez was the WBC bantamweight champion when outpointing Miguel Lora in 1988 and defended this belt seven instances sooner than shedding towards Greg Richardson in ’91. He then beat Luis Mendoza later that yr to change into a WBA champion at super-bantamweight.

4 Jaime Munguía

Tijuana’s latest boxing celebrity, Munguía is recently 40-0 as a professional and a former WBO super-welterweight champion. At 25, his best possible days are nonetheless very a lot forward of him.

5 Luis Nery

A debatable determine with each weight and PED problems, Nery is nevertheless a succesful fighter who has misplaced simply considered one of 33 professional fights. He gained the WBC bantamweight identify when preventing Shinsuke Yamanaka in 2017 and in 2020 gained the WBC identify at super-bantamweight.

Jaime Munguia
Munguia represents the brand new era of Tijuana warrior (Bob Levey/Getty Photographs)

6 Antonio DeMarco

No longer not like Margarito, DeMarco, although born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, discovered to field in Tijuana, the place he moved all over his early life. As a professional, he beat Jorge Linares to win the WBC light-weight identify in 2011 and defended it two times sooner than being dethroned via Adrien Broner.

7 Alejandro García

In March 2003, García knocked out Santiago Samaniego inside of 3 rounds to say the WBA light-middleweight identify. After that, he pressured Roshii Wells to retire sooner than spherical 11 in his first defence, best to then lose the belt towards Travis Simms in defence quantity two.

8 Juan José Estrada

Estrada gained his WBA super-bantamweight identify on the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana in 1988, beating Bernardo Pinango by the use of split-decision. He then defended the belt in Japan, preventing Takuya Muguruma in 11 rounds, sooner than shedding it towards Jesus Salad in defence quantity 4 (because of disqualification).

9 Jackie Nava

An international champion in two weight categories, having held the WBA bantamweight identify in 2005, the WBC super-bantamweight identify two times between 2005 and 2015, and the WBA great bantamweight identify two times between 2012 and 2015, Nava is Tijuana’s maximum a success feminine boxer thus far.

10 Diego Morales

Despite the fact that at all times within the shadow of his older brother, Érik, Diego nonetheless compiled a 37-2 professional document and gained a WBO super-flyweight belt in 1999, retiring Victor Godoi within the eleventh spherical.