Daniel Ponce De Leon 2 weight World champion SIGNED (gold sharpie) promotional card for his WBC featherweight World title fight against Abner Mares, 4th May 2013, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Measuring 3 3/4" x 5 3/4".
Condition mint (the signature is written in gold sharpie amongst gold card lettering although is still clearly visible reflectively)
Mares W TKO 9
Daniel Ponce De León (born July 27, 1980 in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, Mexico) is a Mexican in the Featherweight division and was a member of the 2000 Mexican Olympics team. He is the former WBC Featherweight Champion and former WBO World Super Bantamweight Champion.
"Ponce" is not a nickname; Ponce de León is Daniel's given surname. He currently resides in West Covina, California.
Daniel is a Tarahumara Amerindian, raised in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. Out of five brothers he was the only one to survive, due to the harsh conditions and the poverty his tribe lived in.
Daniel was a Mexican National Amateur champion and a bronze medallist at the 1999 Pan American Games. Ponce de León would then go onto represent Mexico at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
On October 29, 2005 he defeated Sod Kokietgym by unanimous decision, handing Looknongyangtoy his first career loss. He has defended his WBO Super Bantamweight Championship eight times against Gerson Guerrero, Reynaldo Lopez, Sod Kokietgym twice, Al Seeger, Gerry Peñalosa, Rey Bautista and Eduardo Escobedo. Ponce de León's first loss was a unanimous decision loss to Celestino Caballero on February 17, 2005.
Ponce de León retained his title against Eduardo Escobedo on December 8, 2007 via unanimous decision, as part of the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.–Ricky Hatton fight.
On June 7, 2008 Ponce de León was defeated by technical knockout in the first round by Juan Manuel López, losing his WBO Super Bantamweight title.
De León was the headliner of a sold out Golden Boy show and inched closer to another World title shot by knocking out Puerto Rican, Orlando Cruz. Daniel defeated Cornelius Lock on May 1, 2010 the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO PPV to retain his WBC Latino featherweight title.
On March 5, 2011, De Leon moved up to the Super Featherweight division to face undefeated prospect Adrien Broner. 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 as Broner was awarded a highly disputed ten round unanimous decision.
WBC Featherweight Champion
In a shocker, Daniel Ponce de Leon emerged victorious over WBC featherweight beltholder Jhonny Gonzalez, coming away with an eighth-round unanimous technical decision victory before a sold-out crowd at Saturday night's Showtime-televised event at the MGM Grand.
The bout ended when a nasty gash emerged over the right eye of Gonzalez (52-8, 45 KOs), of Mexico City, after which it was determined that Gonzalez could not continue, they went to the scorecards and he won via: 79-72, 79-72, 77-74, all for Ponce De Leon. Ponce De Leon fought Abner Mares in the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard on May 4, 2013 and got knocked down in the second and ninth rounds en route to a TKO loss at 2:20 of the ninth round, losing his WBC featherweight title in the process.