Elvis Yero

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Elvis Yero

Name: Elvis Yero
Born: 1965-01-26
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: 2001-10-13 (Age:36)
Hometown: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Amateur Boxing Record: 32-4 (22 knockouts)


Yero was born in Cuba, but raised in Miami Beach, FL. As an amateur he was almost unbeatable. Experts saw Yero as a future ring great. He was 17-0 with 17 knockouts and had won three Jr. Amateur Titles, when he and a friend were arrested for beating a Miami Beach lawyer who was out walking his dog at 3 in the morning. Yero, 17 was found not guilty after it was determined that the lawyer had started the fight. Yero went on to post a 32-4 amateur record, including a 1984 National Golden Glove Title. However, his private demons took over, and though he was undefeated as a professional fighter in his first 10 bouts over a 5 year span, he was constantly in trouble with the law. In 1990, he was shot in the hand after he punched a Miami Beach female police officer in the jaw. In 1993 he was shot at a Miami bus stop three times. 15-2 at the time, his career was halted by constant run-ins with the police. When he died in a run down Miami City Hotel room of a drug overdose, he had been arrested no less then 50 times.

Career Overview

  • Born in Havana, Cuba
  • Grew up in the North Beach section of Miami Beach, Florida
  • Graduated from Miami Beach Senior High School in 1984
  • Started his amateur career at age 15
  • Yero knocked out Leothan Gibson in 1 round of an amateur match on Feb. 6, 1981.
  • Yero knocked out Donald Roberts in 1 round of an amateur match on July 3, 1981.
  • At the 1981 Florida Golden Gloves, Yero stopped Greg Collins of Miami at 1:02 of the second round in the High School Division-139lbs.
  • At the 1982 South Florida Golden Gloves Regional Tournament, Yero TKO'd Lavaniel Hicks from Moore Park at 1:30 of the first round.
  • Yero knocked out Ron-Ron Johnson in 1 round of an amateur match on March 12, 1982.
  • Yero knocked out Calvin Brownlee in 1 round of an amateur match on May 4, 1982.
  • Won the 132lbs. Division in the South Florida Golden Gloves
  • Won the 139lbs. Division in the South Florida Golden Gloves
  • Yero and his friend Mario Villar, Jr. were arrested by Miami Beach Police for assaulting lawyer Mark Diestag on December 4, 1982 in a Miami Beach park after midnight. Diestag, the husband of Judge Gisela Cardonne-Dienstag, was out walking his dog when he got into a confrontation with Yero, who was 17-0 in amateur boxing at the time, and his friend Villar. Diegtag was brutally beaten and also had numerous bite marks on his body. Yero and Villar were held in jail for 4-months, but on August 16, 1983, both were found not guilty and were released from jail. The court ruled it that Yero and Villar acted in self-defense. Villar later killed in a motorcycle crash in North Miami Beach, Florida.
  • According to an August 21, 1983 report in the Miami Herald, Yero defeated Tommy Williams in the main event of the amateur boxing card at the Verrick Gym in Coconut Grove, Florida.
  • October 20, 1983, Yero knockedout Jerome McNeal at 1:58 of the 3rd round on an amateur card at the Verrick Gym.
  • 1984: Yero won the National AAU Amateur Lightwelterweight Title at 139lbs.
  • On February 14, 1984, Yero decision Tommy Williams in the main event at the Verrick Gym.
  • On February 16, 1984, Yero stopped Ron Beasley in 2 rounds in an amateur fight.
  • On March 16, 1984, Yero decisioned Joseph Walkers in North Miami Beach, Florida in an amateur fight. The Miami Herald listed Yero's record as 29-1 with 17 knockouts.
  • On March 22, 1984, Yero lost a decision to Clifford Gray at the Southern Regional Florida State Sunshine State Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament at the Victory Park Gym in North Miami Beach.
  • On October 4, 1984, The Miami Herald reported that Ivan Gonzalez TKO'd Elvis Yero at 1:30 of the 1st round in the main event at the Verrick Gym.
  • On August 2, 1985, Yero decisioned Derrick Rolan at the National Sport's Festival in Baton Rouge, LA. The Next night, Yero won again.
  • On August 5, 1985 at the National Sport's Festival, Yero lost a 3-2 decision to Nick Kakouris in the 139lbs. Division Championship match.
  • According to the Miami-Dade County Clerk Criminal Justice and Civil Infraction cases, Yero was arrested 55 times between December 8, 1982-September 19,2001.
  • Among Yero's criminal arrests and charges were: battery,strongarm robbery,trespassing, grand theft auto, armed robbery, burglary, possession of marijuana and cocaine, domestic violence, drinking in public, dealing in stolen property, lewd and lascivious behavior, panhandling, disorderly conduct,loitering,cocaine sale;among other charges.
  • On April 23, 1989, the Miami Herald reported that Yero was arrested for robbing the NCNB Bank at 2391 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, Florida for $2.22.
  • On July 5, 1990, the Miami Herald reported that Yero was shot in the hand, and arrested, during a drug-sting, when he punched and kicked undercover Miami Beach Police Officer Sunday Sanchez.
  • Yero was found dead (drug overdose) in room 212 of the Gold Dust Motel on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, Florida at 7:35a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2001.
  • Survived by his mother and brother.
  • Buried at Dade Memorial Park in South Miami, Florida.


  • 2012: Boxing-Scoop.com, Elvis Yero amateur boxing record:http://www.boxing-scoop.com/show_boxer.php?boxer_ID=11211.
  • Miami-Dade County Clerk Criminal Justice and Civil Infraction Cases: Search: Elvis Yero. 2012:http://www2.miami-dadeclerk.com/CJIS/CaseSearch.aspx.
  • Miami Herald, Tuesday, October 16, 2001, page 4B Local, Obituaries: ELVIS YERO, 36, PROMISING BOXER, by Elaine De Valle.
  • Miami Herald, August 21, 1993, Neighbors, page 36: VIRRICK BOXER PUNCHES HIS WAY TO OLYMPICS.
  • Miami Herald, August 5, 1985, Sports, page 7C: POUGH, YERO LOSE IN FINALS.
  • Miami Herald, March 16, 1984, Sports, page 2F: YERO, RUBIERA WIN IN GOLDEN GLOVES.
  • Miami Herald, April 16, 1983, Local, page 1B: JAILED 4 MONTHS, BOXER, PAL FINALLY CLEARED IN STREET FIGHT.
  • Miami Herald, internet archives, 1982-2001.