Former WBC United States Middleweight Champion, Former Illinois State Middleweight Champion. Former contestant on Season Three of ESPN’s “The Contender”
Born: September 21, 1974, Chicago, Illinois
Record: 20-9, 13 KO’s
For former middleweight contender Miguel Hernandez, October 30th could be the biggest fight of his career, no small statement considering his resume. With the memory of his gritty, albeit losing, performance against Wayne Johnsen in his opening fight of ESPN’s third season of the Contender now fading, Hernandez knows that a solid win over middleweight prospect David Medina could propel him back into the world rankings and possibly set up a match with the winner of the Hector Camacho Jr. versus Ramon Campas fight in the main event.
“I am pretty sure Miguel will be bringing his A-game on October 30th,” commented promoter Zeferino Ramirez, who is promoting the Latin Invasion 2 card in El Paso in association with Golden Boy Promotions, “this fight will almost certainly be a war.”
Hernandez turned pro back in April of 2003 with a first round TKO over Juarez Williams in a venue that would become a second home to the young prospect, namely the Ramada Inn at Rosemont Illinois. Five of his next six fights would all be in that ring. After building up an impressive 6-0 record, Hernandez suffered his first defeat by way of majority decision to fellow undefeated prospect Chris Troupe in December of 2003. But Hernandez didn’t let the loss discourage him, winning his next three fights over the course of four months. In May of 2004 Hernandez scored a lopsided decision over Luis Lopez in Chicago, a fight that started to cause some ripples among boxing insiders in the Windy City.
It seemed the perfect time for Hernandez to take on another prospect, and he shined in when he won by way of disqualification over Nathan Martin in June of 2004.
A decision over Rudy Lovato followed in August of that year, and was in turned followed by a first round KO over Mike Stone and a fourth round TKO over Chris Holt. By January of 2005 it looked for all the world like Hernandez was one of the better prospects in the division, as well as possibly the best prospect in the state of Illinois. But when Hernandez lost by way of upset to tough journeyman Shay Mobley, many in boxing began to close the book on the tough brawler.
Recognizing a need to get back on track, Hernandez followed the devastating loss to Mobley with the most dominant performance of his career. Taking on 57-fight veteran Jonathan (J.J.) Corn in April of 2005, Hernandez scored a ten round shutout decision over the gritty contender in winning the Illinois State Middleweight title.
After defeating Corn, Hernandez appeared set to take on a fellow prospect one more time in an attempt to definitively erase the memories of the loss to Mobley. Enter Kenny Kost. Kost had an impressive 9-1 record (with his only loss coming by way of decision to undefeated Olympian Andre Ward), and many insiders though that Kost would easily defeat Hernandez in the crossroads fight. But Miguel fought a spirited fight, and nearly upset Kost en route to a split decision loss after ten rounds.
In February of 2006 Hernandez was ready for another title fight, this time stepping in the ring with Ryan Davis for the WBC United States Middleweight title. Hernandez was able to outwork Davis en-route to winning a ten round majority decision, and with it positioned himself for the biggest fight of his career: a ten round affair against former IBF Light Middleweight champion Raul Marquez. Marquez was coming in off a stoppage loss to Jermain Taylor, but with a 35-3 record, few considered him a spent commodity. Although Hernandez fought valiantly, the experience of Marquez proved too much as he chopped Hernandez down en route to a ninth round TKO. A loss to another former champion in Yuri Boy Campas followed before Hernandez was able to get back on track with a victory over tough Colorado journeyman Allen Medina in 2007.
The Medina win was enough to propel Hernandez back into the picture, and he was selected to be a contestant on the third season of “The Contender” later that year. Although he lost in the opening round, he gained many fans from his stint on the Contender and again showed the world why he is such a highly regarded fighter in the state of Illinois. On October 30th he is looking to finally explode in the world rankings with a victory over David Medina.