Daniel Ponce de León
OriginCiudad Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico
Daniel is a Tarahumara Amerindian who was raised in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. Of five brothers, he was the only one to survive the harsh conditions and the poverty his tribe lived in.
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
With a record of 27-1,Ponce de León defeated Sod Kokietgym by unanimous decision in 2005 to win the WBO Super Bantamweight title. In 2006, he successfully defended his title by defeating Gerson Guerrero via a second round knockout. In the same year, he won a rematch against Sod Kokietgym (via first round knockout) and stopped Al Seeger to finish the year.
Ponce de León, in 2007, successfully defended his title four times before facing Juan Manuel López in 2008.
Juan Manuel López vs Ponce de León
In 2008, Ponce de León was defeated by technical knockout in the first round by Juan Manuel López, losing his WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Getting back on Track
After losing to López in 2008, Daniel reeled of seven victories in a row before moving up to Super Featherweight division to face undefeated prospect Adrien Broner in March 2011. The fight was expected to be a showcase bout for the younger and larger Broner, however, De Leon proved to be more competitive than anticipated. Nevertheless, Broner was still awarded a highly disputed ten round unanimous decision.
Major World Titles
WBO Super Bantamweight
TKO 1 Rey Bautista - 2007
UD 12 Gerry Penalosa - 2007
TKO 8 Al Seeger - 2006
KO 1 Sod Kokietgym - 2006
UD 12 Sod Kokietgym - 2005
TD 8 Yuriorkis Gamboa- 2011
UD 12 Adrien Broner - 2011
TKO 1 Juan Manuel Lopez - 2008
Represented Mexico at the 2000 Summer Olympics