Name: Luis Yanez
Hometown: Dallas, Texas, USA
Boxing Record: click
Southpaw Yanez who hails from Duncanville, Texas was taken to the gym by his father in 1997 at the age of 9.
Yanez won a silver medal at the Cadet World Championships 2005 and a gold medal at the so-called Junior Olympics, in 2006 he added a bronze at the junior world championships.
In 2006 he became US champion and won the National Golden Gloves, in 2007 he repeated both wins.
In Brazil at the PanAm games 2007 he reached the final by beating two opponents who had beaten him earlier the same year ? Cuba's Yampier Hernandez in the quarterfinals and Dominican Wilton Mendez in the semifinals and also bested Venezuelan Kevin Betancourt, ranked 8th in the world for the gold medal.
He won the US Olympic trials in August 2007.
Yanez hasn't lost a fight in the United States in more than five years, compiling a record of 89-0. In the past three years, he's 26-3 in international competition.
At the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago he qualified for the Olympics, but lost surprisingly to fellow southpaw and eventual silver medalist Harry Tanamor from the Philippines.
At a meeting in China in November 2007 he was outclassed by world champ Zou Shiming. Yanez qualified to represent the United States as a Light flyweight at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, however he was later kicked off the team for missing three weeks of workouts. USA boxing reinstated him on July 16th, for the Olympics.